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Does Anyone Really Care About the Haredim?

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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On Monday, the household of the 93-year-old Chaim Kanievsky, the senior rabbi of the “Lithuanian” ultra-Orthodox stream, published words he is purported to have said after 45 people were trampled to death early Friday near the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai on Mount Meron.

“It is a ruling from heaven, and we cannot know God’s accounts,” the rabbi said. When asked what atonement can be done after the heavenly ruling, he listed a number of useful ideas: “strengthening the study of Torah … women should strengthen their modesty … [more observance] of the commandments of washing the hands before eating, and concentrating on the meaning of the blessings, so to feel the closeness of God.”

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