Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The Jewish Standard: Hareidim in Solidarity with IDF

The largest haredi (ultra-orthodox) hassidic groups in Israel have called off the Summer break, which usually runs from the Fast of the Tisha B'Av (Aug. 5) to the Hebrew month of Elul (Aug. 27), in solidarity with the Israel Defense Forces.

The Belz Rebbe Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach said that "now is not the time for yeshiva students to go on vacations and hikes when soldiers are engaged in war and Israel's security situation is so severe, and emphasized the widespread belief in the haredi world that the merit of Torah study provides spiritual and even physical protection for the Jewish people."

The large Gur, Belz, Viznitz and Sanz hassidic groups, among others, are all expected to cancel the usual summer vacation activities for students, and maintain a substantial study program in yeshivas.

(Photo: Nir Elias)

Kol Tuv,

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