The Kotel

Rabbi Dan Horwitz
October 1, 2013
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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 disunity


Nothing but trouble waits if we dictate to others how they must pray

To even consider such suggests we’ve lost our way


The Divine does not in a single location reside

That spark, that light, can be found inside


Each person who visits this external barrier wall

That symbol of ancient kingdoms that repeatedly did fall


Jerusalem of Gold, you’re not about stones

Stacked on top of each other, emitting “wailing” tones


To be a free nation in our homeland is the ultimate goal

Struggling with the Divine, the undercurrent of Israel’s soul


Let the Kotel as a symbol unite and inspire

Our fear of each other and the intolerance of our differences, forever retire

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Rabbi Dan Horwitz is a rabbi, educator, consultant and community builder. Committed to lifelong learning, he holds a BA in Politics from Brandeis University, an MA in Jewish Studies from Gratz College, a JD and an MA in Sport Management from the University of Michigan, and an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. He received rabbinic ordination from the non-denominational Mesifta Adas Wolkowisk. Dan is happiest when engaged in meaningful discussion with others on topics of Jewish and general philosophical interest, when playing basketball, and when Justin Verlander is pitching. For more information, check out

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