Three religions, one trail

A walk along Hagai Street takes you from Damascus Gate, through the Via Dolorosa, to the Kotel Hakatan.

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August 23, 2012 15:33
The third station of the Via Dolorosa

Jerusalem 521. (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)

 
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During the Ottoman rule of Israel, Jews were permitted to frequent only a small section of the Western Wall, and the British went so far as to refuse permission to blow the shofar for fear of Arab reaction. Even today, women experience humiliating and denigrating treatment at this most sacred of Jewish sites.

But there is a section of the Western Wall far closer to the Holy of Holies on the Temple Mount than the traditional site of prayer, that is perhaps that much more sacred. It is called the Kotel Hakatan (Small Western Wall) and is open to all. There is even room there for notes to God, while at the traditional site every nook and cranny is crammed full with tiny scraps of paper.

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