Closer to God
Praying at The Western Wall is an indescribably moving experience. Therefore, I won’t describe it. I’ve already told you, it’s impossible.
But looking back on my experience at The Wall, I had to reflect on whether davening at The Kotel, or The Great Synagogue, or Masada, Mitzpeh Ramon, or Kibbutz Kfar Giladi, or the Golan Heights is any “closer to God” because of geography.
After davening at The Kotel I struggled to find a space in between the stones to stick my “notes to God.” I later joked with my new friend and fellow Reveal Israel traveller, Dayna, that I wished she had been with me at the wall. At her height of 5’10”, most likely she would have been able to find plenty of empty space in the upper bricks, and my words would have been that much “closer to God.”
Is visiting Israel a way to get closer to God? For sure. But the closeness I’ve felt is more due to a journey of my heart and soul, not my body. I encourage Every Jew, and especially Jewish educators, to visit Israel as soon and often as possible, and find your own way to get closer to God.
Rachel Delman Turniansky