Posts Tagged ‘Kotel’


US Ambassador Blesses Israel at Mass Priestly Blessing

editor 5 April 2018

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “Speak to Aharon and his sons: Thus shall you bless the people of Yisrael.” Numbers 6:22. The biannual priestly blessing took place on Monday morning (April 2, 2018) at the Kotel (the Western Wall) in Jerusalem. Tens of thousands of people gathered to receive the Biblically mandated blessing from hundreds of Kohanim (Jewish men descended from Aaron the Priest), one of whom was the US Ambassador to Israel. (more…)


Holocaust survivor visits Western Wall for first time

editor 18 December 2017

By Mordechai Sones.. Avraham Takacz, a native of Donetsk and a Holocaust survivor aged close to 90, arrived in Israel as a refugee from the battle zones of the Ukraine. he fulfilled an old dream and visited the Western Wall for the first time in his life. “I dreamed about it all my life and here I am,” said Avraham Takacz, a shy smile illuminating his face. “This is a great privilege that has been placed in my lap – that I have been able to come and pray in the holiest place for the Jewish people. Until now, this place was known to me only from pictures I saw and from the television screen. And here I am finally reaching this place by myself.” [Photo top right:Avraham Takacz visits Kotel | Photo credit: IFCJ]. 



After Temple Mount ‘Victory,’ Arabs Set Sights on Western Wall

editor 17 August 2017

By Andrew Friedman.. Palestinians and Arab MKs declared ‘victory’ Tuesday (July 25, 2017) as Israel reversed security measures at the Temple Mount, and said their struggle for control over the compound also extends to the Western Wall. MK Taleb Abu Arar (Joint List) stressed that “Jews have no rights at al-Aqsa Mosque,” and added that Muslims’ fight against Israel would continue, regardless of the cabinet decision to remove metal detectors from the entrances to the Temple Mount compound. [Photo top right: An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, at the end of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and the holiest of Jewish holidays. October 12, 2016. (Flash90)](more…)


Why Israel Has Never Been Defeated in War

editor 25 July 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. Wow, sometimes I come to write a post and start with the title, and look what comes out…
Yes, I could delete it but I won’t because even though it wasn’t what I expected to write…don’t ask me to explain that one…it fits. This is a video that a friend just shared with me (thank you, George)… (more…)


Who cares about Jewish unity?

editor 24 July 2017

By Caroline Glick.. There are four important aspects to the government’s decisions on Sunday (June 25, 2017) relating to egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall and the conversion bill. The first is that by and large, the headlines of the stories distort rather than explain what the government decided. The second is the nature of the American Jewish community’s response to the government’s moves. [Photo top right:Jewish women praying at the women’s section of the Western Wall in Jerusalem, May 16, 2017 (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)](more…)


What Next For The Troubled Holy Site At The Western Wall?

editor 28 June 2017

By Jeremy Sharon.. Taken superficially, it would appear that the haredi parties United Torah Judaism and Shas have truly got one over on the progressive Jewish movements. With the government decision Sunday (June 25, 2017) to indefinitely freeze the resolution that would have created a state-recognized egalitarian prayer area at the southern end of the Western Wall, the question arises: What’s next for this troubled holy site of ours? (more…)


Temple Mount Geography Confounds NY Times

editor 17 May 2017

By Ira Stoll.. A New York Times news article about preparations for President Donald Trump’s visit to Jerusalem included this sentence about the Western Wall: “The wall lies underneath the Al Aqsa Mosque, or Temple Mount, which is one of the holiest sites in Islam.” This is inaccurate in at least two ways. [Photo top right: The Western Wall and Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. Photo: Paul Arps via Wikimedia Commons.]  (more…)


Thousands attend priestly blessing at Western Wall

editor 18 April 2017

By Staff.. 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. Thousands of people flocked to the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City Monday (April 17, 2017) for the traditional Birkat Kohanim ceremony, the priestly blessing, held annually on the intermediate days of  Passover and Succot. (more…)


Photos: 50,000 Receive Priestly Blessing at Kotel, Reaffirm Jewish Dedication to Jerusalem

editor 27 October 2016

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before Hashem thy God in the place which He shall choose; on the feast of unleavened bread, and on the Shavuot, and on the Sukkot.” Deuteronomy 16:16. In a powerful display of the glory that once was the Jewish Temple, tens of thousands of Jews gathered at the Western Wall, also known as the Kotel, in Jerusalem on Wednesday (October 19, 2016) to be blessed by hundreds of Kohanim (Jewish men from the priestly caste). [Photo top right:Jewish worshippers wave the Lulav and Etrog in front of the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, during the Cohen Benediction priestly blessing at the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, October 19, 2016. (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)] (more…)


The “Al-Aksa Is in Danger” Libel: The History of a Lie

editor 14 October 2016

By Nadav Shragai.. Palestinians often hear from their leaders that a Muslim holy site in Jerusalem, al-Aksa mosque, is in danger of collapse – and the Jews are to blame. Whether printed in cartoons, preached in mosques or taught in schools, the lie is accepted as common knowledge across the Arab world. Millions of Muslims accept it as truth. The message is clear: Jews seek to expel the Arabs from Jerusalem. This lie is nothing new. (more…)


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