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(photo credit: Courtesy Yeshivat Beit Orot)
More than 10,000 people attended the first two days of the Succot celebrations at the Beit Orot Yeshiva on the Mount of Olives.
The yeshiva, funded by Jewish-American businessman Irving Moskowitz on Tuesday, staged three days of events and activities during the festival’s intermediate days, attracting more than 10,000 visitors.
“It is very exciting to see the masses of Jewish pilgrims coming to Jerusalem to celebrate Succot and to strengthen Jewish settlement in a united Jerusalem,” said Rabbi Danny Isaac, head of the Beit Orot yeshiva, or to give it its full name, the Irving Moskowitz Yeshiva & Campus – Yeshivat Beit Orot.
“Thousands of visitors have come and created a celebratory atmosphere in
what has been the cradle of our civilization and culture for thousands
The revelry included arts and crafts workshops, coordinated with the
help of the Temple Institute and relating to the historic ascent of
Jewish pilgrims to the Temple Mount on the holiday, as well as
rappeling, rock climbing and Segway rides from Mount Scopus, along the
Mount of Olives ridge and down to the City of David archeological
“The purpose of our Succot extravaganza is to have people connect with
the Mount of Olives and this historic part of the eastern section of our
city,” said Shlomo Tzvikler, director of the Beit Orot yeshiva.
“We hope that through the events and activities we’re putting on, we
will be able to reinforce the sense of belonging that all Israelis
should have towards Jerusalem, so that they can understand that
Jerusalem is our home, and get connected to the Jewish heritage of this
city and the historic areas of Jewish Jerusalem.”
More than 2,000 people attended the central event of the Beit Orot
Succot program on Monday night, the Simhat Beit Hashoeva, which,
according to Tzvikler, is the first time that so many Jews have
congregated on the Mount of Olives since the destruction of the Second
Approximately 120 students attend the Beit Orot hesder yeshiva on the northern ridge of the Mount of Olives in east Jerusalem.
Construction has recently begun on 24 residential apartments as part of a plan to develop a Jewish neighborhood in the area.