IJMC The Wailing Wall

                       IJMC - The Wailing Wall

Do you think a person can just change? No major life event, no 
significant trama, just a decision to become a different person. Let's 
just say that I think the answer is yes. I don't think it's easy, I don't 
think most people ever will.                                        -dave

A journalist assigned to the Jerusalem bureau takes an apartment 
overlooking the Wailing Wall.  Every day when she looks out, she sees an  
old Jewish man praying vigorously.

So the journalist goes down and introduces herself to the old man.  She 
asks: "You come every day to the wall.  How long have you done that and 
what are you praying for?"

The old man replies, "I have come here to pray every day for 25 years. In 
the morning I pray for world peace and then for the brotherhood of man. I 
go home have a cup of tea and I come back and pray for the eradication of 
illness and disease from the earth."

The journalist is amazed.  "How does it make you feel to come here every 
day for 25 years and pray for these things?" she asks.

The old man looks at her sadly.  "Like I'm talking to a wall."

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