This Monday morning, thousands of people came to receive the traditional priestly blessing at the Wailing Wall also named the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Western Wall is the last remaining remnant of the 1st and second Jewish Temples. To Jews, it is the holiest spot to pray in the entire world.
Hundreds of ”Kohanim”(Jewish descendants of Aharon, brother of Moses) come to the Wailing Wall to bless those present with the priestly prayer that appears in the Bible:
‘May G‑d bless you and guard you.
‘May G‑d shine His countenance upon you and be gracious to you.
‘May G‑d turn His countenance toward you and grant you peace.'” (Numbers 6:24-26)
Although the blessings are still said today, only twice a year on the festivals of Sukkot and Passover is it performed on such a large scale. This ceremony has been held in Israel since 1970 and since then it has become a tradition that attracts thousands of people.