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He was one of those who never missed a minyan. He owned a business and always worked it out that he attended minyanim – even during those times that he had long business trips -which were frequent. His dedication made the rest of the family look bad.
And then the Gedolim came out with no more minyanim.
He didn’t listen. He continued attending and so did that whole shul. We begged him and explained that he was putting others at risk. He ridiculed the idea.
“Everyone else is going everywhere. There are lines at grocery stores, Goyim are going to the beaches. And I should stop going to shul? You are all crazy.”
“But the Gedolim said…”
“I am going to shul and I will be fine.”
Now, he has it. We are all worried. The family has taken over the business – but it is very hard, and we do not know what to do with many things – but if we don’t take it over – it will fall apart.
I write this as a warning to other people. Please don’t be foolish or headstrong. If Gedolim say not to go – please listen. I know that there are hundreds of other families just like ours. May Hashem grant us all yeshuos v’nechamos.