Western Wall cleaned for Passover
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Western Wall cleaned for Passover

Workers remove for burial hundreds of thousands of personal prayers and requests

Prayers and notes in the cracks of the Western Wall (photo credit: CC-BY Yarin Kirchen/Wikipedia)
Prayers and notes in the cracks of the Western Wall (photo credit: CC-BY Yarin Kirchen/Wikipedia)

The Western Wall was cleared of notes in advance of Passover.

Workers used sticks Sunday to remove the hundreds of thousands of prayers and requests written on slips of paper that worshipers stuff into the cracks between the wall’s stones.

The papers will be buried out of respect for their contents.

The wall also is cleared of the notes prior to Rosh Hashanah.

The Western Wall, a former holding wall for the Roman-era Second Temple, is the last part of the Temple that still stands. It stands on the side of the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest spot.

Passover, also called “Holiday of Spring” in Hebrew, will begin this year on the evening of April 14, and will last until April 22.

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