The Western Wall Heritage Fund

A "Ner Tamid" was Installed at the Western Wall

A new adorned Torah scroll was brought to the Western Wall and a new sanctuary lamp, a "Ner Tamid" was inaugurated in the prayer hall that is in the men's section of the Western Wall Plaza. The Torah scroll and lamp were donated by the Cojab family of Mexico City in honor of their son's Bar Mitzvah.

For many years people have been asking that an olive oil lamp be placed in the prayer hall of the Western Wall Plaza, as is the custom in Jewish synagogues, to represent the menorah of the Temple in Jerusalem as well as the continuously burning fire on the altar of burnt offerings in front of the Temple, especially in the closest place to where they used to stand. Last night the installation was finished and a new "Ner Tamid" now hangs in the prayer hall Wilson's Arch, in the men's section.

At the ceremony many rabbis spoke stating the importance of the event combining a Torah scroll dedication and inauguration of a "Ner Tamid". Speaker included the former chief rabbi of Israel, the Rishon LeZion, Rabbi Bakshi Doron, the head of Ateret Yisrael Yeshiva, Rabbi Baruch Mordechai Ezrachi, the rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs, Rabbi Eli Yishai, and Mordechai (Suli) Eliav, founder and director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

The ceremony was concluded by Eduardo Cojab and his sons' Jacob and Yosi, who spoke of their excitement with the privilege to donate a Torah scroll in honor of the Bar Mitzvah, and to install the "Ner Tamid" near the stones of the Western Wall, that will commemorate the souls of the Jews that will never be extinguished.

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