Day: March 13, 2020

Rabbi Alex Kress — The Holiness of Handwashing: Lessons from Ancient Jewish Wisdom and Instagram Celebs

Blacklight image progression of a hand getting cleaner the longer it is washed with soap
Actress Kristen Bell posted this image on her Instagram the other day with the caption: “My mom sent me the handwashing blacklight comparison. 30 SECONDS WITH SOAP YALL!!!”

Aside from Bell’s mother’s very relatable, low-key guilt trip in pursuit of clean hands, this image is a reminder that I haven’t been adequately washing my hands for many years.… Read the rest

Beis Din of Cincinnati

Dear community members,

Our Sages tell us chamirah sakanta me’isura, that matters of danger need to be taken even more seriously than Torah prohibitions. It is on that note that we urge – for us and all guests visiting Cincinnati – an exceedingly cautious approach to attendance at minyanim and other public events.… Read the rest

Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America: Declaration regarding Suspension of Friday Prayer

In the Name of Allah, Most Beneficent, Most Merciful,

The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) has received several inquiries regarding the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak and the possibility of closure of the masjids and suspension of Jumuah prayers, in compliance with the instructions of the local governments and health authorities to ban large public gatherings of more than 250, 100, or even 50 or less.… Read the rest

Rabbi Daniel Bouskila, Westood Village Synagogue (Los Angeles)

Dear Westwood Village Synagogue Members and Friends,
As we journey together through these challenging times of what is now known as “social distancing,” it does not mean that we disconnect from one another. We are blessed to live in an age of technology where we are still able to connect and communicate with each other, and while far from resembling the more natural human form of in-person interaction, we nonetheless are able to stay in touch with one another.
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Bishop Stanovsky: COVID-19 Notice #1

Dear United Methodist Clergy, Members and Friends:

John Wesley’s Three Simple Rules, adapted


Day by day we are learning more about COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. We know that as many as 14 days may pass between when a person is exposed to the virus, and when symptoms begin.… Read the rest

Culture of Life Foundation: Coronavirus and the Ethics of Stockpiling

by R.J. Snell, Ph.D.

Given the spread of COVID-19, it’s unsurprising that people are stocking their pantries and closets with food and medication, toilet paperhand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes.

Supply chain disruption has already resulted in shortages of some drugs and medicines with concerns that protective devices such as face masks may be unavailable for hospitals to protect caregivers, in part because ordinary citizens are purchasing them, sometimes in large volume.… Read the rest

CJLS Guidance for Coronavirus

Please find information below from Rabbi Elliot Dorff, CJLS chair, Rabbi Pamela Barmash, CJLS co-chair, Rabbi Joshua Heller, chair of the Rites and Rituals Subcommittee, Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal, Chief Executive, and Rabbi Ashira Konigsburg, Chief Operating Officer, providing guidance for individuals and communities affected by Coronavirus.
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