Minyan man took advice of rabbi, not government

THE government’s announcement that normal services in houses of worship can be resumed next week is welcome news for many.

At least synagogues can now provide regular minyanim safe in the knowledge that congregants are strictly abiding by the law, which has not always been the case during the month-long lockdown.

A number of people enjoined in a heated discussion in a kosher supermarket this week when someone had just emerged from what he admitted was a normal shacharit (morning) service.

Asked why he had participated in communal prayers where, of course, mourners' kaddish had been recited, his response was to lower his head, smile and confirm that he always took advice and instruction from his rabbi and not the government!

It has also been reported that a number of ‘non-essential’ shops in a local Orthodox area blatantly flouted the rules by opening up for business as usual when their premises should have remained firmly shut.

Only when we all pull together can we beat this terrible virus, even though there is some light at the end of the end of the tunnel with the revelation that a number of different vaccines are on the way.

Irene Fink,

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