Wailing Wall

The wailing wall is as close as the Jews can get to the Holy of Holies. The Temple Mount itself is actually Jordan’s right now, and with the monument and mosque there is no temple since the second one was destroyed.

Many think the wailing wall is the outside of the Holy of Holies, but this is false. Even with the temple there, an outside wall went around the temple court. The wall itself is actually part of a retaining wall that Herod built around the temple grounds. The Jews hold it sacred because for two thousand years, it was the symbol of a promise that there would be a temple again.

I am grateful that temples have been restored to the earth. Even when it takes us two hours, a full tank of gas, and ten dollars in tolls to get there. I know that is far easier than those who must travel for days, some of them on long bus rides or boats or walking so far. I can’t imagine such a trip just to touch a single wall in hopes of a temple someday. The Savior is faithful in keeping His promises.

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The men and women are separated at the Jewish holy sites, including this one, and the men must have their head covered (unlike the Christian holy sites where they must uncover their heads).

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People put prayers in the cracks between the stones in the walls, and some sit and pray for hours. When the papers wear down and fall out, there is one man whose job it is to pick them up and bury them in the Mount of Olives.

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It is a special experience.

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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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