Monday, August 10, 2009

Joyful at the Western Wall

Shalom, welcome to the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City!
(Photos enlarge with a click.)
And just because the Wall is the only remnant of the Temple complex does not mean it is holy only to Jews. Look at all these Evangelical Christians singing and shouting for joy!

Hands high in praise!
Hallelujah -- הללויה
Just behind the Western Wall is the Temple Mount or in Arabic, al-Haram al-Sharif الحرم الشريف (the Noble Sanctuary), home to Al-Aksa Mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock. The whole mount there on top is administered by the Muslim Wakf.
So there you have it! In one small space the three great monotheistic religions.
That's My World Tuesday is a nice meme where bloggers offer you a guided tour of their nice places. Free! Click and go, enjoy!


Anonymous said...

That is a life's history in itself and bitterly contested to this day.

Paty said...

i do believe it´s not holy only to jews, it must be a very magical place, i wish one day i could visit it, but i´m a little afraid, is it safe?

CathM said...

"So there you have it! In one small space the three great monotheistic religions." --- I have always found the Western Wall an awesome and inspiring place.

Pietro said...

I would say it's a fabulous place! Thanks so much for sharing, Dina.
Yes, Hands high in praise!

Reader Wil said...

What a mixture of history, religion and politics! Very interesting. It makes me feel like going and seeing this for myself. Thanks for sharing this!

Leif Hagen said...

Shalom Dina - I'm joyful to see you now posted on the CDP portal! Great! I'll look for your posting more now!

Texas Travelers said...

I always enjoy your posts and photos and especially the history and culture.

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Troy and Martha

mkreider said...

I wish the peoples of these religions could support each other as do the stone and brick of these walls.

Tranquility said...

What an intriguing location. I've always wanted to visit that area, but because of all the fighting on the news, I've stayed away!

Guy D said...

Wow what history, excellent myworld entry this week.

Have a great week
Regina In Pictures

mirae said...

yes beautiful Dina the divine light peirces the wall of mortality.

thankyou for this sacred message from the holyland.

FA said...

Hi Dina, This Christian would definitely join you in "joyful praise" at this sacred place.

I really like this post. It is very hopeful! FA

jeannette stgermain said...

Great to see people of different countries celebrating in Jerusalem.

It's touching to see people of different nations together in Jerusalem! Wow, I think I'm gonna cry.

Dina said...

Abe, yeah, peace peace, but mostly everyone wants a piece of Jerusalem.

Paty, fear not (as the angels always said), it is safe.

Cath, shalom. You're right, the place is full of awe.

Pietro, you've got the spirit!

Wil, great, come!

Leif, yes, at the urging of you and a few other readers, I applied to the City Daily Photo and the blog was accepted today. Yay!

Troy and Martha, thanks. Loved your boots on the fence post.

Mkreider, that is a fine image to think about. I wish, too.

Tranquility hello. Come and you will find much tranquility in this country. But that is not something exciting to show on the news abroad.

Thanks Guy. Good week to you too.

Dina said...

Mirae, you have such a way with words, and beyond.

FA, your next pilgrimage!

Jeannette, you too? Aww. I have been moved to tears at the Western Wall Plaza more than once.

Jenn Jilks said...

Amazing, interesting photos!

Babooshka said...

I think you got it right again with everyone wants a piece of Jerusalem, but I do wish for peace in our time. The wall has always been a source of fascination for the focus and pull it has of more than one religion.

Ann said...

Definitely a special place. I'm not religious but I did say a prayer there when my mother was in hospital and I was so far away.

Kris said...

Let's hope that everyone can just get along.

Hilda said...

"In one small space the three great monotheistic religions."

And I find it absolutely amazing. I just wish it didn't have to lead to so much misunderstanding and violence :(

On a lighter note, glad to finally see you in CDP! Took you long enough ;)

Arija said...

Dina it is so nice to see happiness at the wall rather than wailing in grief. How odd though with all the religious wars and all sides fighting each other over the same thing, The One God! Only each firghting to dominate the others because he has hold of a toe and the others have a finger or strand of hair of the same beaing. It is so sad that most people cannot see the wood for the trees.

Kay said...

Very interesting, as usual, Dina!

Jack and Joann said...

Wow! You summed up a lot of the world's heritage and conflicts resulting from that heritage. Great My World post. You always have so much great stuff to share with all of us around the globe. Thanks!

Turquoise Diaries said...

Jerusalem is such a specisl place for so many people. I always enjoy the tour with your photos and words..Thank you Dina..

GMG said...

Hi Dina!
Wonderful post, excellent pictures!!

Blogtrotter is missing your comments and has some more Rural Iceland before the Blue Lagoon. Enjoy and have a fabulous week!

Sailor Girl said...

My World Tuesday today is dedicated TO YOU!!!!! Have a GREAT day!!!!!

JM said...

Mkreider wrote: 'I wish the peoples of these religions could support each other as do the stone and brick of these walls.'
But they don't! Mankind sould really be ashamed!
Anyway, the place is magical and thank you for sharing it with us all, Dina!

Sailor Girl said...

Dina, you are ALWAYS welcome!!! Come to Lisbon and I'll take you with me by ferry, sailing barge, tug, etc!!!

Please see more answers to your question at the referred post at Atlantic Blue!!!

B SQUARED said...

So much history there, and so much yet to come. Shalom.

Gwendolyn said...

Thanks for sharing. It's good to learn about far away places. Great pics.

Cloudia said...

That Israel leaves the Dome to her people speaks volumes of the tolerance shown despite daily threat of terror.
God Bless Israel an ALL people of good intent!!
With Aloha,

Comfort Spiral

Maggie Ann said...

Thank you!