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Final Jeopardy! category: RELIGION
Final Jeopardy! clue: Letters mailed to “God, Jerusalem” are placed in this alliterative landmark
What is the Western Wall (or the Wailing Wall)?
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God has his own postbox and address, and thousands of people send letters to it every year asking for his assistance.
All you need to write on the envelope is “To God, Jerusalem”; the postman is obliged by international law to deliver it and the correspondence will be sent to the holy city’s dead-letter office, which deals with undeliverable mail.
There post room workers open the envelopes addressed to God and carefully fold up the notes before slipping them between the cracks of the Wailing Wall, Jerusalem’s holiest site.
Also known as the Western Wall, or Kotel to Israelis, it is venerated as the last remnant of King David’s temple.
The people who send the letters have one thing in common, they usually want something from God.
One man once sent his lottery ticket numbers in the hope that God could help him out while another, from Russia, asked for God’s assistance in bedding a Hollywood actress.
(Avi, head of the Dead Letter Office) Yaniv said: “They ask God for everything. But last month I found a letter from a person who didn’t ask for anything. On the contrary, he thanked God for what he had. He had a good wife, a good house and a good job.”
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