By COLlive reporter
Letters signed by Crown Heights Beis Din members Rabbi Yaacov Schwei, Rabbi Avraham Osdoba and Rabbi Yosef Braun are urging residents to partake in a gathering in New York against the Israel draft bill.
The gathering is planned for this Sunday in Lower Manhattan as a show of support following last week’s massive prayer March in Jerusalem.
A teleconference on Thursday detailed the purpose of Sunday’s mass rally, where Rabbi Shlomo Gertzulin of Agudath Israel of America outlined logistics for the event.
“We are expecting a huge crowd of maybe 50,000 or more,” Rabbi Gertzulin told VIN News.
There will be no speeches during Sunday’s event, which will take place at 2 o’clock in the Wall Street area, starting with Tefillas Mincha.
“The main purpose of this is to daven to Hashem, to protect those who want to continue the Torah way of life,” said Rabbi Gertzulin, who noted that while Agudath Israel is helping coordinate the event, it is a community wide event under the auspices of numerous rabbonim and gedolim.
Although the letter encouraging the public’s participation is signed by over 45 rabbis, no Chabad or Crown Heights Rabbis were included. A request as to why they were not included has yet to be answered.
Organizers asked participants not to bring signs in order to maintain the dignity and decorum of the Atzeres Tefilla.
The NYPD and counter-terrorism bureau will be out in force to ensure the security of the area and will begin sweeping the area one day before the planned rally, VIN News reported. For security reasons, no briefcases, backpacks or large packages will be allowed into the area.
The gathering will take place, rain or shine, on Water Street, from Broad Street to Peck Slip, just north of Fulton Street. There will be separate areas for men and women, with the women’s section located from Fulton Street to Peck Slip and the men located from Broad Street north to Fulton Street.
“We expect very significant street closures in the area,” warned Rabbi Gertzulin who said that all participants are urged to take mass transit to the area.
According to Rabbi Gertzulin, many shuls, yeshivos and community groups are organizing transportation to the event and busses are expected to come from Balitmore, Philadelphia, Lakewood, Monsey and other areas.