JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Rabbi Chaim Kanievski and Rabbi Gershon Edelstein issued a number of rulings in the wake of the rise in infections in Chareidi locations in Israel as well as the coming Bein Hazmanim period.
A letter signed by the rabbis stated that “with the prevalence of the infection in the world, it is an obligation on every person to take precautions not to be infected and not to infect others G-d forbid. However those who disseminate Torah have a stronger obligation to take care since the Torah of many people depends on them and unfortunately many places of Torah remain idle due to sicknesses of the teachers and other staff.
The rabbis added that “Part of the precautions should include not participating in events like weddings, Bar Mitzvas etc. except for close family. Additionally they should not stay in a Beis Midrash where people are not taking proper precautions.
The rabbis also warned of the dangers involved in Bein Hazmanim: “From after Tisha Be’Av until Elul, even though students are not in the Yeshiva framework, they should not go on trips since in the past there have been many tragedies on outings. People need to rest but not to remove the yoke of Torah.”