The ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av (Tisha B’Av) is a thoroughly unlucky day, observed as a strict fast by the observant. Traditionally, it marks:
1. The destruction of the First Temple by the Babylonians and the beginning of the Exile.
2. The sack of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans.
3. The failure of Bar Kochba’s revolt.
4. The expulsion from Spain.
This year, it will also mark the arrival of Mitt Romney in Israel. (He’s buzzing in for a fund-raiser right after the fast ends.)
Seems to me this is just piling on. As a great rabbi once said, “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (or, in the words of a contemporary translation, “The day has troubles enough of its own”).
Typical Romney: kicking a day that’s already down.