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Call for Yom Tefillah on Erev Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A special yom tefillah was called by the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Degel Hatorah for Wednesday, erev Rosh Chodesh Tammuz. Although most of our readers will not see the paper until after then, we are publishing the special kol korei that was issued, to provide an indication of the thinking of the rabbonim on our current situation.

They Called Out to Hashem in Their Distress

In light of the difficult situation of the Jewish Nation, at a time when Jewish blood is being spilled like water, mothers and fathers and young children are being cut down, lo oleinu, in their prime through shocking and frightening accidents and horrible incidents, including traffic accidents and bitter and harsh illnesses -- at a time when the pained cries of widows and orphans rise up to Shomayim, at a time when the tzoros of the klal and individuals have increased, at a time when the suffering of the body and the nefesh is great, at a time when the general situation in Eretz Hakodesh is very difficult, especially from a spiritual standpoint, and no one knows what the morrow will bring -- we are obligated to cry out in prayer and entreaties, as the Rambam teaches at the beginning of Hilchos Taanis: "But if they don't cry out and don't cause an uproar, but rather say, these occurrences are chance . . . that is the way of cruelty."

Therefore we call upon men, women and children to assemble in all of the synagogues and batei medrash, along with the throngs of amcho Beis Yisroel, and to plead for our souls.

We call upon all to gather for a day of prayer, each individual in accordance with the custom of each person's place of residence.

Let us meet together, with one heart, on Wednesday, the 29th of Sivan, erev rosh chodesh Tammuz, the shmittah year, in order to render our pleas and outcries before the Master of All.

Keil Kabir will not reject the prayers of the many and will accept our prayers and listen to our pleas with rachamim and rotzon, and will shed a spirit of purity from Above which will return us to Ovinu shebaShomayim. Fathers will return to their sons and sons to their fathers, and Hashem will have pity on us, and we will not be lost. We will merit the coming of Moshiach Tzidkeinu quickly out of rachamim and great kindness

Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah

Degel HaTorah and Agudas Yisroel


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