Kotel Jerusalem

Western Wall, Jerusalem

Western Wall, Jerusalem

This postcard comes from the ever-so-awesome Brazilian, Carlos, who went on a trip to Israel. The Western Wall is more popularly known as the Wailing Wall or also as Kotel. It is located at the foot of the western side of the Temple Mount and is one of the most sacred sites in the Jewish faith. The Western Wall was built during the 17th century BC by King Herod but excavations show that the entire wall was not completed during his lifetime. The term “Wailing Wall” probably arose after the Roman Empire took control of Jerusalem and banned Jews from living there in the 1st century AD. After the Roman Empire became christian, Jews were allowed to go to Jerusalem on one day per year to visit the wall, at which point they would bewail the fate of their people. Something I certainly never knew or really thought about. Very interesting to learn. Thank you Carlos!

Old Israeli Postcard

A nun in Israel

A Nun in Israel

This postcard comes to me from Oleg in Israel. Oleg says that this postcard is at least 20 years old and that he loves old postcards. It was then a very fair swap, as the postcard that I sent him was also at very least 20 years old. I think that this nun was just cheating Mother Superior by looking busy. I mean, what is she doing with that tree? There aren’t even leaves on it. Also, it made me smile because I have never ever seen a nun in shorts before. Not that I have seen many nuns, being South African and all. Thank you Oleg.

Hey Bru, It’s Hebrew

Hebrew Alphabet

Hebrew Alphabet

Carlos, a friend from Brazil recently had a trip to Israel and sent me this awesome postcard of the Hebrew alphabet. I had to do a bit of an inspection on the postcard before I realised where it was from, as Carlos forgot to say where the postcard came from but then I had my “Oh!” moment through the way in which I was greeted and the hand writing on the postcard. Hebrew is a West Semitic language of the Afroasiatic Family. It’s first record as a written language goes back at least 3000 years. As of the 3rd century it was no longer really being spoken but its revival came in the 18th Century. Today, some 5.3 million people speak it. It’s the official language of Israel and is given recognised minority language status in Poland. Carlos reckons that he hopes we are soon fluent in Hebrew but I have to say that I cannot foresee that happening! Thank you Carlos!