Tens of thousands of Jewish people from Israel and around the world gathered at the Western Wall of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount on Sunday for the biblical priestly blessing that takes place during the festival of Sukkot, otherwise known as the Feast of Tabernacles.
Many of the Jewish visitors had wanted to ascend the Temple Mount during their visit, but were prevented from doing so by police, who feared an outbreak of Arab Muslim violence. Jews are typically attacked when entering their religion’s holiest site during their religious feast days.
The priestly blessing is performed at Passover, Shavuot (Pentecost) and Sukkot - the three biblical festivals during which the people of Israel were required to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
While modern Judaism no longer requires the pilgrimage, many still adhere to the biblical commandment.
Watch a portion of the blessing: