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Lubavitcher Rebbe Criticizes Synagogue Council for Silent Prayer Plan

Rabbi Menachem M. Schneersohn, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, has condemned as unconscionable a proposal by the Synagogue Council of America that Jews pray silently outside their synagogues during Yom Kippur as a gesture of solidarity with Soviet Jews. The SCA, coordinating agency of Reform. Orthodox and Conservative Judaism in the United States, issued a clarifying statement yesterday noting that it did not call for processions or demonstrations but for silent prayer in front or inside synagogues after Musaf services. Rabbi Schneersohn declared that nothing must interrupt prayer and meditation on the holiest of days.