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Priestly blessing Western Wall Passover 2019

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).






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