Sunday, August 9, 2009

Have You Ever Been On Har HaBayit?

I haven't, and I'd like to go.


Shtuey said...

I have. I ascended in 1977, removed my shoes, and saw the Foundation Stone. It is naked, hollow, empty. It was as if it were an empty vessel with the capacity to hold more than could be conceived. It seemed that it was surrounded by a heavy silence. I don't recall feeling a vibration in the place. I couldn't even take in the enormity of being up there. It was tremendous. I went again in the mid 80's, but we were not allowed to go up to the Stone. We were told that the forbidden areas were unknown.

Batya said...

Wow! For awhile I've felt that something is missing for met at the Kotel. It's just an outer wall of the compound. I live in Shiloh where I feel much more of the shechina.
G-d willing, I will visit Har HaBayit and even pray or say some T'hillim.

Shtuey said...

Oh, I know what you mean. Being at the Kotel, it still feels like galut knowing what is up there. When I went in the 80's they had excavated the steps on the south side. Walking the stairs and speaking shir hamaalot with my friends...what a thrill. I agree, the Shechina feels more present to me in the hills, in the desert. What I feel in Jerusalem is longing.

I hope you are able to visit Har HaBayit and put your energy into the place. That to me is what the Shechina needs while we wait and pray. It was like giving comfort and being comforted at the same time.

Yerushalayim is calling. I hope to visit in the coming year, and am pointing myself toward aliyah. It's getting on time to come home I think.

Batya said...

Shtuey, I hope you make it to Shiloh when you come to Israel. Very holy.