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Call for Tefilloh by the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Though most (but not all) of our readers will be seeing this after the fact, we are nonetheless including these calls from the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah in Eretz Yisroel and the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah in America. The need for prayer will certainly not have passed.

BS'D -- Menachem Av 5763

Eis Tzoroh LeYaakov

These are calamitous times for Am Yisroel--eis tzoroh leYaakov--in light of the weighty tragedies: the blood of men, women and children has been spilled and some victims are still in need of much rachamei Shomayim.

We cannot be apathetic in response to this, chas vesholom, but must arouse ourselves, taking heed of why Hashem Yisborach has wrought this against us. It is only to compel us to rectify our ways. Each of us must do a reckoning. We must redouble our efforts in Torah study within the tents of Torah and, for those who do not fall under the category of Toraso umnoso, by setting fixed times for daily Torah study. We must also strengthen our mitzvah observance and especially in mitzvos shebein odom lechavero, increasing ahavas chinom and gemilus chassodim, and reinforce the walls of holiness by strengthening the standards of modesty, each of us individually and with his household.

In addition we must cry out and plead in our prayers, raising our hands to Hashem in Heaven, entreating Him to have pity and compassion upon us, the few survivors of His nation Beis Yisroel, by coming to our rescue and salvation, extricating us from the terrible situation we are embroiled in.

Since collective prayer is better heard we have designated Wednesday, Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul, as a day of prayer on which all of Your nation Beis Yisroel, every individual in his own place according to his congregation's customs, will pour out articulations and supplicate in tefilloh and tachnunim, asking He Who Dwells on High to be gracious unto us and put a stop to Am Yisroel's suffering and may woes be heard no more within our bounds.

And may He strengthen the brokenhearted and take pity upon us, redeeming us and bringing us forth from trouble to relief and from darkness to light.

Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah

Degel HaTorah -- Agudas Yisroel

The American Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah

In the wake of recent devastating occurrences in the Holy Land and the dangers that continue to threaten our brothers living there, we join the Torah leadership of Eretz Yisroel and call upon our fellow Jews here, in America, to arouse the mercy of our Father in Heaven and beseech Him for mercy. Let us gather in our Botei Knessios and Batei Midroshos -- in our Houses of Worship and Halls of Study -- to offer the special Tefillos of Yom Kippur Kotton as well as Pirkei Tehillim on this coming Wednesday, on the Eve of Rosh Chodesh Elul, 5763.

May it be Hashem's will that our prayers be well received, and our pleas for mercy and compassion be accepted, and that we merit yeshuos venechomos -- salvation and comfort -- and the Geulah Sheleimoh in the immediate future.

Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah Agudath Israel of America


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