Reaching Our Essence
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.
Slichot (Penitential Prayers) at the Western Wall will take place, iy”H, on the days preceding Rosh Hashana And during Aseret Yemei Tshuva (between RH and Yom Kippur) At 12:30amThursday, 19 Elul, 5776 (September 22, 2016)Thursday, 26 Elul, 5776 (September 29, 2016)Wednesday, 3 Tishrei, 5777 (October 5, 2016)Thursday, 4 Tishrei, 5777 (October 6, 2016)Sunday, 7 Tishrei, 5777 (October 9, 2016)________________The central Slichot service will take place, iy”H On Monday, 8 Tishrei, 5777 (October 10, 2016) At 12:15am In the presence of Israel’s Chief RabbisMaran HaRishon LeZion HaGaon Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, shlitaMaran HaGaon Rabbi David Lau, shlitaand HaRav HaGaon Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, shlitaRabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites
The Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, came to pray at the Western Wall Plaza along with the Foreign Minister of Georgia.
Prime Minister Kvirikashvili noted that he came to the Wall during a sensitive time. He prayed for peace and security for residents of Israel and for serenity to return to the Holy Basin.
In his words to the Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites, the Prime Minister said that the friendship between the Georgian nation and the Jewish nation has been around for centuries. He said that David, King of Israel, and his psalms are important symbols in Georgia. The Prime Minister said he was moved to be reciting prayer in the City of David and added that he had his picture and book in his home.
The Prime Minister and Foreign Minister placed notes between the stones of the Wall.
In the Western Wall guest book, the Prime Minister wrote: “I pray to God for peace and stability for the residents of Israel, Georgia, and the entire world.”
We all know that the Western Wall, the Kotel, is the most significant site in the world for the Jewish people. We know that it is the last remnant of our Temple. We also know that Jews from around the world gather here to pray. People write notes to G-d and place them between the ancient stones of the Wall.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation invites you to celebrate a Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel, in a unique atmosphere of unity and holiness, and at no charge.
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