Nearly 1,000 people, along with dozens of Chinese citizens gathered at the holy site to pray for the eradication of the deadly coronavirus out of the face of the earth.
The crowd of people gathered at the Western Wall asking God to eradicate the coronavirus from the earth.
While scientists continue to study the disease now officially renamed by the World Health Organization as “COVID-19,” Israelis are also turning to prayer.
Nearly 1,000 people gathered Sunday at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, one of the holiest places in Judaism, to pray for the victims of the coronavirus outbreak in China.
Despite heavy rain, hundreds of people, along with dozens of Chinese citizens gathered at the holy site to pray for the eradication of the disease. Attendees prayed in Hebrew and Mandarin. One large sign read, “The people fo Israel pray for China.”
The shofar was also blown, a symbolic act usually done to ask God for mercy.
The event, organized by Shmuel Eliyahu, the chief rabbi of the Israeli town of Safed, together with the Orthodox Union and the Association of Community Rabbis, started at 16:30 local time, or 9:30 am EST, and wrapping up about an hour earlier under a pouring rain.
Calling upon Jews to join him, Eliyahu said that it was their duty to pray for the global good, especially since Jewish prayers have a “tremendous impact”.
“The Western Wall is a prayer site for Jews and non-Jews. We pray that China will overcome the Coronavirus and that it will not spread in China or elsewhere around the world,” the Rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, said in a statement.
It’s a cry for mercy from the heart of Jerusalem. Standing under the shadow of the Western Wall, Israelis ask God to eradicate the coronavirus from the earth.
The prayer at the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, comes as the death toll in the outbreak climbed over 1,600.
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