World Bulletin/News Desk
Jews will fast on Tuesday to commemorate, accoridng to Jewish belief, the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem and the subsequent exile of the Jews from the Land of Israel, and will spend the night praying at the wailing wall in Jerusalem.
The fast lasts about 25 hours, beginning at sunset on the preceding evening lasting until nightfall the next day. Activities including eating or drinking, washing or bathing, application of creams or oils, wearing of (leather) shoes and marital relations are forbidden.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, known for his nationalist and religious identity, is among the Jews who will spend Tisha B'Av fasting, with his family.
Tisha B'Av primarily commemorates, according to Jewish belief, the destruction of the first and second Temples during the ninth of Av (the first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E.; the second by the Romans in 70 C.E.).
The date is also appropriate to consider other tragedies faced by the Jewish people, many of which occurred on the day. Most notable are the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 and from England in 1290, as well as the beginning of the mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto and the First Crusade.Last Mod: 16 Temmuz 2013, 12:55