Tag Archives: Kotel

On the Other Side (Song)

Rabbi Josh Snyder
October 31, 2013

After a few attempts, this song found its inspiration in a piece by master glass artist and Baltimorean Gianni Toso.  The piece, called “Birthright”, shows the kotel on two sides: one, with a more traditionally-dressed crowd in gender-separate reverence before the kotel, and the other with mixed dancing of Taglit-Birthright Israel participants in shorts and More »

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Along The Wall

Rabbi Joshua Bolton
October 18, 2013

In the slips and dashes of history, we became a people of the Wall. No cathedrals. No turrets. No spires. All we have is a Wall. Our great spiritual obligation: To stand at a Wall. To caress the soft stones of a Wall. To weep at a Wall. At the Wall, all anyone can do More »

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The Weeds in the Wall

Rabbi Scott Perlo
October 14, 2013

בס”דWhen the shnorrer approached me, I was in between laying my arm tefillin and my head tefillin. I was standing just below one of the large caper bushes that lives in the upper reaches of the Kotel. His hand flopped in front of my face, levered straight down from the elbow. He didn’t look at More »

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The Kotel: Are You A Man or a Woman?

Maxwell Zachs
October 9, 2013

A mechitza (Hebrew: מחיצה, partition or division, pl.: מחיצות, mechitzot) in Jewish Halakha is a partition, particularly one that is used to separate men and women. Mechitzot are something I talk about a lot, they are also something I think about a lot, they represent the physical and metaphorical separation of men and women in More »

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The “I am a Wall” Nation

Jared Gimbel
October 3, 2013

The first day of Sukkot came with its “Hoshanot”, the promenade around the synagogue with its alphabetical chants to be heard and much flora to be seen. While looking at the ArtScroll Siddur, following each phrase as the congregation recited it, there stood  one phrase that instantly took hold of my thoughts. “Om Ani Khomah” More »

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The Kotel

Rabbi Dan Horwitz
October 1, 2013

A symbol, you see Powerful and mystifying to me   People yearning for a day long since past When sacrifices were the norm, yet didn’t last   With prayer since supplanting slaughter And somehow a son having greater rights than a daughter   To identify as part of holy community Which somehow causes such great More »

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