In an uplifting event, attended by Rabbanim, members of the Mo'etzet HaChachamim, members of the Yosef family and the city rabbis, tehillim and special prayers were said, and shofar horns were blown to arouse Heavenly mercy
Thousands of Beitar Ilit residents – men, women and children, from across the spectrum of Judaism, together with Gedolei Hador and Rabbanim, participated in an uplifting Atzeret Tefillah for the refuah of Maran Rav Ovadya Yosef shlit"a.
Participating in the event were: Rav Shalom HaKohen shlit"a, Rosh Yeshivat Porat Yosef and a members of Mo'etzet Chachmei HaTorah, Maran's sons – Rav Yitzchak Yosef shlit"a, the Rishon LeTzion and Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rav David Yosef shlit"a, Rosh 'Yechave Daat', and city rabbis – Rav David Tzvi Ordentlich shlit"a, Rav Tufik Aviezri shlit"a, Rav David Batzri shlit"a, Rosh Yeshivat Shalom, Rav Zamir Kohen shlit"a, Rosh Yeshivat Heichal Meir, the Mekubal Rav Yaakov Adass shlit"a, as well as community rabbis. Furthermore, the event was attended by Mayor Rabbi Meir Rubinstein and members of the City Council, senior municipal workers and well-known public figures. The event was initiated and organized by the Chairman of the Shas party of Beitar, Rabbi Yehuda Obeidi, who stated that he had received full cooperation and support from the mayor as soon as he approached him with the idea.
The Atzeret opened with tehillim read out loud by Rav Zamir Kohen, to which the crowds responded with tears and cries for Maran's complete recovery. Thereafter, Rav David Batzri held a heartfelt prayer accompanied by 300 shofar horns which were distributed to the public. The event ended with Kabbalat Ol Malchut Shamayim lead by Rav Yaakov Adass shlit"a, who inspired the participants to cry out loud the famous first verse of the Shema prayer.
The Beitar Ilit municipality had thoroughly prepared for the event and distributed thousands of prayer booklets with the special prayers that were said. Transportation to the site of the event has also been arranged by the "Ilit" bus company, which added more buses to its routes before and after the event.
The event was also attended by boys from the local Talmud Torahs and educational institutions in the city. The police were on hand to guard the event, and the crowds were gently instructed by ushers who made sure that order was maintained at all times.