Yom Kippur more than 100 years ago
September 25, 2012 | Jewish Tribune
This week Jews around the world commemorate Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. For many Jews in the land of Israel over the centuries the day meant praying at the Western Wall, the remnant of King Herod’s retaining wall of the Temple complex destroyed in 70 AD.
In this photo (circa 1904) from the US Library of Congress, men and women are praying at the Kotel on Yom Kippur. The Turkish and British rulers of Jerusalem imposed restrictions on Jewish worshippers, prohibiting chairs, forbidding screens to divide the men and women, and even banning the blowing of the shofar at the end of the Yom Kippur service. During the Jordanian occupation Jews were prohibited from even coming to the wall.