The greatest of the Lithuanian generation, Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, is now laid to rest. The funeral procession begins at Yeshiva Ponovizh and will pass through the streets of Rabbi Akiva, Sokolov and Chazon Ish to the cemetery where the rabbi will be buried - Beit Chaim Panevezys.
According to Waze data, as of 14:45, heavy congestion was observed on Highway 4 South from Dudu Dotan Road to the Morasha interchange, an average speed of 4 km/h and an estimated time for a segment of about 21 minutes. In addition, very heavy congestion was observed on Yitzhak Rabin Street in Petah Tikva, from Degania Street to the Kiryat Ono interchange, an average speed of 8 km / h and an estimated time for a segment of about 15 minutes. Very heavy congestion was also observed on Aluf Sadeh Street in Ramat Gan from the Aluf Sadeh interchange to Yitzhak Rabin Street in Givatayim, an average speed of 6 km / h and an estimated time for a segment of about 18 minutes.
Crowds gather outside the yeshiva in Bnei Brak, Photo: Gideon Markowitz
The police are preparing for a large crowd of participants, roadblocks and huge traffic jams on the roads.
Praying in a yeshiva, photo: Gideon Markowitz
Reinforcement of trains and buses
Transportation Minister Miri Regev and her deputy Uri Maklev instructed National Public Transportation Authority Director Ran Shadmi and Israel Railways to reinforce public transportation to the funeral area.
Preparations for the funeral of Rabbi Edelstein at the Panevezys Yeshiva, Photo: Gideon Markowitz
According to the instructions, the intercity lines to Bnei Brak from the south will stop on Route 4 under the Givat Shmuel Bridge and at the end of the funeral will pick up at the opposite station on Route 4 southbound.
Heavy loads at the Aluf Sadeh interchange towards Bnei Brak,
In addition, the intercity service from the north will drop off on Route 4 under the Givat Shmuel Bridge, and at the end of the funeral they will pick up at the opposite station on Route 4 northbound. In addition, changes are expected in the routes of the municipal lines in the city of Bnei Brak, in accordance with the police blockades.
Crowds arrive at Rabbi Edelstein's funeral, Photo: Yehuda Schlesinger
MDA teams are also prepared to provide medical security in cooperation with the rescue volunteers working in the field, who will be deployed in the field with reinforced forces, in order to provide an immediate medical response to any casualty who needs it.
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