As I write these words..my heart is full of pain. My brother ztz’l was just niftar from corona. A young healthy man, gone in a matter of a few days, leaving behind an Almanah and 10 children. Obviously the Aibershter has plans, which we cannot begin to fathom. We accept his gezeirah.
What I would like to address is the issue of Minyanim, as well as any other gathering. This virus has been going on for a few weeks, by now we all see what is going on. But yet people still do not get it! How many more people must die for all of us to realize the severity of this Mageifa! How many more families have to be destroyed in order for us to finally get it!
Today’s Headline news: Poskim forbid minyanim! We still need Poskim to tell us this. Even now after hundreds of our family, friends and neighbors are gone. Even after thousands of our family, friend and neighbors are on life support in the hospitals. They are dying alone, with no family at their side. No one to say viduy or shma.
Ok..so you still don’t believe an outdoor social distancing minyan is dangerous. Let me tell you two true stories that I personally know of.
A neighbor of mine had a backyard minyan and an Elter Yid from across the street insisted on coming. He never missed a Minyan..and didn’t want to start now. Unfortunately, he is no longer here. (I know he didn’t need to come. But if there was no Minyan… he couldn’t have come.) Another story, my son’s friend went to a backyard minyan for a while, and his father is no longer here. (I hope he didn’t bring it home, but he will always live with that doubt in his mind.) True story.
Yes, Tefillah B’zibbur is important, but these minyanim are killing people. There is nothing a Yid wouldn’t do to save a life. Hatzoloh has been telling us this, Drs have been telling us this, Our Rabbonim are telling us this… but some of us still don’t get it! You have blood on your hands. These gatherings must stop!
B’h as I write these words things in NY and NJ have been improving. Don’t be fooled! It’s only better because so many have been careful. Don’t get to comfortable yet. It can begin all over again. We must continue to be vigilant and careful. This isn’t the Govt. forcing us to do things, this is our lives, and the lives of our family and friends at stake.
Let’s all continue to be careful, so that this can end soon and we can once again daven with a Minyan and be together with our families.
Thank you. Have a good and safe Yom Tov.
A concerned Yid.