Thursday, March 6, 2014
Thousands expected at Mass Atzeres Tefilah this Sunday, March 9th despite short notice. Agudah coordinating not sponsoring the event.
New York- Organizers are expecting close to 100,000 to attend the Mass Atzeres rally and Giyus protest in lower Manhattan, this Sunday March 9th, 2014- 7 Adar 2, 5774. The Lakewood yeshiva, Beth Medrash Govoha is expected to travel to the Asifa. The Satmar rebbe Rav Aaron Teitelbaum instructed his chassidim to join in the rally. Agudath Israel of america, while not sponsoring the actual event, is coordinating it with other organizations and askanim on behalf of Gedolei Yisrael both in American and abroad.
The Agudah has set up a conference call this afternoon at 2:30 explaining the purpose of the Atzeres tefillah. 212-444-1323. The Novominsker Rebbe will speak about the law passed by the Israeli Govt forcing yeshiva students to enlist in the IDF. Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zweibel and Rabbi Shlomo Gertzulin will deliver logistical information.
A Kol Koreh was released today by leading American Roshei yeshiva and Admorim.
The New York asifa will take place on Water Street in lower Manhattan – between Fulton Street and Broad Street – this Sunday, 7 Adar Sheni (March 9) at 2:00 p.m. It will begin with Mincha and followed by Tehillim and tefillos b’Tzibbur, led by Gedolei Yisroel. A special area for women is also being arranged.
The podium where the shaliach tzibbur will stand will be on the corner of Water Street and Old Slip (midway between Broad Street and Wall Street).
NY residents are being urged to take public transportation to the site, which is well serviced by the subway system with many subway lines stopping in the area. Organizers urge participants not to drive into Manhattan for the gathering. This applies as well to individuals driving in from points outside the city, who should park in Brooklyn or New Jersey and take a train into Manhattan.
Buses are expected to bring participants from communities outside the immediate New York area, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, upstate New York, Orange, Sullivan and Rockland counties, Lakewood, and other New Jersey communities.