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Wailing Wall

Sergey Dolya • 4 minutes read • March 24th, 2016

The Wailing Wall

is a preserved part of the Western Wall of the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 AD. Since then, no one has managed to build the Third Temple on this spot. Kotel is one of the holiest sites for the Jewish people, as it is a symbol of hope and the rebirth of the nation of Israel. The name comes from the fact that Jewish people from around the world mourn the destruction of the Second Temple.
The length of the Western Wall is almost 1600 feet (485 meters). The area in front is divided by a fence into 2 parts: the left side is for men and the right is for women:

General view. Wailing Wall is on the left:

There is a tradition where visitors notes with requests between the stones of the wall. Periodically, these notes are removed from the wall and buried in a special cemetery for notes:

Near the

Kotel

, boys who have reached the age of thirteen years (Bar Mitzvah) are called to read the Torah for the first time:

Mothers, sisters and grandmothers watch this process from behind the wall:

After the reading, the Torah is carried in a special box towards the Wall:

Friends of the boy celebrating his Bar Mitzvah gather around him and throw candies into the crowd:

More pictures near the wall:


Some worshippers wear a Tefillin - special accessories for prayer:

Below, a gift to Israel from Vadim Rabinovich from Ukraine, member of the European Jewish parliament - a golden menorah, weighing 238 pounds (108 kilograms), which will decorate the Third Temple, when it is built:
Author: Sergeydolya
Source: sergeydolya.livejournal.com

Translated by: Gian Luka

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