1.5 million expected to visit Kotel for High Holy Days

By MELANIE LIDMAN
September 26, 2011 17:53

 
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The Rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, is preparing to welcome 1.5 million visitors to the Western Wall over the next month of High Holy Days.

An expected 300,000 tourists are also expected to visit the Western Wall over the next month. The Western Wall Heritage Fund met with the leadership of the Old City police department this week in order to finalize preparations about traffic, cleanliness, security, and maintaining order during the crowded holidays.

This year, the High Holy Days do not coincide with Ramadan, which made for some logistical challenges in years past. Thousands have been attending late-night Slihot, or repentance services, at the Western Wall, which began weeks ago for Sephardim and on Saturday night for Ashkenazim.

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