A young jew man with a kippa, surrounded by other believers, reads his Torah at the Western Wall or Kotel. On the Western Wall plaza, the tradition is to pray or read the Torah while being face to the kotel, covered with a hat.
The western wall
From the entrance of the western wall plaza, the Western Wall or Wailing Wall or Kotel is the holiest site for jews, sacred due to its connection to the Temple Mount and is the remnant of the Herodian Temple. Prayers around the world are directed towards the wall. The men side on the left is separated from the women by a barrier.
Days of celebrations, like Shabbat prayers are made with the family, on the Western Wall plaza. Girls will pray with their mother, boys with their father, the separation between men and women is at the younger ages.
At the entrance to the Western Wall plaza, books of Torah are available to believers. Collected at the end of the day, those books allow everyone to come and pray at any time of day
On Shabbat, orthodox Jews recite together excerpts from the Torah on the Western Wall plaza. During prayers, we can hear fervent whispers of believers, come to pray in groups
Reading in the shadow
An Orthodox Jew wearing the tallit, or prayer cloth, read the Torah at the Western Wall plaza.
Generally, adults believers wear the tallit when they pray. This cloth reinforces the principle that all men are equal in front of God
During Sabbath, a day for rest and worship, orthodox Jews find themselves, on the Western Wall, to celebrate and read the Torah.
A mother and her book
A Jewish woman goes through his holy book, torah, on the Western Wall plaza, away from the wall. Other sections at the foot of wall, reserved for men or women, part of the plaza is available to families
Alone in reading
At the foot of the Western Wall, at the section reserved for women, jewish women gather to pray, and read their holy book or Torah. A barrier separates the women's section from the men.
An Orthodox Jew reads the Torah, the holy book, on the Western Wall. Recognizable by their beards and black outfit, orthodox Jews are part of a particular branch of Judaism
Each with her book
On the Western Wall plaza, families gather to pray at the section dedicated to the public.
In the part reserved to families of the Western Wall plaza, an orthodox Jewish father shares a read time with his children. Very often prayers are done with family, either during celebrations or in the late afternoon.
Throughout the day, believers come on the Western Wall to pray. Seats and desks are available to facilitate their moments of prayer.
For Jews, the Torah is the holy book of Judaism. It is the center of worship and everyday religious practice. In each celebrations, at the synagogue or at the Western Wall, believers have the honor to read a paragraph
An orthodox Jew read the Torah, sitting in an underground room of the Western Wall, also known kotel. In addition to the prayers, these underground rooms contain Torah scrolls used during prayer services that are held throughout the day.
With the book - Among believers in Jerusalem
The three monotheist religions together in one place, gives the 'Holy Land' its originality.
Pilgrims, religious rituals, holy books and places are all part of the scenery and characterize this territory 'thrice-holy'.
Promised Land for some and intriguing to others, cities leave none indifferent, especially Jerusalem. Due to the fervor of the believers and the serenity of certain places, one is struck by what we see, what we hear or what we touched.
Among important places in Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, also known as the Western Wall, is considered the holiest place for Jews. Every day, believers gather to pray.
By spending time among them, we realize the importance of the books of the Torah, or Books of Moses. Present in different forms, people use them, alone or in group, to recite, to study, to teach or to read excerpts.
Through this photographic project, I tried to capture the moments between believers and their books, while revealing the moments when everyone practices his faith.
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