The Western Wall is a reminder of the second Temple, destroyed by the Romans. It is actually an external, part of the surrounding walls around the temple. It is the holiest site for Jews.
Over centuries a tradition was developed, placing notes between the holy stones, asking for divine support, expressing wishes and prayers. The tradition has been adopted by members of many faiths around the world.
Over a million notes are placed in the Western Wall each year. Those are written in just about any language and format, lengths vary from a few words to very long requests. Some include poems and Biblical verses. Notes are written on a wide variety of papers, including colored paper, notebook paper and even bubblegum wrappers, using a variety of inks.
Common locations where notes are placed are in the cracks of the Western Wall in the open plaza, within a reachable height. Some notes are placed in the inner section. During tours of the Western Wall Tunnel, visitors are able to place notes in other parts of the walls accessible only to those who take the tour.
According to the Israel Ministry of Tourism, many of these notes are foreign tourists. Today it can even be done by fax or email (often for a small fee).
קיר / קירות
פתק / פתקים
|Crack /s||Kharitz / Kharitzim||
חריץ / חריצים
|Stone /s||Even / Avanim||
אבן / אבנים
|The Western Wall||Hakotel Hama’aravi||