Slichot at the Kotel in Jerusalem



   
    August 2010            
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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.

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from the August 2010 Edition of the Jewish Magazine

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