Israel Commemorates Past, Present Tragedies on Tisha B'Av

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 |  Ariel Rudolph

The name literally means “the ninth of the month of Av”, and is an annual fast day in Judaism commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem and the subsequent exile of the Jews from the Land of Israel.

The day also commemorates other tragedies that occurred on the same day in history. Tisha B’Av is regarded as the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. This year is certainly no different.

The following are the words of an iconic song by Israeli singer Sarit Hadad (see video below):

When the heart cries only God hears
The pain rises out of the soul
A man falls down before he sinks down
With a little prayer (he) cuts the silence

Shma (Hear) Israel my God, you’re the omnipotent
You gave me my life, you gave me everything
In my eyes a tear, the heart cries quietly
And when the heart is quiet, the soul screams

Shma (Hear) Israel my God, now I am alone
Make me strong my God; make it that I won’t be afraid
The pain is big, and there’s no where to run away
End it because I can’t take it anymore

Time stands still All of a sudden,
the man sees his entire life
He doesn’t want to go to the unknown
He cries to his God right before a big fall

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