by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
A few days ago I was at the Kotel, the Western Wall in the Old City, Jerusalem, Judaism’s holiest site (currently accessible, the holiest site is the Temple Mount itself – which is controlled by the Islamic Wakf) at daybreak…
5:00 AM at the Kotel. The night crowd has left, the morning crowd won’t arrive for another 45 minutes.
5:15 AM, men are arriving from mikveh getting ready for the earliest morning prayers (5:42 this day)…there’s a school group and a tour group arriving.
5:30, still too dark to tell the difference between green and blue from sunlight, the earliest of the men are here and doing their prayer preliminaries in the men’s corner. The school group is still waiting.
5:45 AM, daybreak – the earliest minyanim (prayer groups) have begun (the earliest prayer time was 5:42 this morning). But the first bus doesn’t arrive until 6:00, so only the locals or those with a car are here. (I met Reb Gutman at his daybreak minyan, where he’d been praying for 25 years.)
Good morning from the Western Wall!