Jerusalem (AFP) – Tens of thousands of Jewish worshippers massed at Jerusalem’s Western Wall on Wednesday as part of celebrations for the Sukkot holiday, organisers said, while tensions in the area diminished.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation said that over 50,000 people participated in the blessings, which were held three times during the morning.
Hundreds of Cohanim draped in traditional white prayer shawls held their arms in the air to bless the crowds, reciting words from the biblical Book of Numbers.
The Western Wall is a remnant of a supporting wall of the Second Temple complex which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.
Above it lies the plaza where the temple once stood and which now houses the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam. It is the holiest site to Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount.