JERUSALEM (1) – Ten Jewish worshippers sporting face masks prayed at the Western Wall on Sunday at a particular “Priestly Blessing” through the vacation of Passover, an occasion normally attended by 1000’s.

A small variety of Jewish worshippers pray through the priestly blessing, a standard prayer which normally attracts 1000’s of worshippers at the Western Wall on the vacation of Passover, amid the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak, in Jerusalem’s Previous Metropolis April 12, 2020 REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Due to coronavirus restrictions banning massive public gatherings the group maintained social distancing at the holy website in Jerusalem’s walled Previous Metropolis.

U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman was among the many group attending on Sunday.

“Final yr I used to be amongst 100,000; this yr, sadly, far much less,” Friedman wrote on Twitter. “I’ll pray that the world is spared additional sickness or sorrow from COVID-19 or in any other case.”

The blessing is carried out by members of the Jewish priestly caste, often known as “Kohanim” in Hebrew.

Holding prayer shawls above their heads and protecting their faces, they chanted the blessing, beginning with: “The Lord blesses you and retains you”.

Kohanim are thought to be descended from the road of the biblical Aaron and are sometimes referred to as Jewish clergymen due to their outstanding function in worship in Judaism’s historical Temples in Jerusalem.

The ceremony is held through the Jewish holidays of Passover and Sukkot.

The Western Wall abuts the sacred compound recognized to Jews as Har ha-Bayit, or Temple Mount, and to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif, or The Noble Sanctuary.

The holiest place the place Jews are allowed to pray in Jerusalem, it was constructed greater than 2,000 years in the past by Herod the Nice.

Writing by Stephen Farrell; Enhancing by Jeffrey Heller and Frances Kerry

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