[Photos below.] Approximately 5,000 people attended a large asifa last night in London to address the dangers of technology.
The asifa, coordinated by Gaavad of London Rav Efrayim Padwa’s Kedasia Bais Din, featured the attendance of many rabbonim.
Rav Avrohom Schorr, rov of Khal Tiferes Yaakov of Flatbush, Brooklyn, was the guest speaker.
The Skulener Rebbe, due to weakness, was unable to attend the event as first planned. Instead, he sent his son, Rav Efrayim Yehuda Portugal, rov of the Skulener kehillah of Monsey, in his stead.
The technology event, held at the Leyton Stadium fifteen minutes from the Stamford Hill section of London, followed the Citi Field Stadium event held in New York a few months ago.
The stadium holds 9,200 people, but 3,000 seats were not used. The dais was filled b y about 200 rabbonim.
The program began with Minchah at about 5: 15 p.m. Divrei pesichah were given by Dayan Aharon Dovid Dunner, rov of the Tottenham Adas Yisroel shul of London and dayan of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations.
Divrei bracha were then given by Rav Elchonon Halpern, followed by Rav Efrayim Padwa. Divrei hisorerus were then delivered by Rav Avrohom Gurwicz, rosh yeshiva of Gateshead Yeshiva. The guest speaker, Rav Avrohom Schorr, rov of Khal Tiferes Yaakov of Flatbush, then addressed the gathering, followed by Rav Aharon Schiff, rov of Antwerp. A bracha from the Skulener Rebbe was then read, and the asifa was then addressed by Rav Shmuel Dishon, menahel of Mosdos Yad Yisroel-Karlin Stolin in Brooklyn, NY. Following the recital of Tehillim, kabbolas ohl malchus Shomayim was led by Haadmor M’Rachmastrivke of Eretz Yisroel, followed by Maariv.
The Pshvorsker Rebbe of Antwerp addressed the gathering via teleconference.
Other attendees Rav Yisroel Hager, son of the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Monsey; Rav Boruch Teitelbaum, son of Rav Aharon Teitelbaum of Satmar; Rav Yisroel Kohn, son of the Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Rebbe; and others.
See below for photos of the event: