Spirit of Selichot

Jerusalem, Israel / Palestine

October 4, 2019

We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

Even when I knew what to pray for. I had listed both thanksgiving and supplications on ripped paper prior to our visit to the Western Wall, Kotel in Hebrew, a place of prayer for both Jews and Christian pilgrims. Jewish people had always believed that divine presence resided at Mount Moriah upon which the Temple was built and eventually destroyed in 70 CE, the sole surviving section of which was this retaining wall. As God’s address, it had been considered the holiest site in Jerusalem.

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