• Unique world class tourist attraction
• Perfectly intact archaeological remnant of 2000+ years
• Possibility for an unparalleled spiritual experience
• Immerse yourself in ancient history of Jews, Judea and Israel
• Close-up observation and exposure to unique Jewish prayer religious culture and rituals
• Mingle with those who observe Jewish prayer rituals
• Open 24/7
• Visit to Israel incomplete without it
• Can be crowded and congested and very disorganized
* A strange combination of intense spirituality in the prayer rituals and those fervent supplicants at the Wall as compared to the holiday festive atmosphere in the plaza, as tour groups and family and friends meet and socialize- such is the Jewish life style experience
• Beggars request donations and/or try to tie strings on wrists as a good-luck amulet) in return for donation)
"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... with two teenagers in the final two hours of the mourning remembrance day of Tish Above, when we do a 25 hour fast from food and drink (including water) to commemorate the destruction of the Holy Temple structure of which this was the retaining wall 1953 years ago. Nonetheless, we were in great spirits as we mingled with the crowds of 20,000 others at this crowded plaza- we participated in the recovery afternoon flour offering (my 35 candid photos of anonymous individuals doing the ritual have been mistakenly attached to my previous 23 March 2022 review of this attraction- see them there).
I also visited to participate in a Son-of-Commandment ceremony- certainly more festive and joyous: my many photos of that event will be attached to this review- please enjoy them.
* Respectful appropriately dressed non Jews welcome (men/women separate)- to come and observe but don't invade a "personal space" of those doing the rituals and those praying fervently
* Quiet piety in the inner prayer area
* Do not disturb those engaged in their fervent prayer devotions
* Approaching the Wall is possible for all, but in my hundreds of visits there, I only touched it once in 1978 for a second, and immediately regretted it: it's too holy. I recommend not touching it
* The business about leaving a note in the wall is for tourists: we never did it and never do it, but the notes do become holy and are cleared twice a year and given a burial on the Mount of Olives.
* Be thoughtful and discrete and unobtrusive when you take photos (of others) here- and not on the Sabbath and holidays