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  7/27/2012, Av 8, 5772

2012 Olympics Starts Friday

The 2012 Olympic Games will start Friday with an opening ceremony at 9 p.m. Of Israel’s 37 delegates to the Olympics, roughly half will not participate in the opening festivities.

Friday evening, in addition to being the start of Shabbat, is also the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av, the day of national Jewish mourning for the Temple, although fasting and mourning are pushed off this year until after the Sabbath.