Rav Moshe Tuvia Lieff, the beloved rov of Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin in Flatbush, Brooklyn spoke to writer and journalist Yochonon Donn about the current coronavirus situation and the havoc it is wreaking across the frum world with regard to Pesach.
Rav Lieff, who said he makes a point of calling each member of his kehillah every few days, is dealing with a new array of halachic queries.
“This is a very unique time and a difficult challenge for the sandwich generation,” Rav Lieff said in the interview in Mishpacha Magazine. “Many people in the kehillah are taking care of their parents, and at the same time they’re taking care of their children, and in many cases grandchildren. There are so many unique shailos.
For those worried about ignoring family chumros, Rav Lieff’s reframed the question from “what are we going to do about chumros on Pesach?” to “how can we be machmir on pikuach nefesh?”
“If anyone is machmir every year not to sell chometz gamur,” he told Mishpacha, “this year he should be machmir to sell chometz gamur.”
He added dryly, “Now you’re going to be machmir on pikuach nefesh.”
“These are shailos I’ve certainly not been hearing before,” Rav Lieff concluded. “This is a new era.”