As Rosh Hashanah draws nigh, Western Wall gets traditional cleaning
The Western Wall (C), the Dome of the Rock (L) and al-Asqa mosque (R) in Jerusalem. Photo: REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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.
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Workers at the Western Wall clean notes out of the crevices
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.