Thousands of Jews gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Wednesday, October 16, to attend a special 'Priestly Blessing' prayer, during the holiday of Sukkot.

The Western Wall's plaza was packed with some 40,000 worshippers, including thousands of members of the Jewish priestly caste, a statement by the site's spokesperson office said.

Holding prayer shawls above their heads and covering their faces, the priests, known as "Kohanim" in Hebrew, began chanting the blessing, which begins with: "The Lord blesses you and keeps you."

The ceremony is held during the Jewish holidays of Passover and Sukkot.

Considered Judaism's holiest site, the Western Wall is a remnant of the compound of the Second Jewish Temple built by King Herod the Great, which was destroyed in 70 AD. (Reuters)

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