What’s so holy about the Western Wall anyway? – Anshel Pfeffer – Haaretz 05.02.16 ‘The farcical agreement over cloning the Kotel has taken the debate over the future of Judaism to a parochial and demeaning place…’ The Midrash says that ‘the Shekhina (divine presence) has never left the western wall.’ However, it isn’t referring to today’s Western Wall, but to a wall long since destroyed and built over by Romans, Persians, Mamluks or Ottomans. Jews only began praying at today’s Western Wall around 500 years ago.
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