Kotel Pictures – One of the most visited sites in Israel is the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall and the Kotel. It is always a hive of activity, with tourists and locals, religious and non-religious, Jews and non-Jews coming together to see, to pray, to photograph, to stand in awe of and to just be present at the most significant site in the world for the Jewish people.
The Western Wall’s proximity to the original location of the Holy of Holies – the core and heart of the First and Second Temple is what makes this site spiritually and historically the holyiest site in the Jewish heritage.
It also the most photographed and recognized site world wide and visited by millions each year. Bar and Batmizvah children from around the globe choose to celebrate this special event right here with their families and friends.
Thousands of soldiers serving in the Israel Defence Forces each year swear their loyalty and allegiance to their nation and homeland at the Kotel Plaza right in front of the Western Wall (my own daughter was sworn into the Israel Air Force Defense Unit in 2013).
All of the pictures that you see on this page have been taken by a family member Seth Berman, when he visit in June 2013 for a family barmiztvah.
Seth (owner of Rapid Shutter Photography) is also part of our Facebook ‘world’ community – in fact he’s the first to agree to share his amazing photos of ‘Israel though his eyes‘ with Israel Travel Secrets.
I love all of Seth’s pictures, but I particularly love the image of the young boy being taught how to put on his ‘Tefillin’ (also called phylacteries – a set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah)
Which one do you like the most? You can leave a comment at the bottom of the page. Both Seth and I would love to hear from you. Perhaps we can inspire you to take your own great photos and share them with us in the future.
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If you are coming to Jerusalem, I highly recommend the Kotel Tunnel Tour – I did this tour for the first time in June 2013 and it was amazing. Don’t forget to book your tour a few weeks in advance as this tour is always fully booked up.