The Western Wall, commonly known as the Wailing Wall – viewed and prayed at by millions of seekers each year – is only a small portion of the original 2500-year-old structure, whose ruins exist beneath the present Old City. We walked on gigantic stone cuttings that Jesus also once walked on. How does one describe what that feels like?
Talk about gigantic stone cuttings! Directly under the Dome of the Rock, the Muslim Temple, and surrounding lands that occupy a huge portion of the Old City that only Muslims can enter, lies the very spot that the Jews call the Temple Mount, which once held the Arc of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies.
When the Romans tried, 2000 years ago, to completely destroy all that was Jewish, they came upon a huge single piece of rock that is approximately 15 feet deep, 20 feet high, and 45 feet long, weighing in at over 600 tons! One piece! The Romans could not destroy or remove that single piece of rock. The Holy of Holies, the most sacred Jewish place – a portal connecting Heaven and Earth – was and is preserved, regardless of what has been placed on top of it.
Our guide, an Orthodox Jewess, was amazing. She told us that it is believed that it was an Angelic squadron that placed the rock in that location, since there is no other explanation as to how it could have gotten there. She said that she couldn't share this particular information with many people, and could only tell us because she knew that we are people of faith.
It is wonderful to hear, from the hearts of others from around the world, that we are more secure in our Christian beliefs as we learn and cherish the history of our Jewish relatives.
The adventure continues…