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Israeli postal workers deliver world’s letters to God

Envelopes addressed to God, Jesus and Our Father in Heaven to be placed between Western Wall stones in advance of Jewish holidays

Letters addressed to God in Jerusalem. Israel’s postal service typically receives dozens of letters each year from around the world addressed to God, photo released by the Israel Government Press Office on September 21, 2016. (Government Press Office via AP)
Letters addressed to God in Jerusalem. Israel’s postal service typically receives dozens of letters each year from around the world addressed to God, photo released by the Israel Government Press Office on September 21, 2016. (Government Press Office via AP)

At least someone is getting their mail.

Israel’s postal company, pilloried in recent years by the Israeli public for poor service, is delivering letters to a unique address that hasn’t changed in thousands of years.

Ahead of the Jewish high holidays, it took some of the dozens of letters it receives each year that are addressed to God and delivered them to the Western Wall, where visitors traditionally place handwritten notes of prayer and wishes in the cracks between its stones.

The postal service said the letters arrived from all over the world, including Russia, China, France, Nigeria and the United States. They were addressed to God, Jesus or “Our Dear Father in Heaven.”

These letters, most of which lack a return address, are sent to the Israel Post Lost and Found department, which then sends them, once every few months, to be placed among the stones of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The Western Wall a retaining wall of the compound where the biblical Temples once stood and is the world’s most important site to Jews.

For those who would rather not queue at the post office to contact the Good Lord, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation offers a digital alternative, promising those who fill in a note online that it will be “placed between the holy stones.”

The Foundation, a governmental body, says 517,035 notes have been delivered to the Wall from the website to date.

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