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How Fat is the Kotel?

The Color of HeavenArtscroll
Topic: G-d, Appearance

Name@Withheld wrote:

Dear Rabbi,

I am delighted to find this website. I have several questions for you: My 5 year old son "Eliron" is sitting here with me. He just started Yeshiva last week and we are very proud of what he has learned already. His question for you is "How long did Moses live?" His second question is "What does G-d look like?" His third question is, "What is your name?" As you can see he is very inquisitive. He also wants to know how big the Kotel is... "how wide, tall, and fat?"


Dear Name@Withheld,

Moses lived to the age of 120. This, by the way, is the origin of the blessing "may you live until 120." My wife's uncle always wishes people that they should live to be 122...so that they should not die suddenly!

G-d does not have any physical form, so he doesn't "look" like anyone or anything. (See the prayer "Yigdal" on pages 12 and 13 in the ArtScroll Siddur.) Even though the Torah says things like "G-d took us out of Egypt with a strong hand" - this is the Torah's way of telling us about G-d in a way we can understand.

The Kotel's measurements are 488 meters long, 55 meters high, and on the average 1.5 meters "fat." (A meter is roughly three feet.)

May your son Eliron be a constant source of joy to you and your family, and may he scale the heights of Jewish knowledge and righteousness.

Sources:

  • Deuteronomy 34:7.


 
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