Senior Chabad Rabbi In Israel: Those Who Oppose Vaccinations Should Not Enter Shuls

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yaruslavski, the senior Chabad rabbi in Israel who also serves as rabbi of the Chabad community in Kiryat Malachi, has issued a sharp letter regarding those who oppose COVID-19 vaccinations. The current spike in cases in Israel has affected the chareidi community as well and in particular Chabad communities with Kfar Chabad leading the charts in rates of infection.

In the letter published on Monday, Rabbi Yaruslavski writes that “it is scary to hear that there are some of our adherents who have not vaccinated against the virus. I address each and every one of our adherents or whoever reads this letter, they must immediately vaccinate since this is Pikuach Nefesh (life-threatening) and can cause Heaven forfend harm to many other Jews. Please go immediately to vaccinate and save lives.”

At the end of his letter, Rabbi Yaruslavski writes that those who oppose vaccinations should be prohibited from entering shuls “or any other public place, since this is a matter of life and death.”

 

 

 

Israel is now conducting a massive campaign to encourage vaccinations, with over a million people having received the booster third vaccination and more than 60% of the population already vaccinated twice. The booster vaccination has already proven effective in lowering rates of infection and serious illness among those who have received it -currently from the age of 50 and over.

 


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