Photographer's Note

The mystical Western Wall (a.k.a. Wailing Wall) is what remains of the Jewish Second Temple, destroyed by the legions of Titus in 70 AD, during the Great Jewish Revolt against the Roman Empire.

It is considered an open-air synagogue and strictly run according to Orthodox law, which is based on patriarchal values.

Accordingly, women are confined to a small section, its size roughly one-fourth the size of the men's. It can become very crowded during religious holidays.

The men's section includes a large, long indoor praying area, along the covered part of the wall; this is very important in heat, rain or snow conditions. For women there's just a small shelter.

Women are expected to pray silently or inaudibly, so as not to distract male worshipers nearby. No Torah scrolls are allowed in the women's section.

So far, non-Orthodox movements, like liberal, reform and conservative Judaism have been unsuccessful in achieving sex equality in the site, or at least less sex discrimination.

The shot was taken just above a partition that separates between the men's and the women's sections. This was basically the only POV available to include both the women and the wall.

In particular I like the expression of the woman standing facing the wall on the extreme left.

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