Chag Sameach Pesach

Fornleifur at the haKotel

With this Magic Lantern Slide from around 1900, which I recently bought from an antiques´ dealer in London, I wish all my Jewish friends Chag Sameach Pesach and wish we all will be Next Year in Jerusalem.

This photo was well known in the very beginning of the 20th century, and can be found in several later publications. The slide I bought is marked as P.P. 22, Jews´ wailing place and is from a slide series with 65 motifs from the Holy Land. Notice that the women and men were praying together at that time. 

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A hand-coloured slide with the same photograph and below a clearer print

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There are no preserved source-references to the "Western Wall" of the enclosure around the temple until 1546, and probably not before a huge earthquake that year hit the region. The Western Wall of the temple enclosure appeared again when clearance of rubble from fallen houses and structures was undertaken after the quake. The different faces of the wall date from different eras, of which the oldest is from the time of the Second Temple 515 BCE - 70 CE. The bottom stone row at the plaza today is some two metres above the base of the original wall.

The name "wailing wall" is a Christian derogatory invention, which bases on a misunderstanding. People pray at the Hakotel if no one shouldn´t have noticed yet.

To complete this semi-scholarly Passover message and photo-archaeological excavation, here is another photograph, a print from ca. 1870-80. This is the oldest known photo of the Western Wall shot by French photographer Félix Bonfils. Look at how the daveners lean up against the wall as if they are listening to it, in the same manner you often see Polish Jews davening in 19th century paintings. The daveners (pray´ers) on this photo, like the ones on my magic lantern slide, were standing on a surface, which was two metres / two rows of stones above the present surface in front of the Western wall.

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I have coloured two of the stones in Félix Bonfils photograph from 1870-80 green, as well as the the same stones in a photograph that my son Ruben shot at the wall on 18 February 2018. The daveners on my magic lantern slide are standing at the very same spot. The ca 2 meter lowering of the surface and the initial creation of the HaKotel plaza took place quicly after 1967, when the area again became a part of a Jewish State.

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Ljósmynd Ruben Bang Vilhálmsson

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Everything is subject to change - or as Bob puts it - The Times they are a changin.

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1 Smámynd: Árni Matthíasson

Forvitnilegt ađ vanda Vilhjálmur. Í framhaldinu: tvennt sem mig langar ađ spyrja ţig um:

Í Fálkanum í október 1928 segir svo: „Grátmúrinn í Jerúsalem, ţar sem Gyđingar biđjast fyrir á hátíđisdögum sínum. Síđan Gyđingar fóru ađ flytjast til Jerúsalem aftur er múrinn orđinn of stuttur og er ţví í ráđi ađ lengja hann.“ Á myndinni sem ţar birtist sést ađ ţar er einmitt fjöldi kvenna ađ biđjast fyrir. Hvenćr varđ ţađ svo ađ konum varđ óheimild ađ biđjast fyrir viđ múrinn.

Hitt var ţetta: „Grátmúrinn“ hefur veriđ notađ hér á landi og er náttúrlega jafn niđrandi og wailing wall uppá ensku. Er til annađ orđ og betra á íslensku yfir múrinn? Kannski bćnamúrinn?

Árni Matthíasson , 29.3.2018 kl. 09:06

2 Smámynd: Árni Matthíasson

Kannski rétt ađ taka fram ađ „ eru fremsri gćsalappir og “ ţćr aftari. 

Árni Matthíasson , 29.3.2018 kl. 09:07

3 Smámynd: FORNLEIFUR

Sá spurningu ţína fyrst nú Árni. Múrinn var "lengdur" til suđurs, međ ţví ađ fjarlćgja síđari tíma byggingar. Hann var lengdur meir áriđ 1968, Nú er ađeins hćgt ađ dýpka hann, ţví mér skilst ađ enn séu veggjalög dýpri en ţau sem sjáanleg eru. Ég tel nćsta öruggt ađ konum hafi veriđ úthýst ţarna viđ nyrđri og lengri hlutann strax eftir Sex daga stríđiđ. Nú hafa blessađar konurnar fengiđ sér svćđi, og viđ Robinson bogann er komiđ svćđi (pallur) fyrir bćđi kynin. Ţađ tók langan tíma og baráttu. Karlaveldiđ getur ekki haldiđ í alla sína "landvinninga".   

FORNLEIFUR, 31.3.2018 kl. 16:58

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