For a millennium the heart of the Jew has longed to return to Jerusalem and there to rebuild the Temple of God. During the Six Day War in 1967 Israeli paratroopers finally regained access to the most holy site of Judaism, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, the remaining wall of the Temple destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. With tears flowing from their battle weary eyes they stood humbly by the reconquered wall and prayed to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
You too can now stand by this wall and pray to the same God, the one who looks over all of us in whose hands are all of our lives. It is a tradition to place scraps of paper in the wall bearing prayers to God. There are many stories of estranged fathers and sons being brought back together by inadvertently coming across each other’s prayer.
Place your request to God in the Wall and be blessed.
If you want you can even wear the traditional prayer phylacteries worn by orthodox Jews. A rabbi will show you how to put them on and what prayer to say (in transliterated Hebrew).
Above the wall looms the actual Temple Mount. The exact location of the Temple is not known but what was possibly the Temple Holy of Holies is marked by a small domed structure called The Dome of the Tablets. You can enter into this small covered area and meditate on the wonder and goodness of our God. Others believe that today’s Dome of the Rock with its golden roof that shines out from the Temple Mount, built over a sacred stone from which Muslims believe Muhammad ascended to heaven in a night dream, is the actual site of the Holy of Holies. A Talmudic rabbinic teaching refers to this rock as the Shtiah upon which the entire world was rebuilt following the Flood and on which the Temple sat. Others teach that it was on this very stone, which can be viewed by entering the shrine, that Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac.
As you stand on the Temple Mount, look around and imagine the crowds pushing against the Master as he taught in the Temple and debated Jewish traditions with the rabbis
(John 7:14). You can also imagine that you are standing in the gloriously rebuilt millennial Temple described by Ezekiel (Ezekiel 41) from which the Messiah will rule over all peoples and all tongues.