Lunch and Learn: Handwriting on the Wall

Date: Apr 04, 2017 - Apr 04, 2017

Time: 12:15 p.m.

Sponsor: JTS Learning in Your Community

Location: Florida

Category: JTS in Your Community

Handwriting on the Wall: The Curious Tradition of Graffiti on the Kotel Ha-Ma’aravi

David Wachtel, Senior Consultant for Special Collections at The JTS Library

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 12:15 p.m.

B’nai Torah Congregation
6261 SW 18th St.
Boca Raton

Please bring your own pareve or dairy lunch.

About the Lecture

Centuries before anyone ever thought of placing a prayer-filled note within the crevices of the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Jews who visited this sacred site had other means of marking their presence. These included a variety of actions that we would consider unthinkable today, but were common in years past. They included chiseling in the wall, writing and painting upon it, and even driving nails into it. Come and explore the evolution of these unusual practices.