PHOTOS: Final Preparations Underway for Atzeres in Memory of Maran Rav Ovadia ZATZAL


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4:26PM IL: Traffic snarls are already being reported as they prepare for the Sunday night Atzeres in memory of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L. The event will take place near Sanhedria Beis Hachaim, at the Bar Ilan intersection with Shmuel HaNavi Street.

Ichud Hatzalah is among the EMS agencies taking part in the event and it will be running a lost and found for missing children. Anyone finding a missing child during the event is asked to phone 1221 for assistance.

Police on Sunday morning spoke of tens of thousands that might attend but it now appears the numbers will be greater. Street closures are in effect and police have stopped commercial traffic on the Jerusalem – Tel Aviv Highway from traveling towards the capital and giving priority to public transportation.

Additional coverage of the event will follow later in the evening.


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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)



  1. As a Zchus for the Neshomo, we Yidden should start being Mechanech our children and Bochurum, to sincerely love, care for and have empathy for every person Yidden and Non-Yidden. We need special Chizuk when it pertains to Non-Yidden.
    We musy teach our children, that when Moshiach comes, we will all be Hashems beloved children, Yidden and Non-Yidden. We will all realize that Hashem creates and sustains all children, Yiddishe and Non-Yiddishe, with Nissim V’Niflo’os. There will only be love amongst all people, no one will be a superior Human Being.

    Then, we can hope and trust that HKB”H should Never-Again instigate any Pogroms or Holocausts against us.

  2. To post by Yira: Can you bring even one chazal that supports this opinion?
    Yidden and only the Yidden are Hashem’s children. Next time you say ברכת התורה or ברכת אהבה רבה try looking at the translation.
    We should be polite and respectful to non Yidden and recognize that Hashem has created them for a purpose but at the same time we have to teach our children that we are the chosen people, the people that Hashem loves and He has given us the Torah for us to study and observe so that he can can give us indescribable eternal reward.

  3. #1 The Reform are of the same opinion as you.

    We must continue teaching our children that we are not ashamed to be the Am Hanivchar, the Chosen Ones, and that we are different than non-Jews and proud to be above everyone else, as we say in our morning prayers daily.

    When Moshiach will come, we’ll continue being the Am Hanivchar while the Goyim will finally recognize Hashem – Veyomri vagoyim, and the Goyim will say, ‘Hashem Melech, Hashem Malach, Hashem Yimloch le’olam Vo’ad’.

  4. To 1 & 2:
    Am Hanivchar of course, but only pertaining to being Mchuyiv in more Mitzvohs and Lo Sesehs.
    See Radak in the end of Sefer Yonah, that the Umos are also the Kovod of Hashem Yisborach, He prides himself with all of mankind Tzelem Elokim.
    To demean them is wrong. And not to have SINCERE empathy for their suffering is also wrong. V’es Hakol Yovi Elokim Lamishpot.