Mount of Olives c. 1899The 9th of Av/ Tisha B’av

“On the anniversary of the day when the city fell and was destroyed by the Roman, there are crowds who mourn, old women and old men dressed in tatters and rags, and from the Top of the Mount of Olives this throng laments over the destruction of its sanctuary. Still their eyes flow with tears, still their hands tremble and their hair is disheveled, but already guards demand pay for the right to weep.

Source: Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations

Temple Mount

“So when you see standing in the holy place the abomination that causes desolation: or to the statue of the mounted Hadrian, which stands to this very day on the site of the Holy of Holies.”

Source: Jerome, Commentaries on Isaiah 2.8: Matthew 24.15