I like people and places that inspire and the Western Wall in Jerusalem is just that. The presence of deep sadness and mourning is undeniable there, yet alongside it runs a strong current of joy, as the rawest of human emotions meets the awesome power of hope. Witnessing this is an incredibly touching experience that even the most deadest of hearts would respond to.
The Wall is part of a surviving structure of the Temple Mount, which was the center of the spiritual world before it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. It’s considered especially sacred due to its location near the part of the Temple known as the Holy of Holies and also symbolic of the resilience of the Jewish people, as it remained standing after each of the nine times Jerusalem was destroyed and rebuilt.
Millions of people from all over the world come to pray at the Western Wall, which is also called the Wailing Wall due to the expressions of grief commonly heard there.
Many prayer notes are left in the Wall’s crevices which are emptied out twice a year, prayed over by a Rabbi and buried in the Mount of Olives. What a comforting thought that is.
It’s an awe inspiring and humbling place, stuffed with emotions. An inexplicable feeling of peace was felt by me and everyone in the group I was with.