In Wake of Meron Disaster, Prominent Rabbi Says ‘Women Should Be More Modest’

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, an influential figure in Israel's ultra-Orthodox community, is the latest leader to apparently avoid blaming anyone for the Mount Meron stampede that killed 45 pilgrims

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Prominent ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky said in a letter the Mount Meron disaster that killed 45 Jewish worshipers last week was a "divine decree," calling on followers to practice religious rituals more stringently.

Kanievsky, leader of "Lithuanian" non-Hasidic ultra-Orthodox community, who also yields political influence and is considered as an authority on Jewish law, said "women should be more modest" in wake of the disaster, so as to please God.