Rabbis lead prayers against new Israeli government at Western Wall

June 15, 2021 by JNS
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Following the swearing-in of Israel’s 36th government on Sunday, rabbis aligned with the Religious Zionism movement gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City to “pray and cry out, out of fear the government will harm the state’s Jewish character.”

Hundreds of haredi Jews, led by prominent Religious Zionist rabbis, pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City that Israel’s new government not harm the country’s Jewish character, June 13, 2021. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Among those in attendance were Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Rabbi David Chai Hacohen, Rabbi Tzvi Kustiner, Rabbi David Dudkevich, Rabbi David Turgeman, Rabbi Chaim Steiner and Rabbi Elizerer Sadan.

In a statement, event organizers said they were “praying God does not give them [the new government] the option of carrying out their wicked plan to weaken Judaism in the country and the settlements so that He does not give them the power to harm” kosher certification, conversions, the sanctity of the family, the sanctity of the people of Israel and Shabbat, “so that he doesn’t let them abandon the Land of Israel to the Arab takeover.”

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday evening, Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid were sworn in as prime minister and alternate prime minister, respectively, after a special Knesset session approved their new government by a vote of 60-59.

A version of this article first appeared in Israel Hayom.

Yori Yalon contributed to this report from Dan Lavie and Hanan Greenwood


2 Responses to “Rabbis lead prayers against new Israeli government at Western Wall”
  1. ALLAN LEIBLER says:

    Perhaps your leader should have read “some extremist religious Zionist Rabbis”

  2. ben gershon says:

    coming this Sat. some of us will blessing Shacheyanu . for the new Gov.

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