Yesterday, the Jewish people observed the saddest day on the Hebrew calender, Tisha B'Av. This day, the ninth in the month of Av, saw the destruction of both the First and Second Temples, along with many other calamities faced by the Jewish people. Israel Hayom reports on the throngs of worshipers who marked this solemn day at the Western Wall:
Thousands of worshippers gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Saturday evening to mark the beginning of Tisha B'Av, the fast day marking the destruction of the First and Second Temples. Many participated in readings of the book of Lamentations and in a traditional march around the walls of the Old City carrying Israeli flags...
Nadia Matar, who also belongs to the organization, which seeks to safeguard the land of Israel for the Jewish people, said Saturday evening, "Our message is that we are surrounding the Temple Mount in order to say that it is ours. The march this year is to mark sovereignty over the land of Israel. I hope that next year, we will be able to ascend the Temple Mount, the place where the people of Israel are supposed to be at the height of their glory..."
Meanwhile, hundreds of police officers, Border Police officers and volunteers were stationed throughout the Old City and near the Western Wall on Saturday night in an effort to ensure security for those participating in Tisha B'Av events.