Five misfortunes befell our fathers … on the ninth of Av. …On the ninth of Av it was decreed that our fathers should not enter the [Promised] Land, the Temple was destroyed the first and second time, Bethar was captured and the city [Jerusalem] was ploughed up. -Mishnah Ta’anit 4:6
Tisha B’Av begins this Monday evening but let’s keep the commemoration to ourselves, not to give Hamas any hint of our divided and be conquered history. Instead, let’s use it as our opportunity to unite firmly in right over might and forge a peaceful path in the Middle East.