Thousands of Jews prayed at the Western Wall Monday night for G-d “to blot out the thoughts of those who hate us and of the wicked enemy Iran.”
Rabbis from dozens of cities and yeshivas arrived at the holy site for the nightly “Slichot” prayers recited in the period before the Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur holidays.
Tzfat Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu told Arutz Sheva, “We are praying that G-d will decree life for the People of Israel. We are not complacent, and we know we must act with both prayer and action, like Mordechai and Esther,” referred to in the Book of Esther.
The Biblical account relates Mordechai and Esther's prayers and actions that led the King of Persia, now Iran, to overturn a decree from his deputy Haman, who plotted to kill all of the Jews in the empire.
“We need to pay back our enemies with their ‘just reward,'” said Rabbi Eliyahu, son of the late Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu.
“We came to pray that G-d will give our leaders strength,” he added