The Wailing Wall
Western Wall is a surviving remnant of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, which
was destroyed by Titus in 68 C.E.
The Temple, the center of the spiritual world, was the main conduit for
the flow of Godliness into this world.
When the Temple stood, there was respect for God, for His Torah - and
for each other. There was no doubt about God's existence. There were no
atheists. Every body acknowledged one God and understood the genius of
His laws. The world was filled with awe of God and love of God.
Temple Mount is also
called Mount Moriah.
This is the spot where Abraham bound Isaac, and where Jacob dreamt of
the ladder reaching to heaven.
The Sages explain that the name "Moriah" is actually a play on words:
"Moriah is the place from which instruction (horah) goes forth, from which
the fears of heaven (yirah) goes forth; from which light (orah) goes forth."
The Holy Temple served the
non-Jewish world as well.
When King Solomon built the Temple, he specifically asked God to heed
the prayer of the non-Jew who comes to the Temple (Kings I 8:41-43).
The Jewish prophet refers to the Temple as a "House for all nations"
(Isaiah 56.7). The Temple was the universal center of spirituality, a
concentrated point where God-consciousness filtered down into the world.
ancient times, the service in the Holy Temple during the week of Sukkot
featured a total of 70 bull offerings. This, the Talmud explains, corresponds
to each of the 70 nations of the world.
In fact, the Talmud says that if the Romans (who destroyed the Temple)
would have realized how much benefit they themselves were benefiting from
the Temple, they never would have destroyed it!