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"An Important and Moving Find"

Yesterday, the Jewish people observed Tisha B’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. On this solemn, mournful day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu read from a scroll containing the oldest-known version of the book of Lamentations:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marked Tisha B’Av — the fast day on which Jews mourn the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans — by reading from a 2,000-year-old book of Lamentations scroll discovered in the Qumran Caves next to the Dead Sea.

The ancient scroll was presented to the prime minister by Pnina Shor, the curator in charge of the Dead Sea Scrolls for the Israel Antiquities Authority…

Netanyahu called the scroll an “important and moving find.”

“It is very significant that this scroll has been brought to the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, our united capital, on the fast of Tisha B’Av,” Netanyahu said.


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