Simultaneous Prayer Services in 40 Cities

In light of the multiple threats facing the Jewish People, mass prayer gatherings will be held on Thursday throughout Israel - and in Monsey, NY.

Hillel Fendel ,

In light of multiple threats currently extant against the Jewish People, mass prayer and outcry gatherings will be held on Thursday throughout Israel - and in Monsey, NY.

The military threats that have energized concerned Jews throughout the country to organize the prayer services include long-range non-conventional Iranian and Syrian missiles, Hizbullah's thousands of missiles not far from Israel's northern border, and the continuing weapons flow from Iran and Syria into Lebanon.

Historically and traditionally, whenever the Jewish people have been threatened, they have responded in with an outpouring of prayer and repentance.  The Patriarch Jacob, Moses, the nation as a whole several times during the period of the Judges, Mordechai and Esther - these are just some of the many examples of Jewish prayer under tribulation.  Jewish Law clearly stipulates that when great dangers hover over the community, the people must gather in the public square with sackcloth and ashes, pray, repent of their bad deeds, and together cry out for Divine mercy.

Prayer services of this type are scheduled to take place at 6 PM on Thursday in Jerusalem, Ofakim, Nof Ayalon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Tel Tzion, Be'er Sheva, Beit Shemesh, Bnei Brak, Bat Yam, Afula, Petach Tikvah, Givatayim, Nesher, Tel Aviv and some 20 other cities and locations on both sides of the Green Line.  The initiative has even reached Monsey, New York, where preparations are being made to hold a prayer service late Thursday afternoon.

The new Jewish month of Nissan begins Sunday, rendering the Thursday before it Yom Kippur Katan, a day expecially suitable for prayer-and-repentance services.

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