The rabbi of the Western Wall on Monday filed a police complaint about an Internet auction site selling stones from the holy site. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz also warned that anyone buying the stones from eBay would receive a curse, not a blessing.
The stones are being offered for $4.99 each, or $9.95 if shipped outside the United States. The seller says the stones were not taken from the Western Wall itself, but merely picked up on the Western Wall Plaza. They are billed as being one square inch in size, and the deal includes an “elegant” box in which to store them.
While the seller doesn’t claim that the stones have any special power, he does term them “blessed.”
In a statement issued by his office on Monday, Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz said he had learned of the offer after being contacted by overseas Jews, who saw the page and considered it a desecration of a sacred object. He therefore contacted eBay and asked them to remove the page.
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