As Israel emerges from their third lockdown following their mass inoculation drive, Rabbi Yitzchok Yehuda Yeruslavski warned that only those who received the vaccine or recovered from COVID-19 would be allowed in shuls. He also had some sharp words for anti-vaxxers.
By Anash.org reporter
As Israel emerges from their third lockdown following their mass inoculation drive and shuls across the country prepare to re-open, Chabad Rov Yitzchok Yehuda Yeruslavski laid out clear rules for those wishing to daven in Lubavitcher shuls.
Rabbi Yeruslavski is one of the senior Chabad Rabbonim in Eretz Yisroel, and serves as the Rov of the Nachlas Har Chabad neighborhood in Kiryat Malachi and chairman of Beis Din Rabbonei Chabad in Israel.
In a letter released ahead of the shuls reopening, he wrote that only those who received the COVID-19 vaccine or what previously recovered from COVID-19 would be allowed back into the shuls.
“All others must continue to daven in the outdoor shuls, and it is forbidden for them to enter the regular shuls,” he wrote.
Rabbi Yeruslavski then addressed the question posed to him by many, regarding the Torah’s approach to vaccination.
“The need to vaccinate is not voluntary, but is an obligation from the Torah,” he wrote in the letter released on Tuesday. “Don’t try being clever with all sorts of strange opinions.”
He also had some harsh words for anti-vaxxers.
“Those that don’t vaccinated and convince others not to get vaccinated – woe to him from the day of judgment! He is causing bloodshed,” he wrote.