By COLlive reporter
Activists in the Jewish community in New York are trying to organize a gathering that will echo Sunday’s mass protest gathering in Jerusalem against the alienation of frum Jews.
The event is planned for next Sunday, 7 Adar II – March 9, beginning at 2:00 PM on Water Street in lower Manhattan.
Notice about the protest was sent to COLlive by an executive of Agudath Israel of America, but he noted: “Although we are providing assistance with logistics, etc., the Atzeres is not being organized under the auspices of Agudath Israel.”
A request for the identity of the organizers has yet to be answered.
The announcement said: “The gathering will echo this past Sunday’s huge atzeres tefilla in Yerushalyim, which brought out hundreds of thousands of Jews in response to the Israeli government’s ongoing attempt at social engineering of the charedi community, including wholesale conscription of bnei yeshiva.
“The New York asifa, which will include a special area for women who wish to participate, will begin with Mincha and consist of the recital of Tehillim and special tefillos in unison.
“Buses are expected to bring participants to the gathering location from communities and institutions outside the immediate New York area, but New York residents are being urged to take public transportation to the site, which is well serviced by the subway system, and to not attempt to drive into Manhattan for the gathering.”
The new enlistment law moving through the Knesset will impose criminal sanctions on frum draft dodgers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured “I will not be a part of sending Jews to jail for learning Torah.”
While Chabad bochurim typically differ from their frum peers as they enlist in the Israel Defense Forces after getting married, Chabad’s rabbinical body in Israel called on Lubavitchers to participate in the protest.
The Rebbe, in a talk on 6 Tishrei 5728, said: “The bravery and sacrifice of Israel’s soldiers on the front lines will continue to meet success when bolstered and secured by their “spiritual supply corps” — the Torah study of the “support troops” back home. For the Torah is our deed of ownership to the Holy Land. This partnership will keep the military miracles coming.”
A source in the Crown Heights Beis Din told COLlive the member rabbis have yet to be contacted for their public support for the gathering this Sunday.