Forty four years ago the barriers which divided Jerusalem into two came down and the city was once again united and open to anyone, of any religion, who wanted to visit and pray at the holy places.
Until then, Jews had only been able to gaze from afar at their holiest site, the Kotel, the remains of the the Western Wall of the Temple which was closest to the holiest spot inside the Temple.
Now we are free again to come and pour our hearts out in prayer and in thanks.
Prayers, dreams, hopes and wishes tucked into the crevices between the stones.
A day doesn’t go by that I don’t thank G’d for the privilege of living here; of bringing up my children and grandchildren here in the city that so many millions of Jews over the centuries could only dream of. There is nowhere else in the world where we feel so close and connected to our past and to G’d.Nowhere in the world is it easier to be a Jew.
Tour guides walk around with the Tenach in their hands as a guide book and point out places to to visitors that they had only heard about in Religious studies lessons.
Every day ‘new‘ artifacts from our past are being dug up showing us how our ancestors lived and connecting us irrevocably . Below is a section of King David’s Palace in Ir David ( David’s City) which is being excavated in the valley below the Kotel
The Talmud tell us that “Ten measures of beauty descended to the world – nine were given to Jerusalem and one to the rest of the world”
Jerusalem is indeed the most beautiful place in the world, both physically and spiritually.