Stone from Jerusalems Western Wall crashes into prayer area

Из Стены Плача выпал камень весом 100 кг под ноги молящейся женщины

Note that on the eve of the day of mourning, thousands of believers gathered for prayer at the Western Wall.

"I didn't hear or feel anything until it landed right next to my feet", Goldberg told Reuters. She said that they "tried not to let the incident distract me from my prayers".

"May we all be blessed", she said.

The fact that no one was harmed Monday is striking given that the platform was filled with visitors just one day earlier for Tisha B'Av.

The smaller of the section's platforms, on which the stone fell, was closed until further notice.

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"This is a wake-up call - we must check the entire Western Wall, both parts, so that heaven forbid there is no disaster in the future", Yitzhar Hess, the head of the Masorti movement, tweeted, along with footage of the stone falling.

The IAA pointed to several factors that may have caused the boulder to fall, including vegetation growing in the wall that dislodged the massive stone and moisture.

Access to one of Judaism's holiest sites was restricted on Monday after a massive stone block fell from the Western Wall, narrowly missing a worshipper below.

Experts from the Israel Antiquities Authority were called to the scene to examine the area.

The last incident of a boulder falling from the Western Wall occurred on Yom Kippur in 2004. No one was injured.

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If it is defined that the other stones are in danger of falling because of the dampness, "then it would take an extended period of time to secure each stone".

Researchers reading the study suggested that the wall might need to be treated with some kind of binding or sealing agent. During the restructuring and expansion of the building of the Temple (37-4 BC) by the order of king Herod, the Temple mount was enclosed by a retaining wall.

This is not the first time a piece of the Kotel has dislodged.

The wall is the only surviving remnant of the Second Temple of Jerusalem, which was razed by Roman occupiers in 70 CE.

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