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Bamidbar Rabba 11:2 as well as in Midrash Shir Hashirim Rabba (sometimes called Midrash Chazis) to Shir Hashirim 2:9 זה כותל מערבי של בית המקדש שאינו חרב לעולם This is the Western Wall of the Second Temple that will never be destroyed The Zohar (חלק ב', פרשת שמות, דף ה', עמוד ב) takes this even further and refers to the Western Wall as 'rosh ...


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Note: 40 days of prayer at the wall is considered a "Segulah" and therefore relies more on tradition than the strict rationalist approach that the halachic process has. An Article written by Rabbi Levi Friend, author of the book "Segulos HaBaal Shem Tov" for the Torah Journal "Ohr Yisroel" (Monsey) investigated this and other 40 day "Segulos" and came up ...


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According to Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv (quoted here), there is no basis at all in Judaism for this practice ("אין בזה שום עניין"). He says every prayer at the Kotel is accepted.


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There are quite a few ways in which people avoid tearing, though I guess most don't do it simply because they are unaware of the Halacha. The Kotel is not the best place to tear - one should try and see the makom hamikdash (Temple Mount). See http://doseofhalacha.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/tearing-keriah-at-kosel.html The Shulchan Aruch (OC 561:2) writes ...


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I found in this sicho of Rav Yehudah Kreuzer וכך כתב רבי יעקב עמדין זצ"ל: דע והבן, אף על פי ששכינה בכל מקום, מכל מקום אין התפילה עולה בחוץ לארץ במסילה אחת דרך ישרה, כי צריך לשולחה לארץ ישראל,ולירושלים, אל מקום בית המקדש, כנגדו שם שער השמים. And so writes Rabbi Yaakov Emden: Know and understand that although the Divine Presence is everywhere, a ...


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There is no source in the Talmud for the Western Wall being the place from where prayers "ascend". (Tractate Brachot 30a says we face toward the kodesh hakadashim when praying, traditionally and archeologically identified with the site of the Dome of the Rock.)


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Several Midrashim address the "Western Wall" though it's not entirely clear what those midrashim are referring to. This includes the Bamidbar Rabba 11:2 as well as Shir Hashirim Rabba 2:9 (sometimes called Midrash Chazis), the early Tanhuma to Shemos 10, and Yalkut Shimoni to Kings I, ch. 8. The language in all of those midrashim is the כותל המערבי של בית ...


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This may not be completely unfounded: Talmud Yerushalmi Masechet Brachot daf 35. There, it says that anyone praying inside Jerusalem should face Har HaBayit. Seeing as how being in front of the Kotel is below Har HaBayit, it could be interpreted to mean that one should face Har HaBayit itself, and not adjust so that you face the Kodesh HaKadashim. While ...


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My Rebbe the Cheif Rabbi of the old city Rav Avigdor Nevenzahl Shlit"a is qouted to have said that it is a bizayon to the kosel to daven towards the left. Another reason why one would not need to face left is because it is an inherent safek as to where the actual makom hamikdash is located. Although one could be somech on the Ridvaz who says that the ...


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The second rosh yeshiva in my yeshiva, R' Dovid Stefansky, told me he had asked this question to his rosh yeshiva, Rav Shach, while pointing out that the correct direction would seem to be diagonally left. Rav Shach answered sarcastically: Go ahead and face that way, if it pleases you so much to be different from everyone else! Recognizing the Western Wall ...



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