"Nation of Hashem!  Awaken, Arouse Yourselves and Call Out to Hashem!  (the Almighty One, lit. 'the Name') 

"We are seized with trembling over the difficult  situation that has developed in our Holy Land as danger threatens our fellow Jews and no one knows what each day will bring.  Evil  people plot  and attack our  nation; and  Jewish blood is spilled like water.  The cry of the  Jewish people is  loud in the face of the  heavy and  terrifying tragedies, including the death of young people, may it no longer come to pass.  Every  heart is pained  and broken  over the terrible,  bitter illnesses that have  stricken the Jewish sick, may Hashem strengthen and heal them.

"Our power lies only in seizing the means of our forefathers,  and it is incumbent on us to call out with a great and bitter outcry as the  Rambam describes  in Hilchos Taaniyos:  "It  is  a  positive  Torah  commandment  to  cry  out and  sound trumpets on every calamity  that threatens  the community,  as it says,  "in  the face of the  enemy  that attacks you,  you should sound the trumpets' meaning in the face of whatever causes you harm.. cry out and sound the alarm. This is one of the paths of repentance, that when a threat appears and the people cry out and sound the  alarm, and all recognize that it is their sins that cause them harm, as it says, your sins have tipped the balance, "this is what will cause the threat to be removed from them."

"In gatherings praise Hashem."  Let large numbers of those  who fear  Hashem and  cherish  His  name gather together to pour out their  prayers before the  Creator of all in all the  shuls (synagogues) and  botei Medrash wherever they live, throughout the world, on Wednesday,  Adar 29,  erev Rosh Chodesh Nisan.  Let the special prayers of  Yom  Kippur  Katan  be  recited, and chapters of Tehillim (Psalms), especially 83, 130, 142
before  He Who Dwells on High,  so that He will show us favor and redeem us from all our travails. 

"Let us return  to  Hashem with  full  force,  let us  better  our ways  both with  regard to  things between man and G-D and those between man and his fellow. Let us distance ourselves from loshon horah (evil inclinations) and rechilus, and increase our love for others.  Let each of us perceive the positive in others and not their shortcomings.

"Let us strengthen ourselves in  Torah and fear of  Heaven and in the  fulfillment of mitzvos.  Let us become strong in our prayers and supplications,  and  let  Hashem hear our entreaties,  show favor to  His  people and  mercy to the remnant of His portion.  Let reports of tragedy  or loss  among us no  longer be heard,  and let  Him strengthen  and bind the  brokenhearted in their mourning.  Yisroel's salvation is Hashem, a salvation for all eternity".
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TEXT OF THE RABBIS DECLARATION
OF NATIONAL DAY OF FASTING,
PRAYER, AND REPENTANCE FOR
THE NATION OF ISRAEL

[ March 13, 2002 ]
This call went forth to Jews and Christians throughout the world ...
Israel National News Radio reported the Rabbis of Israel have designated March 13, 2002 to be a national day of fasting, prayer, and repentance  for the Nation of Israel, and for Jews worldwide.  A special prayer service will also be held at the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem where thousands are expected to attend. 

May Christian believers everywhere join together in support and solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters, to inter-cede before our G-D on behalf of His chosen people, Israel. 

(Please Note: Observance  in  Israel  begins  Tuesday,  March 12, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. Jerusalem  time (11:30 a.m. Eastern Time).
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