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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Any visit to Jerusalem's Old City -- whether you are religious or secular, of any religion -- would not be complete without a visit to the Western Wall -- the last remnant of the Second Temple and the holiest site in Judaism. Above it lies the Temple Mount, which holds the silver-domed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. If you're Jewish and want to go up to the Temple Mount and visit the mosque, you're out of luck... Muslims, however, as well as people of any other religion, are freely allowed to visit the Western Wall. Just don't take pictures when you're there, as the signs tell you (or at least don't be too obvious about it). Many people write a wish on a small piece of paper, fold it up as much as possible, and place it in a crack in the wall (among the thousands of other such wishes already there!). If you're there on a day when the Torah is read (usually Mondays and Thursdays, between 8 am and 3 pm), you will likely see a number of Jewish boys celebrating their Bar Mitzvah (a ceremony Jewish boys go through at age 13 which represents the transition from childhood to adulthood).

Thank igal27
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

This is a holy place for the Jewish people. There are security checks at the entrance that make the access a bit slow though it works efficiently. So collaborate and don't bring harming objects or big bags with you. Dress and behave in a respectful way, without disturbing people who constantly pray on site. If you want a closer view you have separate areas for men and women. People leave pieces of paper nested in the Wall stones but this harms its integrity and holiness. Saying a prayer instead of leaving it written would be the right channel for your special requests;-)

Thank vegedairy
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

this wall has so much history to it. the people that come to pray here, they are very much into their faith. you will either have more faith or become a believer of whichever faith you're contemplating. i liked the feeling of being here. it's busy. many people want to come here to see what it's like. it's not as long of a wall as i expected. but that doesn't matter. there is a male and female side to go to the wall. for religious purposes. on friday evenings, sabbath starts and this are will close to the public so the jewish quarter can pray and have their time. so neat to be here.

Thank ChristyS6
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

This is an easy place to find but keep in mind, you must pass through security checkpoints before getting to the wall. The Wall itself is a remnant of the second temple built during the time of Herod the Great. It is a solemn place. If you happen to be their on the Sabbath, no photography is allowed. There are two sections--one for men and another for women. We visited twice during our visit and both times it was busy but not ridiculously crowded. Some people like to write a prayer on a piece of paper, fold it tightly, and then insert it into one of the many crevices in the wall. Some people like to stand before the wall, touching it with one or both hands. You might notice some people walking backwards, away from the wall. This means they do not want to turn their backs to the wall. Of all the places we visited in Israel, this was definitely a highlight. Don't miss the "world's largest mezuzah" when you exit the grounds.

Thank Sharon M
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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

If you are wondering if you should include the Western Wall in your Israel itinerary the answer is “YES!”
I went as part of a group. Our guide was Gila of “Walk About Israel.” She was amazing. After she shared with us the history of the Western Wall of the Old temple, she gave time for those who wanted to pray at the wall.
You may not be a religious person and wonder at the benefit of spending time there. But if you have a love of history and are curious about other cultures you will find it enriching. The only requirements are that you be respectful and it is customary to wear a head covering of some kind at the wall as well as wash your hands before you go to pray. There are places to do that there. You don’t have to be Orthodox or Jewish to pray at the wall. But you do need to be reverent, which any sincere pilgrim can do.
There is a tradition that you may write a prayer and put it in a crevice of the wall. Some prayers are small notes, others are literally pages. Some pray quietly, some with restrained fervor. To just touch the stones where hundreds of thousands of people of all different races have prayed is humbling.
My son and I went to the wall together. I inserted a prayer between the massive stones with the names of my wife, children and grandchildren. We lingered quietly for a bit and backed away in respect. It was a moment we will share forever.
Yes, it is worth going to the Western Wall!

Thank jesseslusher
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