Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Thousands at Western Wall for Birchas Kohanim

Thousands of people flocked to the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City Wednesday for the traditional Birchas Kohanim ceremony, the priestly blessing, held annually on the intermediate days of Passover and Succot.

The custom sees hundreds of Cohens (priests), descended from the biblical figure of Aaron and the Israelite tribe of Levi, raise their hands within their prayer shawls and bless the masses.

Border Police, undercover units and special patrol units were mobilized throughout the Old City and Jerusalem to prevent any terrorist attacks during the large scale event.

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