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March 06, 2007

mblog due march 13th on monuments

Mblog due march 13
Chloe Leavitt
Section 7
A monument: Wailing Wall in Jerusalem


In 4th grade I stepped off the plane and arrived in the holy land. I was too young to appreciate the spiritual aspect of Jerusalem. I visited all the holy monuments and the Wailing Wall was one of the monuments that has stuck with me the most. A monument is a statue or building that honors an event or a person. An article discussing the role of monuments says that, “monuments and memorials are designed and created in various ways that seek to capture a moment from the past and sustain its influence in the present and on into the future” (http://www.clevelandart.org/educef/asianodyssey/pdf/MicMonMS.pdf). To an outsider the Wailing Wall looks like a massive wall but really it is more than a wall. The Wailing Wall is the holiest of Jewish sites in Jerusalem. The Wailing Wall is the remains of the Herodian wall that once enclosed the Second Temple. This monument will mark my trip to Israel. Everyday millions of people come to the wall in Jerusalem to pray. The Wailing Wall got its name because people come to mourn the destruction of the Temple Mount and the exile of the Jews.
I am not a religious person but when I visited the wall I was reminded of my Jewish heritage. Although I usually do not associate myself with Judaism, I found this sense of comfort when I walked up to the Wailing Wall. In some sense the wall was telling me that I belonged. Regardless, the Wailing Wall is a monument that will stick with me for a while.

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Posted by chloe at March 6, 2007 07:31 PM

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