Slichot at the Kotel In Elul
By Pnina Usherovitz
I went to the Kotel to pray
and to photograph the sunrise with the "Slichot"
Prayers. Before beginning to take pictures I
decided to go right up to the Wall to make contact
with G-d – planning to do my full prayers after the
Pictures were taken.
While hearing the many prayers
around me and the shofar crying to G-d, I approached
the Wall with much emotion. I leaned my forehead on
the cool stones and cried from the depth of my heart
in thanks for being there and for forgiveness for
all the past year's sins. Suddenly, interrupting
the moment of the apex of pleading for forgiveness,
I felt a dove's droppings fall and spread all down
the left sleeve of my jacket.
I looked up and wondered in my
heart – "What did you mean by that?"
As I left the Wall wiping away
the doo with a tissue I laughed. But it also
made me consider that while nothing ever happens by
chance and we always receive answers, still – it is
not always clear just what the answer means.
May we all have forgiveness and
enjoy a good New Year with many understandable
answers and Joy and the Moshiach.
from the August 2010 Edition of the Jewish Magazine