By COLlive reporter
Anyone wanting to place a note in the Western Wall need no longer travel to Jerusalem, find a parking spot near the Old City and undergo the security check at the entrance to the wall plaza. One need not even come to Israel.
A new Web site offers those seeking to have their prayers answered a chance to “Tweet at the Kotel,” according to Ha’aretz.
The micro-blog service allows web users to send a public prayer or a private prayer or message. Every few days the messages are printed out and placed inside the cracks of the historic wall.
At Cambria Heights, Queens, the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, communication is quite efficient.
Directed by Rabbi Abba Refson, Ohel Chabad Lubavitch has a 24 hour phone (718-723-4545), fax (718-723-4444), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and online form (http://ohelchabad.org/78453).
Messages and names can be submitted in any language, their website says. And “the letters are brought to the Ohel shortly after their receipt.”
But can we twitter a message to the Ohel? Not just yet.
Asked by COLlive about the option, Rabbi Refson refused to say if Twitter was being considered. “We’re looking into it,” is all he would say.
One frequent goer, who was not familiar with Twitter, told us: “Going and writing to the Rebbe is something very personal. If messages will be public on this (Twitter), it won’t be fitting.”
The Kotel Twitter, for example, recommends users send “direct messages,” which are private and not visible to the public.