Moetzes Gedolim Respond to “Slander” Regarding Shul Reopening Guidelines

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Agudas Yisroel of America released the above letter to The letter is signed by three senior members of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, Rav Dovid Feinstein, and Rav Aharon Feldman.

In English Translation:

We write in response to slander and to publicly declare that the Guidelines released by the leadership of Agudath Israel of America – on the subject of how and when to reopen the doors of our shuls and batei medrash for tefillah in a way that is in accordance with the law and in which there is no danger of the further spread of coronavirus – were fully accepted by us and were with the approval of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah. The rumors that the leadership of Agudath Israel acted on this of their own discretion are complete fabrications.

It is appropriate to emphasize that all the activity of the Agudah’s leadership under the direction of Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel are for the sake of Heaven and are performed after consultation with gedolei Torah.

On this we sign on the 27th of Iyar, 5780,


  1. With today’s digital technology forging signatures of Rabbanim and attributing statements to them is way too easy. Stationary, letterheads, and computerized signatures have lost their ne’emunus


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