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TISHA B'AV - THE TEMPLE IS BUILT
A TIME TO REMEMBER ALL OVER THE WORLD
LISA IN SYDNEY
It's my birthday soon. My parents and I started organising my party. My Dad offered to help write my invitations on the computer. I then found out, at Sunday School, that the date we had chosen was just before Tisha B'Av. I spoke to my parents about it and we've decided to make my party a week later. Mum has to phone all our friends to tell them, but she doesn't really mind.
SUSIE IN LONDON
My family and I had a hard decision to make yesterday. Our neighbours, the O'Reillys, have invited us to the wedding of their son. We wanted to go, but the wedding party is during the month of Av. Dad said that the best way to do things, "is to speak to them directly".
Mr and Mrs. O'Reilly were very understanding. We brought a present in to them and they've said that they will invite us soon to watch the video of the wedding.
DOV IN JERSUSALEM
It is summer now in Israel and we have school holidays for nearly three months! My parents have been planning a family trip to Eilat but they have decided to wait until after Tisha B'Av. My Mum said that there is a lot of music and entertainment in the hotels in Eilat and my family don't go to places of entertainment during the Three Weeks.
GOD'S BEAUTIFUL HOUSE
"I am going to build for God the most beautiful house in all the world!" said wise King Solomon. Solomon then sent for King Hiram of Tyre to come to Jerusalem.
"I want you to send me cedar trees from Lebanaon," Solomon told King Hiram, "so that I may build a temple for the Lord. For this, I will send you each year many bushels of wheat and many gallons of olive oil."
King Hiram ordered his men to cut down hundreds of trees in the cedar forests of Lebanon. Then the trees were hauled from the mountain to the sea and put on rafts to be taken to Jerusalem.
From the mines, deep in the earth, men brought gleaming copper, bright silver and shining gold for God's great temple. Hundreds of women sewed on fine silk and gold cloth for the House of the Lord.
For seven years the work went on.
Then one day, King Solomon sent word to the people of Israel, that the great temple was finished.
From all over the land the people came to see the wonderful temple the king had built for God. Not a sound was heard as the priests carried the Holy Ark into the temple. Every head was bowed in prayer and every heart was filled with joy.
Truly, Solomon had built for God the most beautiful temple in all the world!