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Last Chance for Purim to Pesach – and No Internet? Is That a Joke?

If you haven’t already signed up for prayers for this amazing period, what are you waiting for?

Purim through Pesach is an incredibly powerful time filled with the revelation of Hashem, and the potential to transform our character and soul.   Through restriction –  cutting out the unnecessary, the things that inflate our egos and false-selves, we become free to be the core of what we are.  Free to pursue and focus on that which truly is our life purpose and gives us simcha rather than the things that distract and take us away from our goals.

Recently I lost internet access for many months.

Can you imagine being without internet for several months?  If you can, hats off to you.  If you can’t, then join the crowd.

On the one hand, it was frustrating.  Work took much longer.  I had to travel to get anything done.  On the other hand, the amount of extra time it gave me at home was unbelievably liberating.  All of a sudden I had so much more free time.  Instead of naturally turning on the news, I had to find other things to do to fill my down-times.

What happened was that I gravitated to things that actually truly fed my life purpose.  I wrote.  I created.  I organized.  I ‘hung out’ with my older kids.  More than uncomfortable, it was truly freeing and liberating… allowing me to be free to focus on the real things in life.  That’s Pesach.  We cut out the things we don’t really need and are left with the basics of life.  How grounding.

For this, we need prayers and Hashem’s help.

May the Creator of the Universe answer all of our combined prayers and may you be liberated from that which enslaves you so that you can be free to do that which makes your soul truly happy!

With love and blessings from the place where heaven meets earth!


Purim Through Pesach 40 Days Almost Here and Some Mazel Tovs!

So exciting. I love Mazel Tov time! Who knows how many prayers and mitzvot it took to get these people here but we are happy that the 40 day prayers at the Kotel providentially happened at the time that the prayers were finally answered and so officially gets the credit. :-)

First, and my favorite.  Perhaps you heard about the fall of TEVA, the Israeli pharmaceutical company, a few months ago?  We unfortunately did.  Among the big casualties was a good friend of our family, who had invested a much too heavy size of his family savings into the company when it was at 22+ pts.  To his horror, the stock dropped to 11pts.  He spent time in many classes strengthening his Emunah and getting blessings from Gedolim.  He decided to hired my bar mitzvah boy to trek to the Kotel daily for 40 days and recite books of tehillim to have the stock rise.  He also prayed from home.  At the end of the 40 days, Teva miraculously rebounded to 19 pts.

Great. But not enough to save his fortune.  After weeks of convincing again (40 days is a hard feat for anyone to take on, especially a teenager), my son agreed to pray for him for another round of 40 days.  He just needed 4 more pts to get out.  I am thrilled to say that during his second 40 days our friend was able to save his money when TEVA climbed to just above 22.5 for a brief point (the next morning it went right back down).

If G-d controls the heaven and the earth, it is truly no sweat for Him to control the stock market :-)  So much for all of those who got out early and did not resort to prayer.

Secondly, a good friend of ours was having a very hard time in shidduchim, with a failed engagement and very few prospects.  We are thrilled that she was able to pray her own 40 days at the Kotel with much mesirut nefesh and got engaged to a wonderful man right after!

Mazel tov to Harry who landed the job he was waiting for during our 40 days of prayer for him and mazel tov to Anna, whose son got accepted into the best graduate program possible for him during his 40 days and who got offered the job he wanted on exactly day 40 despite his very average standing.

We love Hashem!!

We even love Hashem when He keeps His chesed and ways hidden from us and trust that He is behind everything in our lives, the happy as well as painful, just helping us to become the best people we can be and saving us from going in the wrong way…

Less than two weeks left to cash in on some of the most powerful prayer days of the year at the Kotel.  Don’t miss out!!!
You CAN help that struggling friend.
You CAN make your life better (as well as others).

Just try it!  Worst case scenario, you get the merit of supporting Torah in Jerusalem.

(If you haven’t yet signed up…) Pray for me for the 40 days through Purim and Pesach!!!

40 days from Purim to Pesach and Rav Chaim on Shidduchim

We’re SO excited!! 24 days til Purim!  As you may already know, on Purim, if a person asks us for tzedaka, we don’t check their credentials (as we would during the rest of the year); instead we just give without question.  So too, we trust Hashem will mirror our actions, by giving us whatever we ask for, without looking into whether or not we are worthy.  The essence of Purim is prayer!!!  It’s an eis ratzon (opportune time).  We are supposed to ask our Abba for EVERYTHING on that day.  Don’t forget! (We won’t…)

Incidentally, a friend of a friend heard Rav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, himself say that there existed a negative spiritual decree in shemayim in recent years that made it hard for many people to get married to the right person.   The Gadol declared that this gezeira was officially lifted this Rosh Hashanah – 5778.  That means that it will be easier for our prayers for marriage to be answered now please G-d, and hopefully for everything else as well!

40 days fall between the Fast of Esther (Feb 28), 2 days before Purim, and the 8th day of Passover.

What an incredible 40 days of prayer here at the Kotel!  Purim is so holy that the official name of Yom Kippur is Yom HaKippurim, or “a day like Purim”.  This time culminates in Pesach, during which the splitting of the red sea happened on the 7th day and the nation of Israel was freed from slavery and officially began their journey as ‘the chosen people’.  Yes I am referring to you chosen person!

We know that the calendar year holds within it certain spiritual energy that we are supposed to use in order to help ourselves get to our own redemption.  Each one of us struggles in a unique way, but each one of us attains our own personal redemption in the same way – through Torah, acts of loving kindness and prayer. We set up this non-profit as a way for you to do all 3 in one go.  Let’s all succeed together!

We will be at the Kotel davening hard for these 40 days between Taanis Esther and the 8th day of Pesach.

Be there with us!

With blessings,


My Personal 40-Day Story, and Just a Week and a Half to Go Til 40 Days Leading to Zos Chanukah!!

So I always wonder how much to share in this forum.  Get personal? Be more formal?  But I decided that this story was a good one. You see, here I am always telling everyone to daven, daven, daven and never give up.  But who am I to speak? Everyone is different.  Everyone has their own story with Hashem and their own path and struggles.  But I believe that each one of us has something to take from everyone else’s journey that can help us on our own. I certainly get so much from all of your stories and struggles.  Perhaps you can get a little inspiration from mine..

After a serious life snag, last year I started a hefty personal mussar, self-improvement and davening program.

When Elul came around I decided to do the 40-days.  Funny, because saying it sounds so easy, but let me tell you it is NOT. It is extremely hard and trying. But Baruch Hashem I spent Rosh Chodesh Elul until Yom Kippur davening at the Kotel to marry a ben-Torah, and then some…

During my tefilos, as I went back up from the Kotel one day I saw a very shiny (that’s how I refer to chein) Rabbi performing a chuppah.  I felt the need to ask him for a bracha.  I felt silly, but did it anyway.  “Rav, I’m an almana with 5 kids, please bless me with a shidduch”.  The Rav gave a funny bracha.  He said that I should marry my zivug ‘this year’.  Interesting.  Very specific I thought, ok.

During the year, of the many kever-hopping prayer trips I took, one was to the Ukraine.  As I was in a park doing some self-reflection, I saw another very shiny bearded man with very clear blue eyes. He asked me for tzedaka and I felt the need to also ask him for a bracha for a shidduch.  He said that he was the only Jewish man in his town and came back to Judaism after a near-death experience which he feels left him with the power to give brachos.  He incidentally turned out to be the descendant of several of the most prominent Chassidic Rebbes in history.  His blessing was peculiar – that I should get married ‘this year’.  Interesting. Same bracha. I filed it into the shidduch folders in the back of my mind under ‘maybe’.

So dating.. dating wasn’t fun. As anyone in the shidduch parsha knows, especially in the later shidduch parsha.  Some people say it’s all about hishtadlus. NO. It’s all about Emunah. Davening. Conversation with Hashem.

The year was almost up. Maybe it wasn’t going to happen? I had come so close but yet so far.  I decided to enlist my new bar mitzvah boy with a job he was looking for – being my 40 days at the Kotel shliach with tehillim.  I handed him my realistic by idealistic list of needs in a shidduch.  My tefilos didn’t seem to be enough (chas v’shalom), maybe his tefilos with tehillim would be better received.  I kept upping the ante.  At the end of his 40 days, I met my new chassan.  Mazel tov!!! It was this year.  And all of our combined tefilos were answered.

So who tipped the scales and when? None of my business.  My business is to do as much as I can.  G-d will mind His business and I will mind my business :-)

The 40 days until Zos Chanukah starts Nov 11, in just a week and a half.

This is your chance to have us daven for you! (If you haven’t yet signed up…)

With love and gratitude from Jerusalem,


The Time of Miracles is Now!

This is it – the time of miracles.  I love how the Jewish calendar gives us times of joy, times of introspection, times to eat and times to fast. We have everything.  Human beings are not just one thing – we have so many sides to ourselves to feed, explore and develop.  Hashem makes our souls and beings also cycle in sync with the calendar and the spiritual energy available in the Universe – so that we can co-exist together in perfect harmony.

Now, in the month of Cheshvan, it’s the time to be still. We wait.  We long.  Why do we have nothing to celebrate?  Why no holidays?  Because our lack of celebration will lead us to long for simcha, which will ultimately culminate in the greatest celebration of all – the inauguration of the 3rd Beis HaMikdash in Cheshvan when Mashiach comes.

So too, in the month of Kislev, when darkness increases the most.  The days get shorter, the nights get longer and we begin to miss, and long for light because we don’t have it.  We long and we long just so that Hashem can give it to us and fulfill our new-found needs – with not just regular light, but with the greatest light that we can access the whole year – Chanukah, and especially Zos Chanukah.

Why do we not have health Hashem? Why aren’t we married yet?  Why doesn’t my sister have the job she wants?

She needs to want it, to long for it.  Ask for it. Work for it. And wait… that will create the vessel so that Hashem can give it to her, to you, and then you will feel the greatest joy and the greatest gratitude and the greatest connection possible to the One who answered your prayers… without the lack, there would be less connection and less potential for ultimate spiritual fulfillment.

In less than 3 weeks (Nov 11) begins the 40 day period that ends with Zos Chanukah (the 8th day of Chanukah). This day is so powerful and filled with so much spiritual light that Chassidut compares Zos Chanukah to Neilah on Yom Kippur. Some circles also refer to this time as the 3rd Neilah (closing of the Gates) from Yom Kippur (the second is Hoshanah Rabba). That means that this is our chance to still place our bid to seal a sweet judgment for us for the rest of the year.  To bring down the blessing to fill our lacks that were put there with intention.

Remember your Rosh Hashanah pledges? Remember your requests? Are you there yet?

Now is the time to go forward. To ask. To want.  To daven.  To fix yourself where you know you can improve.

Never give up!! You can accept G-d’s judgment and trust Him along the way but NEVER give up asking, NEVER give up pushing for more zchusim to get to where you want to go.  You can be there!!!  If you haven’t gotten a yes answer yet it means you need to daven MORE, harder, do more.  G-d’s business is G-d’s business.  Our business is to push harder and to also let go at the same time.

Let’s help you on your path at the place where G-d hears and reveals Himself most in this world.  Our Talmidei Chachamim are ready to pray for you for the 40 days leading up to this final Neilah.

Request now and spare Shira the last minute rush. Shira just had a baby boy by the way, Mazel Tov, but as usual will be on the other line to help you.

With tremendous outpouring of appreciation for your financial part in the rebuilding of Torah-life in the Old City of Jerusalem and with blessings that all of our prayers for you are soon answered sweetly,


Erev Rosh Hashanah Prayers in UMAN for You!!!

I am very happy to be writing to you from the holy Old City of Jerusalem in the spiritual month of Elul. It’s amazing how Elul is just in the air. Every moment and incident is a gentle, yet clear message from Above to correct and to guide us into a better and more aligned New Year. Where we fell during the year, we can fix more easily now.  Isn’t it wonderful to have an Abba in shamayim who spreads his ‘arms’ out in acceptance and says, “I’m here, I want to hear from you, I want you back. Come to me.”

Our eyes become more in tune and our hearts become more sensitive and willing to accept His guidance because His love just feels so good…

Of course, our job here at Western Wall Prayers is to use every possible spiritual resource available to help you come closer and get what you need in life.  So, we have decided once again to send our Jerusalem Torah scholars to Rebbe Nachman’s tomb (kever) in Uman, Ukraine on Erev Rosh Hashanah.

Amongst other things, Rebbe Nachman zt”l is famous for having promised to save those who come to his tomb on Erev Rosh Hashanah and pray the special Tikun HaKlali prayer (10 specific psalms said in a certain order). So, that is exactly what our prayer warriors will be doing for you. In fact, they will say the entire Tikun HaKlali exclusively for your prayer request.

One need not be Breslov to appreciate the greatness of this Holy Tzaddik and the merit that he has before the Almighty to influence our upcoming year’s judgment. It is an incredibly unique opportunity.  I thankfully had the zchus of going to Uman myself this year and can tell you that I felt no day or night there, just sincere prayer.  If you can’t be there in person, we will be there for you.

Pray for Me at Rebbe Nachman’s kever in Uman
(Under “Prayer Option” at the bottom of the page, choose “($36) Uman – Erev Rosh Hashanah Tikun Haklali”).

With blessings that you be signed and sealed for a sweet new year!


Last Chance to Get Your Prayers In! What Do You Want This Year?

It’s very exciting, and nerve-wracking to some extent.  The year 5778 is almost here.

What do you want this year to look like?
What do you want to happen?  For you?  Your family?  A friend?
Who do you want to be?

What are you waiting for?

This is your chance to have us beg Hashem for you at the place where all prayer goes up and the future site of the Beit HaMikdash!!! (If you haven’t already signed up.)

May all of our prayers for you be quickly answered!

With great love and brachos for a beautiful year ahead for you, and all of the world…


The Most Important 40 Days of Prayer of the Year Are NOW!!!

Each year on Rosh Hashanah, “all inhabitants of the world pass before G‑d like a flock of sheep,” and it is decreed in the heavenly court “who shall live, and who shall die … who shall be impoverished, and who shall be enriched; who shall fall and who shall rise.” 

Since this is something serious, G-d gave us the entire month of Elul to reflect on the year gone by and prepare.  We are supposed to see where we went wrong and try to transform, to spend more time learning Torah, praying and giving charity.  To make it easier to judge us favorably, G-d illuminates His Thirteen Attributes of Mercy for us this month.  We especially feel this close to the Kotel.  It is such a special time and I am so excited!!!  And of course, also nervous, as it does lead up to Judgment Day.  The entire world is focusing on the Temple Mount now, and so are we.

Life will start anew then and anything can happen, to us, to our friends and family, and to the world…

The future is ours to create, the past is ours to erase. There’s strength in numbers and in partnerships and we can help each other to be more successful!  I once saw a yiddishe quote/joke. It said, “if we thought prayer worked, we would pay others to pray for us.” I guess the writers never surfed this site :-)

I also heard the quote, “if you don’t have time to earn Olam Haba yourself – then buy it!”  Meaning, give money to someone who is devoted to earning it every minute, then you earn it through him!

But seriously, notwithstanding the sarcasm, the underlining message is actually true.

Hashem gave us many ways to earn merit.  We only need to pick one.  Hashem gave us many avenues and opportunities to have our prayers heard, we only need to keep trying.  Always accept that whatever happens is for the best, but never ever give up when it comes to asking for what you want! You never know how many prayers are enough to tip the scales.

And if there is nothing that you want for yourself, I urge you to think of a needy friend or acquaintance that could use something and donate money for prayers on their behalf – you can even keep it a secret for extra merit!  We need all of the merit that we can get right now and as a Jew, you have so much power to influence the course of events this year just by doing chesed and giving charity and supporting Torah-learning (you get all 3 through these 40-days).  We need you to do your part more than ever now, especially to support Jewish presence at the Western Wall.  The Gedolim say, and the world sees, that Mashiach is around the corner…

Reserve my prayer agent now for the 40 days from Rosh Chodesh Elul thru Yom Kippur!

May Hashem bless you and your family with a year full of blessings, happiness, fulfillment, and spiritual and material success,


Mazel tov to… And 40 Days From R”CH Elul – YK

We hope you are having a wonderful summer. On this side of the world we are extremely excited by the many mazel tovs we have to give to our donors. Mazel tov to Kayla on becoming a kallah after her 40 days of prayer, to Ben on his first successful job offer in 9 months, to Leila on getting the mark she wanted on her board exams, to Mark, for beating his once very grim brain cancer diagnosis and to Sara, who after experiencing a lifetime of pain in her relationship with her mother, finally found some peace, healing and forgiveness. Stories like yours make us remember that anything is possible!  We feel incredibly privileged to be a part of your lives – in both your struggles and your triumphs.  May the struggles be short-lived and healing, and may the triumphs be sweet and plentiful!

In this effort, we wanted to make sure that you know about arguably the most important 40 days of the year coming up on Rosh Chodesh Elul (August 22nd) through Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (September 30). Reserve your shliach now!

The verse from Shir HaShirim, “Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li” (“I am to my beloved as my beloved is to me”) alludes to the time between Rosh Chodesh Elul and Yom Kippur when Moshe went up to Har Sinai to pray for the forgiveness of the Jewish people. This is so because the total gematria of the last letter of each word equals exactly 40 (the number of days Moshe ascended to pray).  This is the source of our 40 days of prayer at the Kotel.  We will follow Moshe’s example by praying during this time in the hopes that Hashem also answers our prayers for you as He did Moshe’s for the Jewish people.

It is a very exciting, yet anxious time – knowing that the next year holds within it a completely new potential for us on all fronts – physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially.  Anything is possible!

What will be – only Hashem knows.  But what can be depends largely on the efforts you put forth towards it… now.

There is no better time to do teshuva, give charity and engage in prayer.

There is no greater objective place to invest charity than to the mitzva of Torah-learning (especially in the real Jerusalem) because it is equivalent to doing all 613 mitzvot at once.

And, there is no greater place for prayer to elicit Divine help than by the Kotel.

Our shlichim will be at the Kotel for these incredible 40-days. Be there with us!

Pray for Me through Elul, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

With blessings for health and happiness, as well as spiritual and financial success for you and your family this year 5778,