Audio: Karlin Stolin’s Grand Rabbi Slams Haredim Who Disobey COVID Medical Directives


JERUSALEM (VINnews/Sandy Eller) – For the second time in two days, a prominent Israeli rabbi has publicly lamented the lack of adherence to health guidelines amidst the ongoing pandemic.

As previously reported on VIN News , a letter published by Rabbi Asher Weiss on October 13th said that the Torah requires us to heed medical guidance to safeguard our lives, and our failure to do so has brought shame on our communities and resulted in loss of life. Further strengthening those statements were the words of the Grand Rabbi of Karlin Stolin, Rabbi Baruch Meir Yaakov Shochet, who addressed his followers in a phone call today, as reported by Kikar HaShabat (

“I understand that it is difficult to be in a constant state of vigilance, but this is something we are obligated to do,” said Rabbi Shochet, who recently recovered from coronavirus. “It is G-d’s will and we should celebrate the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah of preserving our health.”

Rabbi Shochet expressed dismay at individuals and even prominent members of the Jewish world who have been less than careful about matters of health, potentially endangering the lives of others and causing others pain and suffering.

“I am amazed that the Charedi community is showing such blatant disregard for the lives of others,” continued Rabbi Shochet. “What has happened to us? How did we get here? In the name of G-d, we cannot be lax in any way. This is not a children’s game – this is a life threatening matter of the highest importance.”

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