We are in the Hebrew month of Av, and today is the 9th of Av, Tisha B'Av.
It is a sad day of fasting and remembering the destruction of the First and the Second Temples and other calamities that befell the Jewish people throughout history on this day.
When the Roman legions attacked, Josephus writes that it was the rivers of blood flowing down the city's streets that extinguished the fires burning Jerusalem.
To celebrate their triumph over the Jews in 70 CE, the Romans erected a monumental arch at the Forum in Rome.
One of its reliefs depicts soldiers carrying off sacred objects from the Temple.
. . . Where is the gold menorah now?
See about the religious observance of Tisha B'Av in my earlier posts.
The two photos above are from the Tower of David Museum.
May we know no more destruction.
(Linking to ABC Wednesday.)