“May God bless you and guard you, may God make His face shine on you and show favor to you, may God lift up His face on you and give you peace.”

Priestly Blessing in Birkat Kohanim at Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City during Passover (Pesach).

Pesach (Passover) is a Jewish holiday and festival. It commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, which is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and is celebrated for seven or eight days. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays and one of the three pilgrimage festivals during which the entire Jewish populace historically made a pilgrimage to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. In Judaism, the Western Wall is venerated as the sole remnant of the Holy Temple.

This reportage trying to convey the experiences of the author in this Holy Week 2011 in Jerusalem during Passover, and has been held in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, Mea Shearim, the Mount of Olives and, of course, the Western Wall.

Documentary, Portraits, Travel