Western Wall Prepared for Passover Celebration
Sundown April 19 will mark the beginning of Passover, the holiest day in Judaism. In anticipation of this, the Western Wall in Jerusalem is being prepared for the millions of pilgrims who will visit throughout the year
Notes from Jewish worshippers were removed from between the stones of the Western Wall – Judaism’s holiest site – in Jerusalem in preparation for Passover. This is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. This year, Passover begins at sundown on April 19th.
“We are now at the eve of the holiday of Passover. As you can see, between the cracks of the Western Wall, there are millions of notes due to millions of people who come here all year long. This is why twice a year we take out the notes, keep it discreet and bury them, together with other holy items, on the Mount of Olives,” Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich said.
Worshippers post their wishes in the cracks, believing their requests will find a way to God. The custom is so popular that the notes have to be removed twice a year.
“When a person writes a note and puts it inside the Western Wall at that moment he expresses his wishes. There is no need to keep it any longer. Just like a Jewish person says verse from the psalms, when the verse is uttered at the moment the wish is made by a person this is the request, and at that moment his request goes up to the creator of the universe,” Rabinovich added.
Believed to be sacred, they are swept from the ground, and buried on the Mount of Olives. The notes are cleared out twice a year; before the Jewish New Year and ahead of the Passover festival in spring.