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I needed a bigger box

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

Shalom all!

Yesterday, Friday the 2nd of October, I was in Jerusalem with my childhood friend Dan, who is currently visiting Israel. We toured Jerusalem and the first stop was obviously the Kotel (the Western Wall). We took a lot of pictures and videos, some of them very special and exciting; I will sort the files soon and share them with you on this site. I also have a couple of surprises I think you’ll like :) . In the meantime, until I have everything sorted, I’ll share just two photos with you.

As you may remember, the first time I took prayers to the Kotel, I carried them in this box:

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Now, yesterday, even though each prayer was made from a smaller piece of paper, I needed a slightly bigger box. Observe:

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Would anyone like to guess how many prayers are in the box? The closest guesser will win a special prize. :)

As promised, I’ll upload more pictures and videos soon.

Take care and have a good weekend!

Alon

UPDATE Oct. 5th: OK, it’s time to reveal the actual number of prayers + announce the winners. I must say I enjoyed the past two days. This game was fun and I hope to find more of these kinds of joyful games. Are you ready? (drum roll please)

First, the people who guessed the closest are:

John Henry Bourke who guessed 3,876 prayers.

Karaleigh Salmi guessed 3,789 prayers (she also guessed one million, by the way).

Denise Lange with a good guess of 3,850 prayers.

George Koprowicz who guessed 3,840 prayers.

And the actual number is… 3,812 prayers!

So, congratulations to the four of you who were the closest, and a special appreciation to George who was off by just 18!

You are each awarded one cookie, reedmable only in Israel. :) Actually, email me to discuss a somewhat better (yet still modest) prize.

Thank you all for participating, and feel free to suggest more ideas for games.

Best from the Holy Land,

Alon

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72 comments so far

 1 

My guess would be … 575? ;)

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October 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 pm
 2 

Thank you very much. You welcome.

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October 3rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm
Tammy
 3 

I think there are 925 prayers in the box.

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October 3rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm
ItalianHeat
 4 

I will say there’s 3, 340 prayers.

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October 3rd, 2009 at 10:09 pm
Elly Sorensen
 5 

Good evening.
Fantastic pictures, so beautiful. May G-d Forever Bless You for what you do to bring prayers to the Kotel from so many people all over the world.
I feel I am back at the western Wall Plaza again. Thank you for sharing.

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October 3rd, 2009 at 10:16 pm
issel
 6 

I think there are 550 prayers in the box.
Big kiss from Chile.
:-)

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October 3rd, 2009 at 10:20 pm
Jose
 7 

I think there are like 740 prayers, I don’t know, I’m just guessing, regards

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October 3rd, 2009 at 11:03 pm
Qoholeth
 8 

My guess is that there are 700 prayers in the box.

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October 3rd, 2009 at 11:18 pm
Tova
 9 

Thanks for the pics…they are great

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October 3rd, 2009 at 11:42 pm
Pedro Vieira de Carvalho
 10 

Has 3172 prayers in the box.
My prayer was in there?

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October 4th, 2009 at 12:23 am
SRCarrannzaLopez
 11 

Soon, you will need a truck!!! Thank’s for your job.

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October 4th, 2009 at 1:01 am
pam
 12 

you are my angel and a beautiful angel at that my guess would be 1 for each person who made a request by your deadline.

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October 4th, 2009 at 1:14 am
Al
 13 

1,235

Thank you!

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October 4th, 2009 at 1:36 am
 14 

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October 4th, 2009 at 1:47 am
Joanna
 15 

I am absolutely horrible at estimating (which will probably be proven by my guess), but I will say 2,784.

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October 4th, 2009 at 2:18 am
Nick
 16 

12,324 Prayers!

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Alon Reply:

no. not yet. that WOULD be a lot :)

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October 4th, 2009 at 3:03 am
sue
 17 

i guess it’s 1970. Thank you so much for doing such a great job. You’re one of a kind. God bless you.

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Alon Reply:

that’s a compliment i haven’t heard before. thank you :)

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October 4th, 2009 at 3:07 am
Guillermo Flores
 18 

I think there are 4563 prayers!

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October 4th, 2009 at 5:50 am
Joyce
 19 

HI :)
nice to see you. and thank you for uploading pics…and thank you for the noble deeds you do…it means a lot!!!! God bless.
I’m guessing, there are 770 prayers there

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October 4th, 2009 at 6:44 am
Shaun
 20 

I feel there are about 1500 prayers in the box .

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October 4th, 2009 at 7:26 am
Elaine
 21 

I sent my guess to you on Twitter but maybe I should have left it here? I guess 2500 prayers. And thank you!

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October 4th, 2009 at 10:50 am
Wyman Brent
 22 

if a million is not correct, how about 4537?

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October 4th, 2009 at 10:57 am
deerf120
 23 

בסביבות 3700-4050
arrund 3700-4050

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October 4th, 2009 at 10:58 am
Abby
 24 

I cannot afford to go there so your deed is a blessing for me. Thank you.

I have no idea how many are in the box. I will guess 318

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Alon Reply:

my pleasure! i do it for the people who can’t go themselves!

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October 4th, 2009 at 2:15 pm
Sophia
 25 

My guess is that there are 825 prayers in the box. Blessings to you!!!

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October 4th, 2009 at 7:43 pm
 26 

Greatings, Not sure that this is true:), but thanks for a post.
Thanks
Nadine

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Alon Reply:

that what is true exactly?

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October 4th, 2009 at 7:57 pm
Brian Mel
 27 

there are 2100 prayers

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October 4th, 2009 at 8:53 pm
zeev melamed
 28 

I thing yu have 3000 prayers in the box, keep doing it

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October 4th, 2009 at 9:09 pm
Vera Lucia de Carvalho
 29 

I am very grateful for the act of taking our orders and I agree with 2012 requests in the box. want to participate. Thank you.

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Alon Reply:

check back tomorrow to see the actual number of prayers. thank you

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October 4th, 2009 at 9:10 pm
Elise
 30 

I echo what Elly Sorensen (#5 above) said: “May G-d Forever Bless You for what you do to bring prayers to the Kotel from so many people all over the world.”

Wonderful pictures.

G-d bless you!

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Alon Reply:

thank you :)

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October 4th, 2009 at 9:14 pm
Salete
 31 

Ante de mais nada, PARABÉNS por essa sua atitude (parece um anjo) sendo intermediario
para tal atitude. Pelo tamanho dessa caixa
deve haver 1500 pedidos. Um super abraço!!!
Shalon
BRASIL – sp – 04/10/09

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October 4th, 2009 at 9:59 pm
 32 

6,282 is my guess.
Keep up the good work.
Eugene
Tampa FL USA
Christian

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Alon Reply:

Thank you, will do!

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October 4th, 2009 at 10:07 pm
Clay
 33 

524?

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October 4th, 2009 at 10:23 pm
ItalianHeat
 34 

I will guess 2,102

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October 4th, 2009 at 10:57 pm
Effie Suggs aka Tigerlady316
 35 

Hmmm… 1,015? That’s the first number that came to my head, anyway. Thank you for your service, it is most appreciated. You are a rare breed of character! :)

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October 5th, 2009 at 12:31 am
Patty T
 36 

I would guess there is 2000 in the box. Such wonderful pictures. It makes me smile because I think my prayer is in that box. :)

I will keep you in my prayers, friend, that the Lord will bless you and your friends for all you do.

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October 5th, 2009 at 1:06 am
John Henry Bourke
 37 

Good morning Alon!

3,876?!
Thank you again for including mine!

John Henry

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Alon Reply:

Pretty close!! Congrats!

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John Henry Bourke Reply:

Thanks Alon,

Glad I’m close!
Will say 3,878 but main thing is that People’s Prayers get answered.

Best wishes,

John Henry

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October 5th, 2009 at 10:56 am
Lauren
 38 

I’d say there are about 6,500 prayers in that big box.

I think what you are doing is absolutely great. Its such a mitzvah

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October 5th, 2009 at 1:50 pm
SRCarrannzaLopez
 39 

I think about 2900 prayers. Give us the answer!!! :)

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October 5th, 2009 at 2:15 pm
ItalianHeat
 40 

How about 1, 126 prayers in the box?

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October 5th, 2009 at 3:51 pm
Viamarsala18
 41 

5,826 prayers. Final answer.

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October 5th, 2009 at 6:09 pm
Jill
 42 

5256 prayers in the box.

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October 5th, 2009 at 6:13 pm
 43 

3840 prayers

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Alon Reply:

So close! Congratulations!

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October 5th, 2009 at 6:20 pm
barahona
 44 

I guess there are 1500 to 1700 prayers, tanks alon for the great deeds you do, may g-d bless you and all Israel forever. tanks again from Honduras, central america.

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October 5th, 2009 at 6:34 pm
Thibaut
 45 

I think there are 2025 prayers in the box !
Thank you very much for carrying our prayers !!!

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October 5th, 2009 at 6:46 pm
Renan Favero
 46 

I am Brazilian and I saw his work on the site to which you http://olhardigital.uol.com.br/central_de_videos/video_wide.php?id_conteudo=9450&/MURO+DAS+LAMENTACOES+VIRTUAL+ENVIE+PRECES+PELO+TWITTER writes in his tweet do not know, he reported on his site a good story, I already sent my prayer, but I can not help financially, I am very grateful and I think 3507 is in the prayers

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October 5th, 2009 at 8:10 pm
 47 

613

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October 5th, 2009 at 10:41 pm
Tara
 48 

2,550 is my guess! :)

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October 5th, 2009 at 10:43 pm
yvonne228
 49 

3427.
Thanks! You are doing a great thing here.

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October 5th, 2009 at 10:45 pm
audry
 50 

My guess 2,925 prayers in the box …

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October 5th, 2009 at 11:30 pm
 51 

My guess is 3850 in prayer box.

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October 6th, 2009 at 12:04 am
Beca51
 52 

257

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October 6th, 2009 at 12:11 am
Qoholeth
 53 

There are 347 prayer rolls.

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October 6th, 2009 at 12:16 am
John
 54 

I think there are 3812 prayers in that box.Thanks for everything.

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Alon Reply:

wow! you are absolutely right! amazing! how did you know? :)

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October 6th, 2009 at 6:27 am
Jennifer
 55 

Yeah, how did he know that? If he wasn’t cheating, only G-d could have told him that! Maybe like in a dream or something…

Jennifer

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October 6th, 2009 at 7:44 am
 56 

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 57 

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October 13th, 2009 at 8:51 pm
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October 16th, 2009 at 3:17 pm
 59 

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November 4th, 2009 at 10:36 am
myrna
 60 

wonderful

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November 22nd, 2009 at 3:45 am
 61 

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