Many prayers were said for Rabbi Aharon Kornblit as his
sentence was due to be handed down on Tuesday. The result was
not available at press time.
As a result of the efforts of the Kornblit family and the
askonim handing the case, all of the talmudei
Torah and all of the educational institutions for girls,
opened their day with the recitation of Tehillim on
behalf of Rabbi Shmuel Aharon Kornblit. Minyanim
throughout the country and the entire world also recited
After shacharis, at the request of the rabbonim,
Tehillim were recited in shuls all over the
world. Sunday night, a large prayer rally was held in the
central synagogue of Zichron Moshe, where selichos and
Tehillim were recited. On Monday Rabbi Kornblit was
visited by rabbonim and admorim who encouraged and
Rabbi Aharon Kornblit merited a visit by HaRav Shmuel
Auerbach and HaRav Chaim Brim last week.
The rabbonim were met at the gates of the Ashmoret Prison by
the prison's commanders, who led them to the office where
Rabbi Kornblit awaited them. The rabbonim spoke with Rabbi
Kornblit for a long time: blessing and warmly encouraging
him. Rabbi Kornblit, who was detained in prison for over six
months prior to the issuing of his sentence, suffered great
physical and emotional torment during that period.
The rabbonim learned at that meeting that Rabbi Kornblit had
recently gone without food for two days because prison
authorities had been unable to secure food with a BaDaTz
hechsher. When the food finally arrived, Rabbi
Kornblit was able to break his fast and regained his
At the end of the meeting in the prison office, HaRav
Auerbach and HaRav Brim visited the prison itself. The two
rabbonim who strode through the prison's corridors had to
pass through ten gates until they reached the prison
The rabbonim then entered the large auditorium in the Leshem
wing (a special wing for tradition-observing prisoners) where
the wing's prisoners had assembled. The excited prisoners
greeted the rabbonim, who proceeded to address them. HaRav
Shmuel Auerbach blessed the prisoners and HaRav Chaim Brim
delivered extensive divrei his'orerus to them.
At the end of the visit, the rabbonim again blessed Rabbi
Kornblit, and expressed hope for his speedy release.
At the request of prominent askonim, numerous prayers
for the benefit of Rabbi Aharon Shmuel ben Miriam were said
prior to the issuing of the verdict.