By COLlive reporter
To minyan or not to minyan…
With the unprecedented decisions to close the doors of shuls around the world to save lives from being infected by coronavirus, many have been left in an unfamiliar situation.
The lack of a minyan – no chazan, no kaddish and no reading of the Torah – has many davening at home and yearning to join a minyan once again. A few have been holding a minyan outdoors or in private homes.
But a new letter by Rabbi Leibel Schapiro, Rosh Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Miami and Rov of Cong. Beis Menachem in Miami Beach, denounces any such attempt and states that it stems from an unholy source.
“According to the professionals – the doctors – the situation now is that because of the actual danger to life, it is forbidden to organize minyanim for tefillah, in a shul, outdoors or in any other location,” he wrote in a letter on 6 Nissan 5780.
“Since it is the opinion of the professionals it is therefore forbidden according to halacha,” he states, explaining that in a time of danger the opinion of medical professionals must be heeded.