Roundup of Statements by Great Rabbis in Response to the Wave of Terror
The Tzanzer Rebbe said that it was hard to dance Hakafot Sheniyot due to the situation and that we should strengthen ourselves in Torah learning.
Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit"a
Rav Kanievsky at first reportedly told people not to come to the Old City, but later clarified that people should come with security and via Sha'ar Yafo.
Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlit"a
Rav Shteinman was pained by the terror attacks, saying פחד פחד נורא ואיום, but said that the schools must proceed as normal. He added that we need to strengthen ourselves - everyone knows what they need strengthening in - but suggested specific strengthening in Torah and Hessed.
Rav Gershon Edelshtein Shlit"a
Rav Edelshtein said that we must strengthen ourselves in Torah learning and fulfilling Mitzvot due to Lo Ta'amod Al Dam Re'echa.
Gerrer Rebbe Shlit"a
The Gerrer Rebbe instructed people not to visit the Kotel until further notice.
Vizhnitzer Rebbe Shlit"a
The Vizhnitzer Rebbe instructed people not to visit the Kotel until the situation calmed down.
Satmar Rebbe Shlit"a
The Satmar Rebbe instructed people to say 5 chapters of Tehillim after Shaharit every day.
Rav Moshe Shternbuch Shlit"a
Rav Shternbuch blamed the terror wave on those who visit Har Habayit.
Rav Moshe Tzuriel Shlit"a
Rav Tzuriel said that the terror wave has nothing to do with anyone going up on Har Habayit - the antisemitism started even before Herzl.
Rav Shimon Ba'adani Shlit"a
Rav Ba'adani instructed people to go by car or in groups to the Kotel, but not walking alone. He added that he doesn't know of any way to go onto Har Habayit without faltering in a possible Karet prohibition.
Rav Shalom Cohen Shlit"a
Rav Cohen said that there is no problem for his students going to the Old City since Torah protects. He added that HKB"H wants us to get closer to Him in holy matters and Ahavat Hinam.
Rav Shelomo Moshe Amar Shlit"a
Rav Amar visited some of the wounded in the hospital and told people to continue coming to the Kotel. He further said that it is forbidden to be afraid - rather, we must trust in HKB"H. He reiterated his halachic ban on visiting Har Habayit. He has now declared this coming Monday - Erev Rosh Hodesh - a fast day and a day of prayer and he recommends the following prayer be recited:
Rav Yitzhak Yosef Shlit"a
Rav Yosef told people to continue visiting the Kotel and declared this Shabbat as a "Shabbat of Ahdut" which he said works the best to awaken Heavenly mercy. He told people to recite Psalms 121 and 130 when the Aron is opened in the synagogue.
Rav Shmuel Rabinovitch Shlit"a
The Kotel Rav told people to continue coming to the Kotel.
Rav Yaakov Ariel Shlit"a
Rav Ariel instructed those with liscences to carry weapons even on Shabbat. He added that the point of contention with the Arabs is not Har Habayit, but rather the Torah.
Rav Shlomo Aviner Shlit"a
Rav Aviner said that this is not a crisis, but a test. This is not a time of trouble, but a time of war. He added that there is exile, there is the Complete Redemption, and there is an in-between time called the incomplete Redemption, which we are currently in. He adds more here, including the idea that we must kill terrorists instead of arresting them.
Rav Shemuel Eliyahu Shlit"a
Rav Eliyahu marched along with Rav Dov Lior Shlit"a at the spot of the murders in the Old City. He said that our enemies will not break our spirit and prayed that Hashem should give PM Netanyahu the courage to do what is needed against our enemies. He added that it is forbidden to forgive the murderers or their friends, the Old City shopkeepers. He added that we should say a chapter of Tehillim or take upon ourselves a positive act in order to increase merits for Am Yisrael. He also said that we are required to cry out to HKB"H to give power to the PM and Am Yisrael to stop the murders and degradation. UPDATE: In addition, he said that any soldier who lets a terrorist live should be investigated.
(Please add any statements I missed in the comments.)