The essence of Shavuot in Jerusalem, 1964

Who knew if the Wall could ever be visited by Jewish people?

May 25, 2017 12:45
Rita Geffen

Rita Geffen sits on the steps leading up to Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock, located opposite the southern courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in 1971. (photo credit: AVIE GEFFEN)


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Tisha Be’av in the summer of 1963 in Jerusalem was so hot that every step you took you felt you were on fire. In spite of the weather, my wife, Rita, and I decided on the morning of the fast day to somehow make it to Mount Zion to mourn for the loss of two Temples and many other tragedies in Jewish history.

Rita wrote in her diary. “I have read about Mt. Zion and studied its history and today, in spite of the heat, will be a good day to pay this important locale, with a rich history, our first visit.”


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