Reaching Our Essence
In accordance with Ministry of Health regulations - Visitors who have been to China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Italyin the past 14 days are requested to cancel their tours and receive a full refund at the ticket office or the reservations office - *5958. We would be happy to reschedule a tour of one of the Western Wall Tunnels sites in the near future! Praying for health of all in Israel and around the world.* For more information please check the Israel Ministry of Health website.https://govextra.gov.il/ministry-of-health/corona/corona-virus/
Accessibility of the Western Wall Tunnels - Important Message!Due to construction work, wheelchairs will not be accessible in the Western Wall Tunnels. The Fund's management apologizes for the temporary inconvenience. "A Look into the Past" is still wheelchair accessible.We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Chain of Generations Center is getting a new look!Due to the renovation, the site will be closed to visitors between May 5, 2019 - June 12, 2019.We invite you to come visit when it reopens!
Transportation to the Western Wall for Bar Mitzvah familiesThe Western Wall Train and Shuttle bus depart from Jaffa Gate and return every 20 minutes between 08:40 and 13:20 – The travel is free for Bar Mitzvah families.Departure point - Karta Parking Lot B (the bus parking lot parallel to Yitzhak Kariv Street)Destination- Goren Square near the Western Wall.
This morning (Tuesday), the Western Wall stones, visited and touched by thousands of people from Israel and around the world all year round, were sanitized and cleaned in order to protect those who come to the Western Wall even now.
With Passover approaching, the custom continues and this morning, the prayer notes tucked in between the stones in the past six months were removed using gloves and disposable wooden tools. The notes were collected in special bags and will be buried along with other sacred papers (genizah) on Mount of Olives.
Only since this past Rosh Hashana, over 18,000 prayer notes from around the world have been sent to the Western Wall through the Western Wall internet site.
Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, accompanied the note removal personally and prayed for the recovery of all those who have fallen ill – from among the Jewish nation and nations of the entire world. “During these difficult days in which the plague is spreading around the world and threatening our lives, we collect prayers from around the world at the remnant of our destroyed Temple, prayers to the Creator of the Universe that He should send us a complete healing and good health and redeem us from this difficult virus that has attacked the world.”
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation, in conjunction with the residents of the Jewish Quarter, is doing all it can within the guidelines so that the prayer of Jews continues to be heard near the stones of the Western Wall.
The afternoon mincha prayers will be broadcast live on Mondays through Thursdays at 13:20 Israel time here
"In Nissan our forefathers were redeemed from Egypt, and in Nissan we will be redeemed."Tens of Jewish Quarter residents came to the Kotel for moving Rosh Chodesh prayers at the Western Wall Plaza, in strict adherence with the Health Ministry regulations.
Over the course of Thursday morning, tens of Jewish Quarter residents came to the Western Wall Plaza for Rosh Chodesh prayers, in keeping with the guidelines set by the Health Ministry. The Western Wall Heritage Foundation, in conjunction with the residents of the Jewish Quarter, is doing all it can within the guidelines so that the prayer of Jews continues to be heard near the stones of the Western Wall.Beginning next week, the afternoon mincha prayers will be broadcast live on Mondays through Thursdays at 1:20pm Israel time.
The prayer service can be seen on the Kotel website www.thekotel.org, on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv0_DIttrXo, or on the Western Wall Heritage Foundation Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WesternWallOfficial/
The Western Wall outdoor plaza continues to function in accordance with Health Ministry regulations.The indoor prayer areas were closed this afternoon.Visiting the Kotel is now permissible only to residents of the Old City, as per Health Ministry directives.
Worshipers are requested to abide by the directives of the ushers and of the Israeli police.
Tomorrow, Erev Rosh Chodesh Nisan, 29 Adar, March 24th, Yom Kippur Katan is a time for praying for miracles and salvation, so there will be prayers of Yom Kippur Katan and special prayers for the end of the plague as per the request of the Israel Chief Rabbinate, and The Council of Torah Sages all in accordance with Health Ministry regulations.
At midday (about 11:45) the prayer for Erev Yom Kippur Katan will begin led by the Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz. Afterwards, prayer services will continue throughout the day with proper distances between the worshipers as per Health Ministry directives.
Ner Tamid at the KotelWorldwide prayer and plea for the end of the Corona virusEven with the strict regulations for social distancing, the Ner Tamid at the Kotel continues to shine and individuals continue to come to pray at the Western Wall. Tomorrow, Thursday, 23 Adar (March 19th) at 2pm (israel time), a small minyan of 10 participants will gather for the Pitom Haketoret prayer, mincha, Tehillim, and a special prayer for the end of the pandemic, in the presence of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites, and the singer Yishai Rebo. The service will be broadcast live all across the Jewish world. Together, from near and far, we will join hearts in a shared prayer for the complete recovery of the entire world.
The Western Wall Plaza is home to some of the most interesting historical tourist sites in the world, which offer a unique perspective on the genealogy of the Jewish people and the history of Jerusalem. We invite you to visit the sites and enjoy an empowering and unforgettable experience.
The Western Wall Plaza hosts approximately 60,000 people. It symbolizes the Jewish link to Jerusalem and serves as the synagogue closest to the remains of both Holy Temples.
The Western Wall's visible stones tell of its history from the time of the Holy Temples' ruin. The original Herodian stones are distinct from the others in size and in their unique borders.
The building style of "grading" used when layering the Western Wall's stones, teaches us that the Temple Mount's walls were not perpendicular but marginally sloping.
Western Wall, Jerusalem