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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!

Batya

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…

Batya

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,

Batya

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,

Batya

How Great is Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai? Lag B’Omer Prayers for You…

I’m so excited because it’s almost Lag B’Omer!  There is a story told that when the Ohr Chaim zt”l first asked his students to make a pilgrimage from Jerusalem to Meron to pray at Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai’s tomb, he got off his donkey at the bottom of Mt. Meron, got on his hands and legs and ‘hee-hawed’ like a donkey all the way up to the tomb.  Apparently it was to show his students that he compared to Rebbe Shimon zt”l, as his donkey compared to him.
When I heard that story, I thought “well then what does that make me?”.
Rebbe Shimon’s tomb is powerful to pray at any day, but on his yahrzeit – the heavens are wide open.
Our prayer agents are travelling there to pray their hearts out for you on this 33rd day of the Omer.
Don’t miss out!  They will either say your prayer and tehillim, or they will say your prayer as well as the special long prayer written at the tzaddik’s tomb.A donation of $18 or $36 respectively is requested.

Not to be missed!

Requests need to be made in the next few days.

PRAY FOR ME AT RABBI SHIMON’S TOMB ON LAG B’OMER!
(You can choose which type of prayer you would like under “Prayer Option”.)

With great love and support from Jerusalem,

Batya

Last Chance for Some of the Greatest Prayer Days of the Year!

We’re SO excited!! 11 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 on Purim.

It’s an eis ratzon (opportune time).  We will be at the Kotel davening extra hard and long for you on this day if you sign up for the 40 days between Taanis Esther and the 8th day of Pesach.

May Hashem answer all of our combined prayers and may you truly feel the light emanating from here!

Purim is for Prayer!! And How You Can Make Better Decisions In Life…

This is it – Purim is in the air and is coming up in just 2 and a half weeks.  It is an incredibly powerful day of prayer and teshuva.  In fact, Purim is so holy that Yom Kippur is actually called ‘Yom HaKippurim’ – a day that is like Purim.  We are meant to pour our hearts and souls out to Hashem and ask him for absolutely everything we need!  Don’t get too distracted by everything else going on in the day – Purim is for prayer!!  That’s why we are sending a prayer agent to the Kotel that day to say extra Tehillim on your behalf if you sign up for the 40 days between Ta’anis Esther and the 8th day of Pesach now!

Rabbis always tell me that peoples’ main issue is what to do in life.   Everyone wants to know what decisions to make.  How do I pick the best career for me, get the best job in the best place and for the best pay?  How do I pick the best spouse for me?  What makes this even more complicated is that there is no objective answer to this – what’s best for someone else likely won’t be best for you.  Plus, what you think is best for you may not wind up being best – only G-d knows what in the end is really best for us.

There is something you can do about this.

David HaMelech says that we should pray to Hashem that our thoughts and decisions should reflect Hashem’s will for us.

Every day when we wake up, we can say ‘Hashem, please guide all of my thoughts, decisions and actions today to be in line with what You want for me’.  Then you can relax – because even though you are driving the car, you are driving it in G-d’s direction, where the destination is the absolute best for your soul’s destiny.  When we take control, although we feel more secure on the outside, in truth we are less secure because inside we know that we cannot possibly know what’s best for us.  But when we give up control of the map by letting G-d “waze” the way, we can relax and feel more confident that whatever will be, is really the best for me.

We are here to help you with these and all of your prayers at the holiest place on earth for one of the holiest times of the year!  The Kabbalah sources teach that the feminine presence of G-d (the Shechina) will always dwell at the Kotel – especially during this time of hidden and revealed miracles.

May Hashem bless us all with perfect direction, with the ability to let go of full control of the wheel and with only revealed good on the stops and path of your life!

Pray for me through Purim and Pesach and we will say extra psalms for you on Purim!!! (If you haven’t already signed up.)

Take the opportunity now! Purim through Pesach 40 days! And Mazel Tovs to…

We miss you!  What’s happening in your life?

We feel very much invested in you, your successes and challenges, and feel honored and privileged that you share with us your prayer needs.

May Hashem soon answer all of them!

Some Mazel Tovs first… Mazel Tov to Shoshana on her engagement to Yehoshua after her 40 days at the Kotel, Mazel Tov to Melissa on her victory in court during her 40 days, and Mazel Tov to Edward on landing his dream job after his 2nd round of 40 days!

If you didn’t already know, Judaica Press recently published a book about my late husband:  https://www.judaicapress.com/products/the-secret-life-of-gershon-burd

We have been getting beautiful reviews about how it changed people’s lives.

In it I discovered a new 40 days story I had either not known or forgotten…

My sister-in-law in America, Jessica Burd, had been dating for many years but had not even come close to meeting a man she would consider marrying.  Since her devoted brother, Gershon zt’l, lived so close to the Kotel and felt her pain, he decided to pray for her for 40 consecutive days.

Guess what?

On exactly the 40th day Jessica got engaged to an amazing man Shmuel.

She only found out later about the prayers at the Wall.

Shmuel later enabled Jessica to co-write this book and publish the story….

You just never know when it’s your turn.

In just 3 weeks begins an incredibly powerful 40 day period of which you have to take advantage!  March 10th is the day after Taanis Esther and 40 days later is the 8th of Pesach.
During this time passes arguably the most powerful prayer day of the year (Purim) and culminates in the splitting of the Red Sea  – a time so powerful that it is compared to the finding of shidduchim.

Don’t miss this amazing time at the Kotel.

Reserve your prayer shliach now!

With blessings for only good things!

Another Tu Bi’shvat Segula? Yes this one is on us!

For the first time ever, I am writing to you from the ‘occupied territory’ of the Old City of Jerusalem. Now, I don’t like to get political here, so instead I will get spiritual….
Ever notice how things sometimes get worse before they get better?
You have a serious pain in your stomach and for some reason the Dr. sends you to inflict more pain by operating? You were trying to get rid of your pain, not have to go through more!! Silly… you know that at the end of the operation, not only will the pain of the surgery subside, but also the stomach ache. The extra pain was just the way back to complete health and a lack of any pain. It was an ANSWER to your prayers for less pain, not a worsening of the pain! You have to trust in the process….
So too with the Geula.. if we truly want to ‘own’ this land, we may have to go through a process of being pained that we don’t truly have it first.
So what about our prayers – for marriage, for success? What if we just don’t see them coming to fruition right away? What if things are even getting harder or more confusing?
That’s when it is up to us to remember the secret – trust – in the process and in G-d. No prayer is ever wasted. Each of your prayers is being counted and safeguarded – building up a storage house for you to be released when the right time comes and for the right thing. We don’t know how many prayers a specific request needs, all we know is that we have to keep trying and doing more and letting go and trust in the process until it happens. Everything else is in G-d’s hands.
Speaking of adding to your prayer storehouses, I wanted to give you a Tu Bi’shvat present. Remember the segula to hang the name of someone who needs a shidduch around an almond tree for the whole of Tu Bi’shvat? After Tu Bi’shvat, we take the name down and send it to you so that you can keep it with you at all times (under your pillow or in your purse). Hamodia wrote about this Segula a few years ago here.
If you’d like us to do this for you, it would be our pleasure in appreciation for your ongoing support. Just fill in your details and prepay the postage online and we’ll mail you the almond-tree wrapped paper directly. Tu Bi’shvat falls on February 11 – in just over 2 weeks. Just click here to sign up and feel free to post/send to friends.
Remember that even though we do segulas, we don’t take them too seriously – they are to give us added help from Above. Ultimately we know that our prayers are answered by Hashem alone and He put these segulas into the world to help us, help ourselves.
With blessings for good news and enough prayers to put you over the top for all of your hopes and dreams!
Batya