- What endows a site, whether a wall or a ruin, with holiness? And when does it become dangerous to endow a physical space, perhaps especially a contested one, with spiritual qualities? Is the Wall the closest Jews have to, say, the Vatican, or the Mormon Temple? Are such comparisons uncomfortable, relevant, or beside the point?
- What does holiness mean for you? Do places inspire such feelings? Have you experienced the Wall as a place of holiness and, if so, why?
- How does using the Kotel for rituals such as “military swearing-in ceremonies” complicate the fragile relationship between the sacred and the profane? Does it endow military activities with the aura of “holy war”?
- Can you envision Jerusalem as the shared capital of two states — Israel and Palestine?
- Should women be permitted to pray at the Kotel with tallitot and a Torah? What complicates this discussion?