This year, following the re-imposition of quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only the inhabitants of the Old City of Jerusalem and personalities such as the two great rabbis of Israel were allowed to attend this ceremony, which is usually attended by tens of thousands of people. , on the Espalanada of the Wailing Wall – the most sacred place of prayer in Judaism.
The rabbi in charge of the Wailing Wall, Shmouel Rabinowitz, said a prayer for US President Donald Trump, Israel’s great ally, who was hospitalized on Friday night after testing positive for COVID-19.
“May God give the American president complete healing,” he begged in Hebrew.
Among those invited to the ceremony was US Ambassador David Friedman, a Jew and a priest, an AFP reporter said.
The blessing is recited by members of the house of Cohanim Castle (“priests” in Hebrew), who are traditionally descendants of priests who officiated at the Temple in Jerusalem.
Since the early 1970s, the “priest blessing” ceremony has traditionally been held twice a year at the Wailing Wall, at Easter, and now at Sokkot, the “feast of tents,” which commemorates the stay of Jews in the wilderness after leaving Egypt.
The Wailing Wall is located in the Palestinian part of the Old City of Jerusalem, occupied and annexed by Israel, and at the foot of the Mosque’s Esplanade, the third holiest site in Islam.