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Western Wall notes:

1000s of notes placed at Western Wall transferred to genizah

Since Oct. 7th, many notes were sent via the website from Israel and around the world by IDF soldiers, the wounded, families of hostages, and more.

1000s of notes placed at Western Wall transferred to genizah

Global hour of Jewish Unity:

Special prayer for hostages held at Kotel tomorrow

The Hostages and Missing Families Forum will host a global hour of Jewish unity and prayer at the Western Wall, that will be live broadcast worldwide tomorrow (Thursday), from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m, ending with the Shema prayer.

Special prayer for hostages held at Kotel tomorrow

From Nova Festival to Western Wall:

Heroes from Nova massacre recited 'Hagomel' blessing

Rami Davidian, who saved dozens from 10/7 massacre: 'For us, this marks the closure to thank the Almighty here for the miracle of being here and for the privilege of saving many youths.'

Heroes from Nova massacre recited 'Hagomel' blessing

After leaving Gaza:

Soldiers say thanksgiving blessing at Western Wall

After leaving the battlefields of the Gaza Strip, soldiers from the Givati Brigade visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem and recited the Hagomel blessing to thank G-d for their preservation in battle.

Soldiers say thanksgiving blessing at Western Wall

Argentinian Pres. lights candle at Kotel for victims

Newly-elected Argentinian President Javier Milei visits Western Wall in first stop during visit to Israel, says he will move embassy to Jerusalem.

Argentinian Pres. lights candle at Kotel for victims

100 days since the war began:

100,000 memorial candles lit at the Western Wall.

Memorial ceremony at the Western Wall commemorates the victims who fell between October 7 and the present day.

100,000 memorial candles lit at the Western Wall.

Live:

Thousands pray at Western Wall for hostages' return

The Chief Rabbinate and other organizations, including the Families Forum, are holding a prayer rally for the release of the hostages held by Hamas and the safe return of IDF soldiers.

Thousands pray at Western Wall for hostages' return

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Freed hostages in prayer of thanksgiving at the Western Wall

Sapir Cohen, Yelena Trupanob and Irena Tati visit Western Wall, recite prayers of thanksgiving.

Freed hostages in prayer of thanksgiving at the Western Wall

Moving event:

Torah scrolls at Western Wall dedicated to the fallen

Two Torah scrolls dedicated to Western Wall, writing begins of scrolls for synagogues in the Gaza Envelope communities and at IDF bases.

Torah scrolls at Western Wall dedicated to the fallen

New US Ambassador Lew lights candle at Western Wall for fallen

Upon assuming his role and amidst the ongoing war, Jack Lew makes first visit to Western Wall as ambassador.

New US Ambassador Lew lights candle at Western Wall for fallen

Live:

Prayer for the hostages at the Western Wall

Mother of hostage kidnapped from music rave by Hamas to light torch at Western Wall Plaza.

Prayer for the hostages at the Western Wall

Watch:

Special Ceremony at Western Wall marks 30 days since massacre

1,400 memorial candles will be lit in memory of the victims at the Western Wall at 6 pm.

Special Ceremony at Western Wall marks 30 days since massacre

Prayer gathering for the safe return of the hostages

Unifying gathering to be held at the Western Wall, with prayers for the safe return of the hostages and the success of the IDF.

Prayer gathering for the safe return of the hostages

NY Gov. visits Western Wall: 'We must not allow evil to prevail'

Kathy Hochul, Gov. of New York, visits the Western Wall, praying for welfare of captives and abductees.

NY Gov. visits Western Wall: 'We must not allow evil to prevail'

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Prayers and outcry at the Western Wall

Surprise attack on Israel: prayers and outcry at the Western Wall

Prayers and outcry at the Western Wall

Live: Hoshana Rabba prayers at the Western Wall

Tens of thousands visit Western Wall plaza on Thursday night, with thousands attending prayers at the site.

Live: Hoshana Rabba prayers at the Western Wall

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

Sukkot in Jerusalem:

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

Watch:

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

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

Watch: End of Yom Kippur Fast at the Western Wall

Thousands mark end of holiest day of the Jewish calendar with singing at Jerusalem holy site.

Watch: End of Yom Kippur Fast at the Western Wall

Watch live: Selichot at the Western Wall

Watch the special Selichot prayers taking place at the Western Wall, on the eve of Yom Kippur 2023.

Watch live: Selichot at the Western Wall

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Over 70,000 attend Selichot prayers at the Western Wall

Last Selichot prayer event for this year will be held Saturday night and followed by 'hatarat nedarim.'

Over 70,000 attend Selichot prayers at the Western Wall

For the first time:

Selichot prayers at Western Wall translated into sign language

In first, Selichot prayers at the Western Wall Plaza are translated into sign language; groups for hearing-impaired take part in prayers.

Selichot prayers at Western Wall translated into sign language

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Over 50,000 attend Rosh Hashanah eve selichot at Western Wall

Tens of thousands attend central selichot services, annulment of vows ceremony at Western Wall.

Over 50,000 attend Rosh Hashanah eve selichot at Western Wall

Western Wall prepared for High Holiday services

Tens of thousands of worshipers expected at the Western Wall during Rosh Hashanah and the 10 Days of Repentance.

Western Wall prepared for High Holiday services

50,000 attend Selichot prayers at Western Wall

Crowd of 50,000 attend Selichot prayers at Western Wall, praying for peace in Israel and reciting the 'Shema Yisrael' prayer.

50,000 attend Selichot prayers at Western Wall

Western Wall stones inspected ahead of Rosh Hashanah

Integrity of ancient stones of holy site examined to ensure safety of thousands of worshipers over High Holidays.

Western Wall stones inspected ahead of Rosh Hashanah

'Grant us peace in Israel'

Watch: Thousands attend Selichot prayers at the Western Wall

Around 25,000 people attend Selichot prayers on Thursday night at the Western Wall; cantor prays for 'peace in the Land, peace between us.'

Watch: Thousands attend Selichot prayers at the Western Wall

Family attacked near Western Wall wins 60k settlement

A family making their way to a prayer service at the Western Wall has won a lengthy legal battle against their assailants.

Family attacked near Western Wall wins 60k settlement

Eric Adams at Western Wall:

'This Wall of Prayers is a symbol of hope'

NYC Mayor visits, prays at Western Wall during his visit to Israel, vows to combat antisemitism.

'This Wall of Prayers is a symbol of hope'

Rules against bringing Torah scrolls to be enforced at Kotel

Western Wall heritage foundation calls on all parties to obey the rules at the holy site on Rosh Chodesh Elul.

Rules against bringing Torah scrolls to be enforced at Kotel

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema prays at Western Wall

President Hakainde Hichilema and his wife, First Lady Mutinta Hichilema visit ancient Jerusalem holy site.

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema prays at Western Wall

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Thousands sing at Western Wall for end of Tisha B'Av

Thousands of Jews gather for prayers to mark the end of the saddest day in the Jewish calendar at Jerusalem holy site.

Thousands sing at Western Wall for end of Tisha B'Av

In photos:

Tisha B'Av at the Western Wall

Thousands came to the Western Wall in Jerusalem to mark Tisha B'Av on Wednesday night. Photographer Dov Hechtman captured the moments.

Tisha B'Av at the Western Wall

Tisha B'av:

Transportation to Western Wall to run through the night

Bus lines to and from the Western Wall will run throughout Wednesday night, allowing Jews to easily access the holy site on Tisha B'av.

Transportation to Western Wall to run through the night

Thousands pray for unity at the Western Wall

Pro and anti-reform Israelis gather in joint prayer session at Jerusalem holy site, to march to Knesset.

Thousands pray for unity at the Western Wall

Women of the Wall controversy:

Western Wall security may not search for Torah scrolls

Court rules that guards at the holy site have no authority to search individuals to enforce rules against outside Torah scrolls.

Western Wall security may not search for Torah scrolls

Western Wall:

German abbot asked to cover cross to respect Jewish holy site

A Western Wall usher asked Abbot Nikodemus Schnabel to cover the large cross around his neck to respect the Jewish holy site.

German abbot asked to cover cross to respect Jewish holy site

Western Wall controversy:

Neshama Carlebach leads Women of the Wall prayer

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach's daughter led a small group from the Women of the Wall movement in their monthly service.

Neshama Carlebach leads Women of the Wall prayer

Free transportation to the Western Wall - even at night

Jerusalem Ministry announces new, free route connecting Jerusalem's Central Station to the Western Wall.

Free transportation to the Western Wall - even at night

US Ambassador marks the end of his tenure at the Western Wall

In a moving prayer for world peace: U.S. Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides in prayer at the Western Wall marking the end of his tenure.

US Ambassador marks the end of his tenure at the Western Wall

Anti-government activists protest at Western Wall

Demonstrators were called to come to the holy site to 'show respect to the paratroopers who liberated the Western Wall.'

Anti-government activists protest at Western Wall

19 Western Wall Torah scrolls retired from service

The scrolls, some of which date back 150 years, were buried on the Mount of Olives in accordance with Jewish law and tradition.

19 Western Wall Torah scrolls retired from service

Police officers turn violent against counter-missionary protest

Social media footage of the protest shows officers using excessive force against protesters, even those who did not resist.

Police officers turn violent against counter-missionary protest

Hamas threatens response to Israeli cabinet meeting in Jerusalem

Senior Hamas officials say Israeli government's meeting in Western Wall tunnels is "a dangerous escalation towards a religious war."

Hamas threatens response to Israeli cabinet meeting in Jerusalem

Guards stop women entering Western Wall with Torah scroll

Security at the holy site prevented the women from entering and confiscated the Torah scroll.

Guards stop women entering Western Wall with Torah scroll

Western Wall Heritage Foundation prepares for Jerusalem Day

Tens of thousands expected to come to Western Wall during Flag March, Jerusalem Day morning prayers.

Western Wall Heritage Foundation prepares for Jerusalem Day

Kenyan president visits Western Wall, calls for peace and unity

Kenya's President William Ruto speaks out against antisemitism and signs guestbook with blessing for State of Israel.

Kenyan president visits Western Wall, calls for peace and unity

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‘Stranger Things’ star proposes to singer Ari Dayan in Jerusalem

American Jewish actor Brett Gelman proposes to his singer girlfriend Ari Dayan at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

‘Stranger Things’ star proposes to singer Ari Dayan in Jerusalem

McCarthy at Western Wall:

'Israel is a blessed nation'

US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy landed in Israel earlier Sunday on an official visit, during which he will address the Knesset.

'Israel is a blessed nation'

Watch: Memorial Day siren and Psalms at the Western Wall

Two-minute Memorial Day siren is followed by Psalms at Western Wall, in moving ceremony attended by hundreds.

Watch: Memorial Day siren and Psalms at the Western Wall

President Herzog: The siren is the sound of the State of Israel

President Isaac Herzog’s speech at the State Opening Ceremony for Memorial Day at the Western Wall.

President Herzog: The siren is the sound of the State of Israel

Watch: Memorial Day commemorations begin at the Western Wall

Israel begins commemorating its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of hostilities with minute-long siren.

Watch: Memorial Day commemorations begin at the Western Wall

Iranian Crown Prince prays at the Western Wall

Reza Pahlavi, Iranian Crown Prince, visits Western Wall asking for 'peace, freedom, security, for the people of Israel and Iran."

Iranian Crown Prince prays at the Western Wall

Western Wall Rabbi:

'Jerusalem has never had such religious tolerance as today'

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz says there were no calls for vengeance for terrorist murders at the Western Wall,

'Jerusalem has never had such religious tolerance as today'

Live:

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

120 orphans celebrate their Bar Mitzvahs in Jerusalem

Colel Chabad holds special ceremony at Western Wall allowing Israeli orphans to celebrate their Bar Mitzvahs.

120 orphans celebrate their Bar Mitzvahs in Jerusalem

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump pray at Western Wall

The former president's daughter and son-in-law were spotted at the holy site praying at sunrise and posing for pictures with their son

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump pray at Western Wall

Nine Democratic senators visit and pray at Western Wall

Senator Chuck Schumer and Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides bring US lawmakers to Western Wall where they meet worshippers.

Nine Democratic senators visit and pray at Western Wall