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Dec 29, 2019

הדלקת נרות חנוכה

Chanukah Candle-Lighting 5780

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.


Date

First 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)

Dec 17, 2019

Putting up the menorah in the Western Wall Plaza

Putting up the menorah in the Western Wall Plaza

This morning (Tuesday), the traditional, large menorah was set up in the Western Wall Plaza in preparation for the upcoming Chanukah festival. 
The menorah is made of bronze, reaches over 2 meters high and is about 2 meters wide.  It weighs about one ton and took 7 months to make.
During all of Chanukah – beginning on Sunday, 24 Kislev, 5780 (December 22, 2019) through Monday, 2 Tevet, 5780 (December 30, 2019) – there will be a public Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall Plaza in the presence of dignitaries and rabbis. 
Chanukah is a wonderful time for taking part in any of the unique and exciting events that take place at the Western Wall, where you can be part of the festive atmosphere that sheds light everywhere.
The candle-lighting ceremonies can be viewed through the Kotel webcams at www.thekotel.org or on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WesternWallEnglish/
Chanukah, the festival that celebrates the victory of light over darkness, is when we should all remember the power of just a small amount of light to dispel deep darkness, and to ignite this light in our souls.

Dec 11, 2019

Fifty years of marriage and one dream to reach the Kotel.

Fifty years of marriage and one dream to reach the Kotel.

 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.

Dec 08, 2019

Elected President of Guatemala visits the Western Wall

Elected President of Guatemala visits the Western Wall

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

 

Dec 03, 2019

One hundred paratroopers and their families in a reunion of soldiers

One hundred paratroopers and their families in a reunion of soldiers

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.

Dec 02, 2019

A moving bar mitzvah at the Western Wall Plaza this morning

A moving bar mitzvah at the Western Wall Plaza this morning

Eleven years after losing his parents in the tragic terror attack on Chabad House in Mumbai, Moishie Holzberg celebrated his bar mitzvah. He came with his grandfather and other family members to put on tefillin at the Western Wall.
The excitement was huge as memories, joy, and sadness were mixed at this moving event.
Mazal tov!!

Nov 28, 2019

Vizhnitz Hassids at the Western Wall last night

Vizhnitz Hassids at the Western Wall last night

 

Nov 27, 2019

Today is the festival of Sigd on which the Ethiopian community comes for a special prayer service at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Today is the festival of Sigd on which the Ethiopian community comes for a special prayer service at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

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.

Nov 24, 2019

Governor of Michigan visits the Western Wall

Governor of Michigan visits the Western Wall

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)

Nov 19, 2019

Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency visits the Western Wall

Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency visits the Western Wall

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.  

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