President of Chile Visits the Western Wall

President of Chile Visits the Western WallSebastian Pi–era, President of Chile, visited the Western Wall today (Tuesday) with his wife and a large delegation as part of his visit to the State of Israel.

The Director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, Mr. Mordechai (Suli) Eliav, told President Pi–era about the history of the site and about it being a house of prayer for all nations.
The President also heard about Jewish yearning for Jerusalem throughout the generations. The President expressed vast knowledge of history and was deeply impressed despite this not being his first visit to the Western Wall, and received an album about the Western Wall Tunnels as a souvenir.

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, recited a chapter of Psalms with the President and blessed him with King Solomons prayer that all his prayers will be accepted with good will. The Rabbi added that visiting the Western Wall expresses identification with the values and heritage of the Jewish nation.

The President remarked that the school named for Anne Frank prepared notes with their prayers that they gave him to place between the stones of the Wall during this respectable and moving ceremony.

The President of Chile signed the Western Wall guestbook with a prayer asking G-d to bring peace to the Holy Land.

Today May 17, 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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The women's section in the Western Wall Tunnels closes on Fridays at 13:00 and opens again about 15 minutes before Shabbat begins.

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