Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wailing Wall



This morning we feature a picture of the Jewish Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. The wall is part of the Temple Mount, and was part of the original Jewish Temple which was destroyed by Titus, a Roman general, in AD 70. In looking at the crowd, I think it might be all men. I wonder what the tradition is/was related to men and women praying at the wall.

9 comments:

  1. A powerful place regardless of faith

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  2. I wish the Western Wall were amongst the places I have prayed at.

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  3. What a wonderful photo!
    Although I am not of the Jewish faith, I can certainly admire their devotion to God and the struggles with which they have endured for thousands of years.
    This holy week it would be nice if we all could find a little more time to devote to our faith--especially the young people out there.
    I was buying gas at the mini mart the other day and I heard a little girl talking to her mother about going to church this Sunday to celebrate the 'bunny's birthday'!
    I swear to Jesus I was fit to be tied and the worst part about it is that the girls mother didn't even take the time to correct her (that is, if she even knew).
    To all the youngsters reading this, I'll say this once and one time only: Easter Sunday is the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ---and you best remember and accept that fact!!!
    Thank you for another inspirational photo, you keep posting them and I'll keep lookin at 'em, young man.

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  4. My wife and I both converted from being Jewish (reformed) to Christian (Born Again, Baptist etc.). We were baptized in 1998. Our daughter followed suit a few years later having come to the same decision on her own.

    As to PJM's question. The orthodox faction of Judaism segregates men from women during religious services. This applies to the Wailing Wall as well.

    John

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  5. John, are women allowed there at a seperate time? Or just not at all? Wonderful picture.

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  6. Hi Amelia, as I recall the Wailing Wall is handled the same as in a synagogue/temple. Women are separate but prayer is simultaneous . In general, prayer at the Wailing Wall can be done whenever you show up. Some do it as a scheduled routine and show up with prayer books etc., but travelers often add something special. They write a prayer on a small piece of paper, fold it up and place it into one of the cracks between the stones of the Wall itself.

    The men depicted are orthodox and live by a strict set of rules. When I was in Israel in 1977 they were a minority of those you would encounter.

    John is my original name. I guess my parents had divine help in choosing it.

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  7. I am not of the Jewish faith but through years of travel have learned something here and there... especially in Israel. As you face the Wailing Wall (or Western Wall of the Temple Mount) the men pray on the left side and the women on the right. Watch the movie "Yentel" with Barbra Striesand. It teaches a bit about how the women of Judaism worship separately from the men.

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  8. Thank you for the information! I am pretty clueless when it comes to most religous customes, but it's interesting to learn about them. :)

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  9. Amazing photo! The people shown here are definitely not Orthodox.I'm not sure exactly what they are though..

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