Removal of notes from between the stones of the Wall

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 As Passover approaches, and as is customary, this morning the notes from between the stones of the Western Wall will be removed. The workers of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation began removing notes that have been placed between the stones over the past six months. They will be transferred to the Mount of Olives where they will be buried with other sacred books and pages.

 Every year, millions of notes are tucked between the stones of the Wall by worshipers from Israel and from around the world, Jews and non-Jews alike. Some are sent online, by fax or by mail.

Over the past 12 years, since it went online, 672,210 notes have been sent through the Western Wall website.

The note removal, under the supervision of the rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, is carried out using wooden sticks. To maintain the privacy and respect of the people who placed the notes, the removal area is cordoned off until the notes are gathered discretely and placed in opaque bags brought for this purpose.

When the collection is completed, the Rabbi of the Western Wall recites a prayer that all the requests written on the notes are fulfilled for good things.

Today May 20, 2022

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Interesting Facts

The Western Wall Plaza hosts approximately 60,000 people. It symbolizes the Jewish link to Jerusalem and serves as the synagogue closest to the remains of both Holy Temples.
The Western Wall's visible stones tell of its history from the time of the Holy Temples' ruin. The original Herodian stones are distinct from the others in size and in their unique borders.
The building style of "grading" used when layering the Western Wall's stones, teaches us that the Temple Mount's walls were not perpendicular but marginally sloping.

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