According to officials in Yad L’Achim, Israel Police report 5,000 mispallalim took part in the Shabbos tefilla outside the Ra’anan Sports Center where a large baptism event was taking place.
Yad L’Achim filed an appeal with the Supreme Court on Friday 12 Iyar in the hope of overruling a district court decision to permit the baptism event. The high court however did not overturn the ruling, permitting the baptism. Therefore, a community tefilla was held outside the sport arena in a symbolic protest and a public outcry to HKBH. Among the participants in the event was Ra’anan Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Peretz.
Yad L’Achim adds there were hundreds of non-religious participants who felt a need to identify with the mispallalim, opposed to the large baptism event.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)