My husband and I are in Israel for family weddings; we went to the Kotel for Selichot. We went with a neighborhood group that goes every year for dinner in Jerusalem, a walking tour, and then the Kotel. We were there for an hour, but it’s an all-night happening that continues until Yom Kippur.

The Kotel was totally lit up, filled with minyanim chanting the High Holiday prayers and blowing shofar as tourists walked among them. Small minyanim prayed outside the large sections filled with men and women praying at the Kotel. The weather was perfect, Jerusalem’s ancient skyline capped with a full moon.

Amazing how the Middle East is churning, while in Jerusalem thousands of people walk the city day and night, perfectly peaceful and prayerful.