November 7, 2014
Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Temple Emanu-El, Tucson, AZ
A first-time tourist came to Israel and was taken to the Kotel, the Western Wall. Not being too versed in religious aspects of Judaism, he asked another visitor the significance of the wall. He explained, "This is a sacred wall. If you pray to it, God will hear you."
The tourist walked close to the wall and started to pray.
"Dear Lord," he said, "Bring sunshine and warmth to this beautiful land."
A commanding voice answered, "I will, my son." The tourist was encouraged, and said, "Bring prosperity to this land."
"I will, my son."
Wow! This is great, he thought. I'll try again. And he said, "Let Jews and Arabs live together in peace, dear Lord."
And the commanding voice answered, "You're talking to a wall."