Thousands Attend Birchas Kohanim at the Kosel


birchas-kohanim-at-koselThousands of Yidden attended Birchas Kohanim this morning at the Kosel, held every Chol Hamoed and drawing tremendous crowds. 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 Yonah Metzger and Rav Shlomo Amar, as well as Rav Shmuel Rabinovitch, rov of the Kosel, to receive their bracha and wish them chag sameiach.

{Yair Israel}


  1. Talk about half truths!
    The streets were closed off in the old city because of two events:
    1) Bircas Cohanim
    2)It was Easter Sunday with large non-Jewish crowds celebrating.