Tisha B’Av commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem and the subsequent exile of the Jews from the Land of Israel. The day also commemorates other tragedies which occurred on the same day. It is a fast day and is regarded as the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. Due to the solemnity of the day, ritual practices parallel those of a traditional mourner at shiva, specifically sitting on the floor. While not required, congregants are encouraged to sit on the floor during the reading of Aychah, the Book of Lamentation.
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