Admirers and friends of Rabbi Chanan Porat will gather on Sunday at Rachel's Tomb for Mincha afternoon prayer, recitation of Psalms and Arvit evening prayer for his complete recovery.
Rabbi Porat, one of the heads--and known as the leader-- of Gush Emunim, the Judea and Samaria settlers' movement that established the first Jewish communities in the 1970s and around which the present movement was built, served as a Knesset member for the Techia and NRP nationalist parties. He has been dealing with a serious disease for a prolonged period, and this has forced him to significantly decrease his public activity.
In an interview with Arutz Sheva 10 weeks ago, Rabbi Porat said: “I thank the Lord for every drop of life, for every single breath. I have no feeling of despondence and no sense of crisis, we are dealing with things with courage and faith, we are dealing with things that are difficult on the medical level too, but we strive to continue to add light and Torah, and an evening like this, I feel, gives me added life and joy.”
"I am continuing on my way as usual: I am working on my book series called 'A Little of the Light' on the Pentateuch – I have published Genesis, Exodus, Numbers and I am working on Leviticus now. Writing is a bit difficult for me. I hope with all my heart that in the course of the coming year to complete the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. I hope that I will have added a little bit of light... in the midst of much darkness, in the spirit of Rabbi Kook who wrote – 'may the old be renewed and the new become sanctified.' That is my goal and I hope to have that privilege.”