(RNS) — Tisha B’Av, the Jewish day of mourning, is not widely observed by most Jews.
The day, which begins at sundown Saturday (Aug. 10), commemorates the destruction of the Jewish temples in Jerusalem, the first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E, and the second in the year 70 by the Roman Empire. But unlike Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, its twin that takes place in early October, Tisha B’Av does not tend to draw crowds to synagogue where the Book of Lamentations is typically read. Even fewer take on the obligatory fast.
This year, however, a host of liberal Jewish organizations are adapting the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av to modern times. They are proposing that Jews across the U.S.