A video that a Jerusalem religious educational organization released on YouTube ahead of the Tisha Be’av fast has received significant attention from the Egyptian press and public in the five days since it was posted.
The video, which the Temple Institute says is designed to “change the way people think about the Temple and the commandment to rebuild it,” has garnered almost 200,000 hits in five days. It depicts two children building a sand-castle model of the Temple on a beach, and fleetingly features a copy of The Jerusalem Post open to an article about new Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi.
Tisha Be’av, the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av, which falls out on Saturday night and Sunday this year, is the second- most important fast in the Jewish calendar and commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples, as well as several other tragedies that befell the Jewish people during its history.
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