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Why was Jerusalem’s Western Wall built?

The Western Wall (the Kotel) is synonymous with Jerusalem. Every Jew, and gentile tourists also, who visit Jerusalem, head straight for it as the most significant part of the visit.

Some years ago it was rumored that the Wall was weeping, for the tragic situation of Jews in Israel during its ongoing terrorist attacks. Myriads of people flocked to see this miracle, which turned out to be caused by plant resin, a more prosaic explanation for the large damp patch which had mysteriously appeared.

But the Wall is never alone, no matter what hour of the day or night you choose to visit. Someone is praying, someone is rocking back and forth before it in sorrow, someone is writing a petition on a scrap of paper and stuffing it into a crack between the massive stones.

From an article in the Jerusalem Post

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