Western Wall
Western Wall
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The remains of the Second Temple of Jerusalem and a place of prayer sacred to the Jewish people.
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  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, Massachusetts35,822 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The symbol of survival
    The Western Wall is a sacred place for all Jews and the symbol of Jerusalem. This is the place where heroic IDF paratroopers came to pray after their spectacular victory in the Six Days War of 1967… this is the place where Jews come to pray for the future of Israel and the Holy City… I am not a believer by any stretch of the imagination but I was overwhelmed with emotions at the sight of the holiest Jewish sight. The wall of the Second Temple is alive today, after 2,000 years, and it will never lose its significance. Despite all the atrocities, Jews survived… and the Western Wall survived with them.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 April 2023
  • PrimeCritique
    Winchester, United Kingdom78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surreal experience at the world's holiest site. When the third temple will be rebuilt, it will be behind this wall.
    Surreal experience at the world's holiest site. When the third temple will be rebuilt, it will be behind this wall. over 1900 years of pain and tears have been absorbed by this wall that it is no wonder why people see miracles after and even during their visit here. The Jews and others come here to pray and love each other and G-d. Another culture come to their holy sites nearby to hate and to lie
    Visited July 2022
    Written 20 May 2023
  • Sandy E
    Rochester, New York85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go Twice!
    I experienced and prayed at the Western Wall once during the day, and once in the evening. Both were deeply memorable experiences. The plaza and wall are beautiful at night. Our first daytime visit was on a Thurs. and it was exciting to see Bar Mitzvahs (which occur on Mondays and Thursdays.)
    Visited May 2023
    Written 14 June 2023
  • Aqusite
    California1,579 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good way to connect with being Jewish
    What can I say? I broke down and cried while praying here. It was an overpowering experience for a Jewish person from the US. I came and prayed many times. There was a sense of welcoming towards me by the usually more reserved Orthodox women. It was one of the most powerful and transcendental experiences of my life and so I came back many times as I was staying not that far away. It feels curious to review it but a shame to say nothing at all.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Dario C
    Bologna, Italy257 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Temple Mount - esplanade of mosques
    At the Western Wall, you can feel the power of tradition. Women have a reserved part on the right, and men on the left. Unfortunately was not possible to reach the esplanade of the mosques. April 2023 was not the best time.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Vanessa M
    London, United Kingdom173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see visit in Israel
    A highlight of the trip to Israel. Based in Jerusalem’s old city, I recommend entering via Damascus Gate and meandering through the different markets/quarters. When you arrive at the Gate ensure your head is covered and you’re wearing conservative attire. I was in a loose floor length stress with a head scarf. Women and men pray separately. Very moving experience to be at the wailing wall. Highlight of the Israel trip.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,355 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wall is one of the holiest places in Judaism
    The Western Wall is the last remaining section of the Second Temple. The. Western Wall abuts the Temple Mount. It is especially important to religious Jews. Many people write a wish on a piece of paper, which is placed in the cracks in the wall. Pious Jews believe that this message will go straight to God. The Western Wall is also known as the Wailing Wall. The Western Wall is one of the holiest shrines in Judaism.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 October 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
PROS
* The number one visited tourist spot in Israel
* A holy and spiritual place- the site of Jewish religious prayer and devotion
* History of almost 4000 years with intact archaeological remnains 2000+ years ago
* The world's largest (and only) open air synagogue- close-up and personal observation of Jewish prayer rituals
* Open 24/7

CONS
* It can be crowded and congested and very disorganized
* People asking for charity money- it's benign and not dangerous nor threatening
* A strange combination of intense spirituality in the prayer rituals and those fervent supplicants at the Wall as compared to the often holiday festive atmosphere in the plaza, as tour groups and family and friends meet and socialize
* Airplane type security inspection for to admission to the broad Western Wall Plaza.

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... with my two teenagers for the annual Grand Hosanna holiday celebration party, which started this year at 0540am, almost an entire hour before sunrise. There were dozens of simultaneous prayer groups- 20,000 people. There was a cacophony of competing and interfering sounds and noises of all the different prayer groups. We circled the stand seven times, while waving our palm fronds with citron and myrtle branches and then we pounded our five willow branches five times on the paving stones, all the while with our fringed prayer shawls dangling over our heads.

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
It is free.

WOULD I VISIT HERE AGAIN?
Sure- it's one of a kind and incredible

ADVICE
* Be sure to visit this number one tourist attraction
* Be sure to dress appropriately and be respectful and quiet
* Observe but do not disturb those engaged in their fervent prayer devotions
* It is permitted to reverently approach the Wall and leave a note between the massive stones, which is only a tourist thing: we never did it and never do it

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Written 16 January 2024
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Estuart747
Tuscaloosa, AL64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Must experience when visiting Jerusalem. The history and emotional experience of being there. Although not Jewish prayed at the Wall. Enjoyed the excavated portions of the Western Wall.
Written 3 December 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The Western Wall is the last remaining section of the Second Temple. The. Western Wall abuts the Temple Mount. It is especially important to religious Jews. Many people write a wish on a piece of paper, which is placed in the cracks in the wall. Pious Jews believe that this message will go straight to God. The Western Wall is also known as the Wailing Wall. The Western Wall is one of the holiest shrines in Judaism.
Written 24 October 2023
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gisUk
London, UK295 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A must visit. There is a sense of history and even tragedy given some of the events of the recent past. You get access to Temple Mount in the same area.
Written 22 September 2023
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Susan E
Philadelphia, PA1,051 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
There were many people who were very fascinating to watch and photograph in this area. We were even fortunate enough to see a rainbow in the distance.
Written 10 September 2023
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Vanessa M
London, UK173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
A highlight of the trip to Israel. Based in Jerusalem’s old city, I recommend entering via Damascus Gate and meandering through the different markets/quarters. When you arrive at the Gate ensure your head is covered and you’re wearing conservative attire. I was in a loose floor length stress with a head scarf. Women and men pray separately. Very moving experience to be at the wailing wall. Highlight of the Israel trip.
Written 8 September 2023
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Dilly6396
England, UK175 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
If you dont look the part the be prepared to feel threatened and maybe turned away. You have to dress like tourist and not like a muslim to gain entry which is very sad
Written 4 September 2023
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Lister C
British Columbia, Canada20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Approaching the famed wall. Writing out a prayer to insert in the wall. Touching and praying there with friends
Written 23 August 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
PROS
* The number one visited tourist spot in Israel
* Certainly one of the most spectacular famous and significant tourist sites in the world
* A most holy and spiritual place- traditionally the resting place of the Holy Spirit- this place can (and does) exude spirituality par excellence
* Very special and spiritual one-of-a-kind attraction
* Site of Jewish religious prayer devotion and pilgrimage
* Cumulative history of almost 4000 years with perfectly intact archaeological remnant built 2000+ years ago
* The only remaining remnant of the ancient Jewish Temple that was defiled and destroyed and decimated and burnt by the barbarous nefarious idol-worshipping gluttonous Romans in the year 70, corresponding to the date that I visited
* The world's largest (and only) open air synagogue
* Witness Bar Mitzva life events on Monday and Wednesday mornings (and also other specified special holy days of the year, such as this commemoration of its destruction, which we noted on this visit)
* Imbibe the serenity of the Jewish Sabbath at the holy place and immerse yourself in ancient history of Jews, Judea and Israel
* The ultimate demonstration of the Jewish people's firm iron clad resolve to return to the ancient ancestral homeland- it is the symbol of the Jewish people's return to and sovereignty in their homeland
* Incredible open-air display of the most ancient and significant history of the foundations of society and the world- free for exploration
• Close-up and personal observation and exposure to unique Jewish prayer religious culture and rituals- see and learn about the devotions of the religious Jews
• Mingle with those who observe Jewish prayer rituals at this sacred site
* Sometimes see soldiers at prayer or battalions pledging allegiance to the State of Israel and commitment to defending the survival of the Jewish people in its land
• Open 24/7
• Visit to Israel incomplete without it

CONS
• It can be crowded and congested and very disorganized, and that can be sisorienting or confusing, but is always very very safe
* It is not uncommon to be approached or called by an older beggar asking for money- it's benign and not dangerous nor threatening
* A strange combination of intense spirituality in the prayer rituals and those fervent supplicants at the Wall as compared to the sometimes and often holiday festive atmosphere in the plaza, as tour groups and family and friends meet and socialize- such is the Jewish life style experience
* Airplane type security inspection prior to admission to the broad Western Wall Plaza.

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... again with those same two teenagers for the annual commemoration day of the destruction of the Jewish Holy Temple that used to stand behind this wall 2000 years ago.

We did this while fasting 25 hours from food and drink, as mandated by Jewish tradition.

There were dozens of simultaneous prayer groups- possibly 20,000 people.
We did not participate this year, because we had already donned the black boxes earlier in the afternoon.

There obviously was a complete cacophony of competing and interfering sounds and noises of all the different and various prayer groups.

I took many "helpful" candid photos (including men and boys with those black forehead and arm boxes), all of which I am posting attached to this review here.

WOULD I VISIT HERE AGAIN?
Sure- I've visited many hundreds of times during the past 45 years- at all hours of day and night, during all festivals, celebrations, commemorations and ceremonies.

ADVICES
* When one visits Israel, one must visit this number one tourist attraction, asitt is an unforgettable place
* Respectful appropriately dressed non Jews are welcome (men/women separate)- to come and observe but don't invade a "personal space" of those doing the rituals and those praying fervently
* Quiet piety in the inner prayer area
* Feel the serenity and peace by visiting in the middle of the night
* Do not disturb those engaged in their fervent prayer devotions
* Approaching the Wall is possible for all, but in my hundreds of visits there, I only touched it once in 1978 for a second, and immediately regretted it: it's too holy. I recommend not touching it
* You can bring a pen and paper or a pre written note, but that business about leaving a note in the wall is for tourists: we never did it and never do it, but the notes do become holy and are cleared twice a year and given a burial on the Mount of Olives.
* Be thoughtful and discrete and unobtrusive when you take photos (of others) here- and not on the Sabbath and holidays.
* It is extremely safe 24/7- both from "security incidents" and physical or petty crime (pickpockets), but there are a few beggars at the holy site
* I hope that you find my interesting candid photos of participants to be "helpful."
Written 29 July 2023
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Dario C
Bologna, Italy257 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
At the Western Wall, you can feel the power of tradition. Women have a reserved part on the right, and men on the left. Unfortunately was not possible to reach the esplanade of the mosques. April 2023 was not the best time.
Written 15 July 2023
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