Is there a custom for people who go to the kotel to exchange a coin, like a shekel, then after being at the kotel, give back the coins?
Do not know of this custom. Should put some coins into charity boxes available for maintenance of the Wall.
To clarify: Jewish tradition is for a Jewish person to tear his or her outer shirt if that person has not visited the Western Wall within the past 30 days. Tearing the outermost shirt is done when a close raltive passes away. Seeing the remains of the destroyed Holy Temple motivates devout Jewish people to tear their outer shirt. However, it is difficult to tear shirt after shirt when visiting the wall very 2 months or so. Therefore, it seems someone came up with the idea that when 2 or more people visit the wall, instead of tearing a shirt, they give each other something. It could be a small coin or something else. Then when they leave the wall area, they give back the items. I am wondering there is any formal Rabbinic source upon which this process is based on.
There is a custom for Jews visiting Israel to take coins/money for others. While in Israel, you donate these monies to a charitable cause, a beggar or a charity. Often people will give the money around the Kotel. The thinking behind it is that if you are doing a Mitzvah (good deed), G-d will keep you safe and no harm will come to you. It is not exactly the custom you refer to, which I have not heard about, but your question made me think this is what tou may be referring to.
I have not heard of this either. The day we went I, unfortunately, was wearing a sleeveless shirt and carelessly left the scarf I had brought specifically for the purpose of covering up, on the bus.
When we entered I was given what kind of looked like a poncho. The material was on the thinner side and has a really nice 'Western Wall Heritage Foundation' logo on it. I was able to use it to cover my shoulders while we were at the western wall and no one asked for it back as we left. It has made a wonderful keepsake
I am sorry, but I don't know the answer.
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Never heard of this custom. Our guide only stated that we needed to cover our heads ( men ) as we entered and prayed. (Yarmulke)
Never heard about this.
I have never heard of this custom and have been to the Wailing Wall many times and not seen it done.
I have not heard of this custom either.
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