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Thousands gather in Western Wall Plaza for Priestly Blessing

Despite recent Arab riots and attacks on Jews, thousands flock to Old City of Jerusalem on Passover for Birkat HaKohanim ceremony.

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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

Thousands gather at Western Wall for Priestly Blessing

Some 8,000 visitors gather at scaled-down Birkat Kohanim ceremony at the Western Wall Wednesday morning.

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Live: Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

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

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Watch: Chief Rabbis of Israel pray for Trump's recovery

Special prayer recited on behalf of President Trump at Birkat Kohanim event at Western Wall.

Watch: Chief Rabbis of Israel pray for Trump's recoveryplayer

Amb. Friedman: I prayed for all those afflicted by Covid-19

US Ambassador participated in scaled-down priestly blessing. "If there’s one thing that can’t be overdone during these times, it's prayer"

Amb. Friedman: I prayed for all those afflicted by Covid-19player

US Ambassador joins scaled-down Birkat Kohanim at the Kotel

Just 20 people to be allowed at Sukkot Birkat Kohanim at Western Wall. 'I will pray for God's mercy,' says Ambassador Friedman.

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Watch: Mass Birkat Kohanim event at the Western Wall

40,000 gather at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City for Birkat Kohanim priestly blessing event during Sukkot festival.

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Watch: Jerusalem mayor after Priestly Blessing at Western Wall

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

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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.

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Nasso: The Kohen's blessing

Nasso: The Kohen's blessing

US Ambassador: These are not peaceful protests

US Amb. David Friedman, at the Kotel for Priestly Blessing ceremony, talks about Gaza protests and Jerusalem.

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US Ambassador visits Western Wall for Priestly blessing

US Amb. David Friedman attends mass Priestly Blessing ceremony at the Western Wall, held twice a year, during Passover and Sukkot.

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'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'player

Birkat Hakohanim at the Western Wall - in pictures

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

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Watch: Priestly blessing at Western Wall

Thousands attend special annual Passover 'Birkat Kohanim' service at Western Wall in Jerusalem.

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Thousands flood Kotel for Priestly Blessing

Watch as the Jewish people gather for the annual Birkat Kohanim ceremony.

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PA Media: Birkat Kohanim? Jewish 'Desecration'

Forget the Temple Mount - Palestinian Press Agency says Western Wall is Muslim, Jewish Priestly Blessings 'desecrate' it.

PA Media: Birkat Kohanim? Jewish 'Desecration of Al-Buraq Wall'player

Watch: 50,000 Attend Birkat Hakohanim at the Kotel

Tens of thousands attended the priestly blessing ceremony at the Kotel, and rabbis continue to greet the faithful until noon.

Watch: At Least 50,000 Attend Birkat Hakohanim at the Kotelplayer

Police, Troops on Alert at Kotel After Arab Riots

Thousands of police and IDF troops will be on duty Thursday at the Kotel in the wake of Arab rioting on the Temple Mount Wednesday.

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'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

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'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'player