What does the Western-Wall (the Kotel) mean to you?

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

Shalom all,

About two weeks ago Rev. Bosco Peters from New-Zealand wrote in his blog about TweetYourPrayers and @TheKotel. I was excited to learn that a Reverend wrote about this service. Most of my followers are in fact Christians, and they are responsible to most of the prayers coming-in.

Though I’m happy to see people of other faiths take part in this Jewish tradition of placing notes in the Kotel, I’m also curious as to what exactly does it mean for them. After all, the Kotel is a holy place for Jews, and the tradition is, as mentioned, a Jewish tradition.

I emailed the Reverend and asked him to shed a little light on this issue for me. I asked him to give me a general idea of what is the attitudes of the different denominations towards the Kotel and the placing of the notes. Rev. Peters gave me a simple answer, but it might just be the best one. He told me to ask my Twitter followers. After all, it is you that send in your prayers – than you must know better than anyone else what does this act mean to you.

I’d love it if we could get a discussion going here in this blog post, so we could all share our feelings, opinions and knowledge. So please leave comments with your take on this issue (Note: due to technical reasons comments do not appear right away). Also, please retweet this post so others could share with us too. You can retweet simply by clicking the green “retweet” button on top.

I’m waiting for your comments.

Link to Rev. Bosco Peters’ blog post – here. His Twitter page is @Liturgy .

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21 comments so far


I believe placing a prayer in the wall, by whomever, is simply an act of complete faith. Believing on the act itself with total faith that the father will hear your supplications. This is my take on it.


August 30th, 2009 at 12:44 am
Leny Cato

For me the Western Wall is a Holy place because Jesus Christ was a Jew and the country of Israel, the Jewish people are God’s chosen people and the Promised Land. It’s the place where God’s footprint rests, where his relationship with poeple began, where he called and said ‘where are you’ and Abba still calls today. Not just the Jewish people, but everyone.


August 30th, 2009 at 12:49 am
Effie Suggs aka Tigerlady316

The Western Wall for me is a physical reminder of all God is – “I am, Who I am” – and a physical and spiritual communication link for us to God. God knew that this society would become spiritually empty, so, He left behind a physical reminder that we must place our foundation in Him.


August 30th, 2009 at 1:52 am

Praying on the wall is a huge priviledge we have. I hail from Colorado. I am a Native American Jesus follower. I cherish my culture as well as jewish culture. We are interwoven into one big circle (the hoop) We will always connect back to Jewish roots through Adam and Eve. Being able to post prayers to the wall brings spiritual blessings for all mankind regardless of our faith. God HEARS our prayers, righteousness or not. My life and many others are living proof. This amazing website is also proof. I pray you continue this endeavor. I will do my part to pray and support you. May God bless you and sustain you, brother.

Believing we are all one relations,



August 30th, 2009 at 1:54 am

The Kotel is hard to describe. It is representative of potential of our connection with Hashem, what was and what can be, if only we worked on it. Personally, i didn’t feel much at the Kotel. I wanted to. But i couldn’t “plug in” the way i heard it described. so for me it will remain the potential and B”H i will have a chance to see it again and feel more.


August 30th, 2009 at 3:30 am
Kelly Hall

I am just learning as much as I can about my Jewish siblings in God. I am very excited to learn in Galatians 3:26-29 that through Christ I am Abraham’s seed and heirs to the same promises! I love the blessing found in Deuteronomy 28. I wish to speak sabbath blessing over my minor children…so much to LEARN! So glad to make your acquantence. I sensed that the Western Wall is a holy (gadesh) place and will research more. Warm, Kelly in Ohio USA


August 30th, 2009 at 3:31 am

To me it signifies exactly what it means to you, after all God revealed Himself to Moses and a few others not to every one else. I am a follower, as many others, and, afer all, this is a small world, ‘news’ do travel fast!


August 30th, 2009 at 7:21 am

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August 30th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

To me the Kotel is such a blessing. I live in IL, USA and cannot visit the wall as I please so having such a giving man who does the miztvah of taking our blessings to the wall is so wonderful. We all fall on hard times at one point or another but knowing that our prayers are in a place that G-d never leaves makes me feel like someone is listening. I tweeted a prayer for my father who had been let go if his job when they downsized. He had been searching for a job for 22 mths and had given up hope. The day after I tweeted the prayer he got a job interview and then hired right away. It is his dream job and I have never seen him so happy. I thank G-d every day that the Kotel was there for me and my family. The service he provides gives me hope and brings me closer to G-d.


August 30th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

I see the Kotel as a link to the past and a promise of the future. Both Christians and Jews look forward to the Messiah (though Christians believe he’s come once before) to come and establish his kingdom, with its center in Jerusalem. While faith resides within each of us, regardless of who were are or where we live, the Kotel is a tangible reminder of what was and what is to come.


August 31st, 2009 at 4:38 pm
Michael Cline

What the Kotel means to me is answered prayer! I had a heart cath on Monday and the doctor found no blockage and a very healthy heart! I had some blockage five years ago but now it is gone! Praise the Lord and thank you Kotel for the great work you are doing!


admin Reply:

Glad everything is OK, you’re healthy, and that I could be of help 🙂


September 2nd, 2009 at 4:57 am
Elza van dorst-the netherlands

I am very very thankfull,that the kotel-team does this for all those people who need this.[like me] putting the prayers in the wall, my own motivation is that my grandfather was jewish . Me: i,ve always bin interested in Israel[for the roots],my dad always told us where our family came from etc. this is the chance for me [THANKS TO YOU] for a personal prayer in the wall. TODA RABBA. greetsz: Elza van dorst, holland


admin Reply:

my pleasure 🙂 thank you for your heart warming comment


September 3rd, 2009 at 7:37 pm

I agree with James The Kotel is like a link to the past and a promise of the future. The children of Israel are God’s chosen people HE has a special bond with them and the land, Jerusalem will be the capital of the world. To me it’s a sacred place. Thanks to the Kotel Team my prayer request will be put in the Wall!!


September 10th, 2009 at 5:36 am

For me, TheKotel is a hope. A ray of hope.


September 10th, 2009 at 8:03 pm
Giresh Nair

The Kotel to me, is one ray of hope emanating from the palm of the almighty.

A pious Hindu, I believe in the supreme power. Here, I get to pray through an angel.


September 10th, 2009 at 10:23 pm
Solange Dor

Shalom to all , I also agree the kotel is like a link to the past and a promise of the future , its works like a magnet , anybody can pray there but only a few really know about it well… it’s alive by the grace of Hashem and it could be part of the cornerstone of what is coming… the future is written in the past , the Ancient Jewish Wisdom should be share with the world to educate the people , NO FANATICISM with OPEN MIND & SOUL , warm regards.


September 11th, 2009 at 12:56 am
Hinerau M Dochartaigh

I came across the 72 Names of God, & what I learned made a deep impression. Never heard of it b4 but the synchronicity of finding out about it and about Kotel seems 2 suggest 2 me that 4 me the 2 of u go 2gether 2 bring me closer 2 God.

I believe that all cultures have something of the Creator within them, and the Jewish religion and their stories for some reason resonate particularly strongly within me – not sure why. Just does, so I am following my instincts.


Alon Reply:

That’s good. Be true to yourself and what you feel, and good things will come.


September 15th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

The Lord says to pray for peace of Jerusalem. Psalm 122. This is an act of faith for all who believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.


September 17th, 2009 at 6:13 am

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