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A quick update for the new Shana

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

Shalom all!

As you probably know, this evening we bid farewell to the 5772nd Jewish year – Tash’ab, and welcome with open arms the 5773rd year, Tash’ag.

I thought I’d take a moment to write my blessings for the new year and also let you know what has been going on with Tweet Your Prayer @TheKotel in recent months and what is planned for the future.

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been tweeting regularly from @TheKotel’s account in past months. I have been dealing with a several burdens in my personal life, which has been very demanding in many respects, including time-wise. Unfortunately, and it pains me to write, one of the compromises I had to make in order to keep my head above water was with the daily tweeting and sharing of news, sights and views from the Holy Land. However, prayers were, and are, still processed and placed in the Western-Wall (with great help from good people in Jerusalem). That was my top priority. I had to make concessions, and I chose delivering prayers as a top priority, over communicating and spreading the message of @TheKotel across the web. It just made sense that the least I could do was to keep what exists working.

I tried letting other people tweet from @TheKotel’s account, hoping they would fill in the void I left, until the time arrives when I’m able to tweet myself again. That didn’t work out too well, I’m afraid.

My goal for the new year is to resume tweeting, facebooking and communicating with all of you, and take @TheKotel to new heights. Your support and love over the years is making me strong, and I appreciate it. I’m confident that in Tash’ag Tweet Your Prayers @TheKotel would see wonderful things :).


And now, a few words for the new Jewish year.

May we have a year of happiness.

A year of success.

A year of love and health.

A year in which others see the beauty in us and in themselves.

A year with protection, when no threats lie above and one man accepts the other for who he is.

A year in which we accept the bad with the good, keeping our chin up and a smile on.

A year of peace, and of free hugs (and lots of them).

A year in which we achieve our goals – our personal goals, our goals as a spouse, a parent, a child and a collective in a peace seeking society.

A year of sweetness, like the sweet and incredibly yummy Challah my mother baked for Rosh HaShana, pictured below ๐Ÿ™‚


All the best from the Holy Land & Shana Tova! ๐Ÿ™‚


Mom's yummy Challah for Rosh HaShana!

Mom’s yummy Challah for Rosh HaShana!


Appreciating all the volunteers

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

Shalom all,

A quick post before I go to bed. I just wanted to tell you what happened around an hour ago.

I’m producing an instructional video to guide new users step-by-step throughout the process of tweeting their prayers. Since I’m Israeli, and even though I consider myself to be rather fluent and eloquent in English, my accent could be better. So I posted a tweet that I’m looking for someone with a microphone and a native English accent. I’ve received around 12 messages from volunteers within minutes. Since then all I did was to answer messages on Twitter.

This is incredible. This is what keeps me energized and makes me continue zealously operating this service, meeting with tech-savvy people, etc. I am happy because my project brings the good people stand out, and the good from people to present itself from behind their shells. Thank you all very much, those who helped until now, and those who will help. There are so many, so I’m sorry for not thanking individually. Thank you all the volunteers to provide audio narration.

This song is dedicated to you:

Update 00:20 :

It’s funny how things turn out. I shared this post with a friend. She’s a great supporter of TweetYourPrayers and though I’m not comfortable with it, she describes herself as a fan. After she saw I thanked all those involved in some way or another with one of her favorite songs, she decided to share her cover version. Just had to put it. It fits so nicely with the theme of the post – appreciating those helping out ๐Ÿ™‚