Posts Tagged ‘hope’

12
Feb

Important announcement regarding Hospital Prayers

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

Shalom all!

A couple of years ago I came up with the idea for hospitalprayers.org. The premise was very simple: recruit volunteers packed with laptops with internet connectivity to visit people in hospital beds and allow them to send prayers to the Western-Wall. Dozens of people around the world (mostly in the U.S. and Canada) volunteered and many prayers were sent via the extremely simple and user friendly website. I’m happy to say that over the past couple of years I have received emails from people that were admitted to the hospital, or their relatives, that told me what sending a prayer to the Kotel meant to them and how much it helped them in a time when they needed the Almighty the most.

However, since Hospital Prayers was launched, a few things changed in the world of technology:
1) The iPad was introduced (and then the iPad 2), and many many tablets followed.
2) Smartphones became very prevalent.
3) We introduced an iPhone app and an Android app.

Following up with volunteers and doing some analysis I found that most prayers that arrived via our volunteers were sent with either a tablet computer or a smartphone.

And here’s the important part:

Running Hospital Prayers costs money. For instance, there are a few domains I need to renew every year (about 11-13 USD each). The reason I have several domains for one service is that more than once unfriendly people registered domains for services Tweet Your Prayers was associated with, I assume in an attempt to capitalize on the work that I do (shame on them!).

So, keeping what has changed in the past 2 years in mind, I decided to shut down the dedicated websites for Hospital Prayers. More precisely – I won’t renew the domains, so they would disappear from the internet in the months to come. However, the service will remain operational. All volunteers from now on will use their tablets or smartphones (or laptops) to send prayers for the sick via either the dedicated apps or the standard twitter page. It will save Tweet Your Prayers about $50 a year, and as you know, this service is free of charge so money is always tight.

So, if you are a volunteer – keep in mind that in mid-march hospitalprayers.org will no longer be accessible. Use the apps or Twitter instead.

If you are not a volunteer – why not become one? All you have to do is to go to a hospital adjacent to your place of residence, bring your phone\tablet\laptop with you, and bring some hope and comfort to those who need it the most. You can go just once, or as often as you feel like it. Do you want more information? No problem! Just shoot me an email at contact@tweetyourprayers.org .

Anyway, that’s the big update!

Thanks for your attention and G-d bless! 🙂

 

 

16
Aug

Weekly Survey #3 – Hope

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

Shalom everyone!

Today, I’m happy to share with you the replies I got to the previous Weekly Survey – “What did God make you good at?” and also post a new question for you. So, please watch this video and answer this week’s survey question. Thank you for your cooperation!

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Shalom everyone!

Ironically, this post took a long time to publish. Why do I use the word ‘Ironically’ ? Because this is a post about problem solving – and I had to overcome so many problems that kept delaying me from publishing it. If you have been following my work on Tweet Your Prayers, you probably know that I run this operation from a rather old PC. Guess what old PCs don’t excel at? Well, amongst other things – video and more precisely – video editing. It was a massive strain on my computer, and it crashed a lot (a lot!), but I persevered, looked for alternative solutions, and finally found a way to make it happen. Tenaciousness and perseverance are extremely important traits, don’t forget that.

In this video blog I talk about problem solving – what should we do if we are faced with an obstacle, and I use a problem I’m facing myself these days as an example.

Without further ado, here’s my video blog. I’d love for you to tell me what you think and if possible – extend some help. Thank you.

Thank you for watching,

Blessings from the Holy Land,

Alon 🙂

5
Mar

Bring hope to the sick

   Posted by: Alon   in Blog

Shalom everyone!

Please watch this video blog, in which I detail how to bring The Kotel to the sick:

So, if you think it’s a good idea, and would like to take part, contact me.

Here are some photos from the event at Tel-Hashomer Hospital. To respect their privacy, I did not include many of the photos, which showed the sick children’s faces. Please understand.

(Click on any photo to enlarge. You can also click on a photo and slide to the next by clicking on it’s right side).

Carrying the box all around the hospital

Some of the above photos were taken by Star Rajuan. Thanks star :).

Let me know what you think of my idea.

Best regards from the Holy Land!

Your friend,

Alon

26
Nov

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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