A powerful message emanates from the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

For the first time in recent history, the Western Wall plaza is practically empty.

Last year, 12 million visitors from around the world came to the holy site, including over 750,000 Taglit-Birthright Israel participants.

Birthright educator Shabi Spero, standing at the empty Kotel plaza, explains the important message.