Jewish man in prayer at the Western Wall
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Why Jerusalem's Western Wall is so holy

14 April 2014 Last updated at 12:52 BST

As the Christian festival of Easter and Jewish holiday of Passover converge, a surge in pilgrims is expected in Jerusalem, home to sites revered by the three major monotheistic faiths.

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz is rabbi of the Western Wall, a remnant of the retaining wall of the mount on which the Holy Temples once stood.

Every year, millions of Jews from all over the world visit the wall to pray.

Rabbi Rabinowitz explained to BBC News why the Western Wall is so important to the Jewish faith.

Video journalist: Alon Farago

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