Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Arousing Rachamei Shamayim (Divine Mercy)

This picture is the scene at the Kotel as we speak where, for more than an hour, tens of thousands of people have packed the Kotel Plaza for a prayer rally that includes leading rabbis from all different sects of Orthodox Judaism (Sephardi, Ashkenazi, religious Zionist, ultra-Orthodox, Chasidic) to pray for peace and probably the non-implementation of the upcoming disengagement plan. While we can't be there with them physically, prayers in conjunction with the rally will surely help klal yisrael at this critical juncture. Additionally, you can listen and watch it live here.

According to Ha'aretz, approximately 40,000 to 50,000 have gathered at the kotel and according to one of the announcers at the rally, there are people all the way back outside of Sha'ar Yafo because there are too many people in the Old City and the police won't let them in. Another rally is planned tomorrow in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, one that is expected to be widely attended.

UPDATE: Here are some pictures from the gathering. There were estimates that the crowd was at least 100,000 strong and that between the people at the Kotel Plaza, in the jam-packed streets of the Old City, and the thousands more who were stuck outside the walls there were between 500,000 and 600,000 people; perhaps the most since the destruction of the Bais Hamikdash.:

Lastly, and more locally (via email):
The Far Rockaway and Five Towns Jewish Community is urged to attend a COMMUNITY-WIDE TEHILLIM RALLY on behalf of THE JEWS OF GAZA AND THE SHOMRON this Wednesday evening, August 10, at 9 PM at Congregation Kneseth Israel (the White Shul), 728 Empire Avenue, Far Rockaway. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN TEHILLIM BOOKS WITH YOU. This Tehillim Rally is endorsed and sponsored by the Vaad Harabonim of Far Rockaway and Lawrence. We encourage you to share this information and bring your neighbors.


Blogger yaak said...

Believe it or not, estimates half a million people there. I posted about it.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Ynet says at least 70,000 while the Yesha Council said over 200,000. I'd say that is a way off.

12:30 AM  
Blogger yaak said...

Jpost and Haaretz said "tens of thousands", not to give any real importance to the rally. Arutz Sheva said a quarter million. I'm not sure where got their number from, but I'm not counting it out. If a huge percentage of Hareidim, shasniks, and dati leumi from all over the country came in for this, half a million makes sense.

3:32 AM  

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