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A Visit to the Kosel

C.B. Gavant

The fast of Asarah B’Teves marks the beginning of the siege on Yerushalayim by Nevuchadnetzar and the Babylonian army. This siege eventually ended in the destruction of the First Beis Hamikdash. What better way to remember this day than to pay a visit to the Kosel, the remnant of the wall around Har Habayis, and the closest we can get to the Kodesh Hakodoshim?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I look around at the dozens of women all around me — Ashkenazi, Sephardi, frum, secular, American, Israeli — all of them coming to the same place to pour out their hearts to their Creator. Some are obvious tourists, and some almost look like they live at the Kosel, with their tichels pulled down to their eyebrows and their little bubby carts filled to the brim. The scene is complete with piles of siddurim, and birds chirping into the crisp air. I begin to wonder: Who takes care of this holiest of sites, the remnant of the wall around our holyBeisHamikdash? Who makes sure that it stays clean and neat for the visitors who come here each day, rain or shine, weekday or Shabbos, tourist season or not?

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