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Is there any source for the custom to place notes in to the Western Wall? A very prevalent practice in Israel.

And even if there is no source, is it a good idea?

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You might need to go to the mikva first depending on if we view the width of the wall as inside or outside Har HaBayit. –  Double AA Jan 20 '12 at 21:40
    
related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/353/759 –  Double AA Jan 25 '12 at 5:21

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Taamei Haminhagim (p. 270, footnote) records a story told by the Minchas Elazar of Munkatch, in which the Ohr Hachaim (R. Chaim ibn Attar, 1696-1743) gave such a note to someone to put into the Wall. So it goes back at least that far.

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