The number of verified patients in the ultra-Orthodox cities and neighborhoods has skyrocketed significantly in the past week, and according to officials in the Ministry of Health, the reason for this is Rosh Hashanah prayers and selichot stands.
A few hours before Yom Kippur, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon issued a public call, which he called an emergency call. “The data flowing to us from the hospitals is very worrying. We see the severe outbreak that came as a result of the Rosh Hashanah prayers, and are appalled at the thought of the additional outbreak that may come as a result of the Yom Kippur prayers.”
The Ministry of Health has made significant efforts to prevent prayers in synagogues. Along with activities among the influential rabbis in the Lithuanian and Hassidic communities that led to a certain change, the ministry issued cars for the neighborhoods and called on residents to heed the instructions.
Despite the Ministry of Health’s request, the ultra-Orthodox rabbis refrained from publicly reading not to pray in synagogues en masse, among other things, apparently from understanding that such a reading would not be accepted by the public, and contented themselves with issuing instructions to keep distance and wearing masks. Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, the greatest of the ultra-Orthodox-Lithuanian generation, issued an order for everyone in the risk group, including older people, to pray at home.
Maj. Gen. (Res.) Roni Noma, who is in charge of the ultra-Orthodox sector at the Ministry of Health, issued a statement in which he clarified that “according to the agreement with the meetings in the capsules arrangement with the ultra-Orthodox desk, tests were performed “Corona or ‘follow-up meetings.’
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