Monthly Archives: August 2016

Amazing 40-Days Story, and the Most Important 40 Days of the Year!

Having run this project for over a decade now, I often get told personal stories of people doing 40-days themselves (and am frequently answering halachic questions on the particulars of doing the 40-days).

The other day a friend told me a beautiful story.  She has never been married and has been dating for over 20 years.  Her sister was also unmarried and dating for what seemed to be an eternity. Thinking only of her sister, my friend decided to do the 40-days for her.  Now, if you have ever done the 40-days, you know that it is a massive commitment and overhaul of your life. If it is not your first priority, you will more than likely miss a day and have to start all over again.  You also must plan 5-6 Shabbosim near the Old City and cannot be away from Jerusalem for more than a day the entire time.  You also cannot miss sundown and should keep a chart to be sure.

In short, this is no easy or simple task!

Day in and day out, she did this.  Climbing and descending those Kotel stairs.  “Hashem, please bring my sister her husband!”  After 40 days, she waited and watched together with her sister.  Nothing happened.

She continued to feel the pain of her sister’s loneliness.

She resolved to do the 40-day prayer segula again.  5-6 Shabbosim near the Old City.  No leaving Jerusalem for over a month.  Never missing sundown at the Kotel for 40 days. All over again. “Please Hashem let my sister marry her soul-mate!”   Baruch Hashem she was successful – all 40 were done in a row!  When she was finished, again she watched and waited.  Still nothing.

She remained steadfast and determined. If 80 days wasn’t enough, she thought, I’ll do 120.  If 120 isn’t enough – I’ll do 160.

She booked another 40 days out of her life to be close to the Kotel and faithfully checked off her chart as she poured out her heart at the Kotel daily for her sister to get married.  On day 40 at the Kotel, while she was davening, she actually experienced a beautiful presence come over her and felt that her prayers had been accepted.

Low and behold, she was right.  Shortly after, her sister became engaged and married a wonderful man.

Kol hakavod is all I can say!  Always accept your judgement as being for the best, but never take no for answer when it comes to hishtadlut in prayer!

We certainly won’t!

Pray for me for the 40 days from Rosh Chodesh Elul through Yom Kippur!  (It just might change your year!) 

With blessings and love from Jerusalem,

Batya Burd and Your Western Wall Prayers Family

It’s Almost Elul!!!

We hope you are having a wonderful summer and getting some time to enjoy the little things.

Having just gone through the incredibly cathartic experience of Tisha B’Av, we hope you are de-processing, defusing and getting ready for the next step…

The year is coming to an end.

Was it what you wanted?
Did you come closer to your goals? Fall a little?

If so, it’s not too late to climb back up.

The regrets of the past are yours to erase, the future is yours to create.

Now is the time to take stock and strategize for how you will get the best out of your upcoming year.

What do you want?

How will you get there?

Over here we are incredibly excited for this magical 40-days from Rosh Chodesh Elul through Yom Kippur – when we more tangibly feel the closeness, love and acceptance of our Creator and father.

You can bet that we will be at the Kotel in droves, morning to night, giving tzedaka and praying our hearts out that Am Yisroel, and hopefully you, be granted a beautiful year of plenty and simcha.

We hope you will be with us, with your dreams for yourself and loved ones…

Reserve your prayer agent now!

With love and blessings from Jerusalem,

Batya Burd and Your Western Wall Prayers Family

Pray for me for the 40 days from Rosh Chodesh Elul to Yom Kippur!