Western Wall

Western Wall

A highlight on all my tours that I lead is a visit to the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.  In fact, on the evening that we arrive in Jerusalem for our first night, I always lead an optional walking tour to the Western Wall. Seeing the Wall all lit up at night is a spectacular scene.

Ultra Orthodox man praying at the Wall

Ultra Orthodox man praying at the Wall

The Western Wall (also called the Wailing Wall as Jews literally cried in joy when Israel captured the Old City of Jerusalem during the 1967 War) actually dates back 2,000 years and served a a retaining wall for Herod’s expanded Temple Mount.  Layers of these Herodian stones can still be seen, especially at the SW corner.  The length of the Western Wall is about 1,500 feet.

Western Wall at night

Western Wall at night

The prayer area of the Wall (Kotel) is divided into a men’s and women’s section.  Jews gather daily for prayer and various celebrations (e.g. Bar Mitzvah’s typically on Monday’s and Thursday’s. This Kotel area is even used by the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) for initiations and memorials.

Th web site, www.thekotel.org is a great site to see live streaming video anytime day or night.  Another Jewish site, www.aish.com is another web site that provides a live webcam.

Here’s an amazing video (with an young energetic guide) featuring the entire 1,500 foot length of the Western Wall:

 

The Western Wall is a special place to be!

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