A Jewish man wearing a prayer shawl prays at the Western (aka Wailing) Wall in Old Jerusalem. If you look closely you’ll notice another pair of legs in front ot his, perhaps his son or grandson (Women pray at another portion of the wall).

The Western Wall is the closest place to the site of the second temple, destroyed by the Romans, that Jews can reach. The temple site is now occupied by the Muslim Dome of the Rock mosque.

I really like the simplicity and anonymity of this image. You can see some of the thousands of pieces of paper containing prayers wedged between the wall stones. They are placed their by people who wish to leave their prayers there. Over time this pieces fall out and are replaced by new ones. The old ones are respectfully collected and buried.

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  • Gary Fairhead
    Gary Fairheadabout 2 years ago

    Interesting study here Stephen. You are becoming quite the world traveller.

  • Thanks Gary. It was an incredible trip.

    – Stephen Stephen

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasabout 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing with the Art of the Middle East group.

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