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Procedure for the Use of Musical Instruments and shofars (ram’s horns) at the Western Wall

Background:

According to the Protection of Jewish Holy Places Regulations, 5741-1981, it is prohibited to make a speech, make public announcements, or carry banners or signs, without permission from the Commissioner and according to his conditions, and to eat, drink or hold celebrations outside the places designated by the Commissioner.

Sometimes, visitors and worshippers wish to bring into the (upper and/or lower) Western Wall plaza musical instruments and/or shofars (ram’s horns), especially at bar-mitzvah ceremonies, in order to play them and celebrate the event for which they have brought them. The use of musical instruments and shofars can cause a significant disturbance to other worshippers, especially during the reading of the Torah. The weekdays on which the Torah is read are characterized by a large numb