Before the onset of COVID-19, tens of thousands of people would attend communal prayers nightly at the Western Wall during the High Holiday season, asking for Divine forgiveness.

The Kotel in the Old City of Jerusalem is, in “normal” years, especially busy in the days leading up to Yom Kippur, when Jews pray for forgiveness for any sins committed during the past year.

Both Ashkenazim (Jews of German and eastern European background) and Sephardim (Jews of Spanish, Portuguese, North African and Middle Eastern descent) recite selichot, prayers for forgiveness, although there are differences in tradition.

This particular video, made by photographer Eli Abdu, depicts a sephardic service, which is evident in the word pronunciation and tune.