Security Concerns Put Planned Atzeres Tefillah in Doubt

NEW YORK -

The Atzeres Tefillah that had been scheduled for Sunday in lower Manhattan seemed to be very much in doubt on Tuesday, apparently due to security concerns following the terror attacks in Boston. As of press time, organizers were still consulting with the dozens of Rabbanim who had signed a kol korei calling for the gathering.

The Atzeres Tefillah and Kinus Hisorerus were to be in response to the stated intent by the new Israeli government to make dramatic changes that will 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 to be enacted, it would dramatically reduce the population of full-time lomdei Torah in Eretz Yisrael.

The atzeres, which had been tentatively scheduled to take place early Sunday afternoon, 11 Iyar / April 21, in downtown Manhattan, was not intended to 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 was 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.