Friday, October 17, 2008

Kids say the darndest things, in the darndest places

A couple days ago it was the beginning of a major holiday here, Sukkot. Most stores and businesses were closed, so we thought we'd make another trip down to the Old City (in case you're wondering, we go there a lot) because that place is always hoppin'. We figured we could make a big day trip out of it and go see a couple of the sights that we hadn't seen yet - namely the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall) and the Dome of the Rock.

As most of you probably know, the Western Wall is pretty much the most sacred, holy, and recognized spots in all of Judaism. Many Jewish people make a special trip, or many trips to Jerusalem, specifically to go and pray at the Western Wall. It's still common to see people weeping as they stand at the wall and call upon the Messiah to come, and/or to help them with something going on in their lives.

So to put it simply, it's a very sacred spot. There are signs everywhere asking you to dress modestly, turn your cell phones off, talk quietly, and approach the wall with reverence.

The area is divided into two sections - one side is for males and one side is for females. Since Tom had already been to this sight once, I left Jackson with him and took Joni down to see and touch the wall. As we head down the walk way and begin walking up to the wall, Joni, to my horror, yells,

"Hey mom! This is where JESUS used to live!!!"

I then crawled in a hole and died. Okay, not really, but I wanted to.

1 comment:

Trisha Read said...

I love kids, they really no how to break the ice and make situations a lot less uncomfortable. The are so innocent and say whatever is on their minds!
Can't believe you guys are in Israel. Well I can, but it's crazy!
I thought I had it bad moving to the South. But we love it here too.