By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com
Prince William on Thursday had his final day of his tour of Israel. This is the first official visit to Israel by a member of the British royal family.
Accompanied by rabbis, William walked up to the Western Wall through a passage formed across the Kotel plaza by plastic police barricades.
With a yamulkah on his head, Prince William prayed silently at the Kosel and placed a note in the wall.
The question is: Did he get a Mitzvah for doing this?
Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l rules (Igros Moshe Orach Chaim Vol. II #25) that although the Umos HaOlam are not obligated to pray to Hashem, if they do so they get a Mitzvah in the form of aino metzuvah v’oseh – a person who performs a Mitzvah even though he is not commanded in it.
So, the short answer is yes.
What about the long answer?
The long answer is also most probably yes.
To read the long answer click here.
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