By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Yitzchok Yehuda Yaroslavsky, who heads the Chabad Beis Din in Israel and is considered the top halachic authority for Chabad in the Holy Land, released an unequivocal letter instructing the public to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
Rabbi Yaroslavsky, who has recovered from coronavirus, wrote a public letter to members of his community in the Nachlas Har Chabad neighborhood in Kiryat Malachi.
He said that adherent to the Torah’s rule to “guard yourselves,” entrance to local Chabad shuls will only be permitted to people who have been vaccinated or can provide a document of recovering from it.
“Those who have not been vaccinated and don’t have a recovery (antibodies) document should continue davening in the open courtyard shuls etc. and not be allowed to enter the regular shuls,” he stated.
Rabbi Yaroslavsky said that those working with the public, such as staff of the educational institutions and members of the kollel, must be vaccinated as well.
“The need to be vaccinated isn’t elective but mandatory according to Torah,” he stated in Tuesday’s letter. “Do not be clever with all sorts of different and strange opinions that have no basis in reality.”
He went on to warn that those who don’t get vaccinated and convince others to do the same should be wary of the day of judgment and are causing bloodshed.