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Western Wall employees remove thousands of handwritten notes placed between the ancient stones of the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites in the Old City of Jerusalem on March 20, 2018. The operation is carried out twice each year, before the Passover festival and at the Jewish New Year.

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the Rabbi of the Western Wall, was busy on Tuesday supervising the “divine cleaning crew” of the holy site who were busy with long sticks extracting the myriad small notes with written prayers that were stuffed into the crevices of the ancient wall by visitors from Israel and abroad.

Twice a year the Rabbi of the Western Wall oversees collection of God’s Mail, as it were, in order to make way for the next half-year’s onslaught to come.

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The notes that are collected are brought to Jerusalem’s ancient Mount of Olives cemetery, where they are ritually buried in accordance with Jewish tradition.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.