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    Western Wall

    by mindcrime Written Jul 11, 2014

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    Western Wall is one of the must see attractions in the Old City and by far the holiest spot for Judaism outside Mount Temple. Located in Jewish Quarter it’s part of the retaining wall that surrounded the Second Temple(built in 538BC and destroyed by Romans in 70AD) so this is the closest place that Jews are allowed to pray to where the holiest site for jews once was (Holy of Holies on the Temple Mount). As many others I knew the wall as The Wailing Wall although I always wondered why it took this name as I didn’t know they’re yearning/mourning for the destruction of the Temple.

    Jews gather there day and night to pray along with tourists that take photographs and want to see this historically important place and observe the setting. To enter the square we had to pass through airport type security first where they check your bags and then went down the stairs into the large plaza with the large wall in front of us (pic 1). Have in mind that the western wall is not only the section that faces the large plaza but in reality have sections concealed behind other structures that run along the whole length of the Temple Mount. The plaza was created 2 days after the Six Day (Arab-Israel) War of 1967 when Israeli army demolished the entire Moroccan Quarter in front of the wall! After that the visitors from a maximum of 12,000 per day went up to 400,000!

    I stood there for a while watching jews that were praying, many of them write prayers on small pieces of paper and stick them into the cracks of the wall (check pic 2), some of them seem totally dedicated to the wall, standing under the sun for hours, some of them crying or doing some . If you notice there are only men praying on the biggest part of the wall, the women have their own limited praying section at the right (pic 5). You can go there during Sabbath when they have special celebration but you won’t be allowed to take pictures as electronic devices are forbidden in general (that’s why there are no buses etc) Dress modestly and don’t forget that this is a holy religious site and not just another attraction you just tick on your must do list (and as expected we saw many rude tourists here too as in the church of Holy Sepulchre)

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    Wilson's Arch

    by machomikemd Written Oct 16, 2013

    the Wilson's Arch is a continuation of the Male Prayer area of the Wailing Wall and it was named from the british explorer named Charles William Wilson who found the remains of an roman arch built during the time of Emperor Hadrian of the Roman Empire beside the wailing wall in the 1860's while doing survey work for water works for Jerusalem. Wilson's Arch total leng is 23 meters (75 feet) and the height is about 13 meters (42) feet and only Male Worshippers are allowed inside. Among the Attractions inside the Wilson's Arch is the Torah Ark of which Scrolls of the Torah are out inside (Torah is the OLD TESTAMENT part of the Bible for the Christians) and the Western Stone.

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    The Wailing Wall

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 16, 2013

    The Western Wall and the Plaza is the main area of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem for Jews around the world. It is named the Kotel in Hebrew and the western wall of the Temple Mount is the remains of the Second Temple which was destroyed during the Jewish revolt in 70 AD against the Romans and is the second nearest any jew can connect to the former site of the Holy of Holies of the Second Temple of which is underneath the foundation stone in the Temple Mount is located., found within the Ark of the Covenant that is not under the jurisdiction of the Jerusalem Muslim Waqf. There are underground sections of the western wall nearer to the Temple Mount Foundation stone underneath the tunnels in the muslim quarter.

    The Wailing Wall is divided into the mens and women section due to the protestations of the Ultraorthodox Jews and at present, there is a wooden divider for both. you can see many Jewish Families and religious jews offering prayers and putting letters at the cracks in the walls and also many do the Bar Mitzvah's of the Teenage Sons. On the left side in the mens section is the Hadrian's Arch where the more Orthodox and Ultraorthodox Men pray and stay.

    the wailing wall has about 2,000 square meters of space for prayer for both the mens and women's sections.

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    Western Wall Plaza

    by machomikemd Written Oct 16, 2013

    The Western Wall and the Plaza is the main area of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem for Jews around the world. It is named the Kotel in Hebrew and the western wall of the Temple Mount is the remains of the Second Temple which was destroyed during the Jewish revolt in 70 AD against the Romans and is nearest any jew can connect to the former site of the Holy of Holies of the Second Temple of which is underneath the foundation stone in the Temple Mount is located., found within the Ark of the Covenant.

    The entrance to the Western (Wailing Wall) is via the western wall plaza and there is a strict security on the site of which you and your bags are searched and put into x-ray scanners before going to the plaza. The plaza was created as an area for prayer when Israel captured the Old City in 1967 and upon going to the western wall, it is divided into the men and women's sections and the Robinson's Arch. There are also Rabbinic Jewish Houses in the Western Wall Plaza.

    The Western Wall Plaza is open all year round, 24 hours a day

    Admission is free

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    The Western Wall

    by Luckell Updated Apr 18, 2013

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    When I was in Jerusalem I of course visited the Western Wall. You have surely heard about it. It's an important place for the Jews and many are praying there. You can write a prayer on a paper and put it into the wall if you want. There is countless of prayers and when the wall is full, they will empty it and burn the prayers. It is very cool to be there. I recommend you to visit the Wailing Wall if you are in Jerusalem.

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    The Western (Wailing) Wall

    by leffe3 Updated Jan 29, 2012

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    The most sacred spot in Judaism - the remaining wall of the second temple. A huge plaza (tight security) afronts the place of worship, as orthodox and religious jews congregate throughout the day to pray. As men and women are not allowed to pray together, it is segregated between the genders.

    Friday evenings are the best time to visit as shabbat sets in, with many thousands flocking to the Kotel (Hebrew name), the sound of the faithful singing, their songs and prayers cutting through the air, or Tuesdays - the official days of the Bar Mitzvas (although they happen every day of the week except Saturday).

    Heads must be covered to approach the wall - if you do not have your own kipa or not wearing a cap, kipot are provided.

    There's an undercover section (in the men's part) which also reveals the depth of the wall that continues below the present day floor level.

    Security is extremely tight to access the square. Worth aiming to go through the Old City rather than the Dung Gate entrance. The latter has become the main entrance for groups etc and there can be a long wait.

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    another religious site: wailing wall

    by xaver Written Jan 8, 2012

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    The wailing wall or western wall for jewish is a wall 488 meters high and it is what remains of the second temple of Jerusalem.
    This is the most important religious site for jewish and it attracts thousends of people from all over the world that comes here to pray next to the wall and to put peces of paper with prayer or good will messages into the wall craves.
    It has beel built by king Herod more than 200 years ago and since 1967 it is under Israeli control.Before accessing the wall you have to go through metal detector and your bag into x ray control.

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    Jerusalem Archaelogical Park

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 4, 2011

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    In the shadows of the western wall, and stretching outside the current walls of the Old City is the Jerusalem Archaelogical Park. Formerly just the Ophel Archaelogical Park, new diggings round the south-western corner of the Western Wall and the building of a state of the art virtual exhibition centre (Davidson Centre) has led to this massive expansion and is incorporated into the Jerusalem Archaelogical Park, developed round the oldest settlement of Jerusalem.

    The entrance to the Park is just inside Dung Gate and the access road to the Western Wall. Start at the Davidson Centre, which includes models of Jerusalem as well as introductory films about ancient Jerusalem. Once outside, the walls of the 2nd Temple (and which are now the walls of the Mosque) tower above you. Here you will find the original foundations of shops, buildings etc that lined Herodian Street - the main throughfare of Jerusalem at the time of the 2nd Temple. Some 20 metres above you is what was once the main entrance into the Temple complex (access now destroyed - when the Romans destroyed the 2nd Temple, they dislodged the stones that formed the access ramp, hurling the huge stones to the streets below. Many of these rocks remain in situ today).

    'Round the corner' is the Umayyad Palace foundations from the 6th & 7th century - now an immense courtyard of foundations and columns with access to the city ramparts. Through a small gate is access to the Ophel Archaelogical Park, which is officially outside the walls of the Old City. Abutting the southern wall of the 2nd Temple, the Hula Gates are to be found (or the remains - they are now bricked in), which were the 2nd and 3rd entrances to the Temple.

    It's a huge complex - and although there is little more than foundations and exterior walls to be found, its a fascinating new addition to what's on offer in Jerusalem.

    Entrance fee: NIS 30, Open Sunday-Thursday, 9am - 5pm, Friday 9am - 3pm

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    The Holiest Jewish Site on Earth

    by iblatt Updated Apr 22, 2011

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    Over two thousand years ago the Second Temple was standing in Jerusalem, on Mt. Moriah. In the first century AD it was completely rebuilt by King Herod, a magnificent structure. In the year 70 AD the Temple was destroyed by the Romans, who had just crushed the Jewish Rebellion. All that remained after the destruction of the Temple was part of the western part of the wall surrounding the Temple grounds.

    For two thousand years, when Jews were scattered all over the world (after being exiled from their homeland by the Romans), they used to direct their prayers to this remaining outer wall of the Temple, the Western Wall, which then became the Wailing Wall, the wall where Jews were mourning their loss and praying for a better future.

    To this very day this is the focal point for every Jew wherever he may be. Jews from every corner of the world come here, pray, write down their wishes on small paper notes and put them between the mighty stones of the Wall. And mighty they are, testimony to the terrific builder that King Herod was.

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    The open air synagogue

    by stevemt Updated Mar 13, 2011

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    This is a very special place.

    To get to it you have to go through body scanners and have any bags xrayed.

    I was there on a saturday so no photo's were allowed unfortunatly

    A place where everyone should go and experience

    I did manage to get one photo at very long range

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    Western Wall

    by Mikebb Updated Feb 6, 2011

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    Our visit to the "Wailing Wall" was towards late afternoon and it was still crowded. Visitors can walk up to the Wailing Wall, but custom says you must have your head covered. Disposable hats are available.

    Some members of our group went down to the wall, however we observed respect and looked on from a distance.

    Many people put small pieces of paper, containg their special prayer, into cracks in the wall.

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    Bar Mitzvah

    by leffe3 Updated Sep 4, 2010

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    If you're in the Old City on Tuesdays, head for the Western (Wailing) Wall - the traditional day for Bar Mitzvah celebrations at the Holiest of Jewish sites. As the 13 year old boy reaches maturity and manhood, and is now seen as old enough to be 'responsible' for himself, no longer the spiritual responsibility of his parents, so many Bar Mitzvahs take place at the Wall.

    It is mainly overseas 'pilgrims' that undertake the celebration here and it is a cacophony of noise, celebration and joy. It's quite an amazing sight, with many celebrations taking place simultaneously.

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    Western Wall Plaza

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 15, 2010

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    In Judaism the Western Wall is venerated as the sole remnant of the Holy Temple. It has become a place of pilgrimage for Jews. So the Western Wall Plaza is always full of people – Jews and Christian pilgrims and tourists.

    You can watch my 8 min 41 sec HD Video Jerusalem Wailing Wall Pesakh out of my Youtube channel.

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    Western Wall

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 15, 2010

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    The Western Wall is also known as the Wailing Wall or simply the Kotel, and as al-Buraaq Wall in Arabic. It is an important Jewish religious site located in the Old City.
    Just over half the wall, including its 17 courses located below street level, dates from the end of the Second Temple period, being constructed around 19 BCE by Herod the Great. The remaining layers were added from the 7th century onwards.

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    The Holiest of Holy Places - The Western Wall

    by TravellerMel Written Dec 28, 2009

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    The holiest of holy places of Israel is The Jerusalem Western Wall. The Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, is the remains of a vast retaining wall built by Herod around the Temple Mount; this is the most visible structure remaining from The Second Temple (517 BCE - 70 CE). It attracts thousands of Jewish worshippers daily, who come to pray and lay out their problems and seek for heavenly guidance.

    It is believed the Divine Presence of G-d rests on the Western Wall more than other places by virtue of its proximity to the Western Wall of the Holy of Holies in the Temple. (Exodus 2:2 and Song of Songs 2:4)

    The entrance to and the area in front of the wall is separated by gender. When I was there (the first time - we made several trips back to the Wall during our stay in Jerusalem), there were Bar Mitzvah ceremonies going on, which we women could only observe by standing on a chair and looking over the separating wall...

    It is believed that if you write a prayer on a slip of paper and place it into the cracks of the Wall, the prayer goes directly to G-d. The notes are collected twice a year and buried on the Mount of Olives. Someone on our tour bus asked if we, as Christians, could place a prayer in the Wall; our tour guide smiled and replied "we share the same G-d".

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