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
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    related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/353/759 – Double AA Jan 25 '12 at 5:21
  • @DoubleAA who views it as being "inside" the Har HaBayit? – Yehoshua Aug 8 '15 at 21:57
  • @DoubleAA the width of the wall is counted from the first level of stones, or is it diagonal? Since the stones get narrower every leval – hazoriz Aug 19 '16 at 4:11
  • @hazoriz Yes that's an issue too. Seemingly if we assume the ground under the wall is "inside", then we'd count by the bottom stones. – Double AA Aug 19 '16 at 4:15

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.

  • Is the story written down anywhere besides from Taamei Haminhagim – Yehoshua Aug 8 '15 at 21:58
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    At least as far back as the 20th century? – mevaqesh Jun 2 '16 at 2:36

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