FEATURED PHOTO: Ruins near the south side of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (Shutterstock).
I greatly rejoice in Hashem, My whole being exults in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of triumph, Wrapped me in a robe of victory, Like a bridegroom adorned with a turban, Like a bride bedecked with her finery Isaiah 61:10 (The Israel Bible™)
Today is the 17th of Tammuz on the Jewish calendar. This day commemorates the breach of the walls of Jerusalem, which occurred on the 17th Tammuz, and begins a three-week mourning period over the fall of Jerusalem which ends on the 9th of Av. The Jewish people observe a number of customs mourning the loss of the Holy Temple. These include not wearing excessive amounts of jewelry, and not listening to live music as a reminder that the complete rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple has yet to come.
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