I wish to use this opportunity on Matzav.com to thank Dr. Kasriel Roberts for the wonderful Chol Hamoed carnival that he sponsored yesterday in Lakewood. Dr. Roberts, a man with a large and generous heart, once again fully paid for a beautiful event in order to help frum families. I thank him and his wife and family on behalf of the approximately 10,000 people who attended the carnival at the Vassar Avenue campus of the Lakewood Cheder. Sechorchom harbeh me’od. The Torah is concerned, so to speak, about the money of Klal Yisroel, and Dr. Roberts sponsoring a state-of-the-art carnival reflects his appreciation of this.
I’d also like to especially thank Dr. Roberts for making it clear that those who do not vaccinate their children were not to attend this event, a fact that I first learned in a statement on Matzav.com. Dr. Roberts clearly did not make this rule because of any personal agenda. It was because of his realization of the danger that anti-vaxxers pose to our health and wellbeing. He did a great service by shining a light upon how misguided these people are. We have all read many articles on Matzav and elsewhere about the small but misguided group of people who ignore doctors’ orders to immunize.
I myself know a number of anti-vaxxers. They are generally decent people. They are not bad people. They are, in many cases, good people. But as we know, nebach an am haaretz is oich an am haaretz, and nebach a mis-guided anti-vaxxer is oich a mis-guided anti-vaxxer.
The anti-vaxxers present a real and present danger to the health and wellbeing of Yiddishe kinder and I want to thank Dr. Roberts for being brave and astute enough to take the stand that he did.
I wish him continued hatzlacha in his wonderful work.
Ah gutten moed and ah gutten Yom Tov.
L. B. K.