Video, Photos: 60,000 Take Part in Mass Birchas Kohanim at the Kosel


birchas-kohanim[Video and photos below.] Tens of thousands of Yidden attended a mass Birchas Kohanim this morning at the Kosel. The large Birchas Kohanim is held every Chol Hamoed and draws tremendouscrowds.

Today’s gathering is said to have drawn an estimated 60,000 people.

The entire Old City of Yerushalayim was closed to vehicles as thousands streamed by foot and via bus to the Kosel. Some had davened Shacharis elsewhere, while others took part at minyanim at the Kosel. All joined together for the central Birchas Kohanim, with the Kosel chazzan calling out the bracha over a microphone. Literally hundreds of kohanim gathered at the front of the minyan, right by the Kosel, to bentch their fellow Yidden.

After davening, many in the crowd went to greet the Israeli Chief Rabbis, Rav Dovid Lau and Rav Yitzchak Yosef, as well as Rav Shmuel Rabinovitch, rov of the Kosel, to receive their bracha and wish them chag sameiach.

The biannual event was first started by Rav Menachem Mendel Gefner zt”l.


Click below for video of last Yom Tov’s Birchas Kohanim:

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{ Israel News Bureau/Photo:Bechadrei}


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