Wow: Look at what a magnificent synagogue we built in the Western Wall tunnels
The magnificent synagogue is the result of 12 years of support, construction and archeology work, in which actions have been taken to maintain and maintain the impressive building in which it is located. • Contains dozens of elegant benches, round wooden stage, fine seats, decorations, marble-like floor and unique lighting
Shlomo Ben Haim
December 19, 2017
Photo: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation
On Monday night, immediately after the lighting of the seventh candle of Chanukah at the Western Wall by the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi Stern and Eli Gruner, Director General of the Prime Minister's Office, the new synagogue was inaugurated in the Western Wall tunnels donated by the Delek Foundation and Yitzhak Tshuva and his family .
The magnificent synagogue is the result of 12 years of support, construction and archeology work, in which steps were taken to maintain and preserve the impressive building in which it is located in the Western Wall tunnels.
The synagogue is located opposite the 'Great Stone' in the Western Wall tunnels, near the site of the Holy of Holies.
The unique design of the prayer hall combines rare art topped by the round ark, made of metallic sculpture that incorporates the letters of the verses "Shema Yisrael", "Ana Bachach" and the "Song of Songs" scroll - with a sculpture of the burning bush.
The synagogue contains dozens of elegant benches with the help of men and women, a large round wooden platform, excellent seats, decorations, a marble-like floor and unique lighting that gives an ancient and traditional aspect to the special synagogue.
At the dedication of the synagogue, it was announced that the synagogue would be open to anyone wishing to study, deepen and connect to the synagogue.
In the coming days, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation will discuss the prayer procedures in the new synagogue, which will join the series of synagogues at the Western Wall.
Yesterday we learned that the terrorist who smashed Ronen Lubarsky’s head with a slab of marble was arrested. It was Ronen’s friends, from his unit, who made the arrest.
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The terrorist is named Islam and he comes from a family of Hamas terrorists serving prison sentences for murdering Jews. He served a prison sentence between 2004-2009 for previous participation in Hamas acts of terror.
Ronen’s family said that they were thankful to be notified that the arrest had been made, that they had had full faith in the IDF and Israeli Secret Service that they would succeed in finding the terrorist and felt a measure of relief.
So did Ronen’s friends.
This was one item on the news, among others. A quiet declaration: “A circle has been closed.”
There was no bombastic language, no discussion of what the prison sentence could be or any theoretical talk about how we’d all have been better off and (it would be more likely for justice to be served) if the terrorist had been killed during the arrest. We don’t do things that way.
Like a warm hand on your shoulder, not attempting to give comfort because no real comfort can be given (how can you ever reconcile with the fact that your son has been murdered?), a simple gesture of solidarity.
It reminded me of the front page of this newspaper which I photographed because I was struck by the power of an image to encapsulate the spirit of Israel. This is who we are. This is why we do what we do.
The caption under the photo of the two women says:
“Partners to the same destiny. Yael Shevach comforting Miriam Ben Gal: “We were chosen for this role.”
Yael’s husband Rabbi Raziel Shevack was murdered by a terrorist on Jan 9th, 2018. Three weeks later Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal was murdered as well. In her grief, Yael felt driven to comfort Miriam.
The headline says:
“Into the night: large mission underway to find the terrorist that murdered Rabbi Ben Gal”
Beneath that it says: “Manhunt in Shechem * a large number of forces are in the area * hundreds said their final goodbye to Rabbi Ben Gal: “We will continue to raise the children, for you” * A different bill is already closed: the head of the terrorist unit that murdered Rabbi Shevach has been eliminated.
A few short words and one hug tell the story of Israel. This is why we do what we do.
The IDF didn’t go on a manhunt because they were ordered to. They certainly didn’t do it because it’s fun. They did it for Miriam. Just like they had previously done for Yael. Just like they did now, for Ronen’s family.