The Western Wall, Wailing Wall or Kotel. Ten Things You Should Know

The Western Wall, Wailing Wall or Kotel. Ten Things You Should Know
Isabel del Rio

The Western Wall, Wailing Wall or Kotel. Ten things you should know about this sacred place.

The Western Wall, Wailing Wall or Kote. Ten Things You Should Know

Jewish Legion soldiers at the Western Wall after British conquest of Jerusalem, 1917

1.- The Western Wall refers to a 187 foot (57 m) exposed section of ancient wall placed at the western flank of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It’s set aside for prayer.

2.- The Temple Mount is one of the most important religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem. It’s the holiest site in Judaism, where God’s divine presence is manifested more than any other place. It has been used as a religious site for thousands of years.

3.- Also other religious traditions have made use of the Temple Mount: Judaism, Ancient Roman religion, Christianity and Islam.

4.- Early Jewish writings spoke about the “western wall of the Temple”. However, there is doubt if they are referring to today Western Wall.

5.- In the 11th century, Ahimaaz ben Paltiel refers to the Western Wall visible today.

The Western Wall, Wailing Wall or Kote. Ten Things You Should Know

“Jews’ Place of Wailing, 1844.” Engraving by E.Challis after an etching by W.H.Bartlett, 1844

6.- It was after the Roman defeat of the Bar Kokhba revolt when Jews were banned from Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount was destroyed (except the Western Wall.)

7.- Afterwards, when the Roman Empire became Christian in the 4th century, Jews were given permission to visit Jerusalem once a year, to lament the loss of the Temple Mount at the Western Wall.

8.- In 5th century, Jews wrote to Byzantine empress Aelia Eudocia looking permission to pray by the ruins of the Temple and to live in Jerusalem again. Permission was granted.

9.- In early 1920, the first Jewish-Arab dispute over the Wall occurred.

10.- After the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, Rabbi Yehuda Meir Getz was named the overseer of proceedings at the wall. After Rabbi Getz’s death, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz was given the position.

Video: The Western Wall by Israeli Taxi.

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  • Star Messenger

    Is the Western Wall the last remnants of Solomon’s Temple? For hundreds of years Jews and the goyim have prayed at the “Wailing Wall”. But, is G*d honoring their prayers? Would G*d honor prayers to Moloch? Not really. So, why would G*d honor the miss-guided prayers at the so-called Western Wall? You decide after viewing this video:

  • Metatron

    You spelled the name wrong. It’s the kotel, not the kote.

  • Moriel Ever

    You’re wrong about the Kotel being the holiest place.
    Our (the jews) holiest place is the mountain itself, Har Habait (The mountain of the house), where Beit Hamikdash (The Holy Temple) stood.
    Not the Kotel Hama’ravi (The Western Wall), which by the way, is really on the other side of what is called the Kotel, mostly covered with the land that the Goyim (the Non-Jews) had amassed there to hide the remnents of Beit Hamikdash.

Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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