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In the olden days, when you were home alone, the only way to get some real live company was to step outside and go find a real live person to talk to. Then in the late 1800s, thanks to Alexander Graham Bell’s newest invention, you could actually walk over to a funny-shaped machine, punch in a few numbers, and — magic! Today we can liven things up — and make things really interactive from our homes. We can call a hotline. In one instant, we’re connected. Now we’re talking!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

olf fashioned phone mishpachaWisdom on a Wire

Want to hear an inspiring story or interesting shiur on the phone? Choose among Chazak, WonderWords, and TIC TALK — Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation’s inspirational hotlines for adults, teens, and children.


MJ interviews Mrs. Tziri Frank of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation:


MJ: What is the inspiration behind the inspiration? How did this hotline come to be?

Mrs. Frank: Mr. Michael Rothschild, founder of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, started this hotline 17 years ago, after being amazed at the powerful impact his words of chizuk had on a sick friend in the hospital. Mr. Rothschild decided this would be a wonderful way for CCHF to promote positive speech. Today, more than 85,000 weekly callers benefit from this special hotline.


MJ: CCHF recently launched TIC TALK, a new hotline for teens. What’s it all about?

Mrs. Frank: TIC is an acronym for “Timely Inspiration and Chizuk.” TIC TALK is a hotline that gives chizuk to the ordinary teenager living a typical life, to keep on being the great kid he or she is. TIC TALK features question-and-answer sessions with noted rabbanim and mechanchos, focusing on issues relevant to all teens. It also has a school spotlight, teens’ personal stories, a serial story, shmiras halashon yomi — and more. It’s only been up and running for a few short weeks, but the already more than 130,000 callers have been giving rave reviews. 

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