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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid replies to Mark Wilf, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America, as part of the 2021 General Assembly (GA) Leadership Lab, Oct. 6, 2021. Source: Screenshot.

Taking jab at previous government, Lapid aims to prioritize relations with Diaspora Jewry

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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said Israel’s government would highly prioritize its relationship with Diaspora Jews, differentiating itself from the government of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He made the statements during a Jewish Federations...

Thousands gather at Western Wall for Sukkot Priestly Blessing

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Thousands gathered at the Western Wall on Wednesday morning for the traditional Sukkot Priestly Blessing. Present for the ceremony were Israel’s Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis, David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef, as well as Rabbi...
Israel Antiquities Authority workers working under the Mughrabi Bridge leading to the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, Dec. 31, 2012. Photo by Sliman Khader/Flash90.

Is Israel’s Mughrabi Bridge falling down?

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It’s a beautiful morning in Jerusalem’s Old City. Thirty foreign tourists wait on the Mughrabi Bridge to enter the Temple Mount. Eighteen worshippers, who have come to the Western Wall to pray, stand underneath...
Hundreds of haredi Jews, led by prominent Religious Zionist rabbis, pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City that Israel's new government not harm the country's Jewish character, June 13, 2021. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Rabbis lead prayers against new Israeli government at Western Wall

Following the swearing-in of Israel’s 36th government on Sunday, rabbis aligned with the Religious Zionism movement gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City to “pray and cry out, out of fear the government will harm...
Handwritten notes placed between the ancient stones of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, Nov. 14, 2018. Photo by Mendy Hechtman/Flash90.

Clearing out notes in Kotel ahead of Passover under COVID-19 conditions

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Workers at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem on Tuesday conducted the site’s customary biannual clear-out of all the notes stuck between the stones over the course of the previous six months. The notes are...
Workers inject liquid grouting into stones of the Western Wall that need strengthening in February of 2021. Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority.

Western Wall stones get ‘injection’ before Passover

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While Israelis are getting vaccinated against COVID-19, the stones of the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City are receiving their own injections, with syringes surprisingly similar to those used in the medical world. Every six...
Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinovitch and a delegation from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at a candle-lighting ceremony at the Kotel for the fifth night of Hanukkah, on Dec. 14, 2020. Credit: Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

Bahraini, UAE delegation attends Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at Kotel

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A delegation from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain took part in a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall on Monday night. Speaking at the event, Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinovitch said,...
The Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City with barriers in place due to coronavirus restrictions, May 5, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Jewish Agency collects prayers to place in Western Wall ahead of Yom Kippur

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The Jewish Agency for Israel has announced a global campaign to gather the prayers of Jews from Israel and around the world and place them among the stones of the Western Wall. Because of restrictions...
The online Torah lesson organized by Yeshivat HaKotel. Photo: Yeshivat HaKotel.

More than 100,000 viewers worldwide tune in to online Torah event

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More than 100,000 viewers worldwide tuned into a series of online lessons hosted this week by Yeshivat HaKotel, a major religious Zionist hesder yeshivah located across from the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. Dubbed the “Jewish...
Israelis wear face masks to help protect against the coronavirus as they shop in Jerusalem after the Israeli government eased some lockdown measures it had imposed in order to stop the spread of COVID-19, May 6, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Jerusalem opens neighborhoods, commercial and spiritual centers to stimulate ‘local tourism’

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In light of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s announced plan for a phased reopening of the economy and easing of restrictions, Jerusalem has reported distinctive challenges, as well as opportunities, for rehabilitation of its tourism...