The Wailing Wall In Jerusalem

Yaffa, the journalist, interviews an old man praying before the historic Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

Yaffa, a journalist assigned to the Jerusalem bureau takes an apartment overlooking the historic Wailing Wall.

Every day when she looks out, she sees an old bearded Jewish man praying vigorously.

Certain he would be a good interview subject, the journalist goes down to the wall, and introduces herself to the old man.

She asks, “You come every day to the Wall. Sir, how long have you done that and what are you praying for?”

The old man replies. “I have come here to pray every day for 25 years.

In the morning I pray for world peace and for the brotherhood of man.

I go home, have a cup of tea, and I come back and pray for the eradication of illness and disease from the earth.

And very, very important, I pray for peace and understanding between the Israelis and Palestinians.”

The journalist is impressed.

“How does it make you feel to come here every day for 25 years and pray for these wonderful things?” she asks.

The old man replies, calmly, “Like I’m talking to a wall.”