Tens of Thousands of Jews Gather At Western Wall For Yom Kippur Prayers
JNN News, October 10, 2019
Roughly 100,000 Jews gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem for special prayers ahead of the Yom Kippur holiday which began Tues. evening 8 Oct. 2019.
According to the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, an estimated one-and-a-half million people visited the Western Wall Plaza during the month of Elul, which precedes the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays, and the ten days in between the Jewish New Year and Jewish Day of Atonement. “The great flood of people during the past month to the Western Wall Plaza during all hours of the day brought together people from all different groups and backgrounds – religious and non-religious, young and old. This testifies to the deep ties all different groups in Israel have to the Western Wall and to Jewish tradition,” said the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. Israel shuts down every year on Yom Kippur, with public transportation, government services, businesses and media broadcasters ceasing operations. Driving also ceases, and some Israelis take advantage of the day to ride bicycles on car-free roads. (Arutz-7)