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Dec 02, 2020

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Chanukah Candle-Lighting – 5781 (2020)

As in previous years, Chanukah candles will be lit every night of Chanukah at the Western Wall Plaza, the site closest to the where the miracle of the oil took place.

Presence at the candle-lighting ceremonies will be in accordance to Health Ministry regulations at the time. Additional information will be published on the website as the holiday nears.

The candles will be lit in a magnificent menorah made of bronze which is over 2 meters high and about 2 meters wide, weighs one ton, and took about seven months to create.
The Chanukah candles will be lit according to mehadrin min hamehadrin tradition, with olive oil, in special holders that are wind and rain-proof so the menorah can stay lit throughout the night.

Chanukah 2020

First Night – Thursday, 24 Kislev – December 10, 2020 – 5:00 pm
Second Night – Friday, 25 Kislev – December 11, 2020 – 3:30 pm
Third Night – Saturday, 26 Kislev – December 12, 2020 – 7:00 pm
Fourth Night – Sunday, 27 Kislev – December 13, 2020 – 5:00 pm
Fifth Night – Monday, 28 Kislev – December 14, 2020 – 5:00 pm
Sixth Night – Tuesday, 29 Kislev – December 15, 2020 – 5:00 pm
Seventh Night – Wednesday, 1 Tevet – December 16, 2020 – 5:00 pm
Eighth Night – Thursday, 2 Tevet – December 17, 2020 – 5:00 pm
 
 

 

Nov 16, 2020

The Paratroopers Return to the Kotel

The Paratroopers Return to the Kotel

For the first time since the pandemic erupted, about 300 Paratroopers came to the Western Wall for their exciting end of trainings. They were also divided into "capsules", as per Health Ministry regulations.

Nov 09, 2020

Baruch Dayan Ha'emett
We share in the grief of the Sacks Family, and of the entire Jewish nation in Israel and around the world.

Baruch Dayan Ha'emett We share in the grief of the Sacks Family, and of the entire Jewish nation in Israel and around the world.

Rabbi, Professor, and Lord Jonathan Sacks zz”l, former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, passed away this past Shabbat. He told of coming to Israel immediately following the Six Day War.
“I had come to study in Israel…and was standing on the newly rebuilt Hebrew University campus on Mount Scopus as the sun began to set, bathing the whole landscape in a divine radiance.
As I found myself looking down on the Temple Mount, I recalled the famous story at the end of Masechet Makot, where Rabbi Akiva and his colleagues are looking down at the ruins of the Temple…As the rabbis wept, Rabbi Akiva smiled and laughed, and when asked how he could, Rabbi Akiva retold the two interlinked prophecies of Uriah – who foresaw the day when Jerusalem would be ruined – and Zachariah – who saw the day it would be rebuilt.
Said Rabbi Akiva, until he saw the first prophecy fulfilled, he was not sure the second would be. Now he had seen the first prophecy fulfilled, he knew the second would one day also come true.
I remember standing at almost that exact spot and being overwhelmed with emotion.
For almost 2,000 years, Jews had waited for that moment, and ours was the generation that lived to see Jerusalem reunited and rebuilt…
We had lived to see in person what our greatest prophets could only see in a vision.”
Am Yisrael lost its most profound and articulate representative to the nations of the world.
We long for the great people who are lost to us but who will never be forgotten

 

Nov 02, 2020

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation is preparing for prayer services during “gishmei bracha”, rains of blessing, at the Western Wall Plaza

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation is preparing for prayer services during “gishmei bracha”, rains of blessing, at the Western Wall Plaza

This morning (Monday), over 2,000 worshippers came to the Western Wall Plaza including worshippers of “netz” early morning prayers and bar mitzvah families who returned to celebrate bar mitzvahs and connect to our heritage here at the Western Wall, in the open air.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation is preparing for prayers amid the coronavirus restrictions even in the rain which began to fall last night. The Foundation set up prayer areas (capsules) in accordance with regulations and added coverings to allow for prayer services to continue unabated even in rainy weather.

Notices from the Western Wall

The Western Wall

We all know that the Western Wall, the Kotel, is the most significant site in the world for the Jewish people. We know that it is the last remnant of our Temple. We also know that Jews from around the world gather here to pray. People write notes to G-d and place them between the ancient stones of the Wall.
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Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation invites you to celebrate a Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel, in a unique atmosphere of unity and holiness, and at no charge.
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Western Wall Sites

The Western Wall Plaza is home to some of the most interesting historical tourist sites in the world, which offer a unique perspective on the genealogy of the Jewish people and the history of Jerusalem. We invite you to visit the sites and enjoy an empowering and unforgettable experience.

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