Huge Tefillah Rally Set for Sunday in Yerushalayim

Torah study hall in the Ponevezh Yeshivah in Bnei Brak. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Torah study hall in the Ponevezh Yeshivah in Bnei Brak. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

The huge tefillah rally announced by Gedolei Yisrael at their historic meeting two days ago will iy”H take place this coming Sunday, Rosh Chodesh Adar II, at 4 p.m. Israel time at the entrance to Yerushalayim and the surrounding areas. It will be attended by Gedolei Yisrael from across the spectrum.

In accordance with the decision made at the joint Moatzos meeting, the chareidi community from all over Eretz Yisrael —including the cheder children from all the talmudei Torah — will participate. They will gather in unity and with sincere concern  for the future of Klal Yisrael, to daven to Hakadosh Baruch Hu that the difficult decrees against lomdei Torah in Eretz Yisrael be annulled, and that the tremendous chillul Hashem that the decision caused should be averted.

At the exact same time, Torah communities around the world in the United States, England and other places are holding discussions about organizing rallies in solidarity with their brethren in Eretz Yisrael to daven that the Torah learning in Eretz Yisrael should be able to continue unimpeded and without the threat of being imprisoned.

The preparatory committee is comprised of members of all the communities. They are Rabbis Chanoch Zeibert, Avraham Rubinstein, Meir Porush, Yosef Deutsch, Amir Krispal, Chaim Biton, Yehudah Gelber, Eliyahu Hendler, Yisrael Keiser, Shmuel Shapiro and Schneur Rosen. They held a planning session on Tuesday at the offices of Bnei Brak Mayor Chanoch Ziebert.

The preparatory committee will spend the next few days sorting out the logistics, including transportation arrangements, security and other details.

The goal is to get one million people to come together to daven that the decrees be annulled, “ki nimkarnu ani v’ami — I and my nation have been sold,” in unity and solidarity, with the hope that “hen Kel Kabir lo yimas tefillas rabbimHakadosh Baruch Hu will not turn away the tefillos of the masses.”