No 17 in an occasional series of extracts from The Postcard CenturySeptember 1989: David and Mollie in Jerusalem to Mr RM in NY. Very best wishes for good health and contentment in the New Year.
This is Hoshana Rabba prayer at the Western (Wailing) Wall. An ethnographic image of devotional intensity. The essence of religious ritual ritual is that no one except the initiated could or should have a clue as to what is going on.