New service on Twitter: Western Wall prayers
Anyone wanting to place a note in the Western Wall need no longer travel to Jerusalem, find a parking spot near the Old City and undergo the security check at the entrance to the wall plaza. One need not even come to Israel.
A new Web site offers those seeking to have their prayers answered a chance to "Tweet at the Kotel."
The non-profit service, launched two weeks ago, allows people to submit their prayers or wishes, which are then printed on small notes and placed in the wall's cracks. Through other services, it is already possible to send notes via fax, email and text messages to the Western Wall.
Alon Nir of Tel Aviv, who initiated the service, says, "I don't see the project as something religious but as something cultural with an affiliation to Judaism. I thought of it after understanding Twitter's power and wondered what I could do with it. I wanted to do something to help Israel, so I linked the Western Wall to the millions using Twitter."
The service allows users to send a public prayer or a private prayer or message. Every few days the messages are printed out and placed inside the cracks of the historic wall.
"Since Twitter messages are limited to 140 characters, quite a few prayers can fit onto one A-4 page," says Alon.
Most prayers have to do with personal issues, such as health and livelihood, he says. Many call for taking action to release kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, while one non-Jewish American asked for help from above on a project involving the reconstruction of Jewish culture of pre-Holocaust Vilna.
The site can be accessed at www.twitter.com/TheKotel.