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Sep 09, 2019

Slichot (Penitential Prayers) at the Western Wall

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, 2019

The 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