Sights and Insights: Echoes of Rosh Hashana

27.09.2011                      28.Elul, 5771

Ansichten in Israel:

Sights and Insights: Echoes of Rosh Hashana

The place where the shofar sounded in Jerusalem still urges me to consider ancient themes, says Dr. Wayne Stiles.

Whenever I visit the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, I always walk to the southwest corner of the Temple Mount. There, excavations have uncovered a portion of the first-century street that stretched north along the original Western Wall. 
One hundred meters north of the corner, the Kotel, offers a portion of the Western Wall for Jews and tourists to pray. Beneath the ground of the Kotel, Jerusalem’s Central Valley has been filled in with the rubble of the Second Temple’s destruction in A.D. 70.  As a result, the beautiful modern plaza stands about nine meters above the first-century street uncovered at the southwestern corner….