311_Amar and Metzger at Joseph's Tomb.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Meztger has called on the public to give charity and
read Psalms for the success of the rescue forces fighting the fire in the
“This is a day of mourning for all of the People of Israel,”
Metzger said in a statement.
“I’m shocked at the dimensions of the
disaster, a national catastrophe and a true tragedy. The glowing light of
Hanukka turned into an annihilating fire.”
“I extend my condolences to
the bereaved families, and wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” the rabbi
“I call upon each and every person to give charity, even 10
agorot, for the success of the rescue forces, who are risking their lives to
save our injured brothers.
“Charity during Hanukka can work miracles, and
we need them. In addition, I request of each and every person to pause for a
moment and say a chapter of Psalms.”
Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar led
thousands in prayer at the Western Wall for God to bring a swift end to the
Rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites Shmuel Rabinowitz
offered a prayer for the speedy recovery of those injured in the fire, and
expressed hope that the fire in Israel would be one of light and hope, unlike
today’s obliterating blaze.