In the Old City of Jerusalem for centuries people of the Jewish faith have been writing prayers on pieces of paper and placing them between the massive stones of the Western Wall (Hebrew: הכותל המערבי, translit.: HaKotel HaMa’aravi – hence often referred to simply as the Kotel = wall. Arabic: حائط البراق, translit.: Ḥā’iṭ Al-Burāq)
It is believed by many that the Kotel, from the Second Temple, serves as a direct channel to the Almighty. Those who couldn’t make the journey could fax or e-mail their prayers to be placed there. Now you can also tweet your prayers.
Alon Nil, an economics student from Tel Aviv, started a Twitter feed, @TheKotel. The 140-character prayers are transcribed, cut into individual strips of paper and delivered by Alon himself free of charge. Non-Jewish Twitter users are more than welcome to use this service as well.
This internet interest in spirituality no longer surprises me as my own tweeting of liturgical texts, sayings, and other tweets @liturgy has rapidly risen to over 20,000 followers making it the sixth most followed twitter profile resident in New Zealand. Similarly, my online chapel receives many visits and includes the possibility of lighting a virtual candle. A new facebook liturgy page is similarly growing with enthusiastic followers.
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