JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In the wake of Israel’s spiraling number of coronavirus patients, including an unprecedented number of patients in serious condition, Israeli Chief Rabbi David Lau addressed a number of Gedolim asking whether to recite Avinu Malkeinu after prayers.
Rabbi Lau wrote that “we are experiencing difficult times and even the doctors cannot find any effective cures or medicines and understand that we can only rely on our Father in Heaven. I therefore request a ruling on whether to publicly say Avinu Malkeinu during these days and in particular to cry out when saying ‘Avinu Malkeinu, prevent plagues from Your inheritance’.”
Rabbi Chaim Kanievski, Rabbi Gershon Edelstein and Rabbi Shalom Cohen all responded positively to Rabbi Lau’s initiative. Rabbi Kanievski wrote that it is the “right thing” to say Avinu Malkeinu and Rabbi Edelstein also ruled that “it is preferable to say Avinu Malkeinu” during these days. Rabbi Cohen added that “obviously the power of prayer is great… and therefore the more people pray wholeheartedly and with supplication is important. May G-d accept our prayers and answer us willingly.”
In accordance with the ruling of the Gedolim, Avinu Malkeinu will be recited after the repetition of the Chazan during the Shacharis and Mincha prayers.
Israel saw more than 2000 new infections in a day for the first time Wednesday and the number of active COVID-19 cases surpassed 30,000, with 295 in serious condition.