woensdag 6 februari 2013
Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation
When Passover is coming, even the Western Wall is being prepared ahead of the holiday. On Sunday, Western Wall employees begin clearing out the thousands of notes placed between the wall's ancient stones.
The notes are cleared from the wall twice a year, under the supervision of Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, and buried in the Mount of Olives.
"Twice a year we remove the old ahead of the new and clean out the notes buried within the Western Wall. These are large amounts, partly due to the large number of people that visit the site during the year and also because of the technological means that enable us to pass on requests from all over the world," the rabbi told Ynet.
"Western Wall employees collect the notes in large bags, and out of respect bury them in the Mount of Olives. They are extracted with wooden sticks instead of metal ones so as not to damage the holy stones," Rabinovitch added.
"We, of course, make sure that no one reads the notes before they are buried. So as not to disturb the worshippers, the process is carried out during relatively slow hours at the Wall, and not in the busy hours, so the process takes three days."
Website: Western Wall Heritage Foundation
"My name [Adonai] will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense [prayers] and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty." (Malachi 1:11)
"He [Yeshua, the Lamb] came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne [G_d the Father]. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints." (Revelation 5:7,8)
"And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand." (Revelation 8:4)
WHY are the prayer notes (incense) from the Western Wall buried in the Mount of Olives? Is this a coincidence? No! Because the Lamb = Yeshua = Moshiach will return to/on the Mount of Olives! (read Zechariah 14:4, Acts 1:10-12)