The northeastern United States did not see the sun for most of this week,
in Jerusalem it is hard to even imagine so much rain:
all the thousands of visitors just get the expected sunny days.
At the Kotel, the Western Wall,
there are old stones
and new signs.
Some days much is
black and white,
but not all is black
or bar mitzvah white,
or army green.
and in summer
there is color, too.
and blue hats,
color from balloons
and costumes from around the world
are at the Kotel.
The month of Elul before Rosh Hashana, the New Year,
is an especially colorful time of the year
with even more visitors, and the blasts of the shofar heard every morning.
However, getting to the Kotel
can be very difficult because of the many flights of stairs.
Construction of an elevator has recently been proposed.
Not having to climb the difficult steps will be a great thing for many people
and make the site accessible to many who now cannot enjoy the scenes.