Israel Stories

Friday, September 02, 2005

G-D, Jerusalem

G-d, Jerusalem is the only address you need if you want to send a letter to be posted into one of the ancient crevices of the Kotel (Western Wall).

Don’t believe me? Try it. All letters addressed to G-D, Jeruslem or the Western / Wailing Wall Jerusalem are forwarded to a Post Office on Jaffa Street, Jerusalem. A postman then delivers sacks of mail to the Kotel staff that place all the letters into the Kotel.

Bet you didn’t know that. The majority of the mail comes from America, no surprise there. The mail has to be screened to make sure it is appropriate.

Why am I telling you this? Well one such letter made the newspapers a few years back.

A postman was read a heart-wrenching letter from a man, in America, desperate for money. He needed $1,700 to keep his head above water. The postman was so moved by the letter he decided to organize a whip round, and between them they raised $1,400, just $300 shy of the requested amount. They put the cash in an envelope and sent it to back to America.

A few weeks later, the postman opened another letter from the same man. He wrote how eternally grateful he was that his prayers had been answered and how his faith had been restored, however, the letter concluded, ‘Almighty please in future send me cheques, I think you postal workers stole $300 from the envelope.’


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