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Live: Priestly Blessing ceremony takes place at the Western Wall

Monday's Priestly Blessing ceremony was attended by 50,000 people, and a similar number is expected at Wednesday's ceremony.

Live: Priestly Blessing ceremony takes place at the Western Wall

Over 50,000 participate in Priestly Blessing at Western Wall

During the first days of Sukkot, around 200,000 people visited the Western Wall.

Over 50,000 participate in Priestly Blessing at Western Wall

Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

Thousands have gathered to recite the Sukkot prayers and experience the Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing) service at the Western Wall.

Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

Preparations begin for festive Priestly Blessing ceremonies

Western Wall Heritage Foundation prepares to hold two separate 'Birkat Kohanim' ceremonies; tens of thousands expected to attend.

Preparations begin for festive Priestly Blessing ceremonies

The Daily Portion, Naso / May you be blessed . . . and protected too

In Israel, we have already read Naso, but in the Diaspora, it will be read this coming Shabbat.

The Daily Portion, Naso / May you be blessed . . . and protected too

Every Jew a High Priest - Acharei Mot

Did you know that during the era of the second Temple, all Jews were given a glimpse of the Holy of Holies?.

Every Jew a High Priest - Acharei Mot

Thousands attend Priestly Blessing at Western Wall

Police fear Arabs gathered on Temple Mount will attempt to attack Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall during the Priestly Blessing.

Thousands attend Priestly Blessing at Western Wall

The Cohen Gadol represents all of Am Israel

We, too, should always remember who and what we are representing as we try to bring G-d's Presence closer to us.

The Cohen Gadol represents all of Am Israel

The priesthood

Judaism, which always is a meritocracy, nevertheless, creates an aristocracy in the priesthood of Aaron and his descendants.

The priesthood

From priest to people

This parsha tells the story of one of the greatest, if rarely acknowledged, contributions of Judaism to the world.

From priest to people

Watch live: Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

For the second day in a row, the traditional holiday Priestly Blessing ceremony is held at the Western Wall.

Watch live: Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

Following Arab rioting, police gear up for Priestly Blessing

2,500 officers deployed to Old City of Jerusalem to secure Birkat Kohanim, following days of Ramadan riots in and around Temple Mount.

Following Arab rioting, police gear up for Priestly Blessing

Police prepare for Priestly Blessing at Western Wall

Hundreds of officers to be deployed to secure mass prayer event in Jerusalem on Sukkot,

Police prepare for Priestly Blessing at Western Wall

A blessing filled with love

In order to bless our fellow Jews, we must open our hearts with love. That is what the kohanim teach us in their blessing.

 A blessing filled with love

60 armed warriors surrounded King Solomon’s bed every night!

King Solomon's kingdom saw forty years of peace, but who, or what, were his mightiest warriors?

60 armed warriors surrounded King Solomon’s bed every night!

Watch: Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

For the second day in a row, the traditional Priestly Blessing ceremony is held at the Western Wall, allowing more people to attend.

Watch: Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

Live: Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

Preparations underway for thousands of worshippers arriving at the Western Wall Plaza during Passover.

Live: Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

Watch: Priestly blessing at Western Wall

Traditional priestly blessing during Pesach takes place in a limited format in accordance with instructions. US ambassador participating.

Watch: Priestly blessing at Western Wall

Sukkot at Aish HaTorah near the Western Wall

Yeshivat Aish HaTorah holds Sukkot breakfast on roof overlooking Priestly Blessing at Western Wall.

Sukkot at Aish HaTorah near the Western Wall

Watch: Jerusalem mayor after Priestly Blessing at Western Wall

Jerusalem mayor wishes Israelis a happy Sukkot holiday, praises holiday unity.

Watch: Jerusalem mayor after Priestly Blessing at Western Wall

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.

Thousands attend Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

Thousands to participate in Priestly Blessing at Western Wall

This Monday during the Passover holiday, traditional Priestly Blessing to take place in Western Wall Plaza. Thousands expected to attend.

Thousands to participate in Priestly Blessing at Western Wall

'The Jewish People at its best'

Thousands present at Kotel priestly blessing. Minister Ariel: 'With G-d's help, PM will allow all Jews to ascend to the site of our Temple.'

'The Jewish People at its best'

Birkat Hakohanim at the Western Wall - in pictures

Tens of thousands attend mass Priestly Blessing in Old City of Jerusalem during Passover festival.

Birkat Hakohanim at the Western Wall - in pictures

Undecided in Israel

Undecided in Israel

Priestly Blessing to commence at Kotel

Traditional priestly blessing will be held Monday morning at the Kotel, followed by a ‘reception’ of the chief rabbis of Israel.

Priestly Blessing to commence at Kotel

Birkat Kohanot? Priestess' blessing at the Wall?

Birkat Kohanot? Priestess' blessing at the Wall?

Attorney General nixes female 'Priestly Blessing' at Kotel

Attorney General blocks Women of the Wall from holding 'Birkat Kohanot' ceremony at Kotel alongside Birkat Kohanim.

Attorney General nixes female 'Priestly Blessing' at Kotel

Chief Rabbi: Kohen Who Kills Terrorist Can Still Bless

A Kohen who kills a terrorist may still recite the priestly blessing of peace, says Rabbi Yosef.

Chief Rabbi: Kohen Who Kills Terrorist Can Still Bless

Chief Rabbi Lau: Next Year on the Temple Mount

At mass priestly blessing, chief rabbis add their blessings to Jewish people; 'Next year may we be blessed up at top of the Mount.'

Chief Rabbi Lau: Next Year on the Temple Mount

'You Feel Like You're On Top of the World'

Rabbi Efraim Shore of the Aish HaTorah organization shares a message of unity at the priestly blessings in Jerusalem

'You Feel Like You're On Top of the World'

'We Prayed for This for Thousands of Years'

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat tells of his feelings experiencing the "birkat kohanim" and the Kotel. "No one should take this for granted."

'We Prayed for This for Thousands of Years'

In Pictures: Priestly Blessings at the Western Wall

Israeli Chief Rabbis join thousands of worshippers at this year's Sukkot 'birkat kohanim' at the Kotel in Jerusalem.

In Pictures: Priestly Blessings at the Western Wall

Thousands Participate in Priestly Blessing at Western Wall

The Priestly Blessing, chanted by thousands of male descendants of High Priest Aaron, delivered Wednesday from the Western Wall.

Thousands Participate in Priestly Blessing at Western Wall

The Timeless Impact of Aaron’s Death

The Timeless Impact of Aaron’s Death