Tacky?Jeffrey Goldberg complains about Mitt Romney's Western Wall visit.
Today is Tisha b'Av, the ninth of Av, a Jewish day of fasting and mourning. It is on this day that the First and Second Temples were destroyed. The Western Wall, in Jerusalem, is a retaining wall of the Second Temple. It is, especially on this day, a locus of prayer and reflection. It is also, on this particular Tisha b'Av, the location of a very important photo opportunity for an American presidential candidate.Okay, it's not the perfect day for a visit. But he did choose to go at the hottest time of the day when the smallest possible number of people are there. And none of the natives seemed upset about it. In fact, they were kind of excited about it and many of them hung around after their prayer services ended to see.
How vulgar is this?
P.S. The mourning aspect is limited after mid-day. Romney visited the Kotel after mid-day.