Many Crown Heights residents were startled when the Crown Heights Shabbos alarm – which normally sounds every Friday afternoon to announce the onset of Shabbos – went off at 11:00 AM this morning.
By Anash.org reporter
Many Crown Heights residents were startled when the Crown Heights Shabbos alarm – which sounds every Friday afternoon to announce the onset of Shabbos – went off at 11:00 AM this morning.
The unexpected siren jolted and confused many Crown Heights residents who expressed alarm about the possible reasons for the siren.
Normally the siren is sounded twice on Erev Shabbos and Erev Yomtov, once 15 minutes before Shabbos and a second time immediately before the start of Shabbos.
Anash.org has learned, that today’s siren was sounded in anticipation of the “Moment of prayer for Moshiach” held earlier today. Organizers reached out to Anash.org to update the community not to be alarmed.
The global Moshiach prayer was held days before Purim with the aim of uniting millions of Jews in locations as varied as Australia, France, Russia, and China all saying the same prayer at the same time, creating a powerful sense of unity that crosses all borders.
The alarm is located on top of the Congregation Chevre Shas on the corner of Kingston Avenue and Montgomery Street and is operated by Rabbi Mendel Goldstein.