Gedolei Yisrael in the United States are calling for an atzeres tefillah and kinus hisorerus in response to the stated intent of the new Israeli government to make dramatic changes that would significantly impact the chareidi population and their mosdos hachinuch. These changes include imposing a quota on the number of full-time yeshivah students who are exempt from the military draft. Were the proposed new law enacted, it would dramatically reduce the number of full-time lomdei Torah in Eretz Yisrael.
Sources close to the Gedolim stressed to Hamodia on Monday that the atzeres, tentatively scheduled to take place early Sunday afternoon, 11 Iyar/April 21, in downtown Manhattan, will not be a demonstration or protest against the State of Israel, or an effort to enlist the American public or the American government in a campaign to fight the proposed new law. Rather, the primary purpose of the gathering is to help the Jewish community better understand the nature of the crisis in Eretz Yisrael, express our deep concern about this development, and to daven for rachmei Shamayim in the face of this impending gezeirah.
Full details, as well as a kol korei signed by leading Gedolim, will, iy”H, appear in our Wednesday edition.