Kotel Life View

The Kotel is also known as Ha-Kotel Ma'aravi, the Western Wall and the Wailing Wall. Kotel is located in the Old City of Jerusalem and is part of the remains of the second Temple. The Kotel is considered the holiest site in Judaism because of its proximity to the destroyed ancient Temples and to the place where Holy of Holies used to reside. It is said that the gateway to heaven is situated directly above the wall.

The Western Wall is saId to be the permanent home of Shekjhunah, the woman-like embodiment of the devine presence. The legend has it that on the Nineth of Av a white dove perches on the wall and weeps over the destruction of the temple.

Only a small portion of the Western Wall is exposed. There is almost 500 feet of the wall that is buried under ground. It can be viewed by visiting the Western Wall Tunnels that were cleared by Israeli archeologists over the last 20 years. 

During the British Mandate over Palestine (1922-1947) the Western Wall was under control of Supreme Moslem Council. Jews were forbidden to place tables or chairs near the wall, which made it especially difficult for elderly during the long prayers. Blowing of the shofar was not allowed.

Under the Armistice agreement of 1949,  the  Jordanians agreed to allow the Jews access to the Western Wall and Mount of Olives but never lived up to their commitments. No Jew was allowed to visit the Kotel until 1967 when Israel took control of the Holy City.

The Western Wall fell under the Israeli control during the Six-Day War. On June 7th of 1967 Israeli paratroopers stormed the Temple Mount  compound trough the Lions Gate. At the Western Wall General  Goren blew the shofar and said Kaddish, the mourner's prayer, for his fallen comrades. General Moshe Dayan wrote a prayer on a note and inserted it between the stones. The note read "We have reunited the capital of Israel never to part it again. To our Arab neighbors we offer, even now, our hand in peace".

What is today a Western Wall Plaza used to be part of the Moghrabi or Moroccan Quarter built during the Ayyubid rule around 1200. Only few meters separated the Wall from the Moghrabi houses leaving a very narrow strip for Jews to pray. On June 7th, 1967 the neighborhood was razed by Israeli forces.

Talmud teaches that all prayers ascend to the  heavens through Western Wall in Jerusalem.  One of the ancient  Jewish  traditions that are going back hundreds of years is to place a prayer, written on a small piece of paper, or Tzetel into a crack in the Western Wall.

The Temple Mount is encircled by the Western Wall, the Southern Wall and the Eastern Wall. The original Northern Wall was most likely demolished during the Middle Ages. The Northern wall and the northern section of the Western wall are currently hidden behind residential buildings.



Kotel (Western Wall) Gallery

Thus says the LORD: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city. ZECHARIAH (8:3)
  Western Wall - Kotel  
   Father and Son Celebrating Sukot at Kotel - GPO Pictures - Photo by Amos ben Gershon  
Dialog with God   Sukot    Torah Study
  Shabbat at Kotel    
  notes to God dreamstime by  by Mikhail_levit
Hope Blowing Shofar at Kotel   Notes to God
  Celebration by Moshe Milner National Photo Collection 
Solace     Kotel - Women's Section   Celebration  
Torah   Kotel - Menora   Day at Kotel  
Gateway to Heaven   Shadow   Tzitzit  
Soldiers by Avi Ohayon National Photo Gallery 
Flagman   Ariel Sharon   Soldiers  
Women Praying by Alpert Nathan National Photo Collection  Tisha Be'av Prayer at Kotel - GPO Pictures - Photo by Amos ben Gershon
Women Praying Pope John Paul II   Tisha Be'av  
  Byrd's Eye View by Avi Ohayon National Photo Collection 
Brothers  Women Soldiers at Kotel   Byrd's Eye View 
Flag Over Kotel by Moshe Milner National Photo Gallery     
Flag Over Kotel Hands of Beleiver White Dove
President Trump at Western Wall  Jerusalem Western Wall Hanukiah Vice President Mike Pence 
President Trump  Western Wall Hanukiah VP Mike Pence  
Watchman by Moshe Milner National Photo Gallery Devotion by Amos Ben Gershon National Photo Gallery Make a wish by Mak Neyman National Photo Collection 
The Watchman Devotion Make a Wish