In a question regarding the Kosel there is a link to an Aish article. In the article it mentions in the name of a book "Legends of the Land of Israel" that the Kosel HaMaaravi was built by the poor.

The building of the Western Wall fell to the poor, and they worked hard to construct it, as they could not afford to hire laborers to do their work for them. When the enemy destroyed the Temple, the angels descended from on high and – spreading their wings over the Wall – said: "This Wall, the work of the poor, shall never be destroyed." (from "Legends of the Land of Israel")

Who authored this book? I have been unable to find such a title.

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    Did you try emailing Aish?
    – Double AA
    Jul 1 '13 at 20:59
  • @DoubleAA: Awaiting their reply. Jul 2 '13 at 1:12

Zev Vilnay: Legends of Palestine (1922), later renamed to Legends of the Land of Israel.

See here, page 67:


  • Is this a reliable book? Jul 2 '13 at 12:53
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    @GershonGold if this still interests you, Vilnay was considered an important historian. He even won the Israel Prize. Here's a review of his book. Bear in mind that this a collection of legends, some from reputable sources and some not. In his book Legends of Jerusalem, he attributes this particular story to "I heard this from a Jewish youth in the Old City, Jerusalem, 1922". archive.org/details/VILNAYLegendsOfJerusalem/page/n345/mode/…
    – Harel13
    Oct 8 '21 at 8:40

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