Raila’s special prayer for Kenyans at the ‘Wailing Wall’ in Israel

He is certainly full of surprises …

Raila at the Wailing Wall

The Wailing Wall which is a surviving relic of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is widely known as the center of the spiritual world.

Raila visited the 'house of prayer for all nations' for a special purpose as he revealed in a letter to Kenyans written from Jerusalem.

He disclosed that he went to Jerusalem to place his prayers and wishes for Kenyans at the Wailing Wall. Which is pretty significant as the venue is believed to be the best place to directly send prayers to God.

This is according to the Kabbalistic tradition which state that prayers around the world gather at the Western Wall whence they ascend into heaven.

Below is the 'Letter from Jerusalem' jotted by the former Prime Minister:

This week I travelled to The Holy Land to deliver an address on Democracy, Religion and Peace in Africa. While in Jerusalem I visited the Western Wall.

Few know my history with this Holy site. The Western Wall is the pulpit of the Temple Of Solomon and is said to have been built over 5000 years ago. This site is sacred to all three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity and to me it is a very strong symbolism of strength and unity. The story goes that you write your wish on a piece of paper, stick it on the wall and say a prayer and the message goes directly to God.

I began the tradition of writing down my wishes for this country during my time in Detention. For those of you who may not know Detention is a miserable place with time mostly spent alone. You are completely alone for 23 out of 24 hours of the day. Those days it would take sometimes six months to pass letters between my loved ones and myself. With a lot of time on my hands, I used to write down the many wishes I had for the people of Kenya. Every time I visit, I take one of those wishes and place it on the wall."


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