Letters to God Delivered to Western Wall in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli postal authorities have delivered hundreds of "letters to God" from across the world to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

A popular Jewish custom holds that prayers will be answered by God if they are written and placed in the 2,000-year-old retaining wall of the ancient Jewish Temple. Every year Israeli officials bring letters addressed to God and stuff them into the cracks between the stones in the wall.

The site's chief rabbi carried a cardboard box Tuesday marked "Letters to God" and containing letters in a variety of languages, including English, Russian, French and Spanish.

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitz says prayers of people all over the world " ascend through this holy place." He says he hopes God grants all of the requests.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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