The thousands of Satmar Chassidim accompanying the Rebbe Shlita during his visit in Eretz Yisrael are in the north today, Tuesday 11 Shevat 5773, Election Day, visiting kivrei tzaddikim. According to chareidi media reports, this was done intentionally to pull many chassidim out of Yerushalayim on Election Day to prevent confrontations with Gimmel activists, with the latter calling on the Bnei Torah tzibur to vote. Satmar remains ideologically opposed to taking part in the “Zionist elections” as pashkavilim in Meah Shearim confirm.
The chassidim in the north will begin in Tzfas, visiting the mikve and the tziyun of the Ari HaKodosh followed by the rebbe visiting a number of mosdos that do not accept state funding. They will also travel to Tiveria; and visits will include the tziyun of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Meir Bal Haness. They will also be visiting Amuka and Kever Rashbi. The rebbe will hold a tisch at the Rashbi and children will receive a chalaka (upsherin).
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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)