Prayers from around the World get their Day in the Western Wall

Prayers addressed to God in the form of letters from around the world will get their day in the stones of the Western Wall.

Carrying on a centuries old tradition, the notes will be placed in absentia for the writers, thanks to the Israel postal service which just handed off a batch of notes just before Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year.

Israel Post Director General Danny Goldstein delivered the notes to the rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites, Shmuel Rabinowitz, who facilitates putting the letters placed among the stones.

The latest batch of letters came from around Israel, Russia, China, France, Nigeria, Spain, the Netherlands, the US the UK and many others. Letters were addressed to God, Jesus, Our Dear Father in Heaven and, simply, the Western Wall.

Letters to God (Photo credit: Ran Dickstein)
Letters to God (Photo credit: Ran Dickstein)

More than 1 million notes each year are placed in the cracks of the wall by worshippers of all faiths. In order to make room for new ones, the papers are collected twice a year and buried on the Mount of Olives.

Many foreign dignitaries visiting Israel have publicly placed message in the Western Wall including the two prior popes, Hillary Clinton in 2005 and Barack Obama in 2008.