Kosel Prepared for Pesach


Engineers of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation inspect the Kosel stones, Tuesday. (Western Wall Heritage Foundation)

While Jews around the world are preparing for the upcoming Pesach, engineers at the Kosel spent Tuesday getting the holy site ready for the chag and the multitudes of visitors that come in its wake to daven at the Kosel.

The engineers, working for the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which administers the site’s daily affairs, examined the integrity of the stones of the Kosel, removing loose stones and seasonal plants.

The inspection is done twice a year, ahead of Pesach and Rosh Hashanah, for the safety of visitors and to maintain the Kosel’s structural integrity. The work is done under the supervision of the Rabbi of the Kosel, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, in accordance with halachah.

In July 2018, a boulder weighing 100 kilograms became dislodged from the wall and fell, just missing a 79-year-old woman.

One of the highlights of Pesach is when thousands of Jews visit the Kosel for the Birkas Kohanim on Chol HaMoed. Hundreds of Kohanim attend.

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