|1) INTRODUCTION||Real Audio|
Welcome to the Old City of Jerusalem. The Temple Mount. The Western Wall. This is where it all began--Life, the Universe and Everything -- in the most wondrous sense of the word.
Take a moment to look around. Listen to the sounds of the place, the hopeful chants of the people who come to pray here, the birds chirping from their perches in the Wall, the wail of the Moslem muzzein -- and yes, even the crackle of a soldier's walkie-talkie as he rushes to pray at the Wall. Are his buddies at the front in Lebanon? The Golan Heights? On guard somewhere else, perhaps?
Let your thoughts move beyond the every-day clutter and noise. Take a breath and marvel at the wonder of it all. Try to sense the great trek of history in this place. It almost seems that you can hear the stones whispering to us all, calling us to take in, if only for a moment, the legends of our forefathers, the hopes and dreams of the Jewish people.
Here is where our father Abraham taught the world the meaning of Monotheism -- the belief in One, Loving G-d. Here is where the Jewish people showed the nations that we are most human when we yearn to connect to the Al-mighty. Here is where, even now, the eyes of mankind stare in wonder at the contrast of ruin and rebirth, exile and nationhood, war and the eternal hope for peace.
Here the gates are open, where each day we can find new insights into ourselves, our world and our Creator. Truly, a moment to be treasured.
Today we will explore that remnant of the Temple, known as the Western Wall, or "Kotel" in Hebrew. Along the way we'll be privileged to view some wondrous archaeological discoveries. But more than just bricks and stone, we'll also discover a whole new spiritual world -- literally under our feet.
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