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July 2, 2017/8 Tammuz 5777
From Sadness to Joy: Day of Infamy . . .
Events on the 9th of Av
2448/1312 BCE
Spies return from 40 days in Israel with evil reports of the Land of Israel. Jewish people cry in despair, give up hope of entering the Land of Israel. A whole generation is condemned to die in the wilderness.
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3340/421BCE
Destruction of First Temple by the Babylonians, under Nebuchadnezzar. About 100,000 Jews killed during invasion. Exile of remaining tribes in southern kingdom to Babylon and Persia.
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3830/70 CE
Destruction of Second Temple by Romans, under Titus. Over 2,500,000 Jews die as a result of war, famine and disease. Over 1,000,000 Jews exiled to all parts of the Roman Empire. Over 100,000 Jews sold as slaves by Romans. Jews killed and tortured in gladiatorial games and pagan celebrations.
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3892/132 CE
Bar Kochba revolt crushed. Betar destroyed - over 100,00 killed.
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According to Cassius Dio, 580,000 Jews perished in the war and many more died of hunger and disease. In addition, many Judean war captives were sold into slavery. The Jewish communities of Judea were devastated to an extent which some scholars describe as a genocide. The blood of the dead flowed like a gushing stream.
3893/133 CE
Turnus Rufus ploughs site of Temple with salt. Romans build pagan city of Aelia Capitolina on site of Jerusalem.
4855/1095 CE
First Crusade declared by Pope Urban II. 10,000 Jews killed in first month of Crusade. Crusades bring death and destruction to thousands of Jews, totally obliterate many communities in Rhineland and France.