Kosel Rav Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz Shlita has strongly expressed his objections to police plans to close the Kosel area to mispalalim from midnight on the day Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to visit next month.
The rav explained that no worshiper, including the pope, is more important than others and he does plan to sit by quietly while police seek to prevent regular minyanim from being held while the pope visits the Holy Site. “The pope does not take priority” stated the rav, who feels canceling regular tefillos is unjustified and an unacceptable plan of action.
Rav Rabinowitz is calling for an “acceptable solution” to the security issues at hand, stating he will not cooperate in any way with police towards closing the Kosel off to mispalalim.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)