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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mobile App Sends Prayers Half a World Away

With the release of an application promising to send a prayer to holy sites thousands of miles away, iPhone aficionados need not worry about their distance from the Western Wall in Jerusalem and the Cambria Heights, N.Y., resting place of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.

Munera, a Silicon Valley-based startup specializing in mobile application development, partnered with the Jewish Web site Chabad.org to make its new iPhone application, Send a Prayer – Western Wall, widely available.

With a price of $0.99 and the ability to compose prayers in English, French or Spanish on any iPhone or iPod Touch, both organizations expect the application to be used extensively in the immediate run-up to Rosh Hashanah and in the days before Yom Kippur. Upon receipt of the prayers, Chabad-Lubavitch representatives will place them in between the stones of the Western Wall and beside the Rebbe’s resting place.

“We are very excited about this partnership,” said Munera founder Na’ama Moran, who envisions the application gaining popularity in communities worldwide.

Said Rabbi Meir Simcha Kogan, managing director of Chabad.org: “When technology is utilized to span geographic space and connect people, we are then realizing the ultimate purpose of the energy latent in Creation. By connecting people with holy sites half a world away, this application helps us all live on a higher, holier plane.”

The Send a Prayer application can be downloaded by clicking here.


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