President of Togo visited the Western Wall


The President of Togo, Mr. Faure Essozimna GnassingbŽ, visited the Western Wall and was received by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites.

During his visit, the President prayed in front of the Western Wall and placed a note between its stones.

President GnassingbŽ could not contain his excitement over the prayer and the visit and expressed great interest in Jewish history. He noted his friendship with the State of Israel and said that the visit to the Western Wall was for him one of identification with the spiritual values of the Jewish nation.

The Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, said in his words to the President that millions of Jews throughout the generations have whispered their secret hearts desires next to these stones. When the Temple was established, King Solomon requested that the prayers from this site  both of Jews and non-Jews  be accepted in Heaven. The Rabbi added, In synagogues the world over, worshippers pray facing this very place.

The President wrote in the Western Wall Visitors Book: I pray for friendship between Africa and Israel. I ask the Creator to strengthen the friendship and solidarity between Africans and Israelis. Peace to all of the world.

Today May 20, 2022

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Interesting Facts

The Western Wall Plaza hosts approximately 60,000 people. It symbolizes the Jewish link to Jerusalem and serves as the synagogue closest to the remains of both Holy Temples.
The Western Wall's visible stones tell of its history from the time of the Holy Temples' ruin. The original Herodian stones are distinct from the others in size and in their unique borders.
The building style of "grading" used when layering the Western Wall's stones, teaches us that the Temple Mount's walls were not perpendicular but marginally sloping.

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