NEW YORK (VINnews) — The leadership of Agudath Israel have released a public letter on Thursday morning in response to a viral audio recording criticizing their decisions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The audio can be heard here.
The letter is signed by Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetzky and Rabbi Aharon Feldman.
The english translation of the letter reads as follows:
We write in response to slander and to publicly declare that the Guidelines released by the leadership of Agudath Israel of America – on the subject of how and when to reopen the doors of our shuls and batei medrash for tefillah in a way that is in accordance with the law and in which there is no danger of the further spread of coronavirus – were fully accepted by us and were with the approval of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah. The rumors that the leadership of Agudath Israel acted on this of their own discretion are complete fabrications.
It is appropriate to emphasize that all the activity of the Agudah’s leadership under the direction of Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel are for the sake of Heaven and are performed after consultation with gedolei Torah.