Western Wall – Jerusalem

The Western Wall (or Wailing Wall) is all that’s left of the Second Temple at the foot of the Temple Mount and is one of the holiest sites in Judaism. The Second Temple was destroyed during the Siege of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD. Every day Jews go to the Western Wall to pray and to lament the destruction of the second temple, and some write prayers on pieces of paper and leave them in the wall.

The Western Wall is always under heavy security. We were only allowed to enter after we went through metal detectors and covered our heads (public kippahs were given at the entrance). To the left of the Western Wall is a room/grotto containing prayer rooms and hundreds of prayer books. Behind the Western Wall lies the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, which is only open to visitors at select times.

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~ by jonathanmtsai on October 15, 2010.

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