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Tens of thousands of mispallalim and visitors were on hand on Sunday, 18 Tishrei, for the major birkas kohanim of Yomtov in the presence of Chief Rabbi Moshe Shlomo Amar Shlita and Rabbi Yona Yechiel Metzger Shlita. There were two birkas kohanim, one for shachris and the second musaf. This chol hamoed marks the 100th major birkas kohanim event, which is held on Sukkos and Pesach.
The Kaliver Rebbe Shlita led the khal in Kabolas Ohl Malchus Shomayim.
Emergency medical organizations reports dozens of cases of people passing out, at the heat at the Kosel this morning is considerable. Icud Hatzolah is set up at the Kosel and has deployed many volunteers, circulating among the mispallalim, as the organization does every Yomtov during birkas kohanim.
Kol Chai Radio also reported a number of children were lost, taken to the command center, with some waiting for family members over 90 minutes.
A large police present was evident, as police continue operating on heightened alert status over Yomtov to prevent any attempt to perpetrate a terror attack or disturb the peace.
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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)