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Hoshana Raba, the seventh day of Succot, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem .
(photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Thousands of Jewish worshipers gathered Sunday at the Western Wall in Jerusalem to mark Hoshana Raba, the 21st day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. It is also the seventh day of Succot. Although it is the final day of Hol Hamoed - the intermediate days of Succot - Hoshana Raba is followed by another day of the festival, Simhat Torah.
Hoshana Rabbah is regarded as the last of the Days of Judgment which began on Rosh Hashana. The Torah emphasizes the joy of this holiday, for after a harvest season of labor, we celebrate our prosperity. Meanwhile, police were conducting special security measures in light of the festivities in Jerusalem marking the conclusion of the Succot festival. The heightened police patrols with emphasis on synagogues and public areas, including the Western Wall, were due to continued until Monday evening.
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