Day 8: Western Wall

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Our final day in Jerusalem began with a trip to the Western Wall. The 2,000 year old wall is actually just a remnant of a retaining wall built by Herod the Great to create the plaza upon which the 2nd Jewish temple sat before the Romans destroyed it in 70 CE. This wall is therefore the proxy holy place for the Jews until the temple can be restored - which is a problem since the Islamic Dome of the Rock sits on that location.

The Wailing Wall had a reputation for being a place of unspeakable sadness. Perhaps because most of us lacked the same sense of loss or desire for restoration that it symbolized, it didn't quite have that effect on most of us. But it have a quality of holiness and reverence, and an absence of institutional commerce that was a refreshing change from so many of the other holy sites we had visited.

Day 8: Western Wall - Breakfast
05/30/2011 06:40:48
Breakfast
Day 8: Western Wall - Shakshuka
05/30/2011 06:42:46
Shakshuka
Day 8: Western Wall - Hotel room
05/30/2011 07:08:44
Hotel room
Day 8: Western Wall - Lobby
05/30/2011 07:14:22
Lobby
Day 8: Western Wall - Load-out
05/30/2011 07:20:40
Load-out
Day 8: Western Wall - Load-out
05/30/2011 07:28:46
Load-out
Day 8: Western Wall - Off the bus
05/30/2011 07:58:34
Off the bus
Day 8: Western Wall - Meeting
05/30/2011 07:59:18
Meeting
Day 8: Western Wall - Dung Gate
05/30/2011 08:01:42
Dung Gate
Day 8: Western Wall - Inside of Dung Gate
05/30/2011 08:02:18
Inside of Dung Gate
Day 8: Western Wall - Walking to the Western Wall
05/30/2011 08:01:50
Walking to the Western Wall
Day 8: Western Wall - Jerusalem Archeological Park
05/30/2011 08:02:30
Jerusalem Archeological Park
Day 8: Western Wall - Jerusalem Archeological Park
05/30/2011 08:03:58
Jerusalem Archeological Park
Day 8: Western Wall - Jerusalem Archeological Park
05/30/2011 08:04:02
Jerusalem Archeological Park
Day 8: Western Wall - Walking to the Western Wal
05/30/2011 08:04:14
Walking to the Western Wal
Day 8: Western Wall - Dung Gate
05/30/2011 08:04:18
Dung Gate
Day 8: Western Wall - Western Wall security gate
05/30/2011 08:05:36
Western Wall security gate
Day 8: Western Wall - Western Wall security gate
05/30/2011 08:05:12
Western Wall security gate
Day 8: Western Wall - Sign
05/30/2011 08:05:26
Sign
Day 8: Western Wall - 1988 reconstruction marker
05/30/2011 08:05:52
1988 reconstruction marker
Day 8: Western Wall - Welcome to Western Wall Plaza
05/30/2011 08:07:30
Welcome to Western Wall Plaza
Day 8: Western Wall - Plaza
05/30/2011 08:07:42
Plaza
Day 8: Western Wall - Bridge to Dome of the Rock
05/30/2011 08:07:48
Bridge to Dome of the Rock
Day 8: Western Wall - Western Wall Plaza
05/30/2011 08:08:02
Western Wall Plaza
Day 8: Western Wall - Men's aisle to the Western Wall
05/30/2011 08:10:46
Men's aisle to the Western Wall
Day 8: Western Wall - Cover your head
05/30/2011 08:11:10
Cover your head
Day 8: Western Wall - Western Wall
05/30/2011 08:11:58
Western Wall
Day 8: Western Wall - Western Wall
05/30/2011 08:12:02
Western Wall
Day 8: Western Wall - Western Wall
05/30/2011 08:13:16
Western Wall
Day 8: Western Wall - Western Wall
05/30/2011 08:13:56
Western Wall
Day 8: Western Wall - Women's side
05/30/2011 08:22:52
Women's side
Day 8: Western Wall - Cat
05/30/2011 08:27:14
Cat
Day 8: Western Wall - Mesuzza on the Dung Gate
05/30/2011 08:34:26
Mesuzza on the Dung Gate
Day 8: Western Wall - Back to the bus
05/30/2011 08:36:20
Back to the bus

The middle of the road is the best place to stand if you want to get run over.