Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Meztger called on the public to give charity and read Psalms for the success of the rescue forces fighting the fire in the Carmel.
“This is a day of mourning for all of the People of Israel,” he said in a statement Thursday evening. “I'm shocked at the dimensions of the disaster, a national catastrophe and a true tragedy. The glowing light of Hanukkah turned into an annihilating fire.”
“I extend my condolences to the bereaved families, and wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” the rabbi continued.
“I call upon each and every person to give charity, even 10 agoroth, for the success of the rescue forces, who are risking their lives to save our injured brothers. Charity during Hanukkah can work miracles, and we need them,” Metzger said. “In addition, I request of each and every person to pause for a moment and say a chapter of Psalms.”