Last night we had one of those only-in-jerusalem-experiences. We joined with the slichot-prayers, which are prayers for forgiveness leading up to Yom Kippur. And what impressed me the most was the masses of people coming out to this!! We were there from 11 in the evening until 2 in the morning, and our city was absolutely packed with people! There were 400 busloads full of people coming from around the country to take part in this, in addition to all those who were able to come by their own car or public transportation. And this is going on for a month!
It was just amazing to see the rivers of people making their way to the Western Wall. And then to see the completely packed plaza at the Western Wall and hear the prayers loud and clear in the middle of the night!
We were there together with our son’s class, and as a guide we actually had my husband’s former principal. We walked around and saw beautiful sights of Jerusalem and learnt new things about old places.
One of the highlights was when we sat on a rooftop in the Old City and sang and prayed slichot-prayers ourselves. – Lord of Forgiveness! We have sinned against You. Have mercy on us!