What my father and I built on Rosh HaShana

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

Here’s a teaser for you: The pictures below show a part of a contraption my brilliant engineer father and I built during Rosh-HaShana long weekend. It DOES have to do with this project. Could you guess what it does and how it is used? More details to come soon… 🙂




Feel free to write your guesses in the comments 🙂

UPDATE: It’s not enough to say what it is, you also need to say how it’s used.. 🙂

UPDATE #2 (Sep. 22, 6pm Jerusalem time): I guess it wasn’t such a big mystery to you guys.. yes, it is a part of an automatic prayer spooler. It is meant to be put on a sewing machine instead of the regular roll of string, and should roll any piece of paper it has in it. It’s just a prototype and we still have a lot more to do, but you have to admit it’s pretty cool  🙂 I’ll take a video of it in action and will upload it to youtube.

Congrats to Mandi, for being the quickest person to say what it is. Kelly from Ohio gave the most complete answer and also deserves praise. Mark Ferneau, Adam Hanin, QuarkSpin, Fr. Allen Peyton, Anderson Rodrigues, Kelley and Effie Suggs – You are all right!  Each of you is rewarded one cookie; Mandy and Kelly get two.

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13 comments so far


Part of a turbo-powered Shofar? Sorry. Wild guess. I haven’t a clue.


September 21st, 2009 at 6:37 pm
Mark Ferneau

It’s used to wrap the paper into really tightly wound rolls.


September 21st, 2009 at 6:38 pm

It’s a tool to push the prayers waaaay in The W Wall!


September 21st, 2009 at 6:41 pm
Adam Hanin

Looks like an autowinder for the printed tweets. Now all you need is a two line printer and you won’t have to cut the paper… just print a continuous roll!


September 21st, 2009 at 6:48 pm
Kelly - Ohio

I sew, and I think I recognize the 2 bobbins. you normally would put this on top of the sewing machine (as if to refill the bobbin with more thread). For you, Alon, you could verytightly wrap the tweeted paper between the clips! What an ingenious idea! I have brilliant friends.


September 21st, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Paper roller! Helps to automate the rolling of the paper that the prayers are written on and to make them as tight (small) as possible.


September 21st, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Fr. Allen Peyton

My guess is that the spool part is to wrap prayers around the hub until it is full. Then the tines will be stuffed in the crevices of the Temple wall. This will make The Kotels job more efficient placing prayers into the wall!


September 22nd, 2009 at 12:12 am
Doug Dowen

I would guess the same as UncleMorgie


September 22nd, 2009 at 12:54 am
Anderson Rodrigues

It’s something to roll the tweets. You probably attach the paper to the clip then you put the round part on something that spins and then you get the paper rolled!


September 22nd, 2009 at 1:01 am

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September 22nd, 2009 at 1:20 am

I bet it is to roll the prayers up! I wondered how you were going to roll ALL those prayers by hand! 🙂


September 22nd, 2009 at 3:18 am
Effie Suggs aka Tigerlady316

Prayer rolling device?


September 22nd, 2009 at 6:16 am

Интересно, развейте..! )


October 26th, 2009 at 3:30 am

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