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“Evening is busier”
Review of Western Wall

Western Wall
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$80.00*
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Jerusalem Daily Half Day Tour from Herzliya
Ranked #3 of 315 things to do in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
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.
Reviewed February 2, 2014

Usually busier is not better but when it comes to the western wall there is an energy here that increases in the evening. Wow!

1  Thank Halwonder
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

There was easily 20,000 people when we got there. They were all praying and the noise was unlike anything i'd heard before. Very well guarded and a very good part of Jerusalem to visit, Sums up the atmosphere of Jerusalem for me. You cant take pictues of the wall.

1  Thank petermckeone
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

This is perhaps the most exclusive and important visit for Jews in Jerusalem. There should be no doubt about it. It is a pilgrimage to the spiritual centre of the world. Tradition tells that the proximity of the Divine presence, the "Shekhinah", had, or even still has, its abode at that place, as it descended when Salomo´s Temple was built. Beliefs and commentaries might differ and will do so, but the main point is that very Divine presence.
Anyone with an observant eye will see people entering the square with careful steps, not understanding exactly what the whole thing is about, still knowing where to go. The moment of hesitation is short. Women and men will find the direction. Ladies on one side, modestly covered; men on the other side, with covered heads. They´ll walk towards the stones of the wall, some of them with a note that will be left, others without a note, to ask for better health or even just to show respect for a moment by resting head and hand on one of the stones. Some people will walk backwards a few steps when leaving the wall also as a sign of respect.
What is most spectacular is the joy manifested by those celebrating a bar or bat-mitzvah for Jewish teenagers. There is dancing, singing, the blowing of the shofar among those who recite their daily prayers in groups of ten men. And throwing candy!
I have seen all kinds of pilgrims standing at this place with awe in their faces and tears in their eyes.
That feeling is nothing that can be described by words. You´ve got to be there and live it.
So next time in Jerusalem you either take bus number 1 that will leave you at the nearest entrance or take the light train to City Hall and walk towards Jaffa Gate.
Do not miss the visit.

Thank Isaac H
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

There was incredible atmosphre and we came when a couple of Bar Mitzvah's were being celebrated. Men and women however have to separate.

1  Thank Martin and Madd... D
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Whether Jew, Christian, or even not religious, the Western Wall is a place which will move you with its atmosphere and magnificence. The site is of incredible religious significance and it is always host to prayer and often fascinating rituals.

Thank nyancat84
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