Editorial Review

Association of Jewish Libraries

Cover: Tisha B'Av: A Jerusalem Journey

“A family learns about ancient Jerusalem in the days of the Temple and about the modern observance
of Tisha B’Av in the best and most effective way of all – by exploring ancient sites in a hands-on
way; they dig, they walk, they photograph, they touch, they ask, and they listen to knowledgeable
guides. They walk where their ancestors walked and they learn as they go. The reader’s own tour is
accompanied by gorgeous full- and partial- page color photographs which make the city glow. Sites
visited in Jerusalem’s Old City include the Western Wall, Robinson’s Arch, the underground tunnels
where one can see buried sections of the Wall, and the Temple Mount Sifting Project where tourists
have a chance to become archaeologists themselves. They get a good sense of what life was like in the
days of the Temple and the magnitude of its loss.

When the touring day is over and evening falls, Tisha B’Av begins. The group returns to the Wall
to pray with others and experiences the loss of the ancient Temple through a modern-day lens. A note
with a historical explanation of Tisha B’Av is appended adding more perspective to this beautifully
written and designed book.”—Association of Jewish Libraries

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