20:15
Reported

News Brief

  5/15/2013, Sivan 6, 5773

Shavuot Ends in Israel, Thousands at Western Wall


The holiday of Shavuot ended Wednesday evening at sundown in Israel. Thousands visited the Old City of Jerusalem, in particular the Western Wall. The masses of visitors who walked to the Kotel from the early hours in the morning continued a custom that began spontaneously in June 1967, shortly after the city was reunited and Jews could come to the site for the first time in 19 years. Drinks and cakes were given out for free by volunteers to pedestrians at stations along the way.

In a sense, this gathering recreates the Shlosha Regalim, or pilgrimage festivals (Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot) on which the Jewish people were commanded to gather in  the Holy Temple to celebrate. On Shavuot the Israelites began the yearly cycle of bringing the first fruits of the new harvest to the Temple.