Dome on the Rock

Sunday 23rd March

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The Western Wall

The most holy place in all of Judaism lies at the foot of the western side of the Temple Mount, or as Arabs call it ‘Haram al-Sharif’. This is as close as the Chief Rabbinate of Israel will allow Jews to go to the site of the Temple above in order to prevent them from standing on Holy Ground unawares. It has become a powerful place of prayer. Here men and women are segregated and the women’s section was very much busier than the men’s. But to a twenty first century western Christian’s eyes it was startling to see so many men openly and emotionally praying in public. The place seems to capture something of a sense of Jewish oppression however. I am not sure this was a place that people brought their prayers of thanks to God, only those of sorrow, but I may be wrong.

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Tim Stratford

Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford Dean of Chester

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