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LEADING ORTHODOX GROUPS ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT TELLING COMMUNITY TO STAY HOME &

SAVE LIVES


Rabbinic leaders and organizations across the Orthodox spectrum have, individually, declared the health threat presented by COVID-19 a mortal threat (sakanas nefashos). Today, we, leaders of major American Orthodox Jewish organizations, join together to reiterate, as clearly and forcefully as we can, our collective view. We have heretofore urged not only full compliance with all health guidelines issued by federal, state, and local governments, but have gone beyond those pronouncements in urging our communities to remain at home and avoid, to the maximum extent feasible, any outside interactions. In keeping with those guidelines, we have mandated scrupulous hygiene and social distancing, and urged everyone to stay home and minimize physical interaction.


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 RABBI DAVID LAU CALLED ON JEWS ACROSS THE GLOBE TO DECLARE A FAST DAY AS A SPIRITUAL RESPONSE TO THE MOUNTING HEALTH CRISIS

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By United with Israel Staff

Israel’s Chief Rabbi David Lau, in a public letter, called on Jews to refrain from eating or speaking unnecessarily on Wednesday in light of the coronavirus pandemic. “At this time, we must engage in soul searching,” he wrote. “As believing Jews, we know that the Hand of Providence is behind this and that it comes to tell us something.”

  

6 LEADING ORTHODOX GROUPS ISSUE GUIDANCE TO COMMUNITY ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON PASSOVER


Joint Statement to the Orthodox Community Regarding Pesach

Rabbinic leaders and organizations across the Orthodox spectrum have, individually, declared the health threat presented by COVID-19 a mortal threat (sakanas nefashos). We, leaders of major American Orthodox Jewish organizations, join together again to further clarify our shared and firm guidance for our communities.


We have heretofore urged not only full compliance with all health guidance issued by federal, state and local governments, but have gone beyond those pronouncements in urging our communities to remain at home and avoid, to the maximum extent feasible, any outside interactions.


WORLD NEWS

RABBI'S CORNER


CORONAVIRUS – THE MORAL ASPECT

By RABBI DR. RAYMOND APPLE

Job spoke for all of us when he said, "You see a calamity and are afraid" (Job 6:21).  We all see a calamity unfolding before us and we are all afraid. Some call it an epidemic, others a pandemic. It is a panic-demic.

The travel industry is collapsing, schools and universities are closing, there are ghost towns everywhere, life is in lockdown. The first instinct of some people is to find a scapegoat. Iran is characteristically blaming it on America. Westerners think Asiatics are the ones who are guilty. What ridiculous prejudices! Those who prefer Biblical thinking recall that scriptural texts constantly link suffering with sin.