Like in previous years, Chanukah candles will be lit every night at the Western Wall Plaza, the site closest to where the Chanukah miracle took place. The candles will be lit in a magnificent menorah generously.The bronze menorah is over 2 meters high and two meters wide, weighs one ton, and took about seven months to create.The Chanukah candles will be lit with olive oil using special weather-proof utensils allowing the menorah to remain lit throughout the night. The menorah will be placed on a new and lit stage.Chanukah candle-lighting will take place every evening of Chanukah at 4:00pm on Rabbi Getz Sinagogue, at 4:30 pm on Beit Shtraus Roof and at 4:40pm on The Western Wall Plaza. On Saturday night at 7:00 pm, and on Friday at 3:30 pm.
DateFirst night, Sunday 24 Kislev (22/12/2019)Second night, Monday 25 Kislev (23/12/2019)Third night, Tuesday 26 Kislev (24/12/2019)Fourth night, Wednesday 27 Kislev (25/12/2019)Fifth night, Thursday, 28 Kislev (26/12/2019)Sixth night, Friday, 29 Kislev (27/12/2019)Seventh night, Saturday night 30 Kislev (28/12/2019)Eighth night, Sunday 1 Tevet (29/12/2019)
With the help of Ezer Mizion and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, the dream became a reality, despite the long trip from the north and their complicated health. Together with them, we shed more than a few tears of excitement.
The president-elect of Guatemala, Mr. Alejandro Giammettei, arrived at the Western Wall this morning (Sunday) prior to taking office as president of Guatemala.He was greeted by the rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, and by the director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, Mr. Mordechai (Suli) Eliav.Rabbi Rabinowitz recited chapter 121 of Psalms with the President-elect and blessed him with the prayer of King Solomon that all his prayers and those of his country be fulfilled.Mr. Giammettei was very moved by the visit and placed a note between the stones of the Western Wall. He requested to watch the worshippers and see how the Jews pray at the Western Wall. The Director of the Foundation told him about Jewish heritage and history and about Jewish yearning for Jerusalem throughout the generations.The President-elect said that “Whoever loves Israel, G-d loves him”, and that he hopes the embassy will remain in Jerusalem. He completed the visit by stating that he “asks G-d for blessings for Israel and Guatemala so that together, we can live in peace, justice, and development”.Enclosed photos, credit: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation
One hundred paratroopers and their families in a reunion of soldiers who liberated the Western Wall and waved the Israeli flag in the Six Day War.
Here are several facts you might not know about Sigd: The festival.of Sigd takes place every year on the 29th of Cheshvan, exactly 50 days after Yom Kippur. The source of the holiday is a custom established by Ezra and Nehemiah during the days of the Return to Zion. Sigd focuses on community, yearning for Jerusalem, and renewal of the covenant with G-d. It is customary on Sigd to make peace, and break down walls or separations between people. In Ethiopia, the holiday was marked by a mass ascension to a high mountain from which they looked in the direction of Jerusalem. In Israel, many members of the community gather in Armon Hanatziv in Jerusalem.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer came on Friday afternoon for a visit to the Western Wall and to the Western Wall Tunnels.She was greeted by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, and Mr. Mordechai (Suli) Eliav, director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.The Governor placed a note between the stones of the Wall and remained for some time to watch the worshippers and visitors at the Western Wall Plaza.The Governor took a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels, guided by the Director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation who showed her fascinating archaeological findings and told her about the age-old yearning of the Jewish nation for Jerusalem. The Governor was deeply impressed by the deep connection between the Jewish nation and Jerusalem and the Western Wall, and signed the guest book with:
"Thank you for a phenomenal visit and long time important relationship with the State of Michigan". (Governor of Michigan and friend to Israel)
Mr. Andrew Wheeler, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, came for his first visit today (Monday) to the Western Wall as part of his visit to Jerusalem.
The Administrator was very excited by the visit and said that this is his first visit to the Western Wall and that he is very happy about the US embassy move to Jerusalem.
Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, recited chapter 121 of Psalms with Mr. Wheeler and blessed him with the blessing of King Solomon that all his prayers and those of his country be fulfilled.
The Administrator prayed a personal prayer and placed a note between the stones of the Western Wall.