Gerrer Rebbe gives in to Arab Savages After Attack: Do Not Visit the Kosel Until Further Notice ...while Rav Yitzchok Yosef says: Now is the Time to Visit the Kosel
Following the most recent terror stabbing attack in Yerushalayim, which claimed the lives of two Yidden, the Gerrer Rebbe issued a directive to his Chassidim not to go to the Kosel to daven until further notice.
The announcement was made at the main Gerrer Bais Medrash in Yerushalayim by Reb Yossel Schiff, a close confidant of the Rebbe.
The Gerrer Rebbe, who regularly visits the Kosel during Chol Hamoed, has not visited the Kosel this Sukkos, giving in to the Arab savages.
Meanwhile, The Rishon Letzion, Rav Yitzchok Yosef, commenting on the attack in the Old City, said that “the situation in which day after day Jewish blood flows like water in Eretz Yisroel – Jews whose only sin is that they are Jews – is intolerable.”
Rav Yosef said called on Jews who can, starting with the night of Hosahanah Rabbah and in Simchas Torah, to visit the Kosel to observe the mitzvos of the day and to daven for the welfare of those who were injured.
“Do not allow it to become a situation in which Jews are afraid to go to the Kosel,” he said.
Rav Yosef called on all to create a situation in which Jews feel safe in all parts of the Eretz Yisroel.
Rav Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, who leads tefillos annually on Hoshanah Rabbah at the Kosel, said he would hold his customary gathering.
Following the attack, the Kosel buses are not going all the way to the Kosel, but are stopping at Shaar Yaffo/Mamila.