Yom Kippur :: All Eyes on Jerusalem
Tonight begins Yom Kippur, the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar. It is the day when we repent for our sins, work on bettering ourselves and fast for 25 hours. However, the day revolves around intense prayer that is directed to the heavens by way of Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. For thousands of years Jews travel to Jerusalem for the High Holidays. Those who are unable to physically be in Jerusalem direct their hearts and prayers toward the holy city. We pray for health, peace and happiness — and “Next Year in the fully rebuilt Jerusalem!” This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Israel has had to be even more innovative on this topic. This article explains…
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Send prayers to place in Western Wall before Yom Kippur
Article Courtesy: Israel21c
The Jewish Agency for Israel has announced a global campaign to gather the prayers of Jews from Israel and around the world and place them in the cracks between the stones of the Western Wall (Kotel), a customary tradition for visitors to the holy site.
Due to restricted access to Jerusalem currently for both Israelis and tourists alike, Jewish Agency shlichim (emissaries) stationed around the globe are inviting Jews to send their notes for placement in the Western Wall.
“Between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the Western Wall and its plaza are normally packed with visitors. This year, due to coronavirus restrictions, it’s not possible to come to Jerusalem,” said Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog.
“As an organization whose mission it is to strengthen global Jewry and its relationship with Israel, we thought it would be fitting to facilitate this important act during this High Holiday season.”
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