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Jerusalem’s destruction: The last hideout


Tisha B’Av marks the 9th day of the month of Av, a day of historic tragedy for the Jewish people. According to the Babylonian Talmud, the 9th of Av marks the anniversary of the destruction of both the first and second temples.

The day is commemorated by fasting, sitting on the floor in mourning and reading the book of Lamentations and other poetic scripts that describe the profound loss experienced by the Jewish people throughout their history.

Shahar Shilo, a tour guide for the City of David, tours the ancient tunnel system as described in the book of Josephus that run below the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan used by Jews to hide during the great revolt against the Romans.


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