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Beseeching

The Western Wall

Beseeching

All Israeli men and women, except the Orthodox, are required to serve in the military. Members of the military are often seen at the Western Wall earnestly beseeching the Lord […]


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Trumpeting

The Western Wall

Trumpeting

An Orthodox Jew announces the beginning of a new year with the blowing of a shofar. Psalm 81 commands: "Blow the shofar at the new moon, at the full moon, […]


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Overseeing

The Western Wall

Overseeing

A lonely Orthodox Jew oversees the conduct at the Western Wall, making sure that worshipers observe all the rules. For example, men and women must pray at separate sections of […]


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Celebrating

The Western Wall

Celebrating

Celebrating: Although the Western Wall is often referred to as "The Wailing Wall," many celebrations are conducted at the wall, such as Bar Mitzvahs. The flag of Israel celebrates the […]


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Praying for Peace

The Western Wall

Praying for Peace

The rabbi with the Book prays next to the soldier with the gun. The scene is reminiscent of a passage in Nehemiah 4:17 where it says that the people who […]


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Honoring Israel

The Western Wall

Honoring Israel

A group of Christians from Japan pray at the Western Wall while wearing specially designed vests that honor the nation. This gesture on their part brings to mind the promise […]


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Teaching Children

The Western Wall

Teaching Children

The Orthodox Jews often take their children to the Western Wall to teach them about their spiritual heritage, in conformity with the admonition in Deuteronomy 6:6-7 which states: "You shall […]


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Making Prayer Requests

The Western Wall

Making Prayer Requests

It is traditional to write prayer requests on pieces of paper and then fold the pieces and stuff them into cracks in the Western Wall. Some organizations provide Internet services […]


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Reading the Torah

The Western Wall

Reading the Torah

Orthodox Jews often go to the Western Wall to do formal readings from the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures). This is especially true during feast days.

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Praying at the Western Wall

The Western Wall

Praying at the Western Wall

The wall has been a site for Jewish prayer and pilgrimage for centuries. The earliest source mentioning Jewish attachment to the site dates back to the 4th Century.

It became […]


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