Photos: Cleaning the Kosel ahead of the Yomim Noraim

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A periodic check of the Western Wall stones’ stability took place this morning.

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation conducts a thorough examination of the stones’ stability twice a year, before Passover and before Rosh Hashana. This includes the areas of the covered Wilson’s Arch as well as the wall of the Makhkama building. During the examination, the courses of stones are cleaned of various items that may be brought there by birds, and loose stone particles or mortar between the stones are removed.

Mostly weeds were removed during the examination conducted this year ahead of Rosh Hashana, and a bird’s nest found between the stones was transferred elsewhere, meriting the crew with the additional mitzvah of “shiluach haken.”

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