Women praying at the Wall during Elul include Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis of the dynamic Jewish outreach organization, www.Hineni.org and her timeless, infectious love and respect for all things Jewish. She posted a poignant article about Weeping For Jerusalem on her blog while visiting Jerusalem recently:
"For thousands of years we prayed, wept and hoped for Yerushalayim. To see Yerushalayim again, to behold the rebuilt Beis HaMikdash, has always been the center of all our prayers...
Should we not ask again and again and still again, “Where is the Beis HaMikdash?” I miss it so. I’m in Jerusalem but the shinning crown of the Holy City is absent and my joy cannot be complete until I see its glory restored."
"This Rosh Hashanah has to be different. It just cannot be another Rosh Hashanah. It has to be different.
You and I, we could bring redemption to our people.
So, how do we do it? First, we have to find out who we are, what we are, what we represent...
Every person, every individual is a special, unique creation of God. We are not mass-produced.
God created each and every one of us, custom-made, with a unique purpose.
Before we are ever born, Hashem makes a magnificent portrait of us, and it's hanging in the Heavenly galleries. And it portrays that which Hashem hopes that which we will achieve in this world...
So, this year we have to make a difference, we MUST make a difference, for ourselves, for our families, for Am Israel and for the world."
Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, fromA Nation Blessed As One