Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Kotel Rally Today

From (all times are Israel time):


6:00 PM

6:20 PM

6:40 PM

7:00 PM

Who knows how many people the camera missed!

Text of prayers said today

What a Kiddush Shem Shamayim! It's incredibly heartening to see the Ahdut of Kelal Yisrael.
Let's hope that the Tefillot broke through Sha'arei Shamayim to end the Gezeirot Ra'ot VeKashot.


At Wed Aug 10, 03:46:00 PM 2005, Anonymous Moshe Meir said...

I was at home in California, with my tefillin on, watching the Kotel Cam and listening to the live broadcast from Arutz-7! How's that for using technology?

At Wed Aug 10, 06:59:00 PM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I awoke 4am this morning and said Selichot and Perek Shira...

At Wed Aug 10, 07:31:00 PM 2005, Blogger Elisheva said...

We watched online- awesome. Thanks for the pics!

At Thu Aug 11, 05:19:00 AM 2005, Blogger Yehudit Yerushalmi said...

You can never trust Israel's media to give the true picture of the strength of the anti-pullout forces. The prayer rally at the Kotel was scheduled to begin at 6 pm. We left the house at a quarter to 5 and are only a 30 min walk away. We saw buses loading full to capacity with "orange" people---young, old, kids, teenagers with their backpacks and young couples wtih their baby strollers.

The numbers of people walking down both sides of Yafo towards the Old City was reminiscent of Shavuot. It was slow going getting through the Arab shuk on David St. We entered from the Arab side of the Kotel plaza and already it was full of people. I managed to get down within about 20 feet of the Kotel for Mincha and then made my way back to the middle of the plaza where my daughter and granddaughter were. I didn't even try to keep up with where my sons went.

I've been to many such events at the Kotel and I have to say that the atmosphere today was unique---the people who came meant serious business with G-d. He couldn't help but be touched by the love and devotion in pure faith which his children poured out to him.

From the time I left home at a quarter to five until I got home at 9:15 pm, I never sat down. I was either walking or standing. We prayed for three hours. At nightfall I saw people in front of me gazing around behind me so I turned to see what had drawn their attention. It was an amazing sight! The Kotel plaza was stuffed full with shoulder-to-shoulder people into every corner and up to every wall. People filled the hill going up behind the police station. They filled the parking lot and out the gates. They filled the stairways up to the streets behind the plaza and every rooftop surrounding us, at every level, was filled with praying Jews.

Near the close of prayers, the Rav announced that the whole way out to Yafo Gate and up Yafo Street was full and that several great rabbis who had come to participate in the program were prevented from getting any closer than the gate because the people simply could not move. I heard it was the same story out into East Jerusalem to Ramat Eshkol and French Hill.

Any counts the media people make are only estimates at best and it is possible they are only counting those who stood in the plaza itself which holds at least 80-100,000 when it's packed like this. If there had been any more I don't think we could have breathed. As it was I don't even know how I got out of there. It was packed tighter than sardines at the end! I made good time though because I joined a few others who left through Shechem Gate in the old Jewish (Muslim) Quarter. (It was well-guarded.)

I'm still hoping for a miracle.
Keep praying! Never give up!!
There are still 4 days left!


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