Macon rabbi Greg Hershberg and Beth Yeshua International are building a prayer wall


Prayers can be universal.

More than half of the United States pray daily, according to the Pew Research Center.

14-year-old Nathan Dillard prays several times a day.

"I'll just get on my knees and ask for forgiveness for my sins and to watch over my family," Dillard said.

"I pray to live for the next day," 12-year-old Shaymon Howard says.

Prayers can be lifted anytime and anywhere.

"I pray every night, and on the mornings on the way to school," Dillard said,

Taylor Moulton, 23, said he prays "In my car, in Walmart, in the grocery store, whenever I feel the need."

Soon, people will be able to pray at a wall right here in Macon right next to Beth Yeshua International's synagogue on Price Road.

"Governments are shaking, the economy is shaking, families are shaking, and I think people need some stability," Beth Yeshua International Rabbi Greg Hershberg said."I think prayer is an amazing thing."

His wall will measure 15 feet high and 60 feet long, made of 80 stones that weigh 4,000 pounds each.

"Right now, it's a prayer pool," he jokes.

But by February, Hershberg says it will become a 150-ton structure and Macon's very first prayer wall.

It's a replica of Jerusalem's Western Wall, a sacred site more than 6,000 miles away.

"I think it's very comforting when you know you have other people interceding and crying out on your behalf," Hershberg said.

When asked about the possibility of vandalism, Hershberg said the synagogue grounds have been vandalized before.

However, he says he'd prefer to be "faithful" rather than "fearful" and hopes this symbol will be one that unites the community, regardless of race or denomination.

"I will definitely visit," Moulton said. "I think it's a wonderful idea."

Hershberg says the cost, between $15,000 to $25,000, is already fully funded.

But he says it's not about the price tag.

"If one person can have the comfort and consolation in knowing that we're praying, it was worth the $25,000," Hershberg said.

Especially if this wall inspires other prayer walls to pop up around the country.

"I wouldn't like to see it stop here," Hershberg said. "I'd like to see it start here, the prayer wall of Macon. I'd like to see the prayer wall of Memphis and the prayer wall of San Diego."

But for now, he'll start here with a little space of solace to lift up a prayer.

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