The Holy City.

“An Israeli man prays at the Kotel in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel Friday, January 7, 2011.”
“A father teaches prayer to his son in front of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jersulaem, Israel Friday, January 7, 2011.”
“A group of Israeli schoolgirls are led through the back streets of the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel Friday, January 7, 2011.”

We visited the Kotel in Jerusalem two times in one day, once for a tour and some moments of reflection and again for Shabbat later that evening.

It really is one of the most special places on Earth. When we arrived for Shabbat, it was raining, so over one hundred of us huddled under a bridge and held a Kabbalat Shabbat service. As soon as we finished, the rain cleared and we all took to the Kotel. For obvious reasons, I don’t have photographs of the atmosphere during Shabbat itself, so I posted these from earlier in the day.

I mentioned in an earlier post how being Jewish felt right in Israel. This was where I felt it the most.