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jerusalem is a thriving modern-day city where sacred traditions stretch back centuries

Constructed from blocks of limestone in what is now Jerusalem’s Old City, the Western Wall was originally erected as part of the expansion of the Second Jewish Temple by Herod the Great between 537 and 516 BC. While it is not the holiest site in the Jewish faith, the Western Wall is the holiest place that Jews are permitted to pray. According to Jewish law, one is obligated to grieve and rend one’s garment upon visiting the site and seeing the desolate site of the Temple, abandoned 70 AD. Attributed to Rabbi Chaim ibn Attar (1696-1743), there is a practice of placing slips of paper containing written prayers into the crevices of the Wall. More than a million notes are placed each year, with the opportunity to email messages now offered by a number of organisations. Today, it has become customary for visiting dignitaries to place their own notes in the wall, too. BR

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City Magazine March 2017  

Welcome to the March edition of The City magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features, articles and r...

City Magazine March 2017  

Welcome to the March edition of The City magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features, articles and r...

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