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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 article quotes the twelfth-century traveler Benjamin of Tudela, who writes that in the central house of prayer in Jerusalem at that time, Shaar Rachamim - as ...


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 permissible just as in a shul it is permissible to turn one's back to the Torah ark. When one leaves the Kotel, the custom is to walk backwards with his ...


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 .


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 you didn't think about this trick then it would go by how most people would interpret it. Most people assume (as far as I know) that 40 days at the Kotel mean ...

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