In the streets of Jerusalem’s Old City, an old Temple Mount ritual is renewed

JERUSALEM, Dec. 31 (JTA) — A new phenomenon is catching on in the streets of Jerusalem’s Old City: walking to the fates of the Temple Mount to recite from the Book of Psalms.

Just before every Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the Hebrew month, thousands of men and women gather in the courtyard next to the Western Wall to go on a holy parade.

The crowd is led in a chant of Psalm 24, the words reverberating off the ancient walls. “Lift up your heads, ye gates, and the King of Glory will come in,” they read.

This ritual actually is a revival of an ancient tradition that dates back to the days of the Temple.

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