Gedolei Yisrael: “Don’t Go To The Kosel On Shavuos”

Mispallelim flee the Kosel plaza last week amid sounds of explosion.

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In an announcement published in the Yated Neeman on Sunday morning, Erev Shavuos, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky and HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein called to the public to refrain from the usual minhag of walking to the Kosel on Shavuos.

“During these days, when our enemies are acting brazenly, rachmana litzlan, and are trying to harm those who live in Eretz HaKodesh, it is incumbent upon each person to be mechazeik in all matters, and especially in limmud haTorah on Yom Matan Toraseinu,” the Gedolim stated.

“And chalilah to engage in any acts of provoking the nations – which isn’t the derech of the Torah.”

“Furthermore, ‘we need to be more machmir in matters of pikuach nefesh than some issurei halacha’ – everyone should distance themselves from protests and all places where our enemies gather.”

“Therefore it’s appropriate this year not to place ourselves at risk and provoke [the nations] by walking to the Kosel on Shavous as well as to take heed not to pass by other places that may be dangerous or will provoke the nations.”

Instructions not to go to the Kosel on Shavuos or other places that may pose a risk were also issued to Gerrer and Belzer chassidim. A notice to Gerrer chassidim stated that no one should go to the Kosel or frequent places that may be dangerous.

In Belz, it was announced in the Beis Hamedresh HaGadol in Kiryat Belz in the presence of the Rebbe: “A request and announcement to all the bochurim from all Belzer yeshivos not to leave Kiryat Belz in Jerusalem from Erev Shavous until after the Chag, and especially not to go to the Old City and the Kosel.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. So, from Rav Chaim Shlit”A himself, as all prior gedolim from the Satmar Rav to Rav Shach and the rest ruled, it is, of course (as per the gimmel shevuos), assur to be misgareh baUmos. And that includes the Arabs.

    So, of course, the Zionists had no business invading Eretz Yisrael over a century ago, and their wars since then and now have only further inflamed not only the Arabs there, but goyim around the world, as we see in the news.

    This suits the Zionists well, of course, because they can then “convince” Jews that they should move to the Zionist paradise since if the gentiles are upset at the Zionists world-wide, then they might as well move to Israel.

    The Zionists don’t mention, of course, that were it not for Zionists and their hisgarus baUmos then there wouldn’t have been any of these wars, protests, etc. and if the Zionists would stop their provocations then the worldwide protests would also stop.

    What should, of course, happen instead, is that the Zionists should give over their illegitimate rule to the gentiles, as the Satmar Rav said decades ago. Don’t believe Zionist lies that this can’t be done. It absolutely can be done, and done right.