Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
Learning About The Kotel, as reported by Ambar:
"The first-timers [seeing the Kotel] were blindfolded by the veterans and led to an opening in the buildings. We were asked to remove the blindfolds and take in the view before us: The Kotel and the busy plaza filled with Bar Mitzvah processions. What a sight it was! We then walked toward the south-western part of the wall surrounding the Temple Mount and learned about the archaeological discoveries that have deepened people’s understanding of this sacred space. Our study was followed by a walk through Hezekiah’s water tunnel from the City of David. After dinner, we returned to the Kotel to tour the tunnel running under the Muslim Quarter along the extension of the western wall of the Temple Mount."
What did they learn today?
"It was incredible seeing boulders that were moved 2000 years ago. One was even 60 tons. It was amazing seeing how developed their technology was back then."
"While shopping, we used our inner-Israeli-selves to bargain for items that we thought we thought were overpriced."
"...we went down through one of the cisterns, which was really big, and learned about the spring... The tunnels were very close and short and many of us bumped our heads. These tunnels were once used to transport and protect water for the citizens of Jerusalem."
"King Herod built a plateau over natural bedrock. The walls surrounded the plateau, which provided a huge communal space.
After a while in the tunnels, I forgot that the stones all around me were thousands of years old; however, occasionally I would remind myself and then be astonished. I touched several of the places on the wall, it felt really ancient and mystical."