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Global Shema prayer at Western Wall in Jerusalem for hostages, soldiers draws thousands
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Global Shema prayer at Western Wall in Jerusalem for hostages, soldiers draws thousands

Israelis attend a prayer for the return of the hostages held by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer web site in the Outdated City of Jerusalem, March 21, 2024. (Image: Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Tens of thousands of Jews in Israel and across the world united on Thursday evening for the premier prayer celebration to recite the Shema prayer at the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem. The mass group prayed for the return of the hostages and the protection of IDF troopers in the war in opposition to Hamas terrorists in Gaza. 

All through the prayer rally at the Western Wall in the Old Town, hundreds of contributors, together with families of abductees and lacking persons, recited chapters from the Guide of Psalms, which include Psalm 22, and a special prayer for the return of the abductees: “May all the persons of Israel use these text as a prayer for the basic safety of the abductees and IDF soldiers.” 

The prayer function arrived at the finish of the standard Esther quick, referred to as Taanit Esther in Hebrew, which is a speedy from sunrise to sunset on the working day right before Purim, when Jews collectively recall the threats against them and God’s deliverance from individuals who have sought to harm Jews during record.  

The climax of the celebration was the joint looking through of the Shema Yisrael prayer, followed by the blowing of the shofar. 

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In advance of the Shema prayer began, Yigal Seroussi, whose son Almog was kidnapped into Gaza by terrorists on Oct. 7, mentioned, “We now have to have this minute to distinct our heads of almost everything. To be attuned to the Shema Yisrael that is going to be stated here. We will all study the Shema alongside one another and goal to return all the abductees protected and seem. For the peace of our soldiers and unity in just Israel.” 

The people of the abductees stated: “The people today of Israel have once yet again proven to us the magnitude of its glory. The energy you give us permits us to carry on the hard struggle of our life, the battle for the liberation of our cherished kinds.” 

The prayer was also attended by the Key Minister’s spouse, Sarah Netanyahu. 

Sara Netanyahu, spouse of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, attends a prayer for the return of the Israeli hostages held by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer website in the Old Town of Jerusalem, March 21, 2024. (Photo: Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

“We get in touch with on all associates of the federal government to occur and stand with us and alongside one another bring about an instant deal,” the families claimed.

The function was broadcast reside in Israel and around the environment. Jews all over the environment could be seen in synagogues, Jewish facilities, universities, and numerous other sites reciting the Shema Yisrael prayer at the same time with the occasion in Israel, producing it the largest community examining of the Shema in background.

Israelis show up at a prayer for the return of the hostages held by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer web page in the Aged Metropolis of Jerusalem, March 21, 2024. (Photo: Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

The Shema prayer comes from Deuteronomy 6, wherever Moses referred to as on the persons of Israel to pay attention and obey the terms of God: “Hear of Israel, the Lord your God, the Lord is just one.” 

The prayer is recited in the early morning and the night by Jews around the world.