Friday, July 6, 2012

With Dean at the Western Wall

Sorry I've had no time to blog all week.
But I have a good excuse!
My daughter, her husband, and their three young kids are back home in Israel for a few weeks, taking a break from Australia winter.

Dean, my oldest grandchild, got to have a sleepover at my little house for two nights.
We had fun doing things in Jerusalem, just the two of us.

But the most moving thing was standing at the Western Wall with Dean.
After he wrote a kvittel, a little note to God, he stuck it in the wall.
With my one hand touching the stones of the Kotel, I put my other arm around the boy's shoulders in a big hug and a wave of emotion swept over me.

Dean also helped me find a place for my note in the already-stuffed crevices.
I wonder how different--or how alike-- our petitions were. . . .
Another post about the kvittel is here.
And look here to see how you can e-mail your own prayer to the Western Wall.


Reader Wil said...

A beautiful moment for you Dina! I know how you were looking forward to being with your family. I am sorry I missed the Western Wall, for I wanted to thank God for the blessings I got this year. Shabbat shalom, Dina!

Kay said...

I would say you have the best excuse of all Dina! This is such a beautiful moment to share with Dean. It's a group hug with God.

cloudia charters said...

Now a wave of emotion has swept over me too. So glad you are enjoying this wonderful time.

Have a fine Shabbos

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crystal said...

Thanks for the link, Dina. Sent an email prayer :)

Hels said...

The Western Wall is important!

Your grandson is even more important!

I can imagine your joy in having it all.

VP said...

I did it once. It worked.

Birdman said...

What do they do with all the notes that are removed? Are they stored somewhere? I'm sure it was emotional with Dean... circle of life.

Dina said...

Friends, thanks for your wonderful comments!

Birdman, several times a year the notes are taken out of the wall and are buried, unread by human eyes, in the nearby ancient Mount of Olives cemetery, with much respect.

Rob and Mandy said...

Many a kvittel from me there over the years.
I love Haifa, I really do, but they have a long long way to go if they want to be the Barcelona of the east. But the beach, yes, it's about time do do something!

Sara said...

Shalom Dina! How wonderful to enjoy a special time with your grandson as well as the rest of your family.

I did not know what becomes of the kvittel...I like knowing that mine was buried in the ancient cemetery, with much respect.

luluberoo said...

Next year will be my first trip to Israel (with my temple), and placing a kvittel in the Wall is what I most look forward to.

Especially so, now that I know what happens to them.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the honour of feeling such emotions. May his writing be heard.