Ancient Boulder Dislodges from Western Wall, Crashes Prayer Platform

Observing Jew looks at the part f the Western Wall where one of the stones dislodged and crashed into the prayer area in Jerusalem Monday, July 23, 2018. The Western Wall, a retaining wall of the compound where the biblical Jewish temples once stood, is the holiest site where Jews …
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The Times of Israel reports: A large boulder from the Western Wall was dislodged from the ancient structure on Monday morning, tumbling down onto an egalitarian prayer platform.

There were no injuries in the incident near Robinson’s Arch, south of the main prayer plaza, but the rock landed very close to a female worshiper.

“I didn’t hear or feel anything until it landed right at my feet, ” said Daniella Goldberg, 79. She said she was praying at the site, as she does regularly, when suddenly the boulder crashed down. She told Hadashot TV news she “tried not to let the incident distract me from my prayers” and refused to be drawn on whether divine providence had spared her. “May we all be blessed,” she said.

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