Leading Chareidi Medical Advisor: Close Shuls, Go Back To Open-Space Minyanim

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BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — Rabbi Shimon Ragobay, a senior medical advisor for the Chareidi community in Israel and the director of the Mazor organization, called for a return to open space minyanim and the closure of all shuls in the wake of the significant increase in cases of coronavirus in Israel.

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Ragovay says that “we hurried to open the shuls and now the infection rate is growing and there is no option but to revert to open-space minyanim.”

He added that “we don’t play with life-threatening situations. One can pray with a minyan in an outdoor environment. We are dealing with lives so who allows us to be lenient? In order to curb the rate of infection we must return to prayer in open spaces.

With all the pain involved we have no choice but to take an unpopular but life-saving decision. The more we precipitate the decision, the more we will be able to minimize the damage.”

Ragovay even suggested that each person pray in the same place in order to minimize the danger in case of infection.

The past two weeks have seen a sharp spike in infections in Israel, with Bnei Brak, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv leading the levels of infection over the past few days. The corona cabinet met Monday to discuss steps to curb the increase in infections.


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Kollel faker
Kollel faker
4 years ago

Can Williamsburg Monroe Lakewood and Flatbush be far behind lack of social distancing no face masks
Far Rock and five towns similar
We need to open up but we need to be safe

KN
KN
4 years ago

Please The rate of infections has almost nothing to do with the death rate. Average age of people dying is 82 years old. Closing of school because somebody has Covid is like closing the school because somebody has the flu. No one is going to die. The whole shenanigan of closing down the economy was a political trick by the Democrats. Time to open up. Stop saying a rise in Covid cases is a reason for shutting things down. They just wanna ruin trumps economy. And Netanya was stupid enough to take the bait.

INMYOPINION
INMYOPINION
4 years ago

the virus is only for democRATS. REPUBLICANS ARE IMMUNE.

maskowitz
maskowitz
4 years ago

fakers need to wear masks , but sometimes need to be unmasked .

Bayle Haber
Bayle Haber
4 years ago

It is virtually impossible to have minyanim outside on Shabbos. The open shuls are very important. If theaters and bars, schools and daycamp, shopping malls and barbers can open if following rules so can shuls. Many innovations have been found for the reading of the Torah situation which is the only aspect that may be dangerous. Rav Rogoway underestimates the importance of a Kehilla.

pitch a bail of hay
pitch a bail of hay
4 years ago

We can pitch big airy open tents outside for davening .Many shuls have done that for many weeks now .

Charles B Hall
Charles B Hall
4 years ago

My own shul still is doing outside minyanim only. I am not attending. I am staying safe and allowed those who need to say Kaddish to attend.