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Friday, 21 December 2012 23:07

Nigerian left $500 million at holy site in Jerusalem's Wailing Wall ?

Written by STACY CAREY
Jerusalem's Western Wall Jerusalem's Western Wall Credits: Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images


Mysterious $500 million checks left at holy site in Jerusalem. The checks were not addressed to anyone, and many were Nigerian.


People are buzzing about a mysterious $500 million left at a holy site in Jerusalem. Dec. 19 Fox News reported about the 507 checks found in an envelope at the Western Wall. Each was made out for $1 million, but it seems unlikely they can be cashed.


Fox News shares that a worshipper at the Western Wall found the $500 million left at the holy site in an envelope. The checks were not addressed to anyone, and many were Nigerian. An Israeli police spokesperson said that there were other checks from Asia, Europe and the U.S. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, who oversees the holy site, said that checks like this have been found before. They are usually written from Africa, and always bounced.


Ultra-Orthodox Jews hold the "four species" during special prayers at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, as they recite the Birkat Cohanim or Priestly Blessing in Jerusalem's Old City, October 3, 2012. The Cohanim are believed to be direct descendants of the priests at Jerusalem's ancient Temples. Tens of thousands flooded the Western Wall for the Succot special prayers. UPI/Debbie Hill   License photo

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch has been the overseer of the Western Wall since his appointment in 1995. Typically his duties consist of ensuring the notes left at the wall are handled appropriately, and he ensures that the standards of modesty are kept around the holy site. He also accompanies media and heads of state or other high-profile people in their visits to the site. Clearly he also occasionally gets to handle mysterious checks that may seem exciting, but always turn out to be fraudulent.


UPI notes that the $500 million left at the holy site has been turned over to the police, who will investigate and see if any of the checks are real. While this one could have initially been seen as a big coup for the holy site, the murky details leave most believing these indeed will hold no value.

Source: Examiner


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