Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren has written a special prayer for the safety of Israeli POWs in Syria. The text of the prayer, sent to all 4000 synagogues in Israel, will be recited every Saturday after reading the Torah–until the POWs are release.
Meanwhile, Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef called on “all the enlightened nations of the world to rescue the oppressed Jews of Syria from the barbarians surrounding them.” He was speaking at a memorial prayer service in Tel Aviv for four young Jewish women from Damascus recently raped and tortured to death in Syria. Another speaker at the meeting, MK Menahem Yadid of Likud, called on the government to make release of Syrian Jewry a condition of any negotiations with the Damascus regime.
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