For the first time since the destruction of the Second Temple, a reenactment of the famed Festival of the Water Libation (Simchat Beit HaShoeva) was held, under the direction of the Temple Institute and in cooperation with the Association of Temple Organizations. Cohanim (men of priestly descent) dressed in priestly garments, accompanied by a crowd estimated at many hundreds, descended to the ancient Shiloach spring in the City of David, and drew water in a special Temple vessel. The ceremony was marked by dancing and singing, and the sounding of blasts from the shofar and silver trumpets. By the time the procession reached the old city of Jerusalem, the ranks of participants had swelled to well over one thousand.
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