Watch: Tisha B’Av at the Kosel 100 Years Ago



  1. Does anyone know what the words written on the kosel were and when they were removed? I have never seen them before in any pictures.

  2. All picture of the Kosel over 100 years ago show writing on it. I can’t imagine who wrote on it.

    These videos probably weren’t taken on tisha b’Av because the people in it are wearing streimals (Shabbos clothing)

  3. The writing is still there it just that when we got the model back the dug down another 2 stones so he stones with writing on it are the 5th stone instead of the 3rd one as in the video

  4. People wrote “Yankel ben Shmerel was here on Rosh Chodesh Tamuz” or whatever. People had a different attitude toward holy sites back then, nothing wrong with that.

    And yes, men and women mixed, because the Kotel was not a shul.

    • Permission for anything entailed giving baksheesh, bribes.
      The whole yishuv was small,and there were arabs dwelling just behind them.

  5. And they were able to daven even when there was no mechitza because they dressed just a little more modestly…
    whereas today if it will be mixed ….u can finish the sentence

  6. the first person on the film w/ the shtreim’l was a yiddish actor
    he was acting in the original yiddisch Dybbuk film

  7. Tisha Bav always comes out in July -Aug when Yerushalayim weather can top 90 degrees, people look overdressed for the summer months.

  8. Hello – there was no mechitza because the British authorities did not allow one to be put up!! Otherwise of course they would have had one!!


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