Small week for our family, but big week for Israel!
Trump became the first sitting US president to visit the Kotel. I heard jokes such as:
"Trump put a note in the Kotel. He was asking Gd if He needed help with anything"
"Trump paused and looked up at the top of the Wall as he approached it. He was seeing whether he should call in his architect about moving the whole thing to the border with Mexico"
Mrs. Trump won rave reviews for who she *didn't* hold hands with (her husband) and who she *did* (First Lady Nechama Rivlin, whose other hand held her portable oxygen).
But the really big news around here was the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and that Israel came into control of the Old City during the 1967 Six Day War. Amazing to me, who has only known the Kotel to have the huge, beautiful plaza before it, to think of a time so near in history when houses were built right up the Wall....that for the 19 years from when Israel was established until 1967, Jews were FORBIDDEN from entering the Old City at all..... that the closest people could come was to go to the Armon HaNetziv neighborhood and rent a pair of binoculars to *see* to the Old City. We are so, so fortunate....
An incredibly popular photo these days is a "then and now" photo of the "3 Soldiers" standing at the Wall. I found a great article that interviews them and the photographer