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Jews from the Tribe of Levi perform the Benediction of the Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. September 22, 2021.

Descendants of Aharon the High Priest gathered Wednesday at the Western Wall in Jerusalem to perform Birkat HaKohanim (Priestly Blessing), a ritual carried out on each of the three major festivals that take place during the Jewish year.

Those who perform the blessing are members of the Tribe of Levi.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.