The ancient stones of Jerusalem need constant attention — physically, spiritually and politically. Israel works tirelessly on all of the above. The picture above shows some of the routine inspection, cleaning and maintenance that is regularly done on the South West corner of the Kotel (Western Wailing Wall). This is a 2,000+ year old remnant of King Herod’s extension of the Temple Mount, when he expanded the Second Holy Temple in the years that he ruled over ancient Israel. Along with this maintenance work, the Jewish People continue our thousands of years old tradition of maintaining a deep spiritual connection to Jerusalem, directing our daily prayers toward Jerusalem. The structures being excavated in the lower half of the picture are ancient Israelite buildings discovered in an amazing archeological project that has revealed details about the significance of the area. It is only when Israel has held sovereignty over Jerusalem that people of all types from all around the world have been able to explore and pray freely in the Holy City. This explains why it is so important for Israel to also continue maintaining Jerusalem as the eternal unified capital of Israel.
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Photo Credit: AJS personal collection, June 29, 2020