Kosel’s Integrity Scrutinized Ahead of Rosh Hashana

The stones of the Kosel Hama’aravi underwent an extensive examination to ensure their structural integrity ahead of the month of Tishrei when hundreds of thousands gather at the Kosel Plaza.

Photos: Western Wall Heritage Foundation

As the holidays of Tishrei approach and hundreds of thousands of Yidden gather at the Kosel Plaza during this period, a routine examination of the integrity of the Kosel stones was held this morning.

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation conducts a comprehensive and meticulous examination of all the Kosel stones twice a year, on the eve of Pesach and on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. The examination is done manually, and a thorough maintenance of the Western Wall stones is carried out. This is to ensure the safety of the thousands of worshippers who visit the holy site throughout the year, especially during the Jewish holidays.

Today’s extensive examination assessed the stability of the Kosel stones. A team of engineers ascended a lift and examined the durability and level of maintenance of each and every stone, following a continuous and organized process that updates and documents each inspection.

This action was carried out under the halachic supervision of the rabbi of the Kosel, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, along with the Israel Antiquities Authority and engineers from the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, in accordance with the established halachic guidelines.


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