Thousands Say Selichos at Me’aras Hamachpelah

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Jewish men praying for forgivness (Selichot), at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on october 1, 2016 prior to the upcoming Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. 'Selichot" the prayer for forgiveness, is a prayer usually recited before dawn in the lead-up to the Rosh Hashana (New Years) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) high holidays. Photo by Flash90 *** Local Caption *** תפילה תפילות סליחות חרדי כותל הכותל המערבי ראש השנה
Selichos at the Kosel, late Motzoei Shabbos. (Flash90)

Thousands of people attended early-morning Selichos and Shacharis at Me’aras Hamachpelah early Sunday, as IDF soldiers were on patrol keeping local terrorists at bay. The site was open from the end of Shabbos, with the first groups arriving to say late-night Selichos before midnight. No security incidents were reported. IDF troops will remain on patrol throughout Rosh Hashanah, as various minyanim will take place at the site.

A major power outage hit central and northern Shomron early Sunday, dousing lights and power from Kfar Sava in the east to Alfei Menashe, Karnei Shomron, Kedumim and areas in the north. The Israel Electric Company blamed the blackout on a downed wire. The blackout, which lasted for over two hours, affected numerous Arab villages as well.

Overnight Motzoei Shabbos, security officials said they arrested eight wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.