The Weeping Wall in Jerusalem. What are the stones crying about?
More than three thousand years have passed since the era of governmentKing Solomon. With it was built a majestic Temple, where the relics were sacred to the Jewish people. The structure was erected on top of a high mountain. The architects working on this particular project came up with the idea of laying out to the Temple a wide beautiful staircase of stone white monoliths. In the end, a real miracle happened!
The construction was not created as a monumentking, but as a holy place of God, called to bring to the people divine revelations. Throughout the state history, the Temple was destroyed, restored, and again destroyed. But the sacred place was still preserved - and to this day it identifies the heart of all Jews. And the Weeping Wall (Western Wall of the Temple) in the modern world is considered a symbol of the past and a hope for the future.
It is worth saying that originally a special holinessThe Western Wall did not possess. It was just a defensive structure around the Temple Mount. Already later, King Herod began to strengthen it, eventually creating a reliable and powerful strengthening. Today, erected by thousands of people over two millennia ago, the Weeping Wall in Jerusalem is a symbol of rebirth, the embodiment of all the desires of the people, for which Israel is a native land. The sanctity of this place grew stronger over the years. Generations were replaced one by one, and the construction constructed for defense became a sign of the firm spirit of the Jews.
Once upon a time, the Weeping Wall in Israel was part of thecity streets. Here people lived, trade was carried out. Near her no one prayed - believers preferred to do this near the walls in the southern and eastern parts of the city. The fact that this place will become a shrine for the entire Israeli people, then no one could even think. Universal recognition The Weeping Wall received in the 16th century, at a time when Jerusalem became subject to the Ottoman Empire. It was then that a new story began for construction. Today it is a pilgrimage site for all Jews, by tradition they should come here three times a year.
In general, the Weeping Wall has a very rich,somewhere even a tragic story. In 1948, during the war for the independence of Israel, the holy place was captured by the Jordanian Legion. And although under conditions of the ceasefire reached in 1949, Jews were allowed to visit him, in practice this was almost not observed. Only in 1967 the paratroopers of the Israeli army in the process of the Six Day War liberated Jerusalem, and at the same time the Wailing Wall. Finally, everyone who wished could have a prayer near a sacred place. The Weeping Wall became accessible to all.
Today, here at any time you can seepraying people. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists visit Israel to touch the shrine, ask the Almighty for the most intimate, leave a note between the stones asking for God. Traditionally, for a prayer, men to the Wall come to the left and women to the right. A grand synagogue under the Israeli sky is also a place for carrying out all sorts of ceremonies and ceremonies of the Jewish people. On the square in front of the Wall there are state celebrations, and the recruits of the Israeli army are sworn in here.