Israel has reduced its restrictions on movement. Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel, Rav Yitzchak Yosef, issued the following halachic rulings (dated 28 Nisan 5780) that may apply more broadly. Of course, at all times: venishmartem me’od le’nafshoseichem. [...Click headline above for more...]
by R. Gil Student
I. Pesach, Prayer and Bentching
In the current phase of the Coronavirus pandemic, all shuls around the world are closed and nearly every Jew globally is praying without a minyan. Even during its strictest period, the Israeli government allowed a few minyanim to continue under health department guidelines. In the US, I know of a family with ten adult men (a grandfather, father and eight sons above 13) who continue praying as a minyan. A widely discussed option is for neighbors to pray together on their front or back porchs, without anyone leaving their own property. Every community will have its own concerns about local health guidelines and the ability to consistently follow them, as well as anti-semitism that may be flamed by even perfectly legal and healthy minyanim. Setting all that aside, I would like to discuss whether in theory, if not in practice, neighbors can join together as a minyan, everyone remaining on their own property. The matter is less simple than many people think and is discussed by many recent responsa specifically related to Coronavirus. [...Click headline above for more...]
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Attached is last year’s Divrei Siach with Divrei Torah from Rav Chaim Kanievsky on Pesach. Note that the halachah section does not reflect this year’s unique situation.
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by Rabbi Yaakov Klass
Question: In light of the current Covid19 pandemic is it possible to address the preparations one need undertake to provide for one’s kosher and healthy Pesach.
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Q. Usually I go to a hotel for Pesach and perform a mechiras chametz on my entire home. As such, I usually don’t clean my house for Pesach. This year that I will be staying home, I seek guidance how much I must clean my house to rid it of chametz. Please advise.
A. You must clean in a way that you rid your house of any chametz that is approximately the size of a cheerio or greater, so that you shouldn’t come to mistakenly eat chametz on Pesach. Use your common sense where such chametz may be found. For example, you may likely expect chametz to be found under the pedestal of your dining room table, in pockets or pocketbooks, in the crevises of your couch, or in your baby’s carriage. After performing your best efforts of cleaning, the remaining chametz will be covered by your bittul and/or mechiras chametz. [...Click headline above for more...]