The Wailing Wall

Mar 25, 2011 by

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Wailing Wall

Many a true word is spoken in jest – every now and again, an example of humour comes my way that is so brilliant and so insightful that it makes the efforts of a thousand serious professional observers pale into irrelevance and insignificance. This is the latest:

In Jerusalem, a female CNN journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Wailing Wall to pray, twice a day, every day, for a long, long time. So she went to check it out – she went to the Wailing Wall, and there he was!

She watched him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, she approached him for an interview.

“I’m Rebecca Smith from CNN. Sir, how long have you been coming to the Wall and praying?”

“For about 60 years.”

“60 years! That’s amazing! What do you pray for?”

“I pray for peace between the Christians, the Jews and the Muslims. I pray for all the hatred to stop and I pray for all our children to grow up in safety and friendship.”

“How do you feel, after doing this for 60 years?”

“Like I’m talking to a f**kin’ wall.”

 

Dennis Price

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Dennis Price is a classical scholar and former archaeologist; he is also a writer, speaker and broadcaster, who lives in the West of England among the enchanted and sometimes unnerving relics of Britain's past. Regarded as an expert on Stonehenge, he is also the author of The Missing Years of Jesus and is co-author of Ancient Code.
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