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April 26, 2003
There are also a few beggars who hang around waiting for the unsuspecting tourists (rather rare these days), and soldiers and young boys celebrating their bar mitvahs (coming of age at 13 years old).
From journal Jerusalem,the Holy Land
by Lori Lynn
March 10, 2003
Explore the Jewish quarter and you will find excavations of the old city and many hidden museums. Be aware that if you are visiting on a Friday/Saturday that everything will be shut tight for Shabbat.
From journal Jerusalem - An unforgettable city
London, United Kingdom
July 25, 2001
The wailing wall is the last remain of the Jewish Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70AD, and as such is the holiest Jewish site in the world. It has significance to Muslims too, not only does it stand adjacent and supporting the al-Haram from which the Profit Mohamed ascended to heaven, but it is also considered to be the site where he tethered his horse before his flight.
The sheer size of the wall is outstanding, dwarfing the large esplanade at its foot. Thousands of devotees come to the wall for prayers, and on Sabbaths and religious festivals the esplanade spills over with religious fervor. The Wall is also believed to be a direct point of communication to god, and the gaps between the gigantic stones, which make up the wall, constitute God's post box. Religious Jews write down their prayers on slips of paper, leaving them between the rocks for God to read. These papers are removed every so often, and buried carefully, as it is forbidden to treat them with disrespect.
The faithful stand, dwarfed by the massive stones too high and sheer for them to climb. Their hands often grasping the cold stone, bodies rocking back and forth, whispers, cries and wails of joy, anger, love and sorrow. The wailing wall.
From journal Jerusalem, the golden city