29 March 2020

ALERT: STOP ALL MINYANIM — PSAK HALACHA

*PSAK HALACHA: HaRav Chaim Kanievsky: “Assur To Daven In A Minyan, Din Rodeif To Anyone Who Violates Health Ministry Directives”


Based on New Info: STOP ALL MINYANIM – Even Outside Minyanim!
Is this on purpose? Against Frum Yidden?

Based upon new information in the most recent Journal of the American Medical Association, it is clear that

ALL MINYANIM, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, SHOULD BE STOPPED IMMEDIATELY ON ACCOUNT OF THE NEW INFORMATION REGARDING DANGER OF GETTING INFECTED AND INFECTING OTHERS.

THIS IS TRUE BOTH IN AMERICA AND IN ERETZ YISROEL, OR WHEREVER THERE IS AN INFECTION THAT IS SPIRALLING OUT OF CONTROL.

We have made a colossal error in how we have responded to the COVID-19 virus based upon incorrect information from the authorities.

Previously, we assumed that distancing ourselves 6 feet away from others offered us safety. The latest results from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study, published in the most recent edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), however, tells us otherwise. The gap should be 26 feet.

MIT has known this weeks before the info went to publication! 
Why the wait? Why no public notice?

Please do not ignore this information or dismiss it as alarmist. This author has lost 3 friends to the virus – with a family member in critical condition. Just this past Shabbos in teh United States, the death toll rose by over 1000 and 11 people from the Torah Kehillah passed away.

There are even more immediate implications to this new information:

It is a grave danger to attend any minyan, bris, or Simcha because of the sheer number of infections out there and the possibility of getting infected or giving it to others.

The study found that viral droplets expelled both in coughs and sneezes travels at speeds that range between 22 miles per hour to 68 miles an hours. This translates to 33 feet per second and 100 feet per second. The speed rate depends upon the strength of the original expulsion and how warm and moist the atmosphere is. The study can be viewed at jamanetwork.com

Droplets can even be suspended in the air for several hours. Indoor ventilation systems that do not have cross ventilation can create turbulent clouds of air, changing the direction of the droplets, that can infect others as well.

The studies authors urged that the social distancing requirements perhaps be updated and changed to some four times the previous recommendation.

There is a concept in halacha called, “chamira sakanasa m’issurah – a danger must be viewed more stringently than a prohibition (e.g. a food).” We are careful to ensure that we only eat from kosher shechita, cholov yisroel, and no bugs in our food – this is even a more stringent matter. Even if there is a doubt as toa sakana we should be stringent.

Further halachic implications of this study are that no one should venture outside without an adequately protective mask – where he or she will be exposed to others who may carry the virus – even in a supermarket.

Health care workers must wear personal protective equipment even 26 feet away from infected patients.

Even mechiras Chometz should be done online this year on account of the risk. If anyone needs to do a mechirah online, email the author below. The mechira is done with an araiv kablan, six kinyanim, and done safely.

https://vosizneias.com/2020/03/29/based-on-new-info-stop-all-minyanim-even-outside/


https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1844182/psak-halacha-harav-chaim-kanievsky-assur-to-daven-in-a-minyan-din-rodeif-to-anyone-who-violates-health-ministry-directives.html

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