HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein on Wednesday called on Roshei Yeshivah to keep close tabs on their bochurim, as Purim nears.
The Rabbonim of Lakewood, Rabbonim of Los Angeles, Rabbonim of Chicago, as well as the Rabbonim of Baltimore have also released similar letters ahead of Purim, in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus. As a result of the Rosh Yeshivah’s instructions, many yeshivos canceled their fundraising campaigns in homes and added special sidrei limmud on Purim night and day as well as special sidrei limmud for avreichim.
As the festivities near, concerns of COVID-19 infections still loom, which is why the community has been asked to remain responsible.
In his statement, the Rosh Yeshivah said, “It’s appropriate this year, more than any other year, that Roshei Yeshivos make sure that the bochurim remain in the yeshiva on Purim and learn and not make rounds to homes at all and not during the Seduah either [to collect funds].
It’s appropriate to add to our limmud Torah on Purim – this the only zechus that will protect us from the coronavirus. And if there won’t be more infections, summer z’man will be able to begin without any restrictions. The days of Purim are mesugal to merit Kabbalas HaTorah and higher levels of ruchniyus.
Therefore we have a great obligation to be mechazeik during these days in limmud Torah because we can only be zocheh to higher levels of ruchniyus through limmud Torah.”
The Rabbi also addressed parents, asking them to “to supervise their children of all ages, that they shouldn’t wander around the streets at all on Purim, especially on the night of Purim, something that causes many obstacles and spiritual deterioration which influences the whole year. Apart from the health risks we’re facing this year more than any other year, the spiritual dangers to our children’s future are very great.”