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Prayers and Ceremonies at the Western Wall Plaza – Procedures

The Western Wall is a holy place that is used for public prayer.

The Western Wall and its plazas are subject to the Protection of Jewish Holy Places Law, 5727-1967, and the Protection of Jewish Holy Places Regulations, 5741-1981. Therefore, the prayers and the ceremonies taking place at the Western Wall must comply with the provisions of the law and respect the dignity of the site, worshippers and visitors.

The Prayer Plaza – prayers only

  1. In the prayer plaza (the lower plaza), prayer events only will be held.
  2. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation hold prayer events throughout the year, such as a priestly blessing, penitential prayers, etc., according to the custom of the site.
  3. No weddings or circumcisions will take place in the Western Wall plaza.
  4. Out of a desire to take worshippers and visitors into account, insofar as possible, requests to hold prayer events will be subject to approval based on the following regulations:
  5. The person requesting to hold a prayer event should be a known rabbi or the rabbi of a big city, or the leader of a congregation of 1,00