Late on Saturday night, the mayor came alone for a personal prayer in front of the stones of the Western Wall. This morning, he conducted his official visit to express his friendship with the Jewish nation and its heritage, and its spiritual center – the Western Wall.
The mayor got an explanation from the rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz and from the director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, Mordechai (Suli) Eliav, on the history of the site and the deep connection the Jewish nation has had for this holy place throughout the generations.
“There is no Jew in New York - no matter what his world view – who does not feel a connection in his heart with the Western Wall”, said Rabbi Rabinowitz to the mayor.
The mayor stood in front of the Wall for quite a while and prayed with great emotion as he tucked a note between the ancient stones. At his request, Rabbi Rabinowitz recited a chapter of Psalms from the prayers of King David, and afterwards gave the mayor a gift of the Western Wall Tunnels album.
Later, Mayor de Blasio toured the Western Wall Tunnels and the new revelations made there recently and learned about the history of the site.
Following the visit, the mayor signed the Guest Book and wrote, “It is a great honor for me to be in this holy place. Here we are reminded of the power of faith. Thank you for preserving this enterprise for future generations”.