Beit Ya'akov pupils who stood for siren punished

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 19, 2007 10:53

Seven pupils at a Beit Ya'akov school in Netanya were punished after they stood up for the siren that sounded Monday in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day (Monday), Yediot Aharonot reported. According to the report, the school principal removed the girls from their classroom and forced them to stand up for the rest of the day and read psalms. In haredi circles, using sirens and "moments of silence" to mark memorial holidays is considered a gentile custom and is discouraged. Haredi rabbis often encourage their followers to recite psalms or other prayers silently during the siren.


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