Tenacity- Sticking to your goals

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

Shalom everyone,

Today I bring you some exciting news.

1. As many of you may know, for a long time there were many users on Twitter that weren’t able to send their prayers to the Kotel, because of reasons I explained in the past. Mainly it was because Twitter limits the number of people you can follow at once (so I couldn’t follow them back), and because I had to follow thousands of people completely manually, one by one.

I’m happy to announce that both these problems were solved. First of all, a few days ago Twitter emailed me to say that my request has been accepted, and I will no longer have a following limit. Secondly, I managed to get a semi-automatic solution for following many people at once. In the past few days I followed-back over 3,000 people; they can now tweet their prayers. I know I’ll be under heavy fire with prayers coming in from 3,000 new followers – but it’s definitely something I welcome. 🙂

Here I have to give a huge thank you to my brother Rouli, who was patient enough to help me with that solution. I bugged him a lot recently (you have no idea how much), and he came through for me, though I know he had absolutely no time on his schedule. So – big brother – I truly appreciate what you’ve done for me. I am in your debt. I feel that thousands of new followers ow you a thank you for helping them convey their prayers. I’ll thank you on their behalf.

2. What this means is that now things will run more smoothly. New followers will be followed back soon after. I’ll have more time to keep developing this service. I have many ideas regarding more features to offer you, and will start working on them soon.

3. For me, this is a personal accomplishment. You see, I never gave up looking for a solution to this problem. I bugged the good folks at Twitter to lift my following-limits (also knows as API calls). I kept looking for a technical solution to automate the process. I met with the above mentioned developers, and searched the internet for the right solution. This tenacity is what made it all possible. Not giving up and not letting go has yielded an incredible situation where people all over the world could send their prayers without hassle (for them, at least 🙂 ). I am truly happy to have found a way to make this work.

When this service was first discovered by the media, I was overwhelmed with prayers pouring in in all directions. I didn’t give up then either. Here’s the result in pictures. all 3,000 prayers or so were printed, made into notes, and placed in the Western Wall. I know how much it means to so many people.

4. This is the important part: So why am I telling you all this? It’s not to brag, neither to fish for compliments. It’s because I’d like to send you a message. I want you to see that even when things seem overwhelming, even when all looks impossible and the easy way out is to quit, you must keep going. Being tenacious, working endlessly to find a solution, will bring results. Stick to what you want to achieve. It’s all possible if you put your mind into it.

So think for a minute about something you want to achieve and seems too hard to try. Now think of a way to make it happen. Try to plan what you need to do to make it work. Then, just do it. Keep going, even if it’s hard. You’ll rip the rewards at some point, as long as you keep going.

Hope this inspired at least one of you.

Thank you to all those who waited patiently to be followed back. Thank you all the tweeter-ers that keep communicating and throw a good word. I appreciate you all.



P.S. – Tweet, ReTweet, and tell everyone about @TheKotel & TweetYourPrayers. I can now serve everyone :).

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15 comments so far


Thank you for your work.


September 18th, 2009 at 5:14 am
Wyman Brent

I wish you continued success throughout the New Year and for many new years to come. You offer an important and welcome service. Giving hope to others is a beautiful thing and you do that with each message you place in the wall.


Alon Reply:

My friend, I really hope I give someone hope. It’s a great honor to give someone, anyone, that gift. For the new year I wish for you that the library will come into being.


September 18th, 2009 at 9:00 am

You hard work will be recompensed sooner or later. Thank you you very much. More people as you is necessary in this world.


Alon Reply:

Thank you. It’s a lot of hard work but I really do derive satisfaction from knowing I am doing something meaningful to many.


September 18th, 2009 at 9:02 am

This is a very inspiring text you have written. I have watched the Reuters report, very nice! I didn’t think the notes were so little. They are so cute.


Alon Reply:

Thank you :). The prayers that came in via Twitter are only one line long, hence the small notes.


September 18th, 2009 at 9:10 am
Erika Dias

Beautiful work …Tks a lot ! Shana Tova


September 18th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

You are doing a great and wonderful job there. Unbelivable, that your heart is so big, that you spend all of your time, helping people all over the world to bring their prayers into the western wall. You’re seem to be a warm and very peaceful human beeing 🙂 Thank you & Shana Tova


September 18th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

this is wonderful,thank you


September 18th, 2009 at 11:17 pm
Jenny Nardini

Hi Alon, your work it’s very important and wonderful ’cause u can give hopefulness more peoples,and it’s great how you take care about them!thank you…kiss


September 19th, 2009 at 2:44 am

Thank you very much for your hard work, helping so many people this way is a beautiful thing and now It’s possible because of you!!
Yes, you are an inspiration to all of us, no question about it!!…. , God Blessssss you greatly…….


September 19th, 2009 at 4:28 am

Thank you very much for all your hard work, and for doing something so kind and generous of spirit. You are truly an inspiration! May G-d bless you with all good things in the New Year and always!


September 19th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Thank you so very much for all of your hard work, effort, prayer and dedication to this project. I cannot fathom how difficult it is for you to move forward with this project but I thank G-d every day that you do and ask for him to give you the strength to continue.


September 20th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

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