by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
Unfortunately, though I live not too far from Jerusalem, I rarely am able to make my way to the Kotel (Western Wall). I went on Friday, Isru Chag (the day after Simchas Torah), for Shacharis (the morning prayer) for a family simcha being held there.
The Kotel was busy, filled with Jews of all types and from all over, multiple simchas were going on, the weather was great…and the tefilot (the prayers), well, it’s the Kotel!
Jewish men praying the morning prayer in tallis (prayer shawl) and tefillin at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Jewish men in tallis and tefillin praying in front of the stones of the Western Wall, the last vestige of the Holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem from 1,800 years ago.
Most have completed their morning prayer service prayers and the Western Wall plaza starts to clear out. Family events are held along the separating line between the men’s and women’s sections, so the whole family can participate.
What a merit, what a joyous occasion, to be able to pray in in Israel, in Jerusalem, in the Old City, and at the Western Wall!