Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
BULLETIN: Orthodox and Hassidic Rabbonim Declare “Time of Jacob’s Trouble“
– Reported by ben Yosef – March 22, 2001.
At the Western Wall today and in yeshivas and synagogues and religious schools throughout Israel the sound of shofar blasts, the singing of Hebrew Psalms and cries and tears and wails of repentance were heard in response to a declaration by the Gedolei Yisrael (Great Ones of Israel) formally recognizing the beginning of the “time of Jacob’s trouble.“
What is unusual about this year’s Yom Kippur Katan is that in light of the 6-month-old Palestinian uprising which has claimed the lives of many Israelis, the rabbis have added the designation as “a time of Jacob’s trouble.”
Further it is signed by ALL 27 of the leading Orthodox and Chassidic sages, both the “maranan verabonon” (masters and teachers) and the “gedolei ha-Torah vehaChassidus (Torah sages among the Chassidut).”