Israel Authorities Debate 400-Pound Stone Falling Out of Western Wall

Published July 25th, 2018 - 05:00 GMT
Western Wall, Jerusalem (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Western Wall, Jerusalem (Shutterstock/File Photo)

The stone that fell out of the Western Wall on Monday morning was transferred Wednesday by the Israel Antiquities Authority to the care of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

The foundation will be responsible for examining and preserving the stone until a decision is made regarding its future.

Weighing an approximate 400 pounds, the stone was transferred off site by means of a crane to the Western Wall Plaza.

 

 

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall, will discuss possible options with engineers from the Antiquities Authority, after which he will hold a halachic discussion on the matter with a number of other rabbis.

The stone fell shortly after the end of the fast of Tisha Be'av, and narrowly avoided hurting a woman who was praying nearby. The Jerusalem Engineer's office subsequently ordered to close the prayer platform by which it fell until the Antiquities Authority has concluded a survey of the other stones above the site.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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