Amona residents recite kinot on the ruins of the town

Residents of the town of Amona gather near the ruins of the community on the eve of Tisha B'Av.

Benny Tocker ,

Demolition of homes in Amona
Demolition of homes in Amona
Hadas Parush/Flash 90

The residents of the town of Amona, who were evicted from their homes on February 1, on Monday evening recited kinot (elegies) near the ruins of their community.

The rabbi of the community, Rabbi Yair Frank, told Arutz Sheva earlier about the feelings of the residents on the eve of Tisha B'Av.

"Since the expulsion a few months ago, we are looking forward to the construction of Amichai, a new community in the Shilo area,” he said.

"But there are times like today when the heart allows itself to be flooded with the pain and longing for the place where we lived for twenty years, where big and small things happened that were taken from us, and on this very evening, on Tisha B'Av, we feel it more,” said Rabbi Frank, who noted that the recitation of kinot near the ruins of Amona only intensifies the painful feelings.

"We do not give up for a moment and we do not forget Amona. Every Friday we return to pray there, and tonight we will gather at the site of the ruined synagogue and recite kinot.”

"The pain connects with the construction of Amichai, but we also believe that the next stage will come, and that is - rebuilding Amona in its place. As our sages say, God will in the future bring back communities that were destroyed,” the rabbi added.