On August 14, 2005, the Jewish people will participate in the annual commemoration of a communal tragedy. Tisha B’Av (the Ninth of Av, a Jewish calendar month) memorializes the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem (586 B.C. and 70 A.D. respectively).

There are many sites about Tisha B’Av. For example, the Jewish Federation of New York has a clear description of this day of mourning at their website.

For those who are aesthetic minded, here are some sites for Tisha B’Av in the arts:

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