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17 Adar I 5763 - February 19, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah and Nesius of US Agudath Israel Meet
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Monday, 8 Adar I (February 10) the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah met at Agudath Israel of America's 42 Broadway national headquarters to discuss a number of important issues of the day, and then were joined by members of Agudath Israel's Nesius for an unusual joint meeting of the two rabbinic bodies. Agudath Israel organizational leaders were also present.

One outcome of the first meeting was the declaration of a Yom Tefilloh for Thursday, 18 Adar I (February 20). Jews everywhere were urged to gather in their shuls and botei medrash to daven Mincha, say "Vehu Rachum" and Tehillim kapitlach 13, 43, 44, 79, 80, 83, 102, 121,130 and 142. The Moetzes also suggested that those who are able undertake to fast that day until Mincha Gedola.

There was general discussion of the historical mission of Agudath Israel, and its unique role in contemporary society as the voice and arm of united Torah Jewry. Among specific issues addressed were preparations for the 11th Siyum HaShas of Daf Yomi, a mere two years away, and the problem of young people risking health and safety in misguided attempts to fulfill the mitzvah of drinking on Purim. A committee of the rabbonim will be working with askonim to develop guidelines.


"It is a positive commandment of the Torah to cry out in prayer. in any time of trouble facing the community. This is one of the ways of teshuva (repentance). . . and it is through this that the trouble is averted. If, however, the community does not turn to prayer, it is considered cruel- hearted. It is written in the Torah: `If you walk with Me with hardness and indifference -- thinking that all is happenstance -- then I will walk with you wrathfully in the same manner, leaving your plight as if to happenstance.' (Vayikra, 26)." -- Rambam, Hilchos Ta'aniyos

At this hour, with the danger of war hovering, and powerful evildoers threatening the remnant of the Jewish People in Eretz Yisroel and in the Diaspora, and the entire civilized world -- and it is so clearly evident that Hashem Yisborach is causing great movements of change to sweep His world in an awesome manner, and all these are His Divine workings -- how can we not tremble and our hearts not melt? How can we not raise our prayers in supplication to our Father in Heaven? "Shield me in the day of armament!" (Tehillim, 140) Some put their trust in their chariots, others in their horses; but we -- in the Name of our G-d we call out. And He will send our help from His holy place, and come to our aid from Zion. (based on Tehillim, 20)

We therefore see this as a time of urgent prayer for all Jews, to pour out their hearts to our Father in Heaven through the recitation of Tehillim and other entreaties before Hashem.

Our request goes out to the entire public to gather at Mincha in shuls and study halls on Thursday, 18 Adar I, February 20th (may it be an auspicious time), to intensify our prayers and to recite Tehillim, chapters, 13, 43, 44, 79, 80, 83, 102, 121, 130 and 142, as well as the "Vehu Rachum" that is said on Mondays and Thursdays, in a heartfelt and prayerful way. And for one who is able, it is appropriate to fast until after Mincha Gedolah.

May Hashem Yisborach, G-d of compassion and forgiveness, hear our cries and accept our prayers with mercy and favor, for deliverance and for salvation, speedily and soon.

Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah in America

9 Adar I, 5763


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