Daily Israel Report

Chassidim Pray at Rav Ashi's Tomb

A group of about 100 Breslov Chassidim, secured by IDF soldiers, entered the tomb of the Talmud compiler Rav Ashi for a special prayer service.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 6/15/2011, 3:49 AM / Last Update: 6/15/2011, 5:43 AM

Israel News photo: News 24

A group of about 100 Breslov Chassidim entered the tomb of the Talmud compiler Rav Ashi on Monday, where they held a special prayer service.

Rav Ashi’s tomb is located at Tziporen, near the Lebanese border, and as such the prayer service required approval by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who is currently on an official visit in China. Rabbi Meir Porush, head of the United Torah Judaism Knesset faction, made the entrance to the tomb possible after he submitted an approval request to Barak.

Rabbi Chaim Reicher, chairman of the Yesod Haolam organization which initiated the event, thanked Rabbi Porush for his hard work in ensuring the prayer took place.

IDF forces, accompanied by tanks, secured the worshipers while they prayed.

All photos courtesy of News 24.