Wailing Wall Law and Legal Definition
The Wailing Wall, also called the Western Wall or Al-Buraq Wall, is a holy site in Jerusalem that Jewish people have worshipped and prayed at for two thousand years. According to legend, when legions of Titus destroyed the ancient Temple of Solomon, only a part of an outer court-yard 'western wall' remained standing. Legend has it that Titus left it as a bitter reminder to the Jews that Rome had vanquished Judea. The Jews however believe it symbolizes a promise made by God to leave some part of the holy Temple standing as a sign of his unbroken bond with the Jewish people in spite of the catastrophe which had befallen them. It is holy to the Jewish people because this wall is part of a wall that encompasses the Temple Mount along with the southern and eastern sections. This encompassing wall is thought to be the only remnant of the Temple in Jerusalem and the closest site to the "Holy of Holies", the holiest site in Judaism.