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By: Dave Gordon

Almost three years ago Flatbush resident Sam Gabbay harnessed modern technology to allow Jews the world over to easily say tehillim,as we have done for generations. Gabbay created the onetehillim.comapp for smart phones. Now, the 23-year-old software and website programmer has created the onetehillim.comwebsite, which allows easy access, even for those without smart phones.

Tens of thousands of people are clicking into onetehillim.com monthly to pray for others’ welfare.

When a tragic fire occurred this past Hanukah, Gabbay sent a notification out to pray for the father and his family members.

“I saw a huge spike of how many people were using the app, and praying at that moment,” Gabbay says.

He says that he created the app in order to make it easier for people to say tehillim, and to alleviate his growing frustration with existing methods already out there for this purpose.

Gabbay notes that there are a number of online programs, or chart systems, to assign chapters for prayer. However, he was not satisfied with what existed, as some vehicles for saying tehillimrequired users to pay or were not so user-friendly.

Gabbay’s creation isone-click easy, has no ads, and is completely free, no strings attached.

Gabbay said, “I just don’t see how someone could charge for a Tehillimapp. It’s an app that you use to pray for healing. For me personally, I could not see how that could make sense.

“So, I set out to make my own beautiful Tehillimapp. I hired a designer. Alongside that also, I built in functionality, so people could socially interact with the app. If someone knew someone who wasn’t feeling well, they could add that person’s namesto a global list so people could pray for them.”

For example, if someone was headed for surgery, and a friend or relative was worried that the surgery might not go well and
felt that the person was in need of prayers right away, they could add that information on the app, and people would get that
notice in their “notification” boxes. They wouldn’t even need to open the app.

“I will say that people have come to me and said that the sense of unity alone has made them feel better about the situation they have been going through,” Gabbay says. “Thank Gd it’s been growing, and people have been using it.”

Gabbay’s creation of a web-based Tehillimwas made in order to accommodate those who did not have iPhones or iPads.

With the “groups” tab, you can easily invite your friends, and it automatically assigns two tehillimto the person that joins. The assignments go in chronological order. For example, if Shlomo joins now, he will be assigned tehillim1 and 2. Then if Chaim joins, he will be assigned
3 and 4, and so on, until all of the tehillimare all taken. Once all the tehillimhave been taken the process begins again.

The “Refuah” icon has a list of names of people to pray for. “Notifications” in the app are names
of people that Gabbay sends out.

“I am happy that people are praying. I want people to have a place where they can go and they can feel comfortable enough to pray tehillim, and know that we are all one, all together, and all united,” Gabbay says.

Gabbay concludes, “The response has been amazing. It’s good to know how many people are praying for others.”