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Prime Minister Netanyahu meeting the Belzer Rebbe, June 2018

The Belzer Rebbe, Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach, has instructed his chassidim to delay any travel plans they might have until after Israel’s upcoming national elections on April 9.

The Rebbe told his gabbai (aide) this past Tuesday evening to announce in his name, “Everyone must help, work, act and volunteer for election work to increase the number of people who vote for United Torah Judaism (UTJ). Anyone who has a vehicle should offer to transport people to the polls on Election Day.”

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The edict was issued after a Chassidic businessman in Israel requested a blessing from the Rebbe prior to setting forth on a trip abroad – but instead was told by the Rebbe to wait until after the elections.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.