What is a permissible and practical way to keep an eye on one's belongings while davening amidah at the kotel, without using lockers etc? I am wondering about both men that have pockets and Women who have bags.

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    What kind of putz steals at the Kosel? So sad that these people actually exist. :-(
    – ezra
    Jan 11, 2018 at 5:08
  • What sort of belongings are we talking about?
    – DonielF
    Jan 11, 2018 at 5:16
  • Is it not the case that if someone is worried he can hold it so that he will be able to have concentration
    – hazoriz
    Jan 11, 2018 at 8:49
  • Re pockets, are you talking about concerns about pickpocketing? (I'm not aware of any requirement to empty them.) Jan 11, 2018 at 15:36
  • @hazoriz Thanks! It would be nice if you have the source too
    – Yerushalmi
    Jan 12, 2018 at 7:56

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When I went to the kotel with a bag, I usually put it near my legs or on a chair in front of me. I found this to be the best way to keep in touch with my stuff and to concentrate on the amidah.

  • Would there be any problem with wearing the backpack/bag during the Amidah? If it was allowed, that might be a good alternative (especially for those who do not wear a tallis gadol like unmarried men like me).
    – ezra
    Jan 12, 2018 at 18:20
  • it's on your back so you can't see if someone open it.. and it's just not comfortable.. try to bow[?] (לכרוע) with the bag on your back.. Jan 14, 2018 at 6:44

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