I finally made it to the Selichot prayers at the Kotel (Western Wall) last night. The entire Jewish Quarter in the Old City and the Kotel Plaza were packed. There is nothing wrong with saying the Selichot at home but the Kotel provides the best atmosphere when thousands of Jews gather and pray together.
In Jerusalem, today’s Erev Yom Kippur starts at around 6 pm and I am going to the Old City for Kol Nidrei. Joining a litvishe service. Shiurim are being offered afterwards and I am going to participate. There is nothing else to do anyway. 🙂
Tomorrow I am planning on staying at the Old City the entire day. This is where the most incredible Yom Kippur atmosphere is. 🙂
In the background you can here Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef. The son of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef z”l. The present Sephardi Chief Rabbi was leading last night’s Selichot prayers at the Kotel.