Today is a fairly quiet day – the day of mourning called Tisha B'Av.
This is the day in the Hebrew calendar where the First and Second Temples were destroyed. The First Temple, was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, and 656 years later – the second temple by the Romans in 70 AD.
Most people came and went, without much disturbance. There was some political statements and demonstrations – but for most it was a time to pray, and read the book of Lamentations.
For some there are additional points in history that are remembered. These would be negative days in light of Jewish history.
Sadly, in the country today – four families mourn the loss of their loved ones whose lives were claimed in three different automobile accidents. I can't imagine combining the significance of the day's memoriam – with the loss of a loved one… oh how that must hurt.
There is another family in pain – the Schalits, who received a few hundred people today in there protest tent located next to the Prime Ministers official residence.
It is their son how sits in captivity in Gaza under Hamas's control. There is traction in the declared desire to get him freed – but no real advances in the negotiations to free the hundreds of Palestinians held in Israeli jails for young Gilads' return.
These individual hearts, join many in the Jewish nation, who wonder why calamity falls – and even so on this particular day in their Hebrew calendar.
I do not have the answer – but do know of God's great love. God wants to sheppard us, and we do well to acknowledge our dependence upon Him for the lives (and our 'Temples') to be channels of joy, lived out quietly in peace with both God and man.
Middle East Correspondent