Monthly Archives: September 2013

The night before Yom Kippur at the Western Wall

This picture was taken at 11:00pm at the Western Wall the night before Yom Kippur. It was standing room only. The policeman actually told me I had to get up from the side of the stairs; I wasn’t allowed to sit there because it would cause a traffic jam eventually. It’s apparently become the “in” thing in Israel to come to the Western Wall for the Selichos (special penitential prayers) that take place during the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It’s unbelievable. It looked like people were actually throwing on a scarf and a skirt and coming straight from the beach in Tel Aviv to come to the Western Wall. It was awe-inspiring that people from all faiths – every Tom, Dudu and David was there. It’s an amazing pull that the Western Wall has and it’s getting stronger and stronger.

I’ve noticed that people are in exceptionally good moods around Israel. People are very helpful, very kind. Everyone has been giving blessings to each other. We’re all G-d’s people and connected. When we hurt each other we’re really hurting ourselves. You hit another person, you’re really hitting yourself – spiritually.
I think people are feeling this a little bit more and more, and they’re feeling the pull of the light of the Western Wall. You can see in this one picture. I don’t know if it’s close enough,
but there are two white birds nestled into the crevices of one of the rocks of the Western Wall – one looking left, the other looking right. It almost reminds me of the two cherubim that were on top of the Ark. They’re there every night – just like that; they don’t move. It gives me comfort to see them.

Wherever you are, you should feel the pleasure and the light emanating from this amazing place. We’re there with you whenever you need.