"The Western Wall" Wailing Wall - Western Wall Tip by Goner

Wailing Wall - Western Wall, Jerusalem: 61 reviews and 136 photos

  Prayers at the Wall
by Goner

The Western Wall is the only part left of the ramparts that surrounded the holy Temple of the Jews built by Solomon and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar. Jews gather here to weep and pray on these ruins. It was the Christians who named it the "Wailing Wall" because of all the tears shed by the Jews. The Jews call it Ha-Kotel Ha-Maaravi.

The Jews believe there is a divine presence hovering above it and that the dew drops that cover the hyssop and wild caper plants growing between the stones are tears being shed for the sorrow of Israel.

The wall area is divided into the men's and women's side, if you aren't paying attention (like I wasn't) you will raise quite a commotion if you enter the wrong side...

Each year on the 9th of Av (July-August), there are at least ten thousand people gathered at the Kotel to say prayers of mourning.

One postman delivers and places all mail addressed to God or the Wailing Wall and places is in the crevices in the Wall. You can visit www.westernwall.org and sent a prayer you can have placed in the Wailing Wall.

Directions: In the Jewish Quarter of the Old Jerusalem
Phone: +972 2-627-1333
Website: http://www.westernwall.org

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 24, 2003
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