“This morning at the Western Wall: Tens of thousands of worshipers took part in the traditional ‘Priestly Blessing’[…]

This morning (Monday, April 2), tens of thousands of worshipers and hundreds of Priests, took part in morning prayer services at the Western Wall. The service included Passover’s traditional ‘Priestly Blessing’ [1]. Israel’s chief rabbis Rabbi David Lau and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef took part in the blessing, and so did the Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitz. […]

Also in the police statement: ‘Israel Police will be extremely careful and considerate in its conduct in order to maintain balance, so as to allow worshipers of the three religions the right to their freedom of worship, alongside guarding their personal safety, and expects public discourse during the holiday to be mutually tolerant and respectful. […]’”

– Kol Ha’ir newspaper

[Video of the prayer services at the Western Wall from myNet Jerusalem newspaper]

0202 Editor’s Notes:
[1] The Jewish ‘Priestly Blessing’ is a traditional blessing said by worshipers whose families, according to tradition, are descendants of the priests who served in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. They bless the entire congregation, saying: “May God bless you and guard you; May God make His face shed light upon you and be gracious unto you: May God lift up His face unto you and give you peace.”

For a 0202 East Jerusalem post about this event, see: https://bit.ly/2GstpRp

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