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Titus: (c. 40-81 CE) Son of Vespasian, uncle of Onkelos, emperor of Rome from 79 to 81 CE. He went to Judea to help his father, who was then general of the Roman army, quell the Jewish rebellion there. When his father returned to Rome upon being appointed emperor, Titus completed the destruction begun by his father, burning the Temple and massacring and exiling the Jews. Upon returning to Rome, a gnat entered his nose and pecked at his brain for years, until Titus' death.
"Wicked one, the son of a wicked one, descendant of Esau the wicked, I have an insignificant creature in My world called a gnat. Come ashore and do battle with it!"
To the roar of cheering crowds, the Jewish prisoners marched through the imperial city, bearing holy Temple vessels.
On the 9th of Av, Tisha B'Av, the Romans entered the Bais Hamikdash, late in the afternoon setting it on fire.
Despite the depiction of the Temple menorah on the Arch of Titus, Chabad makes a point of depicting the menorah with straight, diagonal branches. Why?
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