Thousands Answer ‘Amen’ at the Priestly Blessing in Jerusalem

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Tens of thousands attended services at the Kotel [Western Wall] on Sunday to receive the annual mass Birkhat Kohanim (priestly blessing) in Jerusalem.

Large numbers of Kohanim face the congregation to bless them as they did when the Holy Temple stood and Jews came to Jerusalem for the holiday.

What is the “priestly blessing”?

Recited silently daily by worshipers towards the end of the Silent prayer (called the Amida or Shmona Esreh prayer), the blessing’s words are from the Biblical Book of Bamidbar/Numbers, where G-d commands the sons of the High Priest Aaron to bless the Jewish people, saying:

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