The Wailing Wall: Prayers Going Somewhere and Nowhere

After the temple’s destruction by imperial Rome in 70 C.E., only one wall remained standing: The Western Wall. As the last vestige of the temple that Herod “The Great” embellished, in Judaism, this wall is the holiest place for prayers leaning one’s forehead against the limestones and the reading of the Torah.

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Dr. Aquiles E. Martinez is Professor of Religion (Biblical Studies) and Coordinator of the Religion and Philosophy Programs at Reinhardt University. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Martinez has dedicated a good part of his life to equip pastors and church leaders in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, with the appropriate skills, knowledge, and experiences so they can serve their communities effectively. In addition to his many books, articles, and essays published in English and Spanish, Dr. Martinez has served several churches and the global community as an effort to help people develop significant relationships with God and their neighbors, especially with marginalized communities.
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