Israelis who were horrified by the leftist protesters’ display of hostility toward religion disrupted Yom Kippur tefillos on Erev Yom Kippur and Motzei Yom Kippur at Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv, tearing down a temporary mechitzah and fighting with the mispallelim.
This led to a religious “backlash” among Israelis. Even if they don’t lead a wholly religious lifestyle, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Israelis value Yiddishkeit.
Many of these Israelis performed mekabel mitzvos on themselves in the days following Yom Kippur as a “protest” against the leftists.
I’m a secular Israeli from Givatayim, claimed 43-year-old Yaniv Turgeman on Twitter. I made the decision to get tefillin and wear them every day after seeing Jews kicked out of the tefillah on Erev Yom Kippur in Dizengoff Square. “It’s important to me that my two children, who live in a secular city, will see their father put on tefillin with a tallis every morning and will learn what Yahadus is in the wake of the incident,” the mother said.
Guy Baruch, another Israeli who is not religious, wrote: “I’m starting to wear a kippah today.
It’s amazing what one Yom Kippur could achieve for a kibbutznik. You will likewise fail, just as Antiochus, the Romans, and the Muslims did not succeed. Stay away from my Yahudus, please.