Kosel Stones Disinfected, Kvittlach Removed

Kosel employees remove thousands of handwritten notes placed between the stones of the Kosel, Tuesday. (Kosel Heritage)

On Tuesday, a disinfection and cleaning procedure was carried out for the Kosel, which is visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors from Israel and around the world.

The thousands of handwritten notes that were placed between the stones of the Kosel were cleared through the use of disposable gloves and wooden tools for one-time use. The operation is carried out twice each year: before Pesach and before Rosh Hashanah. The workers use wooden sticks, not metal, so as not to defile the holy stones, chalilah.

Workers disinfect the Kosel, Tuesday. (Kosel Heritage)

The notes were collected in sacks and will be buried together on Har Hazeisim.

As per the new regulations, the only place that minyanim – even outdoors – may be held is one minyan at the Kosel, thrice daily.