Jews, Tisha B’Av, and World War I

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tisha bav world war iBrief discussion of the anniversary of Tisha B’Av, the onset of World War I, and its implications for Jewish History.

About Henry Abramson

Henry Abramson, PhD is Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Touro College South, Miami and is the author of several works in Jewish history and thought. @hmabramson

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  1. Why does WW1 and not WW2 get commemorated? After all, when you think of an event synonymous with Jewish tragedy, it is the second war, not the first. Well, the answer is easy. The second war did not occur on Tisha B’Av, so we resort of some sort of “linked” event to remember a tragedy rather than the tragedy itself. Technically, WW1 did not start on Tisha B’Av as Austria had already declared war on Serbia before Tisha B’Av.

    In a sense, we are simply cherry picking what to include and what not to include.

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