Fake Western Wall Stones Hawked on eBay

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation on Monday lodged an official police complaint after a fraudulent solicitation appeared on eBay offering stones from the Jewish Holy site as a talisman for luck and blessing.

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, chairman of the foundation and the presiding authority at the Western Wall, was notified of the matter by Jews who saw the entry on e-Bay and found it to be sacrilegious.

Rabinovich contacted e-Bay and asked that the entry be removed. He termed the sale and use of stones from the Western Wall both a sacrilege explicitly forbidden in the Torah, as well as a violation of modern antiquities laws.

Nevertheless, the “Western Wall Jerusalem blessing stones” are still apparently for sale, at $4.99 apiece plus $9.99 for shipping. Five stones have already been sold, according to eBay.

For more, go to Haaretz.com

This story "Fake Western Wall Stones Hawked on eBay" was written by Haaretz.


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