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Thousands attend Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

Jews from all over the world join US Amb. Friedman at Western Wall for the Priestly Blessing. Watch this special event live.

Arutz Sheva Staff, | updated: 14:07

Thousands attend prayers at the Western Wall
Thousands attend prayers at the Western Wall
Eliran Aharon

On Wednesday morning, the traditional Priestly Blessing will take place in Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem.

Thousands of Jews and hundreds of kohanim (from the priestly tribe) from around Israel and around the world are already at the Wall.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman also attended the event.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Friedman said, "It is a great privilege to be a kohen and to have the opportunity to bless the Nation of Israel from the Kotel (Western Wall - ed.). This is my third time as Ambassador at Birkat Kohanim (the Priestly Blessing - ed.) and each time gets more exciting and meaningful."

The commandment to bless the Jewish people and the words of the blessing are found in the Bible (Numbers 6: 22-27). Two tiny silver amulets containing scrolls on which parts of the blessing were written were found in a 7th century B.C.E. burial site in Jerusalem in 1979.




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