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Maranan Verabonon Call for Fasting and Prayer on Erev Rosh Chodesh Kislev
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In light of the great danger looming over the Jews of Eretz Hakodesh, a special prayer and fast day was called for last Monday erev rosh chodesh Kislev by maranan verabonon, the gedolei haTorah vehaChassidus, shlita. It was observed by the recitation of the Yom Kippur Koton prayer, Ovinu Malkeinu and a half a day of fasting. In addition, Maranan verabonon directed Klal Yisroel to recite chapters of Tehillim and the prayer of Acheinu Beis Yisroel daily after shacharis.

The message which the gedolei haTorah circulated prior to rosh chodesh read:

"`Eis tsoro hi leYaakov, umimenu yivoshei'a.' It is a time of trouble for Yaakov, for our enemies have raised their heads, saying `let us wipe them off from the nations, so that the name Yisroel will no longer be recalled.' At such a time, when danger looms over the heads of our brethren in Eretz Hakodesh and even in the Diaspora, we are obligated to awaken and to strengthen ourselves in Torah, avoda and gemilus chassodim. Each man must help his fellow and say to his brothers, `chazak, and must fortify the foundations of religion.

"In light of the situation, it was decided to call to all Jews to recite the following chapters of Tehillim after shacharis: 83, 130, 142, and to say Acheinu Beis Yisroel . . .

"Principals of talmudei Torah and educational institutions everywhere should establish this practice in their institutions.

"In addition, it has been decided to designate the 29th of Cheshvan, erev rosh chodesh Kislev, as a fast until chatzos. One who cannot fast should redeem the taanis with tzedokoh. On that day, we should pour out our hearts in the recitation of the prayer of Yom Kippur Koton and Ovinu Malkeinu, and Hashem Yisborach will hear our cries of distress and supplications, and will accept our prayers with rachamim and rotzon, and say: `Enough to the misfortunes of Yisroel,' and hasten to redeem us and to deliver us from adversity to succor, from darkness to a great light."

The letter was signed by the following:

Yosef Sholom Eliashiv; Hak' Moshe Yehoshua BHH"Z MHRC"M ztll"h, Aharon Yehuda Leib Steinman, Yaakov Aryeh Alter, Hak' Yissochor Dov Rokach, Yechiel Michel Feinstein, Shmuel Halevi Wosner, Hak' Yochonon BH"G MHR"M Sofer zt"l, Moshe Shmuel Shapira, Avrohom Yaakov BMHR"R MS"Y, Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, Boruch Shimon Schneerson, Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg, Yisroel Mordechai Twersky, Zalman Rotberg, Avrohom Menachem Danziger, S.Y. Nissim Karelitz, Yisroel Dan BHR"Z MHRS"A ztlh"h of Modzitz, Tzvi Markowitz, Levi Yitzchok Halevi Horowitz of Boston, Avrohom Yaakov Zaleznik, Binyomin Zilber, the words of MV"C do not need strengthening Chaim Kanievsky, Shmuel Auerbach, Ephraim Fischel Rabinowitz, Chaim Brim, Chaim Shaul Karelitz, Gershon Edelstein, Hak' Menachem Mendel Taub of Kaleb the son of AV"A Hak' of Razlo Vachoson Hak' of Kevnia, Eliezer Berland


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