The Wailing Wall

A young BBC reporter goes to Israel to cover the fighting. She is looking for something emotional and positive and of human interest. Something like that guy in Sarajevo who risked his life to play the cello every day in the town square.

In Jerusalem she heard about an old Jew who had gone to the Wailing Wall to pray, twice a day, every day, for a long, long time.

She and her news crew go out to the Wall and there he is! She watches him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turns to leave, she approaches him for an interview.

“Rebecca Smith, BBC World News. Sir, how long have you been coming to the Wailing Wall and praying?”

“For about 54 years.”

“What do you pray for?”

“For peace between the Jews and the Arabs. For all the hatred to stop. For our children to grow up in peace and harmony”

“How do you feel after doing this for over 50 years?”

“Like I’m talking to a bleeding wall.”

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