28 March 2013

Cohanim and Kessim at the Kotel



I went today for the blessings of the Cohanim. Just putting ones feet onto these Holy stones sends a rush of an overwhelming "welcome". I felt such a caressing warmth, and a feeling of reaching a very Holy place after being away for a while.

I found it not as full as last year, but better organized. Also the ladies section went all the way back with a long long Mechitza. Amazing how many ladies were there. The Kessim were impressive, with their bright fabric umbrellas. The women were gentle and very tsnius in their white long dresses.

Am Yisrael is getting more complicated, with the ongoing ingathering. When Moshiach arrives, we will be welcoming many many more Jew from all over the world.

Getting there was not as complicated as last year, having to walk a very long way. This year I went part of the way by monit (taxi), then caught the 38 which took us nearly to Zion Gate, and a short walk via The Davidson Center onto the stones and into the marvelous sunshine roasting all the guests to the Kotel.

The sound of the bentching via loudspeaker was so soothing and nourishing, an experience one can feel with one's entire Nefesh and Neshoma! Twice a year we have this tremendous privilege.

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