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.