The Heart-Rending Cry: How to Mourn for Something that Happened 2000 Years Ago

A true story.

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(7) Anonymous, August 12, 2019 1:57 AM

It was more than the temple but, small by comparison .

I'm not 100% sure but, I've been taught that after the Romans destroyed the 2nd temple ( Temple of David & Solomon ) upon leaving the Holy City in ruins they called that land "Palestine." they knew it was Judea but to add insult to injury they did this to really insult the remaining Jewish population. Also the Romans would only allow the Israelies to visit their Holy City on the anniversary of it's destruction-August 2nd I believe. It's unbelievable that a wrong name has stuck all this time. May The Lord G-D hasten the building of the 3rd Temple!!! Shalom Jerusalem, Irael!!

Anonymous, August 12, 2019 3:52 AM


I mistakingly said the the 2nd temple was built by David-Solomon. It was the 1st Temple built by Solomon. The Bablyonians destroyed the 1st Temple in, 546 B.C.E. during the 70 year exile. The Romans did destroy the 2nd Temple.

(6) Eric Wood, August 11, 2019 3:08 PM

Loss of the Temple

I recently read Josephus account of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in AD70. It was very moving and gave much more meaning than the bare statement of its loss in AD70.

(5) Ray Strohl, August 11, 2019 3:01 PM

Did you do this

Did you explain the wailing wall to the students and their parents? Did you arrange a trip to the wailing wall for the students and their parents to pray there and put their hands on the wall? If you did, what kind of reactions did you get?

(4) Jody B, August 8, 2019 10:55 PM

Thank you

Such a beautiful video and a powerful message for all of us! Thank you!

(3) Sharon, August 8, 2019 1:00 PM

very strong message

I've seen this video here in the past and remember it well. Its message is powerful.

(2) Alan S., August 6, 2019 6:29 PM

While this story is beautiful, an important set of questions arise.

This story occurred in 1993. What exactly were the Ethiopians taught concerning the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, and who exactly taught them?
"Gaps" in their Judaica are certainly understandable, but major 'faults' in their learning are not explained in this story.

(1) Marcia Spindell Lentz, August 6, 2019 4:04 PM

A very moving and grounding story

This story reminds me of how when we are separated or in the diaspora information and history is lost or distorted. To experience such an awesome authentic sad moment from a group of people that went through so much to get to Israel are their motivation to live in Yeretz Yisroal.


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