Prayers, Notes and Controversy: How a Wall Became the Western Wall

While sources describe the wall surrounding the ancient Temple in Jerusalem as being a site of pilgrimage and prayer for hundreds of years, only relatively recently did its western section evolve into the sanctified focal point of worship and national renewal that it is today

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In 1911 Zalman Shazar visited the Land of Israel for the first time. The man who was destined to become the State of Israel’s first minister of education and its third president described his visit to the...