100s Pray at Western Wall to Cure Coronavirus: 'God Has Power to Send Healing'
Almost a thousand Jews gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem
Almost a thousand Jews gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem to pray for a cure to fight the deadly coronavirus that since taken the lives of 1,770 people.
Orthodox rabbis, Jewish congregants and Chinese citizens in Israel came together to at Judaism's holiest site seeking divine intervention.
The executive director of the Israeli branch of the Orthodox Union, Rabbi Avi Berman, told The Jerusalem Post:
“Millions and millions of people are going through tremendous suffering in China and outside China."
“As Jews, we believe that God has the power to send healing. We are not doctors, but we can pray.”
Despite the rainy weather, nearly a thousand attendees participated in the session organized by Rabbi Schmuel Eliyahu.
"The Western Wall is a payer site for Jews and non-Jews," Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, rabbi of the Western Wall, said.
"We pray that China will overcome the [coronavirus] and that it will not spread in China or elsewhere around the world."
Facing the wall with a poster in Hebrew and Chinese reading:
"The People of Israel pray for China," they recited prayers in Hebrew.
“There are many doctors and many physicians and many medical experts in the world trying to find a cure for this coronavirus. What we know how to do well is we know how to pray, we know how to talk to God,” Berman told those gathered.
“We’re going to pray that the doctors are going to be successful," he added.
"Those that are looking for a cure are going to be successful."
Amongst the attendees where several Chinese officials who expressed their gratitude in a statement.
“The Chinese Embassy in Israel would like to extend its sincere appreciation for the sympathy, support, and solidarity expressed by the Jewish people," the embassy said.
"We will never forget it."
Neon Nettle reported last week; the coronavirus death toll has soared by 242 in a single day, marking the most significant rise so far, according to the latest figures.
New data shows the total cases of patients infected with the deadly virus has now soared past 60,000.
In China's Hubei province, there were 242 deaths recorded on Thursday alone.
Authorities have also found that even more people have been infected than they previously thought.
"This outbreak could still go in any direction," WHO's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in a briefing in Geneva.