BANNED IN ISRAEL: No Chasunahs, Shuls, Batei Mdrashim & Any Gathering With More Than 100 People Allowed

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Israel is limiting public events in closed areas to 100 people as part of increasingly strict measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus in the country, PM Netanyahu announced Wednesday evening.

The ban includes Shuls, Batei Midrashim, and weddings, the Health Ministry director-general Moshe Bar Siman-Tov elaborated.

On Tuesday, Israel limited the gatherings to a maximum of 2,000 people, a substantial decrease from the previously allowed number of 5,000 people.
The new instructions means that studies in universities might be postponed

Netanyahu also said that younger people are not in danger from the virus, but older people are, and thus its spread must be prevented.

“If you get sick and you’re in your 20s or 30s,” he said, “you’ll get better. But if we can’t prevent the spread, we’ll infect the older people — and they’re in much greater danger… I’m talking about their lives…We have to look after dad and grandpa and grandma.

“With God’s help and everybody’s cooperation, we’ll beat this,” he said.

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(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)




18 COMMENTS

  1. Will the Knesset meet, or will they ask 20 MKs to leave? If all 120 meet (and they have all the security and office personnel with them), then we can learn from their actions the seriousness of this 100-person limit ban.

  2. 100 or 2000

    “Closed area” vs. “Open Area”?
    Article is not clear

    Glad to see Bibi (a Prime Minister in Israel) use B’Ezrat Hashem…

    It’s about time

  3. Let’s be honest. They are not banning Chasunahs, they are limiting the number of people. Maybe this will start a new trend and avoid the people at Chuppahs in American weddings that sit and internet surf the whole Chuppah.

  4. BUT THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN IN LAKEWOOD!!!! RIGHT??? WHY ARENT ALOT OF SHULS THAT I KNOW SAYING TEHILLIM AFTER DAVENING ??? COME ON GUYS EVEN IF YOUR NAIVE AND THINK IT CANT COME TO LAKEWOOD BUT WHERES YOUR SENSITITIVITY FOR A FELLOW JEW??????????

  5. Pd, more to life than Lakewood. Take a deep breath and exhale. There are many frum communities across the US and world outside of lakewood which also have an impact

  6. Curiosity March 11, 2020 5:28 pm at 5:28 pm
    This is a bit much for a glorified cold.
    Just for the record from Todays news. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said Wednesday during a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
    “The flu has a mortality rate of 0.1 percent. This has a mortality rate of 10 times that. That’s the reason I want to emphasize we have to stay ahead of the game in preventing this,” he added.

  7. The headline is hyperbole. That was not said last night.

    What was said was the following – This is on the Misrad HaBriut website and Facebook page:
    1) Groups of people are limited to 100 people – across the board. However, nothing was said about Yeshivot and Seminaries.
    2) Employees of HMOs and hopsitals are not to be in groups of more than 15.
    3) To preserve the lives of the elderly – don’t goto the hospital unless required and don’t goto retirement/old age homes.
    4) No attending sports event (or any events of any kind for that matter, so long as the number is more than 100).
    5) No crowding in stores – managers are to prevent crowding as much as possible.
    6) Anyone with a fever higher than 38 C and coughing/wheezing/crepitations in the lungs, etc. are to stay home until 48 hours have passed since the symptoms disappeared.

  8. Some of the lasting damage that president has caused is the erosion of trust in people with experience. Here we have a room full of people who have no basic education, experience, or understanding of virology, epidemiology, and public health, and who are essentially laughing at what people with decades of experience in this fields are saying. It doesn’t take a genius to see what happened in China (until it was contained with severe intervention) and Italy (currently out of control, with devastating effects on human life), and understand that what is going on now is serious. When the president says silly things like, “this is like a flu”, and “I like this stuff, I really get it”, and then go about contradicting experts in the NIH and the CDC, who have years of experience dealing with public health issue of scale, then I guess you can’t blame people who don’t know better from believing it and then treating this like a bit “hoax”.

    For a group of people who without a thought will be mechalel shabbos for pikuach nefesh, and who generally submit to the wisdom and experience of gedolim in halacha, it’s crazy to me the disregard they have for these experts, especially in an area so closely tied to human life.

  9. This article is partially inaccurate. Batei Midrashim and schuls are not under this ban. The Mirrer yeshiva has over 500 people in one room and they are not emptying out. And neither is the Beis HaMidrash in which I am learning.