Sunday, May 12, 2019

Israel's Western Wall: Unforgettable Images!

Today, we visiting one of the holiest places in Judaism, the Western Wall.

The term Western Wall and its variations are mostly used in a narrow sense for the section traditionally used by Jews for prayer; it has also been called the "Wailing Wall", referring to the practice of Jews weeping at the site over the destruction of the Temples. During the period of Christian Roman rule over Jerusalem (ca. 324–638), Jews were completely barred from Jerusalem except to attend Tisha be-Av, the day of national mourning for the Temples, and on this day the Jews would weep at their holy places. The term "Wailing Wall" was thus almost exclusively used by Christians, and was revived in the period of non-Jewish control between the establishment of British Rule in 1920 and the Six-Day War in 1967. The term "Wailing Wall" is not used by Jews, and increasingly not by many others who consider it derogatory.

In a broader sense, "Western Wall" can refer to the entire 488-metre-long (1,601 ft) retaining wall on the western side of the Temple Mount. The classic portion now faces a large plaza in the Jewish Quarter, near the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount.

We came to the Western Wall after a long morning walk through the Jewish Quarter and lunch at the Quarter Cafe which overlooks a portion of this vast area. It is customary for those who visit to pray and place prayer requests written on small pieces of paper within the wall's crevices. The photos from this revered place speak for themselves.

All photos copyright 2019 by Dan Cirucci.

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