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TISHA B'AV - WE WERE ALL ISRAELIS
THE TWO–THOUSAND-YEAR ROUND TRIP
Judeans were stubborn, independent, quarrelsome people. They disagreed with each other all the time and they disagreed with their rulers – the mighty Romans. There were only a few things that all Judeans ( also called 'Jews') agreed on. They all loved their sunny, hilly homeland – the land of Israel, and they loved God, His Bible, and His Temple on Mt Moriah in Jerusalem.
About 1,900 years ago, when the Romans began to interfere in Temple affairs, the Jews rebelled. They began a brave but hopeless war against the huge Roman Empire. Finally they were beaten, the Temple was destroyed and they were forced to leave their land.
It was very sad, but it wasn’t unusual for those times. The Romans had driven many people from their homes. Others found new homes, forgot the old ones and settled down. But the stubborn Jews could not forget. Every hundred years or so some of them would come back to the land of Israel. They came from Spain, Yemen, Poland, Egypt – from all over the world.
About one hundred years ago, after the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948, many more began to return. These Jews were determined to end their people’s wandering. They would turn the centuries’ long trip into a round trip – from Judea in the land of Israel and back again to the land of Israel.
This 2,000 year–long round trip sounds far away and long ago. But it isn’t. It’s only thirty-nine grandmothers away from each of you.