Monday, April 22, 2013


Holy Graffiti?

at the Western Wall with Reb Gutman Locks on Mystical Paths


     Sometimes it is hard to understand why people do the things that they do. I am sure that graffiti writers have some idea that they are improving the world with their “art,” or creative signatures. But to rest of the world, those who see their egos splattered on the walls, it is just plain vandalism.

     Believe it or not, over the centuries, maybe a dozen or so such people have carved or written their names on the Kotel (the Western Wall, the last wall of the Holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem). The signatures seem to say nothing more than, “I was here,” to which we say, “Therefore, you had to deface the holy site?”

      The name pictured above is of a Jew from the tribe of Levi who took the time to carefully chisel his full name into the stone. (It is in the middle of the picture.)

     If you love something, you do not write your name on it. You treasure it, and protect it from damage. Obviously, it is forbidden to write anything on the Kotel.


  1. It is a legitimate post but I think that it is only a wall and currently one of the largest synagogues in the world. The holy place is on the mountain.

  2. I think there is a mystery as to why people have carved or chiselled their name onto the Kotel.
    Perhaps the people were responsible for making the stones, or inspecting them?
    Perhaps they were not aware it was the Kotel, carving their names at a time after 73CE but before 1967?

  3. Perhaps they were heartbroken and couldn't afford paper for a kvittel


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