Faith and defiance
Thousands Attend Early Morning Service at Kotel

No fear: Despite Arab violence Israeli Jews flock to Western Wall to pray traditional morning service at dawn on the final day of Sukkot.

Yoni Kempinski,

No fear: Thousands praying Vatikin at the Kotel
No fear: Thousands praying Vatikin at the Kotel
Yoni Kempinski

Thousands of Jews prayed the early Vatikin morning service at the Kotel (Western Wall) on Sunday morning, in a show of faith and defiance on Hoshanah Rabbah, the last day of the Sukkot holiday. 

Worshipers entered the Kotel complex via the Jewish Quarter, and with a police escort, in light of Saturday night's string of stabbings in the Old City of Jerusalem. 

Early Sunday morning, Israel Police announced it would limit access to the Old City to restore calm to the area - but the terror did not prevent Israeli Jews from attending the traditional service. 

The gathering fulfilled calls from Israel's most prominent rabbis to keep visiting the site despite the deterioration in the security situation. 



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