World Bnei Akiva, the largest Jewish youth movement in the world, has decided to join special Jewish efforts and prayers for rain in Israel.
World Bnei Akiva's emissaries ("shlichim") in 30 countries across the globe are planning to insert the special prayer, sent by the Israeli chief rabbis to this week's prayers.
During the weekend, prayers took place in dozens of Jewish communities. In Stockholm Sweden's synagogue the special prayer was took place during the traditional Holy Ark opening, while on Saturday night, tens of Jewish children attended a unique children's prayer organized by Bnei Akiva.
Zeev Schwartz, World Bnei Akiva's Director General has asked each of Bnei Akiva's 150 branches around the world to take part in the special fast day, taking place this Monday. World Bnei Akiva spokesperson, Zvika Klein informs that the emissaries are preparing for the special fast day and have organized original and creative activities for children and adults of the Jewish communities in the Diaspora.
Special rain prayer in Hollywood, Florida (Photo: World Bnei Akiva)
This week, Hollywood Florida's Brauser Maimonides Academy Jewish day school organized an assembly for all its students, discussing the water crisis in Israel. World Bnei Akiva emissary Yehuda Goldfisher led a special prayer, written by the chief Israel rabbis, and the school's principal Rabbi Avraham Skurowitz spoke about the importance of praying for rain in the Holy Land.
Goldfisher screened a film produced by Jewish National Fund about the water crisis in Israel, and answered many questions asked by the curious students.
According to Goldfisher, "The students were very interested and asked many questions about the water crisis in Israel, and were surprised, especially since they are used to the Floridian tropic weather, where rain is part of day to day life".
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