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The Western Wall, Wailing Wall or Kotel is located in the Old City of Jerusalem at the foot of the western side of the Temple Mount. It is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple's courtyard, and is arguably the most sacred site recognized by the Jewish faith outside of the Temple Mount itself. Just over half the wall, including its 17 courses located below street level, dates from the end of the Second Temple period, commonly believed to have been constructed around 19 BCE by Herod the Great, but recent excavations indicate that the works were not finished during Herod's lifetime. The remaining layers were added from the 7th century onwards. The Western Wall refers not only to the exposed section facing a large plaza in the Jewish Quarter, but also to the sections concealed behind structures running along the whole length of the Temple Mount, such as the Little Western Wall–a 25 ft (8 m) section in the Muslim Quarter.

Western Wall, Temple Mount
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Jewish worshippers pack the area in front of Jerusalem's Western Wall for the "Birkat Kohanim," or "Priestly Blessing," during the holiday of Sukkot on Oct. 8, 2017. Current trends in Jewish and Arab demography defy predictions of "doom" for Israel's Jewish population, says demographic expert ... Holocaust
Barkat concluded in his post: "I congratulate the president of Guatemala and the government of Guatemala for the brave decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem. I promised them as much as possible to allow a quick transfer of the embassy to Israel's capital. I call for more countries to follow the U.S. ...
Thousands of Jewish worshipers gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday (April 2) to attend a special priestly blessing prayer during the holiday of Passover. The prayer is held twice a year, during the Jewish holidays of Passover and Sukkot. The prayer is led by Kohanim, or Hebrew ...
A prominent Israeli rabbi who is also a convicted sex offender was allowed during Passover to drive his car directly into the Western Wall plaza -- an ... Israeli taekwondo athlete Batel Gatterer (L) jumps to kick an opponent during a training session at a taekwondo center at the Malcha Stadium in Jerusalem.
President Donald Trump confirmed a big change to US policy on Israel while speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Davos. "We took Jerusalem off the table," Trump said, referencing potential negotiations with Palestinian leadership. Trump first signaled this change in US policy in a ...
Vice President Mike Pence's 48-hour visit to Israel stumbled into a public storm Tuesday when female reporters covering his final stop at Jerusalem's Western Wall were penned behind four rows of their male colleagues. White House officials told stunned journalists that the arrangement emanated from a request made by ...
A spiritual visit by the US vice-president, Mike Pence, to Jerusalem's Western Wall has been overshadowed after female journalists were forced to stand behind their male counterparts in a fenced-off area. While women and men are separated by the ultra-Orthodox Jewish authority that runs the plaza, both ...
After visiting the wall, Mrs Pence was seen visiting a shop nearby in Jerusalem's Old City. The couple were due to leave Israel yesterday. The Western Wall is among the last remnants of the second Jewish temple destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. It lies in East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the Six-Day ...
His visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City comes amid tensions with the Palestinians, who have assailed the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Pence addressed the Knesset and held meetings with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, ...
When asked shortly after by reporters how it felt to visit the Western Wall, he replied, "very inspiring." There were no representatives of the Israeli government present. Instead, he was received by the Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich. Pence was accompanied by US Ambassador to Israel David ...
Trump officials advised Israel to expand Jewish prayer at Western Wall, prevent it at Temple Mount ... WASHINGTON (JTA) — The annual State Department report on religious freedoms emphasizes Trump administration efforts to maintain the status quo on Jerusalem's Temple Mount and encourage ...

"The Kotel [Western Wall] is the holiest place to the Jewish people, and I have decided to name the train station leading to it after US President Donald Trump, in recognition of his brave and historic decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital," Mr Katz was quoted as saying. Mr Trump's declaration ...
(JERUSALEM) — Israel's transportation minister is pushing ahead with a plan to dig a railway tunnel under Jerusalem's Old City, passing near sites holy to ... Katz said a high-speed rail station would allow visitors to reach “the beating heart of the Jewish people — the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.
According to Palestinian eyewitnesses, approximately 400 youths marched through the Old City from the Western Wall towards the Muslim ...
Temple Mount activists holding a Sukkot water-drawing ceremony ... in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, south of the Western Wall Plaza.
The City of David is the historic kernel from which Jerusalem grew - the heart of the Jewish people and the focal point of the Book of Books [the Bible].
When we made plans to visit our daughter who is studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, I quickly realized that we would be in Jerusalem for Rosh Chodesh Adar, the new month of Adar. The timing ... Per their website: Women of the Wall's "central ...
Friedman has an apartment in Jerusalem, where he spends some Jewish holidays with his wife, Tammy, and their children and grandchildren.
As she scrambled back to her feet and headed towards the Western Wall, her knees were bruised and there were tears welling in her eyes.
His photograph of three Israeli paratroopers gazing at the Western Wall, taken minutes after Israeli forces seized Jerusalem's Old City during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, was widely revered as a symbol of Zionism's triumphant destiny. Rubinger, however ...
Jerusalem's Kotel, also known as the Western Wall, will be the subject of a discussion hosted by Congregation Bet Haverim's Israel Matters Committee from 3 to 5 p.m.
Israeli photojournalist David Rubinger, whose picture of Israeli paratroopers gazing at the Western Wall after capturing east Jerusalem was perhaps the defining image of the 1967 Six-Day War, has died aged 92. "David Rubinger passed away peacefully in ...
Six Day War: Israeli paratroopers stand in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem. June 7, 1967. David Rubinger/GPO.
There is much news presently pertaining to moving the Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. There is strong Israeli backing for ... Thus, for Israel, it contains the Western Wall, the only remnant of the ancient Jewish Temple. Here, devout Jews gather to ...
JERUSALEM - As destination weddings go, it wasn't too shabby. Overlooking Judaism's holiest site, the 2,000-year-old Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, some 30 Portland-area residents gathered on a brisk Tuesday evening to do the Israeli circle ...
Up to 1860, this area constituted the entire city of Jerusalem, and within it are significant religious sites, such as the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque (Muslim), the Temple Mount and Western Wall (Jewish) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre ...
"You have to sign this paper agreeing that you are not allowed to come to the old city of Jerusalem for 15 days. Do you understand?
The Wailing Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock are high on the list for most curious tourists who pass through this spiritual city.
It was awarded through the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand in Wellington to further her professional development at the Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the International School of Holocaust Studies. ... The Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
"You have to sign this paper agreeing that you are not allowed to come to the old city of Jerusalem for 15 days. Do you understand?
And while we saw the traditional sites - the Mount of Beatitudes in Tiberius, the Wailing Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Masada and the Dead Sea - it was not the scenery but the people who stood out. They were warm, passionate ...
A Jewish man places a note at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, ahead of the Jewish New Year in Jerusalem's old city, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. People of all faiths slip notes between the stones in the belief that god will answer ...
According to Palestinian Media Watch, the Palestinian Authority has issued a book instructing Palestinians to use the term Al Buraq Wall when referring to the Western Well or Wailing Wall in order to make sure that the Jewish history of the area is ...
In August 2013, the Knesset committee responsible for the Shin Bet security service ruled that as long as the child of a prime minister spends most of his life (however old he is) at the prime minister's home on Jerusalem's Balfour Street, he needs to ...
"For thus saith Hashem of hosts who sent me after glory unto the nations which spoiled you: 'Surely he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.
Trump should use the occasion of Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit to Washington on February 15th to make it clear that relocating the American Embassy to Jerusalem has a price tag: a) it cannot infringe on the prospect of a two-state solution; b) the ...
That comment, which angered Arab countries, comes after UN board UNESCO voted last October to deny all Jewish connections to Jerusalem's Temple Mount and Western Wall. The revered Western Wall is all that remains of the Temple, which was ...
Schwartz, a junior international affairs major from Roswell, and a friend from the winter break program she was attending made their way across the Old City in Jerusalem to the Western Wall. "Listen, we are going to have to smuggle stuff in because ...
The so-called City of David is a leafy promontory, running out from the southern wall of Jerusalem's Old City to bisect the Palestinian community of Silwan.
Additional statements making clear the U.S. commitment to the status quo of the holy sites can assuage both Muslim sensitivities about the Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount) and Jewish sensitivities about the Western Wall. Both Israelis and Palestinians ...
Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, whom Abbas in 2006 appointed as the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, has repeatedly declared that a Jewish Temple never existed on the Temple Mount. In this, he echoed Yasser Arafat's famous denial to then-U.S. president ...
JERUSALEM (JTA) - One year ago, we thought we had made history. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government passed the Western Wall agreement, for the first time granting official recognition to non-Orthodox Jewish streams and women's rights at ...
Ultra-Orthodox Parties Urge PM to Cancel Mixed-prayer Space at Western Wall. Haredi ministers call on Netanyahu to bring matter up for vote next Sunday, following their meeting with Chief Rabbi David Lau, who expressed implacable opposition to any ...
I was in Jerusalem for a week last month, and I never once went to the Kotel. This was unusual for me. On my many prior stays in Israel, the ancient stones of the Western Wall were like a magnet, drawing me close and stripping away my journalistic ...


 

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