Global leading Rabbis have called for Shema to be recited at 3pm UK time around the world today for the release of hostages held in Gaza and the ongoing security situation in Israel.

The assembly will be attended by representatives of the families of the hostages and missing, along with many others who will gather as one – with one heart – to arouse heavenly mercy for the cancellation of the decrees hanging over Israel.

The prayer assembly will be broadcast live to tens of thousands of people in Israel and around the world, in collaboration with Jewish communities worldwide, who will also participate in the recitation of the Shema Yisrael simultaneously with the prayer at the Western Wall.

Yeshivah rabbonim visited HaGaon HaRav Dov Landau who instructed prayers to also be held on Purim.

They stated: “When such a large number of Jews are in exile from their homes and many hostages are in captivity, these days are very special and a time for tefillah.”

HaRav Landau asked HaRav Dan Segal to set the order of prayers for Purim. 10 Pirkei Tehillim should be recited. They are numbers 20, 22, 25, 27, 79, 83 and 94 in addition to 121, 142, and 130.

It is also important to say 91 with everyone directing their heart to the heavens.

It is said that on Purim, our tefilla can reach greater heights than on Yom Kippur, so we should all join together to daven as one nation.