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

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(12) Ra'anan, July 12, 2021 8:48 AM

I remember a similar...

incident when a group of new immigrants from Ethiopia were taken on a tour of Jerusalem & they reached the Promenade with its distant & beautiful wide view of the Old City. There their guide told them they were looking at the ruins of the Holy Temple. Someone asked him again what he meant. He explained again that the Holy Temple had been destroyed. It could be the person asked even a 3rd time, just for confirmation. He then turned to the others in the group, he was extremely distraught, & told them in Amharic what they guide had said & they immediately began SCREAMING, CRYING & TEARING THEIR CLOTHES!!! And now we must mourn that we no longer know HOW to mourn.

(11) Ruchele fried, July 30, 2020 2:00 AM

There is no nation like the Jewish nation

(10) Craig Carr, July 29, 2020 4:37 AM

A beautiful anecdote

Sad, and sad what we have taken for granted.

(9) Ken Salkover, July 24, 2020 10:48 PM

Beautiful, sad story

In 2020, this story is hard to believe. How could a Jewish group be so disconnected? In 1993, the Third World really was the Third World: no cellphones, no internet and limited information from the West. Imagine mourning the destruction of our Holy Temples as if it had happened yesterday. As if you had assumed all along you could watch the holy sacrifices and daven with the kohanim. As if you knew you could visit and be with Hashem's Holy Presence if you could only go to Jerusalem--and have that taken away from you.
This story brings me to tears--the first time I had mourned the loss of our Holy Temples. While we ask HaShem to rebuild it, let's give Him a reason to do so--treat each other with love and kindness.

(8) Imelda Rojak Pearce, June 29, 2020 7:57 PM

truly mourning the loss of the Temple

This article made me cry, even though I had heard about these Ethiopian Jews before.

(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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