By COLlive reporter
After months of rest from the daily reports of deaths in the Chabad community due to Covid-19 infections, Lubavitchers around the world were alarmed when 5 deaths were reported within 24 hours.
Mrs. Rivkah Chefer, whose uncle was the Rashag and merited a close connection with the Rebbe and Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, passed away on Sunday. Her late husband founded the Beit Rivkah College in Kfar Chabad. Read more
Shlomo Langer, an accountant in Tel Aviv who became a baal teshuva after learning in a Chabad Yeshiva and authored a witty book about the weekly Parsha, passed away shortly before Shabbos. Read more
R’ Yosef Chaim Shlomo Meyerson, a member of the Chabad community in Neve Yaakov, Jerusalem, Israel, passed away on Shabbos, at the age of 45 after complications due to coronavirus. Read more
R’ Yaakov Zalof, a chossid who was active at the Chabad center in South Netanya, passed away at the age of 48. He left behind a wife and 4 children.
Mrs. Sheina Sylvia Goon, an only child of Holocaust survivors who raised a family and was charitable with an open home in Toronto and Beitar Illit, passed away.
These passing have alarmed Rabbi Yitzchok Yehuda Yaroslavsky, the chairman of Beis Din Rabbonei Chabad in Israel, the most senior rabbinical body of Chabad in the Holy Land. Rabbi Yaroslavsky, who himself recovered after contracting the virus, leads the Chabad community in Kiryat Malachi.
“There have been several calamities where people passed away because they weren’t vaccinated,” he said in an urgent video message in Hebrew on Sunday.
“This is (a situation of) pikuach nefesh,” he said. “You must go and get vaccinated so that there will be no one who does not get vaccinated. I call on the rabbis of the communities to make sure that everyone in the community goes to get vaccinated.”
Israel is the first country pushing for citizens to take a booster shot that follows the first 2 vaccine doses.
This past summer, Israel launched an aggressive booster campaign to shore up waning vaccine efficacy in its population, the AP reported.
Over 60% of Israel’s population has received two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and nearly 3.5 million of Israel’s 9.3 million citizens have received a booster dose of the vaccine, AP said.