Monday, 8 February 2016

The Wonder Of The Western Wall In Jerusalem

For Jews, the Western Wall in Jerusalem is the holiest place on Earth. As a spectacular relic, it's not much, simply a chunk of a retaining wall built around the Temple Mount, the raised area that housed the original temples.

As a religious experience, it's surprisingly relaxed. Orthodox Jews and tourists meander around the plaza as if it's an Old World bazaar.

The Wall.

Prayer tables and lecterns. The on-going rite of passage, the bar mitzvah.

Payer time.

Changing times. Reading prayers and checking your messages. Or is there a Western Wall app? Probably. Leftovers from a bar mitzvah, books and candy wrappers.

Western Wall portrait. This young gentlemen, from New York, is in Israel studying.

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