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Can a non Jew pray at the temple mount western wall?

The short answer is yes, non-Jews may enter the Western wall plaza and pray because it is not part of the temple mount sacred area. The restrictions according to halacha involve areas of the temple ...
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Writing on the stones of the Western Wall

According to this article (and this one), until not too long ago there was a practice of writing one’s name directly on the wall. This is where the modern practice of writing a note comes. The first ...
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Status of stones that fell out of the Kotel

This article quotes Rav Yitzchak Herzog (Heichal Yitzchak OC 18). I do not have access to this source to confirm the accuracy of the following discussion, so take this with a grain of salt until it ...
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Is there gender separation for tourists who aren't praying at the Kotel (Western Wall)?

The upper Kotel plaza is not separated by gender, and couples can stay together there; whether they choose to pray there, or not. However the lower Kotel plaza (closer to the Wall), operates like a ...
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Does the kotel (western wall) have the Kavod of a synagogue

R. Mordekhai Gross writes that it does indeed have the sanctity of a synagogue (Menuhath Emeth p. 383): השטח שמחוץ לכותל המערבי אינו הר הבית ולא נוהג בו קדושת הר הבית לפי דעת רוב הפוסקים. ולפיכך ...
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Would an avel who visits the Kotel need to do an extra tearing?

Wearing torn clothing isn't the command. A tear for one event doesn't help at all for another later event. Even if another relative passes away during Shiva he would need to tear again (YD 340:21-23; ...
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What is a permissible and effective way to keep one's belongings while praying amidah at the kotel?

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.
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What types of things should a person put on a note that is put into the Kotel?

Aish HaTorah says It is a centuries-old tradition to place a note with a prayer or request in the Western Wall.
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Backing out of the Western Wall (Kosel)

This PDF file attributed to the teachings of R' Shlomo Aviner lists a couple of gedolim who practiced this, but doesn't give sources: Q: Is it permissible to turn one's back to the Kotel? A: It is ...
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What are these words written on a Kotel stone?

The ground level was higher in the 19th century and when the kotel plaza was built, the whole area was excavated to a lower level. The roman street level is even lower in the enclosed area to the left ...
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What are these words written on a Kotel stone?

I t is difficult to make out, but appears to be a phrase saying: ידיד יי יוסף יעקב That would translate as: Dear friend of G-d, Yosef Yaacov. There are a few letters before ידיד, and part of a second ...
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If Shechina never left the kotel hamaravi can one male Jew say kaddish alone standing in front of the kotel?

As far as I am concerned it is because Kaddish is a "davar bekdusha" see Orach Chaim 55: אוֹמְרִים קַדִּישׁ וְאֵין אוֹמְרִים אוֹתוֹ בְּפָחוֹת מִי׳ זְכָרִים בְּנֵי חוֹרִין גְּדוֹלִים We say ...
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Custom of placing notes at the Kosel

The Ohr HaChaim Quoted by Rav Palagi, and an even earlier source for this episode with the Ohr HaChaim. Both are quoted in sefer Hilchisa M'Dorayse .
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If visiting the kosel before a joyous event, does one tear kriyah?

I think the answer is written in an actual verse: Psalms 137, 5-6 אם-אשכחך ירושלים-- תשכח ימיני. תדבק-לשוני, לחיכי-- אם-לא אזכרכי: אם-לא אעלה, את-ירושלים-- על, ראש שמחתי 137:5 If I ...
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Does the kotel (western wall) have the Kavod of a synagogue

Like @DoubleAA asserts the plaza is where people daven. It can be argued that this does have the sanctity of a shul. Refer to the Yerushalmi Megilla which writes: עַד כְּדוֹן בְּשֶׁבְּנָייָהּ לְשֶׁם ...
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Davening at the Kotel

Laolam lo zaza shechina mekotel hamaaravi! The Divine presence never left the Western wall! (See Midrash Tanhuma Exodus 10, Song of Songs 2:22, Exodus Raba 2:2, Zohar II:5b)
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40 days at the Kotel

As the question you linked to states, this is a recent custom and essentially it depends on why you are doing 40 days at the Kotel. If you made a vow, then it would depend on what you had in mind. If ...
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If visiting the kosel before a joyous event, does one tear kriyah?

I think that you've answered your own question based on your parenthetical remarks. Combining mourning and joy at the same event or day is quite common, actually. In Israel, for example, almost ...
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Keria at the Wailing Wall

There are opinions that one does not need to tear kria now that Jerusalem is in our hands. For instance, R Shlomo Aviner (in his book Rabbenu Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook, p. 158) writes The ...
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Are there any halachic authorities which relate to the non-mechitza, pre-1967 prayers which were held at the Kotel?

The Jews of Ottoman Palestine were treated as subhumans under Dhimmitude. They had zero power to implement anything, even a temporary/portable screen. When the British assumed power in December of ...
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