Symbols evoke feelings, emotions, and memories.  Symbols are the visible representation of an object or idea that expresses our collective Jewish memory.  The Kotel, the Western Wall, is the outer wall surrounding the Temple Mount.  It is a physical expression of God in our peoples’ midst. 

Just as the Romans could not destroy every remnant of the Second Temple in 70 CE, so too, we Jews can never be destroyed.  This is the place we come to, not the place we run from.  This is the place where heartfelt prayers are offered and souls are unburdened.  This is the place in our past, in our present and in our future, where we will continue to mourn the tragedies in our lives and the lives of our people.  And this is the place where we will continue to celebrate our blessings, our successes, and our lifecycle events.

This is the place for religious observance and for religious questioning. This is the place for unification, and at the same time, a symbol of controversy. The Kotel expresses a continuum of meaning—sometimes it is spiritual, and sometimes it is practical.  Whether we are frustrated about the issues of religious freedom, separation of religion and State or women’s status in religious issues, we cannot forget that the Kotel is one of the holiest sites in Jewish life.  The Kotel belongs to you and to me.  The Kotel belongs to all Jews—men and women.  The Kotel belongs to Orthodox and Reform.  Yes, the Kotel belongs to all of us.  It is our visible religious symbol of our relationship with God.  This is where we come to pour out our hearts to God—at all times, day or night.  This is where we have come for hundreds of years, to place a piece of paper, a tzetel, into the cracks in the Wall. 

If you would like to have your prayer placed in the Kotel, Rabbi Rosen will personally carry and place your prayers in the Kotel.  All prayers will remain strictly confidential.

If you would like to submit a prayer, please click here. 



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May Their Memories be a Blessing

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Gilad Shaar (16) z"l

We grieve with their families.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
7:00 PM
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