By COLlive reporter
The saddest day on the Jewish calendar might have gotten even sadder.
Only several hundred people came to the Kotel, the last remaining stone wall of the Beis Hamikdash, at the onset of the Tisha B’Av day of fasting and mourning.
In past years, the square in front of the Kotel was filled with tens of thousands people commemorating the destruction of the first and second Bais Hamikdash and the city Jerusalem.
All segments of the religious Jewish population in Israel would be presented among the scores of people that would visit the Kotel throughout the evening, some coming with sleeping bags to remain there for the night.
But after two terror attacks in Jerusalem Monday afternoon, police said they would be out in force throughout Tisha B’Av to ensure the safety of Jews visiting the Kotel, Israel National News reported.
“It hurts to see this, even if it was expected,” commented Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, Rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy Sites of Israel.
“This situation indeed reflects the mourning and the destruction and that we are being persecuted by our enemies,” he said. “We must not let them interfere with our spiritual lives.”
One can only hope that Tisha b’Av fulfills its parallel purpose as a day of anticipation and hope, for “One who mourns Jerusalem will merit seeing her happiness.”