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Wednesday, August 10, 2005 More than half-million at Kotel reports (with pictures) that there were more than 500,000 people at today's Kotel prayer rally. They say it was like nothing they've ever seen before.

I wonder if there were as many as 600,000. Then, things could start to get interesting.


At Thu Aug 11, 09:24:00 AM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do I see 700,000?! Yes, we have 700,000! Do I see 900,000?! Yes!! We're approaching 1,000,000!! Why I wouldn't be surprised if the entire country wasn't there except for Sharon!

At Thu Aug 11, 10:08:00 AM 2005, Blogger yaak said...

Yo! Dave! Don't be such a cynic! The non-religious media grossly underestimates the numbers. Arutz Sheva said 250,000. They weren't counting all the people in the Old City and outside its gates that simply couldn't get in.
Ask people who went. Here's one that agrees with the number.

At Thu Aug 11, 10:54:00 AM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a cynic when it comes to these numbers. On both sides. Take on of these estimators to a typical stadium. Without giving him the actual seat count, I imagine they would say "looks like 300,000 people to me, at least". Estimating people is a science, not astrology. I was at a funeral for a major torah personality. There was maybe 3-4,000 people. And that's being generous. A year later, some writer put it at 30,000. The same article gave a figure for the number of weekly tapes that this godol produced. It was almost double the actual number of weeks in those years that he was producing the tapes! And that's before taking out Yomim Tovim & other weeks in which he missed a giving a shiur.

At Thu Aug 11, 11:51:00 AM 2005, Blogger yaak said...

Of course there are those that exaggerate, but I don't think this was the case here.
As I wrote as a comment on another blog, here we knew beforehand that we'd have huge percentages of Hareidim, Shasniks, Chabadniks, and Dati Leumi coming together in an unprecedented show of Ahdut. 500,000 seems about right when you think about it.

At Fri Aug 12, 08:45:00 AM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard a range of numbers, from about 200,000 to 1/4 of a million. Whatever, the place was packed tight!!! It was awesome to see on the webcam. Wish I could have seen it live. Kudos to those who went. Thank you for being there.

I davened and said Tehilim at home.

At Wed Aug 17, 07:01:00 AM 2005, Blogger Charlie Hall said...

I'm sceptical about those numbers. I've seen 300,000 people on the National Mall in Washington for a demonstration and the place was wall to wall people -- and the National Mall is much, much larger than the entire Old City.


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