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.
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.