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“Emotional experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Western Wall

Western Wall
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Jerusalem Daily Half Day Tour from Herzliya
Ranked #3 of 301 things to do in Jerusalem
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The remains of the Second Temple of Jerusalem and a place of prayer sacred to the Jewish people.
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“Emotional experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

We are not religious, by any means. Seeing the Wailing Wall was something that we wanted to do as tourists as it is such a famous site. It is a symbol of the resistance and fortitude of our people and we felt compelled to be there. I was not prepared for the thick throng of people standing there. There were women sitting in beach chairs facing the wall with prayer books in hand. They seemed to be there for hours with young children playing around them. Women were standing four deep touching the wall and praying and sobbing. They were wailing. The wall has cracks between the rocks. There are thousands of small colored pieces of paper stuffed into every available space. Each rolled up piece of paper has a prayer on it. The floor is cluttered with prayers that fell out that day.

You must be politely aggressive to make your way through to touch the wall. I was shocked when I did...I became inexplicably overwhelmed and burst into tears. It was like an electric current to my core. I cannot explain it. Never happened before. A real religious experience. I felt the communion of centuries of women who touched this wall before me, and it deeply moved me. This is what travel is for... To connect you to the world around you and those who came before you.

Be advised that men and women are separated by a fence. You can stand on a plastic beach chair by the women's section and look over to the men's side. You can see young men having their Bar Mitzvah. Very special.

Make sure you come prepared with your prayer on a tiny piece of paper, curled up tight!

Visited August 2012
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“A holy experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

I went at night and the congestion was less, the walls had this gold shine and reflection. It was very moving to pray at such a wonderful holy place, where both ancient Jewish temples once stood and blessing came down upon the world.

Visited January 2013
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“Awesome experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

I didn't dislike anything. This is a must see to immerse yourself in the Jewish culture. Be sure to ask questions as to how you to get there as the Old City can be a little overwhelming to the first time visitor.

Visited January 2013
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“Well worth a visit, even if you Wail Not”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

I was surprised and intrigued by this ancient site. Amazing to see traditions (separating men and women, for example) remain, and the dedication some have to same.

Visited April 2012
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“Call it western or wailing wall but make sure you visit this site”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Ever planned to visit Jerusalem, make sure you stop by the Western Wall or Wailing Wall as some call it. This wall is the most sacred place to the Jews, a focus of Jewish longing and prayer for redemption and renewal.
Its story dates back to the Bible times, the mount of sacrifice of Abraham, Jacob slept there, Solomon’s Temple- really referred by Isaiah in the Bible as “`the house of all nations”. People from nations all over the world come to pray and leave their prayer request in the wall of the Temple. History meets religious yearnings here really a must for you and remember to write your prayer request.Have visited this site many times
Not only that 2 times i have been opportuned to witness Bar mitzva ceremony for Jewish Boys when they reach age 12 very colourful ceremony

Visited November 2012
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