The Western Wall or otherwise known as
"Hakotel HaMa'aravi" or simply the "Kotel" is a Jewish religious site
located in the Old City of Jerusalem. The wall itself dates back from
the Second Temple period (516 BCE - 70 CE).,
It is also sometimes known as the "wailing Wall referring to the Jews
who come to the site to mourn the destruction of the holy temple and
to place prayers in the walls crevices written on notes.
At any time of the day you can find Jewish men and women praying
at the wall which is actually an outdoor synagogue.
Bar mitzva celebrations and other ceremonies are held here such as
graduation and end of Army Basic training in the Army.
It is also a tradition to place prayers and wishes on pieces of
paper and push them in the the crevices and cracks in the wall and
if you look closely you can see thousands of pieces of paper.
Gifts, sovenirs and Judaica
Books on the Kotel
How to get to the Western Wall
from Tel Aviv
Take road no. 1 to Jerusalem and when you arrive to the entrance to
Jerusalem you should see on your right side the "Binyanei
Hauma". Carry on staight thru Ben Zvi Traffic light *the fourth
traffic light) and then turn left. On the left hand side of the fork
take RamBan street and the road takes you right, take the next left
turn and at the end of the street take another left and then carry
on straight on a street called
Agron, cross the next traffic light go straight till the end of the
road and then turn right and after approx.20-30 meters at the next
traffic light turn left and then left again which leads you to the
old city. Find the Jaffa Gate and enter to the Old city carry on
straight untill you arrive at the Wall.
Parking is not a problem but
consult with the police and the security personal situated there.
mitzva at the Kotel
If you want to host an unforgetable, holy and beatiful Bar Mitzvah's
celebrate it at the Kotel it will be an occassion that will be
talked about not only by the Bar Mitzvah boy but all his family and
guests as well.
Blessing and prayer
a note on the wall
excavations began round about the time of the end of the six Day Ware by
Israel's Ministry of Religious Affairs it started by
exposing the continuation of the wall and lasted almost twenty years and
revealed many previously unknown facts
and geography of the Temple Mount.
The excavations include many archaelogical finds and descoveries from the
Herodian period (including streets and monumental masonry) amongs others.
The remains of a water channel which originally supplied water to the Temple
Mount were found which apparantly dates back as far as the Hasmonean period
and was named the "Hasmonean Channel"
One of the biggest stones in the Western Wall which is sometimes called the
Western Stone is also revealed inside the tunnel and is one of the heaviest
objects ever moved manually by human beings.
The stone has a length of 13.6 meters and an estimated width of between 3.5
and 4.5 meters; estimates place its weight at 570 tons.
Western Wall at night
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kotel , The Western Wall , holly wall, Western Wall, barmitzva, bar