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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Tisha b'Av 5766

Today is Tisha b'Av 5766 - the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av in the year 5766.

Five tragedies befell the Jewish people on this day:

1. God decreed that the Jewish people would have to spend forty years in the desert because they listened to the spies' slander and rejected the land of Israel (Bamidbar (Numbers) 13-14).

2. The first Temple was destroyed.

3. The second Temple was destroyed. Today, only the Western Wall of the Temple Mount is left standing:

4. The city of Beitar was captured during the Bar Kochva revolt of 3880.

5. Jerusalem was plowed under and its name was changed to Ilya Capitolina.

Because of these five tragedies (and many others that have befallen the Jewish people on this day throughout history), today is a fast day that is matched only by Yom Kippur: it lasts 25 hours and not only do we not eat or drink, we also do not wash ourselves, wear leather shoes or put on creams and ointments. It is also a day of national mourning. Until noontime, we sit on the floor as a mourner does.

Yes, the picture above was taken today (on the ramp as we were leaving). For those who are worried why it does not look crowded, I believe that because this is a day of national mourning, it is not a time for a social scene. So I go to the Kotel, but in the heat of the day, which is the least crowded time. And I stay outside rather than going inside where it is still crowded (and air conditioned). (For those familiar with the term, I go for Mincha Gdola).

While I was there, I saw the latest and greatest Magen David Adom ambulance, and snapped this picture:

For the Hebrew-impaired, the red line of Hebrew on the bottom says "Tahanat erua rav nifgaim" (mass casualty event station). Thank God, it has been quiet today, although the security was tighter than my almost-18-year old son and I ever remember seeing.

I'll be back with more soon.


At 4:39 PM, Blogger Kranky (in the civilized world) said...

OT Carl, and somehow appropriate for Tisha b'Av.

This article suggests that the OIC seething is going into overdrive. Of course, our friend Imanutjob is there, and he is spouting off his usual insanities.

The OIC ... if ever there was a larger collection of failed states, I have not seen it. UN has a few saving graces, OIC has precisely none. Failed states, some with weapons of note. Anyone else in the world think that this is a tragedy in the making? The member states of OIC are largely totalitarian, monocultural religious, or in wars to ethnically cleanse themselves to get there. They respect no dissent, tolerate no other opinions, barely tolerate other religions if they do at all, do not respect their people, most certainly do not respect the populations of other states, and are infernally preoccupied with a conflict they have no standing nor interest in, unless you accept that Islam is an expansionist ideology.

Why on earth would anyone in their right mind give or sell these clowns weapons? In the 1980s I worried that the US arming and training the mujahedeen in Afghanistan would come back and bite us. It did. I've been worrying that selling weapons systems to other failed countries is a massive mistake.

Ok, so back to the point. Imanutjob/Almonddinnerjacket/whatever his name is, claims that the solution to dealing with the arab aggressive war, the current Hamas/Hezbullah axis, is to eliminate Israel. Yeah. Sure.

If Imanutjob were not just about to acquire nukes, we could ignore him. Unfortunately he is a threat to world peace. And he is going to get nukes. His days are numbered, though here in the US, we have to make sure we vote in a government in the next 2 years that is interested in making sure we have world peace, even if this means sacrificing one of these failed states that is about to upset it.

Why am I reporting on this on Tisha b'Av?

Well, one of the money quotes from one of the failed states:

"Malaysia, which chairs the OIC, rallied presidents, prime ministers and policy-makers of 17 Muslim-majority nations for one-day talks to articulate their opposition to Israel's attacks in Lebanese and Palestinian territories.

"This war must stop, or it will radicalize the Muslim world, even those of us who are moderate today," said Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who leads the world's most populous Muslim country.

"From there, it will be just one step away to that ultimate nightmare: a clash of civilizations," he added."

Not a thing about stopping the monsters from killing jews. Not a thing about who started the wars.

They just don't want to see anyone striking back against a muslim. It offends their delicate sensibilities.

Oh yes. They believe it might radicalize them. Uh... yeah. Right. How can you tell the difference between a radical and an non-radical muslim? You can't, because there really isn't one. A radical muslim believes deeply in their religion. A non-radical muslim is not religious. There can be no peace with such people as they do not have anything that might be called a moral compass.

And to top it all off, they worry that this might incite a clash of civilizations.

Already has. . Not a peep out of them when they hit us, well, celebration on their part. Seething and whining when we respond. Demanding war crimes trials for any that have dared to strike a muslim.

Uh... yeah. Should be a day of mourning for their loss of humanity, their loss of any possible reasonable thoughts or outlook upon the world, and a day of mourning for the millions, and possibly billions that they and their co-religionists will kill or attempt to kill in their religions name.


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