December 31, 2009
by MATTHEW WAGNER
Orthodox rabbis from all over the world will be visiting Israel next week for a three-day conference in Jerusalem that will include a mass prayer rally for rain at the Sharona reservoir in the Galilee.
Rabbi Yehiel Wasserman, the Head of the Center for Religious Affairs in the Diaspora in the World Zionist Organization, the body hosting the rabbis, said the prayer would include explanations on environmental issues.
"We will be taking a trip up North and will take the opportunity to pray for a rainy winter," said Wasserman.
The conference will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Hakohen Kook, pre-state Israel's first Chief Rabbi. Special sessions will be dedicated to Kook's thought.
About 150 rabbis from 33 countries including India, Macedonia, Panama, Croatia and Costa Rica, will attend the conference.
Subjects to be discussed during the conference will include security arrangements at synagogues in the Diaspora and medicine and Halacha.