Rabbi Israel Hager, the Wischnitzer Rebbe – leader of the Hasidic group of the same name – gave instructions over the weekend to reopen the movement’s teaching facilities, regardless of the still applicable lockdown and the nationwide unchanged closure of all schools.
The Rebbe formulated his order on Shabbat afternoon during the traditional meal “Se’udat Schlischit”, the third meal, in the Visnica World Center in Bne Berak. Analogously, the spiritual leader of the movement referred to the moral learning as an “essential service”. If 30 people were allowed to squeeze into the same bus, the Rebbe said, then schools should also be allowed to open. At the request of Rabbi Hager, his instructions were published on Sunday in the ultra-Orthodox newspaper “Hamodia”.
The Rebbe’s order was largely followed up across the country on Sunday. Israel’s state health authorities and political leaders have long criticized school operations during the Covid 19 crisis as being conducive to the spread of the disease. Rabbi Hager also addressed the law enforcement officers with the following words: “If the police want to come (to have the institutions closed. Editor’s note), tell them to contact the general director of the schools, i.e. me ».
The Rebbe added his address to this “invitation”. –
The schools of the anti-Zionist Satmar network were also mostly opened on Sunday. Serious confrontations between Hasidim and security forces were initially not reported on Sunday after the violent clashes last Thursday in Bne Berak, but the tension is high.
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