western retaining wall of the Temple Mount

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Placing notes in the Kotel/Western Wall

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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Are there any halachic authorities which relate to the non-mechitza, pre-1967 prayers which were held at the Kotel?

There are various pictures pre-dating the 1967 Six Day War, available on the Internet and in various scholarly sources, clearly showing free mixing among the genders at the Kotel (Western Wall) in the ...
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What happens to all those kvitlach?

We've all seen the thousands of tiny papers that get shoved in between the bricks of the Kotel. And periodically someone comes around, brushes out the more protruding ones, and sweeps up the mess of ...
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How to Tear Kriyah

What is the proper procedure for tearing Kriyah (e.g. for Aveilus* or visiting the Kosel)? * May we never have to do so
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The Western wall (Kotel Hamaravi) forever

What is the source that the western wall will never be destroyed? I remember learning it somewhere and heard it numerous times but forgot the source.
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Kriyah at the Kosel for Women

Do women tear Kriyah at the kosel?
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Which way to face when davening at the Kotel

It seems that at the Kotel, the general practice is to daven directly facing the wall. (Speaking from experience.) However, i thought we were supposed to face the kodesh hakodashim, which has a ...
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Tearing kriyah at the Kotel ha-Maaravi after visiting on Shabbat

Assume the following: We should tear kriyah at the Kotel ha-Maaravi (Western Wall) if we haven't been there in 30 days. We don't tear kriyah on shabbat. Now, answer this question: If I go to the ...
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Halachos Related to Visiting the Kosel

When one is visiting the western wall, what are some specific halachos that he/she should be cognizant of? By "specific halachos" I mean halachos that only apply to the Kosel -- and not anywhere ...
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The Kosel is forever

Why is it that Hashem promised never to destroy the Kosel?
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Plants growing out of the Kotel

Is there a special status awarded to the plants (shrubs?) growing out of the Kotel? Why don't they get rid of them, as their roots obviously have deleterious effects on the wall?
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Keria at the Wailing Wall

I believe the Halacha is that you're supposed to tear your clothes when seeing the Wailing Wall, just as one does when 'sitting Shiva'. Why don't most people?
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Which stone of the Kotel is directly opposite the Kodesh hakodashim?

"The Belzer Rebbe, Rebbe Ahazon, zatsal, when visiting the wall would search for a certain protruding stone. He would pray at that spot, explaining that his father, Reb Yissachar Dov, zatzal, had told ...
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Kosel after Candle Lighting

I noticed that in Israel many women accompany their husbands' in taxis to the Kosel after they already lit the Shabbos Candles. Is this permissible? And if so, why (or how)?
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Can a Gentile and Noahaide put a prayer note in the kotel

Can a Jew put a prayer note for Hashem on behalf of a gentile Noahide in the spaces of cracks of the Kotel, if that gentile is unable to go to Israel to do it himself? I know that any legitimate ...
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Western Wall and Note Maintenance [duplicate]

How does Israel maintain the notes on the Western Wall? Clearly, if no one moved the notes they place in the wall than it would get completely filled so they must perform some note maintenance. ...
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What is the source that the Western Wall was built by the poor?

I understand that there is a general Jewish tradition that the Western Wall/Kotel was built by the poor (I believe under the command of King Solomon) (link). What is the source for the tradition ...