I was surprised to read the July 26-27 Gazette's story about Barack Obama's prayer. After he inserted it o a piece of paper into a crack in the Wailing Wall at Jerusalem, it was removed and published.
During Herod the Great's time, an enlargement of the temple at Jerusalem was begun. A retaining wall was built around it. Aug. 30 in 70 A.D., Titus and his Roman soldiers destroyed the temple and many of Jerusalem's residences.
In modern times, all that remains is a western section of the wall. Jews worship there and bemoan the loss of their temple. It is known as the Wailing Wall.
Thousands of visitors go to see it and Christians, Jews and Moslems revere the Temple Mount as a holy site.
The Dome of the Rock Mosque is built on the Temple Mount. When Jesus was alive, it covered about 40 acres and measured more than 157,000 square yards.
In January 1995, I visited the Temple Mount and Wailing Wall. I saw people inserting written prayers into cracks on the Wailing Wall. Most of them were Jews.
Obama's critics say his visit to Israel was political.
His prayer indicates that he had a religious experience at the wall.
Helen Ruth Arnold,