Jerusalem

Underneath the convent of the Sisters of Sion in Jerusalem is found a cistern, the lithostrotos (Roman paving) and possibly the place where Jesus was tried by Pontius Pilate.

The cistern

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Wailing Wall

According to Jewish custom, one becomes a full member of the Jewish faith – son (bar) or daughter (bat) of the commandment (mitzvah) – at age 13.  From that age, the boy or girl becomes responsible for his or her own observance of Jewish law, ritual, ethics, and is now able to participate in all areas of community life.  Where else to mark meaningfully this rite of passage than at the Western Wall (aka the Wailing Wall) in Jerusalem.

Bar Mitzvah