Millions of people come to pray, rejoice and cry at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. According to Jewish tradition the Western Wall also known as the Wailing Wall is the last remaining wall left from the destruction of both Jewish Temples. It is said that the closest one can be to God’s presence is by the Wailing Wall.

Ever since the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE peoples from all walks of life insert personal supplications in the niches of the stones.

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, who has served as Rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy Sites of Israel since 1995 leads the effort twice a year before the Jewish High Holidays and Passover to clean out these notes to make room for incoming supplications.

These notes are considered very holy so they are not simply just thrown out. Instead they are buried in the Mount of Olives cemetery that overlooks the Temple Mount

“God willing, these notes will be buried and we hope that God will hear the prayers of all those who put their requests here from Israel and abroad, Jews and non-Jews alike,” Rabbi Rabinovitch said.