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The Importance of a Wall: Lev LaLev Kotel visit June 5, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama recently urged that peace negotiations for a Palestinian state be based on the 1967 borders. The borders are based on those prior to the Six Day War in 1967 in which Israel won control over East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.

Israeli army paratroopers Zion Karasanti, Yitzhak Yifat and Haim Oshri stand next to the Western Wall after it was captured in1967 and 40 years later in 2007. The image on the left is etched in history - an iconic photo that captured Israel in its most triumphant moment. Three young, battle-worn faces gazing up in wonder at the Wall, moments after capturing Judaism's holiest site in the Six-Day War.-United Israel World Union

The area of East Jerusalem includes the Kotel, it is part of what remains of the Western Wall of the Second Holy Jewish Temple – which was destroyed by the Roman armies in 70 CE. This Western Wall is the most holy place accessible to the Jewish people as it is the closest public area to what was known as the Holy of Holies in Temple times. That area, the Temple Mount, is currently in Muslim control occupied by the Dome of the Rock.

With the holiday of Shavuot approaching, falling out on the evening of June 7th this year, our girls from the orphanage anxiously await their visit to the Kotel on June 5th. Shavuot is one of the three Jewish holidays when historically all Jews would make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. However, the girls are nervous. When they heard about the suggestion of the U.S. President their prayers and tears were strong in the fear of possibly no longer having the opportunity to pray at the Wall as they please.

We are not worried however, and we are showing that strong confidence to the girls. Since we are all here to provide for their spiritual needs, in addition to their physical and emotional, you are welcome to share in this opportunity to strengthen the girls and show them that the world will not forget the importance of an accessible Jerusalem.

In the words of Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize winning author and Holocaust survivor, “Jerusalem must remain the world’s Jewish spiritual capital, not a symbol of anguish and bitterness, but a symbol of trust and hope. As the Chasidic master Rebbe Nachman of Breslav said, ‘Everything in this world has a heart; the heart itself has its own heart.’  Jerusalem is the heart of our heart, the soul of our soul.”

From their heart to yours, the Lev LaLev girls want to include you in their pilgrimage. To send them your prayers visit: http://www.levlalev.com/kotelprayers May all our prayers be answered for the good!

Lev LaLev Orphan at the Kotel when the girls visited in February

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