Thousands at Western Wall for priestly blessing, with prayers for hostages’ return

(CHARLIE SUMMERS. The Time of Israel)

Thousands of Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall recited a special prayer Thursday for the return of hostages held by Hamas, during the traditional priestly blessing ceremony held at the site on Passover.

The parents of two hostages attended the event in Jerusalem.

The priestly blessing, known in Hebrew as “Birkat Kohanim,” is held semi-annually on the intermediate days of Passover and Sukkot.

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