The Moetzes Gedoei HaTorah of America joined Gedolei Eretz Yisrael in calling for a yom tefillah on erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan:

“Nation of Hashem! Let Us All Be Strong! And increase our prayers on behalf of our holy Torah in our holy land.

“It is a distressing time for Torah and its students in Eretz Yisrael. Various powerful political forces have been emboldened to seek to undermine the invaluable treasure of our lives and the very soul of our people–the study of Torah in the holy yeshivos and kollelim brimming with precious young men who dedicate their days and nights to Torah-study, becoming fonts of Torah for all of Klal Yisrael.

“Before us is a clear and present danger, chalila, the removal of students of Torah from their batei medresh through varied pressures and threats. Both yeshivos as institutions and their talmidim as individuals are currently imperiled, both physically and spiritually, may it never come to pass.

“It is likewise reported that the government is planning to issue a decree against the pure chinuch of the youth, seeking to interfere with the education provided by mosdos hachinuch and veer them from the path laid down by the ‘eyes of the community’ over generations.

“At a time of crisis like this, the order of the hour is to lift our eyes Heavenward and increase our prayers and supplications, and engage in repentance and good deeds, for the sake of our Torah and our holy tradition in the holy land.

“And so we join the call of the rabbanim and gedolei Torah in ‘the palace of the King,’ Eretz Yisrael, to designate a day of tefillah on this erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan, to gather in our holy yeshivos and batei kneisios and say Tehillim and the order of Yom Kippur Katan, to awaken ourselves to repentance before our Father in Heaven.

“May HaKadosh Baruch Hu hear the sound of our cries and grace us with mercy, kindness and everlasting salvation.”


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