BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — Hagaon Rav Chaim Kanievski has ruled that at present one is obligated to daven in private without a minyan. Rav Chaim says that we are in a situation of Pikuach Nefesh (saving lives) and added that those who violate health ministry regulations are considered to be a rodef (one who is endangering people’s lives).
In the next few hours, a letter will be published by the rabbis of Bnei Brak calling on people not to organize ad hoc minyanim and to daven privately until after the coronavirus has gone. Moreover the rabbis will call on people not to learn in a Beis Midrash but rather in their homes.
Rav Chaim also ruled that one can report to the police any institution of shul which is violating health ministry regulations, even if it means officials will be fined or jailed for their actions.
Last week, chief rabbis David Lau and Yitzchak Yosef ruled to close all shuls and not hold any ceremonies inside them.