Old Jews, New Jews!
This one has a little car!
This one has a little star!
WHAT A LOT OF JEWS THERE ARE!"
Everyone (and I do mean everyone) was at the Kotel today for the big event of the day, which was the Birkat Kohanim (Blessing of the Kohens, also known as the "Priestly Blessing").
There were no shortage of beautiful people of every size, shape, color, and tradition. From the shtels of Poland to the deserts of Ethiopia, all our "Tribal Members" came together to receive the words of the Priestly Blessing during these "Hol HaMoed" (Intermediate Days) of the Passover Holiday. There were thousands and thousands of us there - and this is only part of what was said:
"Please O Merciful One,
in Your abounding mercy - Return Your Shechinah (Divine Glory) to Zion, Your city,
And the order of the Temple Service to Jerusalem,
And may our eyes behold when You return to Zion in mercy,
That we may serve You there with awe, as in days of old and former years...
MAY HE BLESS YOU
AND SAFEGUARD YOU
MAY HE ILLUMINATE HIS COUNTENANCE UPON YOU
AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU
MAY HE TURN HIS FACE TOWARDS YOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE"
Amen, and may it be so - speedily and in our days!