The Western Wall…
We all know that the Western Wall, the Kotel, the Wailing Wall, is the most significant site in the world for the Jewish people. We know that it is the last remnant of our Temple.
We also know that Jews from around the world gather here to pray.
People write notes to G-d and place them between the ancient stones of the Wall.
The Western Wall is visited by millions of visitors a year – Jews and non-Jews alike.
Soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces swear loyalty to their nation and homeland at the Western Wall Plaza.
People from all over the world pay their respects to the Jewish people’s magnificent history by visiting this special site. Here a group of Nigerian Christians pay their respects at the Wall.
In the Jewish religion, women are not allowed to sit and pray with the men. They have a separate area to pray in at the Wall.
This was my third visit to the Kotel. In 1971, when I first visited Israel, the wall had only been under Israeli control for 4 years. It was and still is an emotional experience to stand, pray and reflect at the wall. I look forward to several more visits before we return to the states.