The Western Wall, as it has been called since its return to Israeli control in 1967 has been, for millennia, known to Jews as “The Wailing Wall,” the holiest of all that religion’s holy sites. Believed to be that portion of the temple mount where the Holy of Holies resided before the destruction of the temple by the Babylonians, this has been long held to be the site where prayers rise directly to God.
The Wailing Wall, Jerusalemexpresses the devotion of the believers who come here to pray. The section of the wall I painted is reserved for male visitors. We see several formally dressed Orthodox Jewish men who join with others in modern dress to cry out to their God. Some will press notes into the cracks; others will fold their messages into the shrubs that grow in the shade of these ancient stones.
The impulse of the visitor is not to intrude on the passion of these pilgrims. InThe Wailing Wall, JerusalemI have tried to keep a respectful distance from the faithful, while rendering the light and drama of this historic location.