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God’s got mail: Israel delivers letters at Jerusalem’s Western Wall

Ahead of the Jewish high holidays, Israel’s postal service has delivered letters addressed to God to the Western Wall, where visitors usually place handwritten notes of prayer.

world Updated: Sep 22, 2016 00:28 IST
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Dozens of letters addressed to God have been delivered to the Western Wall, where visitors traditionally place handwritten notes of prayer and wishes in the cracks between its stones.
Dozens of letters addressed to God have been delivered to the Western Wall, where visitors traditionally place handwritten notes of prayer and wishes in the cracks between its stones. (Government Press Office /AP)

Israel’s postal service is delivering letters to a unique address that hasn’t changed in thousands of years.

Ahead of the Jewish high holidays, it took some of the dozens of letters it receives each year that are addressed to God and delivered them to the Western Wall, where visitors traditionally place handwritten notes of prayer and wishes in the cracks between its stones.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish worshippers pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tisha B'Av, a day of fasting and lament. (Reuters)

The postal service says the letters arrived from all over the world, including Russia, China, France, Nigeria and the United States. Most had no return address and were addressed to “God”, “Jesus” or “Our Dear Father in Heaven”.

The Western Wall (right) and the gilded Dome of the Rock, are among the holiest sites for Jews and Muslims. (AP)

The Western Wall, located in Jerusalem’s Old City, is a retaining wall of the compound where the biblical temples. It is one of the Holy Land’s most-visited sites.