Live: Eicha and Kinos at the Kosel

Live at 2:30 PM ET: Thousands of Yidden will gather tonight at the Kosel to recite the Book of Eicha and mourn the destruction of the Bais Hamikdash on Tisha B’Av.

On Wednesday evening, the 9th of Av, 5783 (July 26, 2023), the Western Wall Heritage Foundation will hold a live broadcast starting at 21:30 for the recitation of the Book of Eicha and the recitation of Kinot The prayers will be led by Cantor Yehuda Naftali in the Sephardic tradition and Cantor Shlomo Galick in the Ashkenazi tradition.

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation is fully prepared for Tisha B’Av, the day on which all of Israel mourns the destruction of the two Temples – the First Temple and the Second Temple. Thousands of visitors and worshipers are expected to gather at the Western Wall, the remnant of the Temple, to read the Book of Lamentations and recite elegies near the site of the destruction while sitting on the floor.

As part of the preparations, rescue forces will be stationed throughout the day in the Western Wall area to provide assistance to those in need. Please note that private vehicles are not allowed in the Old City, and visitors are encouraged to use public transportation. Additionally, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation kindly requests the public to follow the instructions of the Israel Police and the ushers.

Before the conclusion of the fast at the Western Wall Plaza: Songs of unity and consolation.
An emotional event that takes place every year in the evening hours as the fast comes to an end. Thousands of Jews from all backgrounds come together, shoulder to shoulder, to sing emotional songs of consolation and redemption starting from 18:30. At the end of the fast, drinks and food will be distributed at the Western Wall Plaza for those who completed their fast there.

The preparations by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation will continue until the late hours of the night (approximately 2 AM) when Chassidic Rebbes, Rabbis, and Torah scholars gather for the traditional Kiddush Levanah (Sanctification of the Moon) ceremony, which takes place after the end of Tisha B’Av.

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