An unusual clean-up

From the Beeb: An unusual clean-up.

About a dozen men were scrabbling hard at an old, cracked wall. From time to time, they would stab a wooden pick inside the the jammed crevices, as if they were microscopic dental hygienists trying to scrape clean a vast, uneven mouth.

They were in action because this Monday night is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Twice a year, before Rosh Hashanah, and before Passover (in March/April), the Western Wall has a spring clean.

Thousands – the supervising rabbi says it is millions – of pieces of scrap paper are winkled out of the cracks in the wall, [continue]