Mass Priestly Blessing held at Jerusalem's Western Wall

Thousands flock to priestly blessing held at Jerusalem's Western Wall

Thousands of Jewish worshipers gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday (April 2) to attend a special priestly blessing prayer during the holiday of Passover.

The prayer is held twice a year, during the Jewish holidays of Passover and Sukkot.

The prayer is led by Kohanim, or Hebrew priests, chanting three consecutive verses of the Torah (Jewish scripture), one word at a time, in a special recitation dating back to the First Temple period.

Considered Judaism's holiest site, the Western Wall is a remnant of the compound of the Second Jewish Temple built by King Herod the Great, which was destroyed in 70 AD. It is located just below the al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third-most holy site.