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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 donated by George Rohr of the United States.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 4:30pm, on Saturday night at 7:00pm, and on Friday at 3:30pm.
The Rishon L'Zion and Sefardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rav Yitzchak Yosef, Shlita
Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar, the Rishon Lezion and chief rabbi of Jerusalem
Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman Shlita Rabbi of Migdal Ha'Emek
Rabbi Aharon Bina Shlita, Rosh Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh
Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, shlita Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites
Rabbi Yehuda Deri Shlita, Rabbi of the City of Be'er Sheva
Rabbi Aryeh Stern Shlita, Rabbi of the city of Jerusalem
We all know that the Western Wall, the Kotel, is the most significant site in the world for the Jewish people. We know that it is the last remnant of our Temple. We also know that Jews from around the world gather here to pray. People write notes to G-d and place them between the ancient stones of the Wall.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation invites you to celebrate a Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel, in a unique atmosphere of unity and holiness, and at no charge.
The Western Wall Plaza is home to some of the most interesting historical tourist sites in the world, which offer a unique perspective on the genealogy of the Jewish people and the history of Jerusalem. We invite you to visit the sites and enjoy an empowering and unforgettable experience.
The Western Wall Plaza hosts approximately 60,000 people. It symbolizes the Jewish link to Jerusalem and serves as the synagogue closest to the remains of both Holy Temples.
The Western Wall's visible stones tell of its history from the time of the Holy Temples' ruin. The original Herodian stones are distinct from the others in size and in their unique borders.
The building style of "grading" used when layering the Western Wall's stones, teaches us that the Temple Mount's walls were not perpendicular but marginally sloping.
Western Wall, Jerusalem