Holy Tweet: Oh, the Possibilities!

By Scott Jacobson

Published July 29, 2009, issue of August 07, 2009.

For centuries, visitors to the Old City of Jerusalem have made their way to the Western Wall to offer up their prayers. Recently, performing this sacred Jewish rite has become as easy as downloading an iPhone application, now that the Western Wall has its very own page on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Started by 25-year-old Alon Nil, the service allows users to submit prayers publicly or privately, which a team in Israel prints and puts in crevices in the Wall.

The Forward gained access to the Western Wall’s Twitter home page for a look at these especially enlightening holy tweets. (A rabbi was on hand to ensure that the computer hacking was completely kosher.)

Apologies to the tweet-illiterate: When it comes to inscrutability, the Talmud has nothing on Twitter.

Hey there! TheKotel is using Twitter.

@The_Real_Shaq Hi, Wailing Wall. Much respect to the only Twitterer taller than me.

@Ashton_Kutcher: Kabbalah in a bracelet, now Wailing Wall on my phone! I luv when religion adapts itself 2 my accessory collection!

@2Hebrew4U Everybody, look at me! I’m being devout! I pray u all know @2Hebrew4U is the mack!

@Shmuly_BoTweet Shalom! I am the Twitter rabbi. No need to go to temple Ń Tweet your devotion in 140 characters or fewer!

@RealBurningBush Shout out to @TheActualMoses.

@2Hebrew4U Ohhh, what’s this, Twitterverse? @2Hebrew4U back again with another public prayer! On your best day you could not be this pious!

@Madoff_Prisoner_61727-054A Wailing Wall: Glad I can still visit you, if only virtually. Now the prayer. Please convince my cellmate I do not wish to try the wine he brews in the toilet.

@Shmuly_BoTweet Hey @Madoff_Prisoner_61727-054A! Follow me!

@Madoff_Prisoner_61727-054A Dear Wailing Wall: Very sorry I ripped off Elie Wiesel. But I am currently surrounded by way too many Aryans. Little help?

@RealBurningBush Don’t listen 2 the haters! I am the burning bush 4 real!

@EhudOlmert1 Please get me through this. I’m begging here. (Will also fax, send, and hand-deliver this prayer, just to be safe.)

@RealBurningBush [This account has been removed for violating Twitter’s policy on false biblical identities.]



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