What I Am Thankful For

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

Shalom all!

Today is Thanksgiving day. Though it is an American holiday, I want to take a few minutes and share with you what I, Alon – the guy who takes your prayers to the Western Wall – am thankful for this day.

First of all, I’m thankful for being given such an incredible gift. I was given the ability to give people hope, and giving hope is perhaps the greatest thing I’ll ever do. I know I helped people, I know I gave hope, belief, self-confidence, and I’m thankful I’m in a position to help people in a such a profound way.

I am thankful for your trust. Complete strangers trust me – a guy in a far away country they don’t know – with their most personal feelings, wishes, aspirations. Sometimes I can’t believe it myself. Thank you.

I am thankful I created something truly great (or at least I consider it to be truly great). Not many people are so lucky to create something that affects so many lives, and I am grateful I managed to help the thousands of people I did. I know I play a small role, but I also know it’s a meaningful role.

I am thankful I made a change. Many of you write in and tell me your prayer was answered, tell me your life is better now, and thank me for my help. I am the one saying thanks, because I’m happy to know I had a part in making small changes that make some people’s lives somewhat better. I only wish these people would “pay it forward” and help the people around them. If they would, the world will quickly become a slightly better place to live in. Think about it.

I am thankful for the people who came through for me and helped with this project: my brother, parents and beloved ones, old and new friends, including the many new friends on Twitter who pinched in and helped from where they are in the world. (Read, for instance, this)

I am thankful for the love I get from you. I feel that some of you really care about me, and I am thankful for that. Maybe it’s not right for me to feel this way, but the truth is that your love is truly important for me.

UPDATE: Just now I received this tweet:

This Thanksgiving, I count you as a gift for which I am thankful. Thank you, and you are appreciated!

That’s the love I’m talking about!

I am also thankful for the optimism, happiness, and self-confidence the success of this project had given me. (Read this, for example). I am thankful I learned that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to (read here).

I am thankful my life was saved. (read more here)

Feel free to write in the comments what you gives thanks for – I’d love to know.

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November 26th, 2009 at 9:44 am

Hello Alon.Me have a reason too to give thanks to God and then to you.Because life is a cycle of seasons,some good and others bad.There is s time to weep and a time to laugh and all of us would like to sail on the latter,that’s why and it was in consideration to this that Paul said to Timothy”be prepared in and out of season”.The faithful see the invisible,believe the incredible and receive the impossible that’s why i have Faith in God and in You.And in Isaiah 43:19 the lord says “Behold I will do a New thing”thank you for the inspirations. From Kenya this is Shem.


November 26th, 2009 at 10:26 am

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November 26th, 2009 at 12:00 pm
Olga Kruglova

Dear Alon,
Thank you very much for doing such a wonderful thing! I am so grateful to you because perhaps with your help one of my prayers came true! Thank you very much!!!!


November 26th, 2009 at 5:54 pm
liz C.

Yes, you are an inspiration. I am thankful for so many things and you are one of them!!!
Thanks for being that link to The Holy Land, your great work is rewarded from heaven, and the love from your brothers and sisters around the world !! God bless you.


November 26th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Alon, God loves you too. I pray that you’ll one day see Him face-to-face and everyday. The Messiah we believe and are all waiting. He loves you. Shalom! Blessings.


November 27th, 2009 at 5:04 am

I have this expression that when i meet or know of intelligent people i usually say “how nice, cool or wow”. But when i know or meet good human beings i just look up in the Heavens and say thank you Father. Your one of those people that i consider Good. And i am so thankful tha God graced us with your life. Thank you. Take care and God Bless you always… 🙂


November 27th, 2009 at 12:25 pm
Elza van dorst-the netherlands

shalom dear friend of the world:
you are an ANGEL among all people and blessed.
your parents must be very proud of you.
greetzs: elza-holland


November 28th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Thanks ever so much for all you do. There are too many people in the world who work so hard to deny the existence of God. How very sad for them – what a weary life they must lead. You do a great service by celebrating the glory of God and giving all of us a unique and wonderful way to pray. It all adds up. Piles of prayers, just like those you place for us. For all those who don’t believe, may they open their eyes and ears and hearts. Happy Thanksgiving!


November 28th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Unadulterated words, some true words dude. Made my day!!


December 12th, 2009 at 1:40 am

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