By COLive reporter
A joint letter signed on by 32 rabbis, mostly from Chabad communities around the world, called the public to be careful once returning to shul.
They said the Covid-19 pandemic which had shuls closed around the world was “a terrible decree that hasn’t even occurred during the time of Haman’s decree.”
They said it would, therefore, be appropriate for each and every member of the Chabad community to take upon themselves not to speak in shul during davening.
They quoted the clear words of the Alter Rebbe, Mitteler Rebbe and the Rebbe himself about the “shameful” practice of speaking idle talk during davening.
Among the signers were Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba and Rabbi Yosef Braun of Badatz Crown Heights, Rabbi Dovid Schochet of Toronto, Rabbi Dovid Rephael Banon of Montreal, Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Groner of Melbourne, Rabbi Leibel Schapiro of Miami, Rabbi Shimon Raichik, Rabbi Ezra Schochet and Rabbi Yosef Schusterman of Los Angeles, California.
Additional signers were Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, Rabbi Gavriel Zinner of Boro Park, Rabbi Levi Kahn of Paris, Rabbi Shamai Ende of Brazil and Rabbi Yosef Feigelstock of Argentina, and many rabbis from Israel.
In the past, there have been calls to shul goers to shut their phones while in shul to avoid disruption to one’s davening and the davening of others. In the new letter, the rabbis only referenced speaking during davening.
In Kfar Chabad this week, a debate has been brewing about the timing of the reopening of shuls. Mashpia Rabbi Michoel Tayeb called to immediately resume davening in shuls, while others said the porch and outdoor minyanim were still needed to avoid future infections.