Thousands Of Letters Addressed To God Arrive In Israel Every Year

In a postal sorting office beside a bakery on an industrial estate in Jerusalem, hundreds of letters are carefully set aside for special delivery and treated with the respect accorded to sacred documents. The envelopes are variously addressed, but all are destined for the same place. And all are unanswerable, at least by man. This is the “Letters to God” department of the Israeli postal service, where each year thousands of letters are received and once every few months opened, folded and, in a ceremony overseen by a senior rabbi, squeezed into the cracks of the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City. Some are from Jews, some from Christians, some from believers of other faiths. One letter from Poland is addressed simply: “God, Jerusalem, Israel” – Another, from Australia: “Dearest God, Western Wall” – One from Britain reads: “To a poor man in Israel” – Another: “The Rabi Jesus, Tel Aviv”.

Thousands of letters addressed to God arrive in Israel every year

Thousands of letters addressed to God arrive in Israel every year

Thousands of letters addressed to God arrive in Israel every year

Thousands of letters addressed to God arrive in Israel every year

Thousands of letters addressed to God arrive in Israel every year

Thousands of letters addressed to God arrive in Israel every year

Thousands of letters addressed to God arrive in Israel every year

Thousands of letters addressed to God arrive in Israel every year

Thousands of letters addressed to God arrive in Israel every year

Thousands of letters addressed to God arrive in Israel every year

Thousands of letters addressed to God arrive in Israel every year

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