January 22, 1993 |
People who want to plant notes to God on the Western Wall can now do it by fax. Every day, hundreds of notes seeking divine intervention are stuffed into cracks in Jerusalem's Western Wall, Judaism's holiest shrine. Faxes sent to a number the national telephone company has set up will be delivered to the wall, a company spokesman said this week. The number is 011-972-2-612222. It is not toll-free.
June 10, 2013 |
Sometimes the debate over gender equality around the globe is easy to decide. Women in Saudi Arabia should be able to drive cars and compete in sports. Yes, of course, girls in Pakistan should get equal education. Other times, it's not a matter of obvious civil rights. That's the case in Jerusalem, where members of an organization called Women of the Wall have, for two decades, endured taunts, threats of violence and arrest to pray at the sacred and iconic Western Wall. It's not the fact that they're praying; it's the way that they choose to pray.
January 17, 1993
I enjoyed the Dec. 20 article "On Holy Ground" by Jim Schachter. Just a week earlier I had spent two days wandering around the Old City of Jerusalem. It was my second visit and I agree with Schachter that it is a historically exciting and spiritually inspiring city. However, I believe Schachter made a significant error when he referred to the Western Wall as "the sole remnant of the Herodian Second Temple of the Jews, destroyed by the Roman emperor Vespasian in the year 70." The Western Wall is part of the retaining wall surrounding the Temple Mount and was never actually part of the temple itself.
July 19, 1992
"The Quiet Palestinian" (by Daniel Williams, June 7), profiling Palestinian leader Faisal Husseini, misrepresented the Temple Mount incident of Oct. 8, 1990. Williams states that "incited by a sudden release of police tear gas, the anxious Palestinians threw rocks on the scattering Jewish worshipers below the mosque at the Western Wall." Three major reports--by the Village Voice, by "60 Minutes" and by an Israeli government investigating commission--contradict Williams' account.
January 8, 2013
Re "Talking to a wall, connecting with God," Opinion, Jan. 4 Reform Rabbi Ben Kamin may imagine that the "stern, bearded men" he sees at the Western Wall in Jerusalem are "scolding" him "with their fierce eyes" for not wearing a skullcap, but even his imagination should not twist the facts. Rabbi Kamin's female relatives are, despite what he seems to imply, not barred from praying at the site. Yes, the area of the wall plaza is segregated by sex, befitting a place that is the remnant of the courtyard of a temple where such separation was instituted to ensure a feeling of solemnity and holiness for worshipers.
November 7, 1995 |
Amir Zilka, a Jew, remembered him with Psalms at the Western Wall. Omran Siyam, a Muslim, prayed for him at the Dome of the Rock. Sister Katrina, a Christian, lighted candles to his memory in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Thus did common purpose settle over the holiest places of three great religions Monday in the fractured city that is the cradle of their faith. It was the parting gift of Yitzhak Rabin, the warrior who died making peace.
September 21, 1989 |
A Palestinian shouting "God is great!" stabbed an Orthodox Jew in the Arab section of Jerusalem's walled Old City on Wednesday in the latest violence of the 21-month-old Palestinian uprising, police said. Yehuda Avrahami, 23, a seminary student, told a reporter that he was attacked as he walked from prayers at the Western Wall, a Jewish holy site in the Old City, toward the Damascus Gate. "About 100 meters away from Damascus Gate, an Arab . . . stabbed me in the back.