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    • sheila
    • 11.08.11 | 12:18 (IDT)

    Nadav - I can tell you that in England many, many modern orthodox (people who go to the cinema, read newspapers and good literature - not charedim) do fast. They do this in recognisance of the fact that most of our problems started with the churban bayit sheni - from the exile/enslavement by the Romans, to the Spanish Inquisition, to the pogroms in Russia, Egypt and Iraq, to the Holocaust... yes, we have Jerusalem - but we owe it to our ancestors to remember their suffering.

    from the article: When did Tisha B'Av become a national fast day?
    First published 02:14 11.08.11 | Last updated 02:14 11.08.11
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