A glimpse at the 12 million people who visited the Western Wall in the past year

by Chaya Cikk

This is just a glimpse of what goes on at the Western Wall. The Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish People. It is the only outer wall, that was not burned down when the Second Temple was destroyed.

Western Wall

The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish People. This was the mountain that the Temple once stood. The Temple was the House of God, a place where the Jews brought sacrifices too and had a close connection to God. In 70CE the Second Temple was destroyed and this was the only wall left that went untouched. A wall that was part of the courtyard to the holiest place, the last remaining connection to the House of God.

Furthermore, this is the place where no matter where a Jew is. Whether South Africa, America, Brazil, Australia or Argentina they pray facing the Western Wall. It is one of the most visited sites in all of Israel. People come from all over the world to visit this Holy site.

A Glimpse

The Western Wall is one of the most visited sites in all of Israel. Many famous people come here and pray. For example, Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations. Mike Pompeo the Secretary of State. The Governor of New York, the President of Moldova and Liberia. Most recently Jennifer Lopez visited the Holy site.

Additionally, not only do people come to visit the Western Wall. But many events take place here. The last night of Selichot, many thousands of people gather here to ask God for forgiveness and seal us in the Book of Life. Parades on Independence Day and Jerusalem Day take place here, there are endless singing and dancing. An experience one will never forget.

Other events include Hanukah, where the lighting of the Hanukiah is done ever night. Also, a huge event, the Priestly Blessing which is done twice a year on Passover and Sukkot. Quite a sight to see.

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