JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Rabbi Shimon Ragovey, a senior medical advisor to the Chareidi sector in Israel, warned against opening shuls and stated that it could be dangerous especially on Shavuos night.
In an interview with Kikar Hashabat, Rabbi Ragovey said that “Shavuos night holds a much more potent danger since it involved a very large meeting of a group of people for many hours and I am very concerned that even if the regulations are kept in shuls, the danger on Shavuos is still existent.”
Rabbi Ragovey cited the example of South Korea which was very successful in containing COVID-19 but a week and a half ago in one night a sick person infected hundreds of people which led to a second outbreak there.
Rabbi Ragovey recommends studying in courtyards, homes or porches on Shavuos night despite the difficulty involved. “I understand the difficulty for the public because I myself grew up and studied in Yeshivas, but life comes first.”