Mass produced prayers - salvation in the 21st - 'tweet a prayer'

"Tweeting God: Twitter hits the Wailing Wall"

By Middle East correspondent Anne Barker for the ABC AM program

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"Some might call it a sacrilege, but one of the world's most ancient religious sites has fallen victim to the modern internet phenomenon Twitter.

Jewish pilgrims wanting to pray at the famous Western - or Wailing - Wall can now stay at home, put their feet up and tweet their prayers via Twitter and have them printed and delivered to the wall in Jerusalem.

In recent years Jews could email or fax their prayers to the wall but now they can "tweet" them in short, 140-character messages via the micro-blogging website.

The man behind the idea, Tel Aviv-based Israeli Jew Alon Nil, says his site has been overwhelmed with thousands of prayers from around the globe.

"The beautiful thing about Twitter is I think now there's about 60-70 million users and there's nothing easier than to tweet a prayer, to send a message by Twitter," he said.

"It is easier and faster than email or any other form of communication and it is definitely much easier than to hop on a plane and come to Israel and stash the note yourself in the Western Wall."

"I'm drowning. I'm overwhelmed with the popularity this service has received.

"I've had thousands and thousands people who follow me on Twitter and send their prayers, and thousands more send emails with prayers. It has been crazy.

Mr Nil, a 25-year-old economist, says he was inspired by the role that Twitter played in the recent unrest in Iran and he wanted to find a way of using Twitter to help people - not just Jews, but of any faith.

"I regard the Western Wall in Jerusalem not to be just an asset for pious Jews, but more of a cultural asset to Jews and Israelis everywhere and indeed I've received thousands of prayers from Christians," he said.

So much tweeting can only make one wonder what Solomon himself might have thought - if of course he could ever have prophesied the Twitter phenomenon back in the days of the Bible."

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If God made a world that is 510072000 km² and has 148940000 km² of land on it and the asks you to pray on one particular part then I would question the sanity of said God. In my oppinion, the ability to satisfy religious needs without flying halfway across the world is a good thing.

P.S. great name
I think that getting a prayer in tweet form would just piss that god off.



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