The Jews all over the world turn to the Western Wall when praying. It is the symbol of national unity and glory, the holiest place for Judaism:
- Israelis gather at the Wall on holidays, like Tisha B’Av, celebrate Bar and Bat Mitzvah.
- It is the spot of pilgrimage for millions of people every year.
- The Jews and non-Jews come here to put prayer notes between the stones.
- The soldiers of Israel Defense Forces swear loyalty to their homeland at the Western Wall Plaza.
Such great religious significance of the place is connected with the history of the Jews. The Western Wall is the remnant of the outer support wall surrounding the Second Temple, which was built by Herod the Great on the Temple Mount and was destroyed by the Roman Empire in 70 CE. Among four remaining walls, the Western wall is the closest to the Holy of Holies in the Temple – the place, where the Foundation Stone lies and the Ark of the Covenant is kept. For centuries, people came to the Wall to lament over the lost Temple and the Israel’s exile, hoping to restore the glory of the nation. These heartfelt prayers were heard by the non-Jews, therefore the wall gained another name in the Western world, the Wailing Wall.
The Western Wall remained intact during the wars just like the Jewish people outlived their enemies. Therefore it has become the symbol of the whole Israeli nation. There are many ways to bring a small part of the holy place to your home. If you have ever visited this sight, you can either save photos of the site, or keep a small stone from the Western Wall Plaza. Alternatively, you can hang a piece of contemporary wall art on canvas showing the Wailing Wall in one of your rooms, a beautiful reminder of your past trip or a powerful incentive for the future plans.
It will be quite easy to choose such canvas wall art – contemporary artists admire this sight and depict the Wall on many paintings. “Wailing Wall”, large contemporary canvas wall art by Leonid Afremov, is a great choice to any taste. The artist shows the Wall in its magnificence and sanctity using multicolored strokes of oil paint, drawing attention to the crowd of believers at the foot of the wall. This canvas wall art will become a good bargain both for pious people and for those who value the historical importance of this sacred spot.