JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Despite the Israeli government enforcing a strict lockdown which will commence a few hours before Rosh Hashana, members of numerous chasidic groups intend to pray together with their rebbes during the holiday and still be able to return home afterwards. This is due to a loophole in the lockdown allowing demonstrations to take place without any restrictions and without a need to stay within 500 meters of one’s house.
According to the Kan television station, a large number of petitions were filed for demonstrations to take place on the night after Rosh Hashana protesting the fact that the lockdown was initiated specifically on the Jewish holidays and not during the previous vacation period or at the beginning of the school year. MK Yaakov Litzman, who resigned his ministerial post this week in protest of the upcoming lockdown, is working to obtain permits for all of these ‘demonstrations’, which will enable the chasidim to return home from their rebbes while participating in these demonstrations.
The Eda Charedis also joined in calling for demonstrations on Motzaei Rosh Hashana to protest the fact that the government is “burdening the people of Israel and deliberately hinder Torah observers with all kinds of issues.” The demonstration will take place in Shabbat square in Meah Shearim.
The Eda added that “it is incumbent on each person to maintain his health, but it has long been proven that the various restrictions are not just to maintain health but also to engender fear and to hinder us from performing any holy actions.”
The Eda also issued a warning: “Do not give the authorities their wishes, wake up and prepare for the holy days properly as with every year, praying in the required manner to the Holy One, Blessed be He.”