1.5 M Visitors to Western Wall

A record number of people, 1.5 million, visited the Western Wall in the Hebrew month of Tishrei, "evidence the Wall is a spiritual home for all."

Hana Levi Julian , | updated: 11:33 AM

Jewish worshipers at Western Wall
Jewish worshipers at Western Wall
Israel news photo: Tovia Singer

A record number of people - 1.5 million visitors - came to the Western Wall during the Hebrew month of Tishrei, according to figures from the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and the Israel Police.

The rabbi of the Kotel (Western Wall), Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitz, commented that "these figures are evidence that the Western Wall is the spiritual home for Jews from all around the world, regardless of their background."

The Western Wall is the last standing remnant of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, and became a place of Jewish prayer following the Roman destruction in 70 CE. The area was badly damaged while occupied by Jordan, from 1948 to 1967, but was cleaned up and carefully renovated after it was restored to Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.

It is customary for Jews to visit the Wall upon arriving in Israel for the first time, or as soon after arrival as possible. Visitors to the site, considered to be the holiest Jewish site on earth, traditionally include all heads of state who come to the State of Israel.

For those who are unable to make the trip to Jerusalem, it is still possible to carry out the tradition of placing one prayers in a note between the cracks of the Wall thanks to the Twitter age.

The Twitter Western Wall service prints outs prayers sent through the internet by "tweets" to a special account, and places them in the Wall. Prayers can be posted to the Twitter group at http://twitter.com/theKotel . Alternatively, private prayers can also be sent by email to tweetyourprayers@gmail.com .