On the evening of 31 July, begins Tisha b’av – the Jewish day of national mourning to commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Jerusalem temples. This date was an expression of persecution that accompanied the Jews for thousands of years of history.
On the eve of memorial day, Sephardi chief Rabbi Yosef Itzhak and Deputy Finance Minister Yitzhak Cohen visited the laboratory for the conservation of the Dead sea scrolls, antiquities authority. They were shown the oldest manuscript of «lamentations» books, traditionally read on 9 AV.
The age of the manuscripts found in the Qumran caves near the Dead sea. is about 2,000 years. «Lamentations» also known as «the scroll of lamentations» by the first word of the text, meaning «like», talks about the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar in the year 586 BC.
The book consists of five chapters, is one of the most important in the Jewish tradition. It not only tells of the suffering of the Jews, but also wonders why God made them. This question the Jews had to ask throughout its history.
«The Dead sea scrolls – the earliest evidence of the continuity of the Jewish tradition of millenniums. It is our national treasure,» said chief Rabbi after he read the first Chapter of ancient manuscripts. He admitted that he found it difficult to hide my feelings.
«We hold these scrolls, their content is exactly what has preserved the Jewish people during two millennia of exile. We must pass the baton on to our progeny. This is evidenced by the visit of the distinguished guests,» — said the head of the Department of antiquities of Israel hason.