Pray Via Internet
This has broad implications for all faiths. One could do an e-pilgrimage. Or a virtual confession.
Anyone who has visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem has heard the steady din of prayers and chants at the sacred Jewish site. These days, it turns out, some of the supplications that fill the air are coming not just from those standing at the wall, but from worshippers thousands of miles away.
An Israeli start-up called POIP (Pray Over Internet Protocol) is making it possible for people to broadcast their prayers through speakers embedded in Webcams, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company sells phone cards that let customers record personal prayers in any language, which are then transmitted in their own voice to the site of their choice via Internet phone and Webcams.
"We provide your soul unlimited access to holiness," reads the company's site. "Try it now!"