Jerusalem's Western Wall gets a clean up

Religious officials in Jerusalem remove hundreds of thousands of letters from the Western Wall, making room for new entreaties to God.

September 26, 2011 03:42
Haredim and soldiers at western wall

Haredim and soldiers at western wall. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

Worshippers line up against Jerusalem's 2000-year-old Western Wall.

Millions of people from different faiths come here every year to pray - and leave notes to God.

But all those notes take up space.

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So on Sunday, religious officials carried out a semi-annual house cleaning of Judaism's holiest site.

They pried hundreds of thousands of notes from the crevices of the wall - enough to fill over 100 shopping bags.

The tidying up means future worshipers - who include large numbers of Christians - will be able to leave notes, says the rabbi in charge of the wall.

The structure is a remnant of the Second Temple, which was destroyed in 70 AD.

It sits on ground considered holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims.

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