A periodic check of the Western Wall stones’ stability took place this morning.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation conducts a thorough examination of the stones’ stability twice a year, before Passover and before Rosh Hashana. This includes the areas of the covered Wilson’s Arch as well as the wall of the Makhkama building. During the examination, the courses of stones are cleaned of various items that may be brought there by birds, and loose stone particles or mortar between the stones are removed. Mostly weeds were removed during the examination conducted this year ahead of Rosh Hashana, and a bird’s nest found between the stones was transferred elsewhere, meriting us with the additional mitzvah of “shiluach haken”, sending of the nest.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation is also preparing for the traditional note removal that will take place on Tuesday, 24 Elul (September 24) at 10:30am.The sacred removal is open to the media with advance coordination.For more information, contact Yohanna – 052 8693123.
Registration is continuing for the nighttime slichot tours in the Old City alleyways. There are a variety of tours appropriate for groups and families. All the tours end at the central slichot event at the Western Wall plaza.
Slichot tours run by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation:
Musical Slichot Tour - Slichot tour in the Old City alleys to the sounds of the slichot liturgySlichot in Antiquity – Slichot tours in the Jewish Quarter alleys and in the Western Wall TunnelsSlichot Tours in New Underground Sites in the Western Wall Plaza area with musical accompaniment. Slichot Tours in the Old City in the Footsteps Agnon StoriesSlichot Tours in Nachlaot – in the footsteps of personalities, places, and liturgyNew – Slichot and Tastings - Tour among the stalls of the Machane Yehuda market and a nighttime walk among the picturesque neighborhood of Nachlaot.Central Slichot will take place on:•Thursday – 12 Elul, 5779 – September 12, 2019•Thursday – 19 Elul, 5779 – September 19, 2019•Thursday – 26 Elul, 5779 – September 26, 2019•Sat night – 28 Elul, 5779 – September 28, 2019•Wednesday – 3 Tishrei, 5780 – October 2, 2019•Thursday – 4 Tishrei, 5780 – October 3, 2019•Sat night – 6 Tishrei, 5780 – October 5, 2019•Sunday – 7 Tishrei, 5780 – October 6, 2019
The central Slichot event will take place on Monday, 8 Tishrei 5780, October 7, 2019, at 12 midnight in the presence of Israel’s Chief Rabbis.
A video of the event will be posted to the Western Wall Facebook page.Enclosed photographs, credit: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation
Slichot (Penitential Prayers) at the Western Wall will take place, iy”H, on the days preceding Rosh Hashana And during Aseret Yemei Tshuva (between RH and Yom Kippur) At 12:15am
Thousands of people have started to come to the Western Wall every night at midnight and at the early morning hours to say Slichot, as is customary with the Sephardic community.The Western Wall Plaza has been filled with people from all communities from all around Israel, accepting the kingship of heaven during these days of repentance, roaring as one to heaven – “Adon HaSlichot, we have sinned before You – have mercy on us!”The Western Wall Heritage Foundation printed about 100,000 Slichot booklets for the worshippers. Every year, the number of worshippers coming to the Western Wall during the High Holidays grows. The sight of thousands of people streaming to the Western Wall Plaza during the night hours of this special week is an unforgettable experience. The power of the connection between Am Yisrael and the Western Wall is palpable at this time. All the barriers between various communities dissipate and all unite in prayer standing in front of the ancient stones, in accordance to Jewish tradition and halacha.Central Slichot will take place on:•Thursday – 12 Elul, 5779 – September 12, 2019•Thursday – 19 Elul, 5779 – September 19, 2019•Thursday – 26 Elul, 5779 – September 26, 2019•Sat night – 28 Elul, 5779 – September 28, 2019•Wednesday – 3 Tishrei, 5780 – October 2, 2019•Thursday – 4 Tishrei, 5780 – October 3, 2019•Sat night – 6 Tishrei, 5780 – October 5, 2019•Sunday – 7 Tishrei, 5780 – October 6, 2019The central Slichot event will take place on Monday, 8 Tishrei 5780, October 7, 2019, at 12 midnight in the presence of the Chief Rabbis of Israel – The Rishon Lezion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef and Rabbi David Lau, as well as Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites. The event will begin with Hatarat Nedarim and Slichot, and afterwards Slichot for Erev Yom Kippur will be recited.Photos enclosed, credit: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation
Sunday. This morning, Mr. Juan Hernandez Alvarado, the president of Honduras, and his wife, came to the Western Wall as part of their visit to Jerusalem, where he intends on opening a diplomatic office.