Wailing Wall History
The Wailing Wall is the outermost site and last remnant of King Solomon's original Temple, which housed the Ark of the Covenant over 2,000 years ago. King Solomon's Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in the Jewish year 3338 and was rebuilt 70 years later by the King of Persia. 420 years later it was destroyed once again by the Roman Empire in 69 CE. The Kabbalah states that the divine presence will continue to dwell at the Wailing Wall until the prophesized 3rd Temple is rebuilt. For this reason, people of all faiths have gravitated to the Wailing Wall, to cry out to God to heal them from all their ailments.
King David's son, King Solomon, built the Temple, amongst other reasons, to be a spiritual anchor for all of mankind (2 Samuel 7:13). It was a Temple where all of mankind saw God's glory manifest and replaced the Tabernacle that the Israelites carried in the desert. Inside this former Temple was the "Most Holy Place" - the current site of the Temple Mount. According to Jewish sources, this is the place where Abraham almost sacrificed his son Isaac (Genesis 22:1-24) and where Jacob had his famous dream with the ladder (Genesis 28:11-19). It is also the site where all prayer goes up.
Today, millions of visitors from every nation come to pray at the Wailing Wall and to experience the Divine Presence that continues to touch the lives of all who seek to be touched by God in this very special location.