Rav Avrohom Yehoshua Soloveitchik: Directives of Ministry of Health Are the Opposite of Torah View

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Rav Avrohom Yehoshua Soloveitchik, in a Chumash shiur delivered to talmidim, blasted recent directives of the Israeli Ministry of Health, also sharply attacking those in the chareidi community who have signed on to these directives.

“How is it possible that rabbonim determine their opinions according to headlines in a newspaper?” he asked.

Rav Avrohom Yehoshua stated that at Yeshiva Yad Halevi headed by his son-in-law, the talmidim studied during the summertime as usual, and it was precisely those young men who were frightened by corona and were busy with it who ended up contracting the disease.

“I just asked at the yeshiva and they told me there were three sick boys all summer long, and all three were wearing masks all the time!” he said. “Among them was one who did not take off his mask for a moment, and the third did not enter a bais medrash at all but sat in a separate room out of fear.”

In his remarks, Rav Avrohom Yehoshua referred to the phenomenon in which people who arrive without a mask are thrown out of shuls. “Where is the ‘bein adam lachaveiro‘?” he asked. “When a spiritually corrupt person comes to the bais medrash, then we have to be tolerant, but if someone comes without a mask, we can throw him out?”

As far as his yeshiva, Rav Avrohom Yehoshua said, “Whoever wants to come with a mask can come with a mask. Whoever wants to come without a mask can come without a mask. We do not force this on anyone.”

Rav Avrohom Yehoshua asked, “Do the secularists really know what ‘venishmarten meod lenafshoseichem’ is? …Every day they do all sorts of things that are close to death… Whoever does not have Torah, who does not know that there is God in the world, then he also does not know what ‘venishmarten meod lenafshoseichem’ means.”

“You need to know what you should fear and what you should not fear,” Rav Avrohom Yehoshua said later on.

Some other excerpts:

“In a year and a half, we’ll see how much all the opinion-makers of today know about what they’ve been talking about.”

“You can ask doctors what the disease is. There is a ‘permission given to the doctor to heal.’ When a doctor knows, you can ask him how the disease works, how contagious the disease is, etc., but how much you should be careful about the disease? There is Torah about that! There is a Torah that says how much one should be careful.”

“Everyone creates pressure for what seems more important to him: One says that the economy cannot be stopped, because it is a danger to the state. The other says that offices should be left open, because otherwise it will harm the economy, etc. Then some Jews come and say that the Torah must not be neglected.  The Torah is as important to us as the economy is to them! Can the Torah be neglected?”

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

15 COMMENTS

  1. Because the Ministry of Health ALL OVER THE WORLD are NOT ministers of health but corrupt politicians and should not meddle in religious affairs. THIS ENTIRE CORONA NONSENSE IS A TOTAL HOAX OF THE CENTURY. IT WAS NEVER ABOUT MEDICAL BUT POLITICS.

    “I just asked at the yeshiva and they told me there were three sick boys all summer long, and all three were wearing masks all the time!” he said. “Among them was one who did not take off his mask for a moment, and the third did not enter a bais medrash at all but sat in a separate room out of fear.”
    PROOF THAT MASKS NOT ONLY DO NOT PROTECT ANYONE, BUT CAN ACTUALLY HARM THE WEARER. ONLY IDIOTS WEAR IT ALL THE TIME.

  2. Refreshing words of torah wisdom!
    You words are like a refreshing rain shower in the middle of the parched desert!

    Thank you Harav Avrohom Y. Solveitchik shlita

  3. Both the Steipler and Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurbach held that traffic laws have to be followed M’Doyraasah no matter how evil the government who made them is because they were made to save lives.

    I don’t know what they would have said about Corona but the point is that they didn’t think ,“Do the secularists really know what ‘venishmarten meod lenafshoseichem’ is?”

  4. So should we have tended to all the sick? Should have we not attended all the funerals of the deceased? Should we pretend it never existed? Should we not learn from those thousands that nebech perished that we must be m’kaayem Venishmartem Meod Lenafsosaychem?

    • NOT ONE PERSON PERISHED FROM CORONA HOAX. Those who died had existing illness or were murdered or killed in car accident or shot. There’s no such sickness as coronavirus. It’s a made up word to scare sheeple like you away.

  5. You don’t need to be a minister to be able to count the sick and dead all over the world from this.

    HKBH is smashing all the the Avoda Zaras, Fake “Gods”, ideologies etc. causing them mass confusion and seeming contradiction within their beliefs until today.

    Only REAL and TRUE Torah Jews can survive this test of proper Torah observance together with proper adherence to the commandment of Hishamer Lecha Ushmor Nafshecha…

    Those whose ideology is based mostly / solely on hatred and bitul of everyone else are being exposed in their Falsehoods.

    The cynics will continue laughing and mocking all the way to the ICU and / or Cemetery.

  6. “Where is the ‘bein adam lachaveiro‘?” he asked. “When a spiritually corrupt person comes to the bais medrash, then we have to be tolerant, but if someone comes without a mask, we can throw him out?”

    Sanhedrin 11A.

    The Gemara there says that Rav Yehuda HaNasi said whoever is causing the garlic smell in the Beis Medrash should leave. Rav Chiya and everyone else left not to embarrass the one causing the smell. The net day Rav Shimon asked Rav Chiya why he came to the Beis Hamedrash with a garlic odor. He answered that he didn’t but didn’t want the person who did to be embarrassed so he left first.

    I don’t know if coming to the Beis Medrash without a mask causes a major corona risk but the Gemarah is clearly a source to ask those who disturb others v’kal v’chomer endangering others to leave the Beis Medrash.

    Where in Chazal do you a source to ask a Rosha (other than a moser or meisis or some other danger ) who came to daven or learn in the Beis Medrash to leave?

  7. Once more another smoke screen!
    You are culpable totally not to be the cause of someone’s indirect damage-especially health
    Judaism decided already who is prioritized
    Al HaMazik L’Harchik!
    both sides obviously bear responsibility
    HOWEVER
    especially adults it goes and It ought to go both ways
    too bad if it’s disturbing

  8. its not a fear Shulchan Aruch Paskens that we listen to Mumchei Rofim especially when they are Yirei Shomayim, perhaps the Ministry of Health are not, but there are those independent doctors who make such a call.
    Don’t bash at me or my comment I am unfamiliar with the Brisker Mehalech

  9. When a high school girl was told she must take a covid rest by Chemed, in order to attend school , she went. When her test was positive , the school didn’t let her in. Another administrator heard what happened and told them to ignore the results from chemed . She went to test at 2 other locations and came back negative . The results are manipulated. Wake up sheeple. This is how an unused swab is tested and comes back positive. They are manipulating everything so people think this illness is real, even when the creator of the test said it doesn’t detect a corona virus . It will pick up any old virus in the body . Fraud is East when everyone is eager to listen

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