The Rabbi of Beit El, Rav Zalman Baruch Melamed, presided over a special Yom Kippur Katan prayer rally at the Ulpana neighborhood, part of which is to be dismantled or razed.
The Yom Kippur Katan ("Small Yom Kippur") prayers are traditionally recited on the last day of the Jewish month, along with fasting.
"We have gathered so that G-d may remove from us harsh and bad decrees," the rabbi said in his sermon. "In the last few days we have been trying to decide, whether to opt for protest or for an agreed solution. Neither path leads to a perfect solution."
The rabbi, who co-founded Beit El and heads its yeshiva, also related to the vandalism committed Monday against a car belonging to a veteran leader of the settlement enterprise, Ze'ev Hever (Zambish). "There are different opinions as to how we should act," he said, "but we all want the common good and we will only succeed through unity. Yesterday there was improper behavior toward Zambish. This is not the way to behave. Everyone should walk his own path in mutual respect, seeing as we are all advancing toward the same goal."
"This rally is not meant to influence anyone," the rabbi emphasized. "Rather, we are turning to G-d. We will pray to the Sovereign of the World and hope for the best."