exactly 50 days after Yom Kippur, the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish) community celebrates Sigd

Today, exactly 50 days after Yom Kippur, the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish) community celebrates Sigd. Sigd means “prostration” or “worship”, and the Sigd holiday marks the renewal of the covenant with G-d, commemorating the Revelation at Mount Sinai. In Ethiopia, the community would gather and ascend to the peak of a high mountain led by the Kessim and community elders. There, they would pray for the welfare of Jerusalem and confess their sins. When the ceremony ended, they would descend the mountain in song and dance.
Today, with the aliya of Beta Israel to Israel, Sigd is celebrated in Jerusalem. Members of the community gather at the Armon Hanatziv promenade, facing the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, and from there they walk toward the Western Wall.
Photos: Sigd prayers today at the Western Wall Plaza

Today May 21, 2022

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The Western Wall Plaza hosts approximately 60,000 people. It symbolizes the Jewish link to Jerusalem and serves as the synagogue closest to the remains of both Holy Temples.
The Western Wall's visible stones tell of its history from the time of the Holy Temples' ruin. The original Herodian stones are distinct from the others in size and in their unique borders.
The building style of "grading" used when layering the Western Wall's stones, teaches us that the Temple Mount's walls were not perpendicular but marginally sloping.

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