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Put your ego aside, and abide by chief’s ruling on minyans

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by Lionel Stein, Johannesburg | Jun 18, 2020

If one of the rebel minyanim were to go down with COVID-19, then, without any detective work, the source would be easily detectable. But by then, the horse would have left the stable, and the promise to close the minyan would be academic.

What the rebels fail to realise is that even if less than 21 people participate, should they pick up COVID-19 at the minyan, it would be easy for them to transmit it to a vulnerable member of their family or the community, which could add to the death statistics.

Let’s put our egos aside, and abide by the ruling of the chief rabbi.

Finally, please don’t try and surpass New York, Lakewood, or London in terms of fatalities.

There are enough angels of death in the world at the moment. I appeal to the rebels not to add to their numbers. 

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