As Rosh Hashanah draws nigh, Western Wall gets traditional cleaning

Workers at Judaism's holiest site remove prayer notes.

August 25, 2013 14:50
The Western Wall (C), the Dome of the Rock (L) and al-Asqa mosque (R) in Jerusalem.

Western Wall plaza general view 150. (photo credit: REUTERS/Marko Djurica)


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With the Jewish new year upon us, maintenance workers at the Western Wall on Sunday cleaned out the prayer notes left behind by the many tourists and dignitaries who made the pilgrimage to Judaism's holiest site in order to submit a request to God.

The notes are taken to the Mount of Olives for burial, as per tradition. Jews began placing notes in the cracks of the Western Wall in the 18th century, and since the custom has remained in practice.

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