• By STEVE
    WEIZMAN, Associated Press Writer – Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:39AM EDT

JERUSALEM

Judaism’s
holiest prayer site has entered the Twitter age.

The
Western Wall now has its own address on the social networking service, allowing
believers around the globe to have their prayers placed between
its 2,000 year
-old-stones without even leaving their armchairs.

The
service’s Web site says petitioners can tweet their prayers and they will be
printed out and taken to the wall, where they will join the thousands of handwritten notes
placed by visitors who believe their requests will find a shortcut to God by
being deposited there.

The
wall, in Jerusalem‘s
Old City, is all that remains of the second
biblical Jewish temple,
destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. It stands where the bible says King Solomon
built the first temple, which was destroyed by the Babylonians more than 600 years earlier.

The
Tweet Your Prayers site does not identify its founders, saying only that the
driving force behind it is a "young man from Tel Aviv".

No
charge is made for placing a prayer at the wall. Visitors to the Web site are
invited to make donations by credit card and it has sponsored links to an
outdoor reception hall on the nearby Mount of Olives
and a publisher of custom-made prayer
books
.

Throughout
the ages, Jews have prayed at the Western Wall, and many others have made
courtesy calls.

Recent
VIP visitors include Pope
Benedict XVI
, Barack Obama when he was
a U.S.
presidential candidate and film star Leonardo DiCaprio,
whose bodyguards were arrested for allegedly assaulting three photographers
during a scuffle at the site.

Tweet
Your Prayers opened earlier this month but for several years, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation
has operated a fax hot line and a Web site where people overseas can send their
prayers and have them printed out and placed in the wall’s crevices.

Twice
a year, at Passover
in the spring and the Jewish New year in the fall, the wall’s rabbi clears out
the accumulated notes which are buried in accordance with Jewish custom, which
forbids the destruction of writings that mention God, such as worn or damaged
Torah scrolls, prayer books and other religious articles.

The
Tweet Your Prayers site’s Frequently Asked Questions page asks what recourse
users have if their prayers are not answered.

"Take
it up with the Big Guy upstairs," is the reply. "We’re just the
middlemen!"

Source URL: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090723/ap_on_hi_te/ml_israel_prayer_tweets

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