For Homebound Travelers, Israel’s Tourism Board Will Place Notes In The Western Wall

For Homebound Travelers, Israel’s Tourism Board Will Place Notes In The Western Wall

The custom of placing a handwritten note within the Western Wall in Jerusalem is going digital, with help from Israel’s tourism board. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Israel Ministry of Tourism is offering homebound travelers the opportunity to still experience this longtime practice of adding notes of prayers to the bricks within this famous religious site — electronically. They can be do so via a portal on the tourism board’s website between October 19 through October 21, 2020. Notes can be sent through this submission link. Then the Ministry’s officials will print out the e-notes and insert them in the Western Wall on behalf of their submitters. “While Israel is still closed to international travel, we wanted to create a meaningful way that people can be inspired and connect with the spiritual sites that are abundant in our country,” said Eyal Carlin, IMOT Tourism Commissioner for North America, in a media release. “The Western Wall (or Kotel, in Hebrew) is an important piece of Jewish tradition, and it also attracts travelers from all faiths,” Carlin explained. “We want to make it accessible for those who aren’t able to visit [Israel] in person right now, so we created a portal for people to send their personal notes. We will print them, put them in the Kotel and create a video we will share with all those who submit.” According to the Israel Ministry of Tourism, the Western Wall is one of the most visited tourist sites in Israel, attracting millions of ...
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