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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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The Shoel U'meishiv answers that this can be understood based on Rashi's and Tosfos' opinions in Sukkah(41a) where it says that the Third Beis Hamikdash will not be built by hand, rather it will decend from Heaven. There is a principal that the blessing does not come on to something that is empty . For example when Eliyahu Hanavi got oil for Ovdiah's wife ...


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There is no stone on the exposed kotel which is opposite the kodesh hakadoshim. However if you go to the tunnel tours there is a spot marked which is. See this page for maps and pictures: http://www.generationword.com/jerusalem101/38-western-wall-tunnels.html


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One should tear Kriyah: for a parent on the left side for another family member (for whom one sits shiva) on the right side for Har Ha'Bayit (ie. the Kotel) on the left side The tear should be made on one's upper most garment, it should be one tefach in length (around 3.5-4 inches or around 9cm). One must tear kriyah standing. When tearing kriyah for a ...


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Bamidbar Rabba 11:2 as well as in Midrash Shir Hashirim Rabba (sometimes called Midrash Chazis) to Shir Hashirim 2:9 זה כותל מערבי של בית המקדש שאינו חרב לעולם This is the Western Wall of the Second Temple that will never be destroyed The Zohar (חלק ב', פרשת שמות, דף ה', עמוד ב) takes this even further and refers to the Western Wall as 'rosh ...


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When they light candles they have in mind not to be Mekabel Shabbos until the Zeman.


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The answer is Yes (as it says in SHU"T Minchas Shlomo 1:76). (Shu"t Ginat Veradim 14:5:8) says that a women should tear the inner garment as if not, it would involve a breach of dignity.


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The Mishna on Megilla 28a rules that a destroyed synagogue retains holiness, and if grasses grew on it they should not be picked because they add to the feeling of despair. (The subsequent Gemara on 29b discusses picking the grasses and leaving them there, though the Rambam (Perush HaMishna 3:4) and the Mishna Berura (OC 151 sk 29) both understand this to be ...


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Per Rabbi Yechiel Michel Tukachinsky - Ir Hakodesh V'Hamikdash 3:17:4 - if one sees the Kosel at a time when one does not do Kriyah as in your case, then one would not be required to do Kriyah if one sees it again within 30 days.


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Yes it is true. At least according to this article (by Rabbi Shraga Simmons): Because of the great volume, every so often, all the notes are removed from the Wall and buried, along with other holy objects that are not being used anymore. Not sure about the second part of your question, though.


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I have also heard that they get collected to make room for newer ones and then get buried, but I don't have any proof of that. As far as the elevated lever of sanctity, perhaps because they have been a "part" of the Kotel for so long, we treat them as we would anything else of the Kotel we have now.


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They remove them from time to time,and they place them in genizah. http://matzav.com/photos-kosel-undergoes-cleaning-for-pesach-kvitlach-removed-2 http://www.vosizneias.com/80339/2011/04/06/jerusalem-in-photos-kotel-undergoes-spring-clean-for-pessach/


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According to ד"ר יוסף נדבה there was a Mechitza up until 5689 (1928) when it was removed by the British authorities.


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The first question in Halacha at the Kosel is whether, how, and when you have to do Kriyah at the Kosel. Kriyah at the Kosel for Women How to Tear Kriyah This link http://www.thekotel.org/content.asp?Id=138 discusses the following 4 topics in Halacha at the Kosel. Leaving the KotelCam open on Shabbos. Is there a problem with saying Nishmas on a daily ...


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There are quite a few ways in which people avoid tearing, though I guess most don't do it simply because they are unaware of the Halacha. The Kotel is not the best place to tear - one should try and see the makom hamikdash (Temple Mount). See http://doseofhalacha.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/tearing-keriah-at-kosel.html The Shulchan Aruch (OC 561:2) writes ...


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This may not be completely unfounded: Talmud Yerushalmi Masechet Brachot daf 35. There, it says that anyone praying inside Jerusalem should face Har HaBayit. Seeing as how being in front of the Kotel is below Har HaBayit, it could be interpreted to mean that one should face Har HaBayit itself, and not adjust so that you face the Kodesh HaKadashim. While ...


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The second rosh yeshiva in my yeshiva, R' Dovid Stefansky, told me he had asked this question to his rosh yeshiva, Rav Shach, while pointing out that the correct direction would seem to be diagonally left. Rav Shach answered sarcastically: Go ahead and face that way, if it pleases you so much to be different from everyone else! Recognizing the Western Wall ...


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Several Midrashim address the "Western Wall" though it's not entirely clear what those midrashim are referring to. This includes the Bamidbar Rabba 11:2 as well as Shir Hashirim Rabba 2:9 (sometimes called Midrash Chazis), the early Tanhuma to Shemos 10, and Yalkut Shimoni to Kings I, ch. 8. The language in all of those midrashim is the כותל המערבי של בית ...


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My Rebbe the Cheif Rabbi of the old city Rav Avigdor Nevenzahl Shlit"a is qouted to have said that it is a bizayon to the kosel to daven towards the left. Another reason why one would not need to face left is because it is an inherent safek as to where the actual makom hamikdash is located. Although one could be somech on the Ridvaz who says that the ...


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Yes. Kings I chapter 8, 41-43 http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt09a08.htm 41 Moreover concerning the stranger that is not of Thy people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for Thy name's sake-- 42 for they shall hear of Thy great name, and of Thy mighty hand, and of Thine outstretched arm--when he shall come and pray toward this house; 43 ...


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Eretz Chemda 28 says that the Western Wall / Kosel HaMaaravi was originally built by King David. I sent an e-mail to Aish and received the following response. As for the story about the angels saying "This Wall, the work of the poor, shall never be destroyed" -- a book called “Agadot Eretz Yisrael” by Ze’ev Vilnai records and notes that it is "a ...


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Wikipedia actually has a section on this in their kotel article. This is the main source quoted. The bottom line in regards to disposal is that periodically the Kotel is cleaned out and the notes are burned, seemingly because burying them would be too monumental a task and 'traditionally' they have been burned. In regards to the question of whether or not ...


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No one's really answered the second part of the question: If [these masses of papers are somehow buried ritually], that would imply they have an elevated level of sanctity. Do they? I don't know. But some weak evidence to the contrary is in photos of the rabbi of the Wall's allowing the notes to simply lie on the floor.



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