Smutrich’s Outline: Urban buildings will be converted for the benefit of the High Holidays

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Chairman of the National Union Bezalel Smutrich in addressing Corona projector Roni Gamzo: We must prepare for the High Holidays prayers against the backdrop of the Corona plague

Member of Knesset Bezalel Smutrich on the right sent a letter to the corona projector, Prof. Roni Gamzo, asking him to start preparing for prayers during the holy days in the shadow of the corona virus.

Smutrich suggests that Project Gamzo promote a temporary ordinance that stipulates that local authorities will make available to communities and synagogues the municipal buildings available to them, including schools, community centers, kindergartens and other public buildings.

“At the outset, I would like to congratulate you on your impressive mobilization to lead the struggle in the Corona. Your success is important to us,” Smutrich opens the letter to Gamzo.

“The Tishrei holidays that come upon us for good are characterized every year by a large number of long prayers in the synagogues. The highlight of course is on Yom Kippur, which includes fasting and prayers in hot weather.

It seems that preparations are needed that will protect the masses of worshipers, and the entire Israeli public, from the virus and from its spread on the one hand, and on the other hand be able to allow as much prayer as possible for all its components (blowing the shofar, reading the Torah, etc.) to anyone who is interested.

“I would like to offer the simple solution below,” writes the right-wing MK, “who can maintain public health and allow the prayers to be held.”

Smutrich writes to Gamzo that “it is proposed to promote a temporary ordinance which will stipulate that the local authorities will make available to communities and synagogues the municipal buildings available to them, including schools, community centers, kindergartens and other public buildings.

These buildings are air-conditioned with many spaces that will allow for the correct preparation of a large number of separate quorums without exceeding the maximum number of worshipers as determined by the professionals for the holidays, “writes the former Minister of Transport.

“If there is no preparation, God forbid,” he warns, “we may encounter a serious violation of the guidelines on the part of those who will not agree to give up prayers on the High Holidays, or alternatively mass abstinence from the High Holidays prayers, two very bad alternatives of course.”

“I would like to end this letter,” Smutritz writes to Gimzo, “in the words of a great midrash on the prayers of the terrible days: Their prayer. ”

“I will be at your service as long as necessary to bring the matter to a resolution as soon as possible.”

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