Half a million people take part in mass online prayer against coronavirus

Categories: Israeli Society

Half a million people participated in a mass online prayer event staged on various different digital platforms and involving rabbis and participants from around the world, to request divine intervention to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative was promoted by the chief rabbis of Israel rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau along with several organizations and other prominent rabbis, including Chief Rabbi of Safed Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi of France Rabbi Chaim Korsia, head of the New York Yeshurun Congregation Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, Chief Rabbi of Beijing Rabbi Shimon Frondelich, and CEO of the OU in Israel Rabbi Avi Berman, among others. It was suggested by Yarden Leitner, a young student who decided that “not only will the virus not prevent us from gathering, we will unite as the Jewish people never did before in all of history.” “When the people of Israel are united,” he said, “nothing is too big for us to handle.”

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