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The Shavuot Lottery

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
I am not sure what is different about the Kotel on Shavuot than Meron on Lag B'Omer, but while permits were given for people to go to Meron based on unknown criteria, and probably based on who knows who, the Kotel administration is doing things differently.
1200 people will be approved for davening at the Kotel at sunrise on Shavuot morning. A lottery was set up and supplicants were told to submit a request to participate in the lottery. 7000 people applied, and tonight the drawing will take place and 1200 of them chosen. I do not know if there will be additional people chosen to be able to daven later in the morning after sunrise, or if at a certain point they will just open it up in a similar way to the way it has been open until now.
The percentage does not seem bad. 1200 out of 7000. Each applicant has a reasonable chance of winning a slot. Considering the tens of thousands that stream to the Kotel every year on Shavuot morning to daven at sunrise, these 1200 will need to represent the people well.
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