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The Western Wall:  From Wailing Wall to Symbol of Sovereignty (in Hebrew)

An Historical, Archaeological and Cultural Journey Surrounding the Western Wall

The Western Wall, the most holy Jewish prayer space and a symbol of the nation, takes center stage in our new exciting lecture series.  Dr. Shmuel Bahat invites you along on an unforgettable journey through history, the struggles, and the secrets hidden between the ancient stones.
A series of lectures (in Hebrew) covering the stories, struggles and secrets hidden between the ancient stones.

Lecturer:  Dr. Shmuel Bahat

* Details and additional dates appear below.
* To register for a single lecture, please call the reservation center at *2884 (M-TH 9:00 - 15:00).

February 2, 2021

The Western Wall from an Archaeological and Historical Perspective | Who built the Western Wall?  When and why did the Western Wall become a place for Jewish prayer?

Who built the Western Wall and how did it look at the end of the Second Temple period?  We will present new archaeological research from the last few years in connection to this question, and delve into the exciting historical question:  When and why did the Western Wall become a place of Jewish prayer?

February 2, 2021

The Western Wall from an Archaeological and Historical Perspective | Who built the Western Wall?  When and why did the Western Wall become a place for Jewish prayer?

Who built the Western Wall and how did it look at the end of the Second Temple period?  We will present new archaeological research from the last few years in connection to this question, and delve into the exciting historical question:  When and why did the Western Wall become a place of Jewish prayer?

February 9, 2021

The Western Wall and the Zionist Movement - Between Exile and Sovereignty | History of the Connection between Zionism and the Western Wall

How did the Zionist movement relate to the Western Wall through the years?  How was the Western Wall transformed from the “Wailing Wall” to a national symbol of strength and rebirth?  We will also examine the struggle over the Western Wall which erupted into the 1929 riots, and the influence of the riots on the Zionist mindset.

February 9, 2021

The Western Wall and the Zionist Movement - Between Exile and Sovereignty | History of the Connection between Zionism and the Western Wall

How did the Zionist movement relate to the Western Wall through the years?  How was the Western Wall transformed from the “Wailing Wall” to a national symbol of strength and rebirth?  We will also examine the struggle over the Western Wall which erupted into the 1929 riots, and the influence of the riots on the Zionist mindset.

February 16, 2021

The Neighborhood next to the Western Wall | Destruction of the Mughrabi Neighborhood and its Influence on the Design of the Western Wall Plaza

Until the 6-Day War, the Mughrabi neighborhood, located at the base of the Western Wall, was home to Moslems from North Africa; and the alleyways where Jews prayed were small and narrow.
With the end of the war, state authorities destroyed the neighborhood and built a large square in its place.
In this lecture we will discover who gave the order to destroy the neighborhood and why there was a gap between planning and executing this directive.  What were the responses to destroying the neighborhood and how did they influence the look of the Western Wall today?

Photo credit: Destruction of the Mughrabi Quarter and preparation of the Western Wall plaza, Unknown, 1967. Buki Boaz Israeli photograph collection, Mevasseret Zion

February 16, 2021

The Neighborhood next to the Western Wall | Destruction of the Mughrabi Neighborhood and its Influence on the Design of the Western Wall Plaza

Until the 6-Day War, the Mughrabi neighborhood, located at the base of the Western Wall, was home to Moslems from North Africa; and the alleyways where Jews prayed were small and narrow.
With the end of the war, state authorities destroyed the neighborhood and built a large square in its place.
In this lecture we will discover who gave the order to destroy the neighborhood and why there was a gap between planning and executing this directive.  What were the responses to destroying the neighborhood and how did they influence the look of the Western Wall today?

Photo credit: Destruction of the Mughrabi Quarter and preparation of the Western Wall plaza, Unknown, 1967. Buki Boaz Israeli photograph collection, Mevasseret Zion

February 23, 2021

The Western Wall Plaza - Outline of its Character | How was the Western Wall Plaza created and why has it not changed until today?

After the 6-Day War, the Western Wall Plaza was established as a temporary design, but this same design remains until today.
In this lecture we will survey how the Western Wall Plaza, “The Archaeological Park - Davidson Center”, and “The Western Wall Tunnels” next to it were designed, and follow the stormy struggles within Jewish society focusing on these three sites.
We will also consider the question of why the temporary design of the Western Wall Plaza didn’t change, despite the many plans which have been proposed throughout the years. 

February 23, 2021

The Western Wall Plaza - Outline of its Character | How was the Western Wall Plaza created and why has it not changed until today?

After the 6-Day War, the Western Wall Plaza was established as a temporary design, but this same design remains until today.
In this lecture we will survey how the Western Wall Plaza, “The Archaeological Park - Davidson Center”, and “The Western Wall Tunnels” next to it were designed, and follow the stormy struggles within Jewish society focusing on these three sites.
We will also consider the question of why the temporary design of the Western Wall Plaza didn’t change, despite the many plans which have been proposed throughout the years. 

Some important details
Calendar
Dates & Hours
Tuesday 2.2.21
Tuesday 9.2.21
Tuesday 16.2.21
Tuesday 23.2.21

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
מדריך
Lecturer
Dr. Shmuel Bahat
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Price
Entire Series (4 lectures) - 120 NIS

Single lecture - 40 NIS
(purchase through the reservation center only at *2884)
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