Tens of Thousands Unite in Tefillah at NYC Atzeres


atzeres-tefillah2[Photos below.] New York, NY – Anywhere from 50,000-150,000 people heeded the call of the gedolim both in America and Eretz Yisroel to attend a massive atzeres tefillah this afternoon in Lower Manhattan’s Financial District. Yidden came by car, bus, train, and even boat and highways ferry to be mekadesh Shem Shumayim.

At the atzeres, the tzibbur was mispallel to Hashem to negate the plans of Israeli politicians who have proposed a law designed to severely limit the growth of Torah in Eretz Yisroel. The proposed law would not only abandon Israel’s longstanding exemption of full-time yeshiva students from military service, but it would expose bnei Torah who refuse as a matter of religious principle to be drafted into the military to potential criminal sanction.

With the atzeres tefillah, American Jewry joined in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of Jews who gathered in the streets of Yerushalayim last week to pour out their hearts in tefillah and to express their pain and protest regarding this proposed new law.

The asifa took place on Water Street in lower Manhattan between Fulton Street and Broad Street.

The event began at 2 p.m. with Minchah, led by Rav Yosef Frankel, Vyelipoler Rebbe; followed by Tehillim and tefillos b’tzibbur.

Tehillim was led by various gedolim, including Rav Don Segal, senior mashgiach from Eretz Yisroel; Chacham Yosef Harari-Raful, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Ateret Torah; and Rav Matisyahu Salomon, mashgiach of Beth Medrash Govoah in Lakewood, NJ. The Novominsker Rebbe, Rav Yaakov Perlow, then led the recital of Avinu Malkeinu and the Klausenberger Rebbe led the recital of Selichos. Rav Shloime Mandel, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva of Brooklyn, led the large crowd in saying the Yud Gimmel Middos. Rav Aharon Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe, led the recital of Kabbolas Ohl Malchus Shomayim. Rabbi Shlomo Gertzulin and Rabbi Avrohom Nissan Perl of Agudas Yisroel of America emceed the program.

Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zweibel, Executive Vice President of Agudas Yisroel of America, concluded the event with the reading of a prepared statement.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter/Photos: Bechadrei}


  1. HaRav Don Segal was not there as the senior Mashgiach of Eretz Yisroel. Rather, he is the Mashgiach of Yeshivas Torah Vodaas in America (although he also serves the Jewish community in Eretz Yisroel e.g. he is a Rosh Kollel in Jerusalem where various Rabbanim learn.).


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