The Priestly Blessing ceremony includes hundreds of priests, descendants of the tribe of Levi.
Tens of thousands of Jews, including Israelis and tourists, gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem Monday morning for the traditional mass Priestly Blessing.
The event takes place each year on the intermediate days of Passover and Sukkot.
“The fact that tens of thousands of worshipers are now at the Western Wall Plaza is very moving,” Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon said, Israel National News (INN) reported. “The Jerusalem municipality prepared itself ahead of time, with stands offering water to the public.”
Israel’s Chief Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau greeted the visitors, together with Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, according to INN.
The Priestly Blessing ceremony includes hundreds of priests, descendants of the tribe of Levi. The commandment to bless the Jewish people and the words of the blessing are found in the Bible (Numbers 6: 22-27).
Send Passover Food Packages to Needy Israeli Soldiers
We are honored to thank the young men and women of the IDF who risk their lives to protect the citizens of Israel. Join us in sending Passover food packages (and personal notes) to needy Israeli soldiers and their families.
Bring Passover joy and blessing to the heroes of Israel who defend our freedom every day! Many soldiers spend the Passover holiday with needy families back home. The soldiers greatly appreciate your love and concern.