On October 15th I was interviewed by Japan’s #1 TV station – NHK. The crew and I also went to Jerusalem together, where they filmed me placing your prayers in the Western-Wall.
When they interviewed me on my home court, they wanted to show me ‘in action’ so they asked me interact with my followers on Twitter (which means, you!). The story was broadcasted a few weeks ago in Japan, and this is what the Japanese population saw:
If you look closely (click on any photo to enlarge), you’ll see me tweeting you guys and asking to say Hello to NHK TV.
Then, they showed your reactions:
The NHK crew was completely surprised when they saw the dozens of tweets that greeted them hello. I think it’s pretty nice to see this interaction between you – the people who consume media and manufacture “New Media” – and the “Old Media”, like the TV stories.
Here are a couple more pictures from that day:
Here you can see the end-result – The river of blue prayers inside the Western-Wall:
and here’s the camera-guy making sure he has this blue river on video for the Japanese people to see:
Thanks everyone for interacting with me in front of the cameras!
Last Thursday’s trip to Jerusalem was one of the most fun I’ve had. There was such a festive atmosphere there, with many Bar-Mitzvah celebrations, and no one could stay nonchalant.
Here are a few pictures from last week’s ride to Jerusalem. Many beautiful pictures from Jerusalem will be added to the Gallery section soon!
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First thing’s first – arriving to the right place!
Taking your prayers to the Kotel itself:
…and making sure the Kippa (Yarmulke ) sits securely on my head:
Looking for my special niche in the Western Wall…
…and finally getting set up:
many minutes and many prayers later that day…
More pictures to come!
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As you know, a few weeks ago I gave a talk in the #140conf (the 140 Characters Conference) in Tel-Aviv, about my experiences running TweetYourPrayers and @theKotel. Thousands have watched it online by now (and if you haven’t, it’s embedded below) and I have received countless comments, tweets and emails praising me for the talk and telling me how much it has touched and inspired them.
Since the talk touched so many people, the conference organizer, Mr. Jeff Pulver has kindly invited me to come to another conference he’s organizing in NYC in a couple of months. I really want to go to that conference and get a chance to spread my message to the US audience, and reach a broader audience in general. As you can learn from the talk I gave in Tel-Aviv, @TheKotel and the people who follow it, actually do make a change in this world. Just think to yourselves the impact of presenting my project in the US.
However, keep in mind this service is free of charge. I really can’t afford to go. I’m looking for a sponsor (or sponsors) for my trip. I think it’s a good deal for any company seeking some positive PR, because the costs are insignificant from a marketing perspective. Can you help in any way? Do you know someone who could? Please contact me.