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Tomb of the great Tanaic sage Rabbi Judah bar Ilai. Each 9th of Av he would then sit down in the lowest place of his house, between the oven and the stove appear as if a very close relative was laying dead before him as he mourned the destruction of the Temple.
Living only a generation after the destruction of the Second Temple, Rabbi Yehuda bar Ilai fully comprehended this significant loss, greatly mourning this tragedy and helped form the tradition of the 'Seudat Mafseket'. On the evening proceeding the 9th of Av his students would bring Rabbi Yehuda a 'Seudat Hamafseket' - 'Separation Meal' composed of only dry bread and salt. He would then sit down in the lowest place of his house, between the oven and the stove, eat the bread and drink water and appear as if a very close dead relative was laying before him.
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