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Thousands attend Birkat Kohanim at Western Wall

Traditional Priestly Blessing ceremony held in Jerusalem; chief rabbis also attend event

Kobi Nahshoni
Published: 04.12.09, 23:56 / Israel Jewish Scene

Thousands of Jewish worshippers attended the Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing) ceremony, which is traditionally held at the Western Wall every Passover.


Due to the holiday events the police closed the Old City of Jerusalem to vehicles.


Wrapped in prayer shawls (Photo: AP)


Hundreds of Kohanim (priests) wrapped in talitot (prayer shawls) blessed the members of the audience, which came from all across Israel, with the blessing:


"May God bless you and guard you, may God make His face shine on you and show favor to you, may God lift up His face on you and give you peace."


Priestly Blessing (Photo: Reuters)


After the ceremony the audience walked pass Chief Rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar and Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, received their blessing and wished them chag sameach (happy holiday.)


Efrat Weiss contributed to the report


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