News and updates about Kotel

Guards search Women of the Wall, find Torah scroll

Security guards found a Torah Scroll in bags of 'Women of the Wall'. Western Wall Foundation: "We condemn attempts to violate regulations"

Guards search Women of the Wall, find Torah scroll

Free transportation to the Western Wall - even at night

Jerusalem Ministry announces new, free route connecting Jerusalem's Central Station to the Western Wall.

Free transportation to the Western Wall - even at night

The Daily Portion / Sunrise at the Kotel (Western Wall)*

I decided to be just a reporter for a few minutes to find out who the people were:

The Daily Portion / Sunrise at the Kotel (Western Wall)*

Long-standing status quo to be formally enshrined in law

Shas head Aryeh Deri advances legislation barring feminist displays at the Western Wall. "Finally the government is taking this seriously."

Long-standing status quo to be formally enshrined in law

The tip of the iceberg

The Kotel is just a small fraction of the Beit Hamikdash just as those in crisis have oceans of hurt beneath the surface. Help them. Op-ed.

The tip of the iceberg

Watch live: Tisha B'av at the Western Wall

On the night of Tisha B'av, the saddest day of the year, Jews gather at the Western Wall to mourn the Holy Temples.

Watch live: Tisha B'av at the Western Wall

Extremism at the Kotel, holy zealotry in the desert

How to distinguish holy zealotry from extremism.

Extremism at the Kotel, holy zealotry in the desert

I Denounce

I perceive you as desecrating our Torah, our peoplehood, and now our holy places, but we denounce violence against you.

I Denounce

Saying farewell to Rabbi Uri Zohar zt"l

Rabbi Uri Zohar was the epirtome of a baal teshuva who uses every minute to make up for what he perceived as lost Torah study time.

Saying farewell to Rabbi Uri Zohar zt"l

The holiness of the Six Day War - photos and story

June 7, 1967: The saintly Nazir embraced the Kotel stones. HaRav Tzvi Yehuda looked as if he couldn’t comprehend it and began to weep....

The holiness of  the Six Day War -  photos and story

A stern rejoinder

MK Elazar Stern's remakrs on the Kotel partition are riddled with misstatements, platitudes, faulty reasoning and sophistries. Op-ed.

A stern rejoinder

Women of the Wall gearing up for their next provocation

Feminist group intends to hold monthly service next Sunday. Haredi MKs on the alert to protect status quo at holy site.

Women of the Wall gearing up for their next provocation

Jewish group: Partitioning Western Wall threatens Jewish unity

Am Echad, dedicated to strengthening relationship between Israel and Diaspora, says new Western Wall plan would be a 'critical mistake.'

Jewish group: Partitioning Western Wall threatens Jewish unity

Netanyahu joins call to protest Reform, Women of the Wall

Shas head MK Deri is organizing tomorrow's prayer protest against efforts of Reform to flout Torah tradition at Judaism's holiest site.

Netanyahu joins call to protest Reform, Women of the Wall

The Kotel and the Jews

Not everything every Jew says or does becomes “Jewish” by definition. No Jew or group of Jews can excise parts of Torah or halakhah.Op-ed.

The Kotel and the Jews

Gilad Kariv to PM: It's time to implement the Kotel plaza reform

MK calls to implement plan to expand the non-Orthodox prayer space at the Western Wall, which has been shelved since Netanyahu government.

Gilad Kariv to PM: It's time to implement the Kotel plaza reform

Discontent at the Kotel

Mutual respect calls for the newcomers to desist from defiling the sanctity of the Kotel and worship there as did their ancestors. Op-ed.

Discontent at the Kotel

'If you’re connected to Judaism, you’ll be connected to Israel'

Arutz Sheva speaks with Dr. Irwin Leibowitz, the co-chair of the Am Echad organization.

'If you’re connected to Judaism, you’ll be connected to Israel'

Hodu LaHashem ki tov - yes, His mercy endures forever

At the Kotel after the flag march was cancelled: Images that became metaphors, powerful statements of faith and resolve.

Hodu LaHashem ki tov - yes, His mercy endures forever

Giving thanks at the Kotel

Should there be a mass thanksgiving prayer of all those who survived corona?

Giving thanks at the Kotel

Netanyahu: I thank God for coming out of coronavirus safely

Read the full texts of the notes left in the Western Wall by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara Netanyahu.

Netanyahu: I thank God for coming out of coronavirus safely

Western Wall receives traditional cleaning ahead of Passover

Western Wall rabbi oversees removal of notes placed in Wall - including over 71,000 sent over the internet from around the world.

Western Wall receives traditional cleaning ahead of Passover

Safeguard the heart of our nation - do not desecrate the Kotel!

Please, do not deepen the rift, do not encourage confusion, do not be part of the desecration! Do not share in the destruction!

Safeguard the heart of our nation - do not desecrate the Kotel!

UAE pro-Israel activist on 1st visit: 'Felt like celebrities'

Emirati social media activist Majid Al Sarrah on his 1st Israel visit, trip to Kotel: 'I thank God for being there.'

UAE pro-Israel activist on 1st visit: 'Felt like celebrities'

Watch: Selichot prayers at Kotel

Watch as Selichot prayers usher in Yom Kippur eve at Western Wall.

Watch: Selichot prayers at Kotel

Watch: Slichot at the Kotel amid coronavirus

Pre-Rosh Hashanah Slichot prayers held at Western Wall using "capsules" layout.

Watch: Slichot at the Kotel amid coronavirus

30 capsules, 2,000 people

This is what the traditional Selichot prayers at the Western Wall look like during the coronavirus pandemic.

30 capsules, 2,000 people

Watch: Disorder at the entrance to the Western Wall plaza

Young haredim try to break through blockades placed at entrance to the Western Wall in order to limit the number of people entering.

Watch: Disorder at the entrance to the Western Wall plaza

'Western Wall is doing just fine without monthly provocations'

Peaceful prayer sessions held as Women of the Wall left outside Western Wall plaza due to coronavirus restrictions.

'Western Wall is doing just fine without monthly provocations'

The prayers of the Daughters of Israel

PINCHAS Numbers 25:10–30:1 The modest and powerful place of prayer must be open and inviting to those women who truly understand prayer.

The prayers of the Daughters of Israel

Return to the gates of Zion - 1967

Rav Tzvi Yehudah Kook did not rend his clothes on seeing the Kotel, the Western Wall, or viewing the Temple Mount, after the Six Day War.

Return to the gates of Zion - 1967

Western Wall to remain open indefinitely

Wilson's Arch prayer hall to be limited to 100 worshipers at a time.

Western Wall to remain open indefinitely

'Holding the candle and banishing the darkness'

Public Security Minister, Chief Rabbi and Jerusalem Mayor participate in candle lighting ceremony at the Western Wall.

'Holding the candle and banishing the darkness'

Exciting bar mitzvah for victims of hostilities at Western Wall

Victims of Hostilities Organization holds Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremony for children affected by Islamic attacks.

Exciting bar mitzvah for victims of hostilities at Western Wall

European Union takes on planned Jerusalem cable car

Tourism Min. Levin sends angry letter to EU rep., criticizing 'gross and unacceptable' interference in Israel's internal affairs.

European Union takes on planned Jerusalem cable car

Provocation at the Western Wall

Dozens of WoW members, leaders of Reform, Conservative movements, try to bring Torah scrolls from egalitarian section into women's section.

Provocation at the Western Wall

Women of the Wall demand Gantz 'fulfill his promise'

Radical women's organization demands Blue and White, Yisrael Beytenu, refuse to join government unless Western Wall reform is implemented.

Women of the Wall demand Gantz 'fulfill his promise'

Netanyahu prays at the Kotel

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife prayed at the Western Wall ahead of Tuesday’s elections.

Netanyahu prays at the Kotel

Watch: Tisha B'Av in the heart of Jerusalem

Police, volunteers, work to secure Western Wall and protect worshipers.

Watch: Tisha B'Av in the heart of Jerusalem

Jennifer Lopez prays at Western Wall

American actress and singer Jennifer Lopez follows Tel Aviv performance with visit to Israel's holiest site.

Jennifer Lopez prays at Western Wall

Blue and White leader visits Western Wall

MK Benny Gantz says only way to bridge gap between sectors is respectful dialogue.

Blue and White leader visits Western Wall

Watch: Prayers for Fast of Tammuz at Western Wall

Crowds gathered in Kotel plaza since night for prayers and 'selichot' for the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz today.

Watch: Prayers for Fast of Tammuz at Western Wall

Deri: Women of the Wall a 'destructive phenomenon'

Deri responds to petition calling on him to ban Women of the Wall from the Kotel, says he is doing everything in his power to combat group.

Deri: Women of the Wall a 'destructive phenomenon'

Watch: Second hakafot at Western Wall

At Western Wall, second hakafot begin at holiday's end. Dozens of other events take place throughout country.

Watch: Second hakafot at Western Wall

Prayers continue at egalitarian Kotel area despite protests

Hundreds of Jews pray and study Torah at Robinson's Arch despite angry reactions from Reform and Conservative movements.

Prayers continue at egalitarian Kotel area despite protests

Watch: Yom Kippur eve prayers at the Kotel

Thousands at the Western Wall plaza for Selichot on the eve of Yom Kippur.

Watch: Yom Kippur eve prayers at the Kotel

Photos: Selichot at the Kotel

Thousands of people attend Selichot prayers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Photos: Selichot at the Kotel

Over 10,000 expected at Western Wall for 'Day of Jewish Unity'

US Ambassador David Friedman expected to join thousands in mass prayer event at Western Wall ahead of Rosh Hashanna.

Over 10,000 expected at Western Wall for 'Day of Jewish Unity'

Watch: Notes cleared out from Western Wall

Thousands of notes placed in Western Wall removed ahead of High Holidays.

Watch: Notes cleared out from Western Wall

Rubashkin prays at Western Wall

Iowa kosher slaughterhouse executive who was freed from jail in December prayed for "an exceptionally long time".

Rubashkin prays at Western Wall

A taste of Israel

A taste of Israel

Rabbi urges 'introspection' after disaster narrowly averted

Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz says he is shocked after boulder crashes into egalitarian plaza.

Rabbi urges 'introspection' after disaster narrowly averted

'The Reforms' demand is unacceptable'

Minister Regev refuses Netanyahu's request to enlarge the mixed prayer section at the Western Wall.

'The Reforms' demand is unacceptable'

Putting on tefillin at the Kotel is women's empowerment?

Chabad emissary Rebbetzin Esther Piekarski discusses the Rebbe, his relationship to Israel and his thoughts about women's empowerment.

Putting on tefillin at the Kotel is women's empowerment?

Will Prince William visit the Western Wall?

Western Wall rabbi says he was asked to investigate possibility of Prince William visiting the Western Wall.

Will Prince William visit the Western Wall?

Women file complaint after being abused by Women of the Wall

Women of the Wall push, verbally abuse, women and teens praying at Western Wall.

Women file complaint after being abused by Women of the Wall

Jerusalem Day awaits the Redeemer

Jerusalem Day awaits the Redeemer

Save our Kotel

Illegitimate strains of purported 'Judaism' brazenly exercise influence to transform Israel into secular culture; Kotel must be protected.

Save our Kotel

'Reform is disappearing while the Orthodox community is growing'

Over 40 Orthodox businessmen from the US visit Israel, speak to PM Netanyahu, ministers, and MKs, rebut claims by the Reform Movement.

'Reform is disappearing while the Orthodox community is growing'

Mike Pence: Western Wall visit was ' very inspiring'

Vice President Mike Pence wraps up his trip to Israel with a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Mike Pence: Western Wall visit was ' very inspiring'