The Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
The Western Wall is a surviving remnant of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. The Temple was the center of the spiritual world, the main conduit for the flow of Godliness. When the Temple stood, the world was filled with awe of God and appreciation for the genius of the Torah.
Jewish tradition teaches that all of creation began in Jerusalem. The epicenter is Mount Moriah, known by mystics as “the watering stone.” The name “Moriah” is actually a play on words: “Moriah is the place from which Torah instruction (horah) goes forth; from where fear of heaven (yirah) goes forth; from where light (orah) goes forth.”
It is here, on Mount Moriah, that Isaac was bound for sacrifice. And it is here that his son Jacob dreamed of the ladder ascending to heaven.
Although other parts of the Temple Mount retaining wall remain standing, the Western Wall is especially dear, as it is the spot closest to the Holy of Holies, the central focus of the Temple.
The Western Wall is open to visitors at all times.
Due to lack of parking we recommended using public transportation to reach the Western Wall.
The following buses reach the Western Wall – 1,2,38.
It is also possible to take a taxi.
One can drive to the Western Wall and park in the following parking lots:
The Karta Parking Lot & Mamilla Mall Parking Lot – near the entrance to the Old City next to Jaffa Gate (fee).
The Giv’ati Parking Lot – outside the Dung Gate, opposite the entrance to the City of David (fee).
The Mount Zion Parking Lot – is meant for buses only (free).
The Western Wall is wheelchair accessible.On Shabbat and festivals it is forbidden to smoke, take pictures, or use a cellular phone.
Pets are not allowed into the Western Wall Plaza.
One must follow any orders given by security officials at the entrance to the plaza.
Dress must be modest.