• n. "The Western Wall[/wailing wall]." (Glinert)

Example Sentences

  • "I'm going to pray at the Kotel tomorrow."

  • "The Kotel is holy because it is the last remnant of the Temple."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • כותל 'lit. wall', short for הכותל 'the Wall' or הכותל המערבי 'the Western Wall'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      kosel, koysel, koysl, kosl

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