Gerer Rebbe Contracts Coronavirus


JERUSALEM (VINnews) — The Gerer Rebbe, Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Alter, has been diagnosed with coronavirus after returning from the wedding of his granddaughter in the US. The 82-year-old rebbe had received his booster shot in the US but 10 days later he felt weakness and high fever and a doctor was called in to attend to the rebbe. The doctor found signs of coronavirus despite the fact that the rebbe had received his booster shot previously.

On Monday the rebbe did not attend selichos. The rebbe’s attendants announced that he would not be receiving chasidim as is his usual practice during the days prior to the New Year, but stated that he is in good condition and is recovering at his home. Rabbi Yitzchak Broida who serves as the rebbe’s secretary announced that the rebbe feels much better and it is hoped that on Rosh Hashana he will be able to attend the prayers as usual.

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