July 24, 2009

Western Wall gets Twitter update

by David Masters

Jerusalem’s ancient Western Wall has been given a 21st century update with the launch of a new prayer service on social networking site Twitter.

Visitors to the holy city traditionally post prayers on pieces of paper into the cracks of the 2,000 year old Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall.

With the Twitter update, Jewish people around the world can write prayers online to be printed off and posted on the wall.

Since the launch of the Twitter service three weeks ago, hundreds of people have sent in prayers.

Founder of the service Alon Nil said he has been overwhelmed by its popularity.

“I’m swamped. I can’t keep up with all the tweets,” Nil said.

“It started as a hobby, and I can’t keep maintaining it by myself. But I’m determined to not lose even one prayer.”

Tweeters sending in prayers are not charged for the service, but are invited to make a donation.

Nil is now looking for a sponsor to fund an employee to maintain the website.

Other services already allow prayers to be sent in for posting on the wall via fax, email, or text message.

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