Study and Theory/
Tisha B'Av

Shmuel Yosef Agnon

The Western Wall, the Remains of Our Delight from Days of Yore

And the Western Wall, the remains of our delight from days of yore,

That the Holy One Blessed Be He left us in his great mercy

High as twelve storeys of men – against the 12 tribes of Israel

So that each of them shall direct his heart from Israel

According to his height and according to his tribe

And it is built of large stones, and each stone is four cubits by six cubits

And there is nothing alike them in any building in the world

And they are placed without mortar and without cement between them

And nevertheless they are joined as one

Alike the Israeli parliament which does not have any governments that will bind it

Nevertheless it is one division in the world.

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