It has been decided, the general elections for the 18th Knesset will take place on Tuesday, 10 February, 16 Shvat.
Agudas Yisrael’s Rav Yaakov Litzman tried to persuade the Knesset speaker to select another date, but he was unsuccessful in his quest. He fears that many chassidim will attend Tu B’Shvat tischin the day before and the ‘lag’ will result in a low chareidi voter turnout.
In addition, on motzei Tu B’Shvat, a grandchild of the Gerre Rebbe will be getting married and this will keep tens of thousands of chassidim up late, with Litzman fearing the event may also negatively impact chareidi voter turnout.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)