Questions and answers with Rav Hershel Schachter shlit”a, regarding situations arising from the coronavirus crisis. Transcribed by Rabbi Pini Dunner (assisted by Michael Bernstein). This transcript has been approved by Rav Hershel Schachter. With many thanks to Rabbi Marc Dratch of the RCA, who posed the questions to Rav Schachter, and to Rabbi Aryeh Richter for adding the footnotes (see PDF download).… Read the rest
As your Board of Rabbis, we have received a number of questions regarding funeral practices in this most difficult time. The Board of Rabbis represents a broad range of Jewish practices, movements,and approaches, and so we do not presume to offer p’sak halachah.… Read the rest
All praise is due to Allah and may His peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah.
AMJA has received many questions regarding the ruling pertaining to holding Friday sermon and prayer services in the mosque with the least number of people needed to fulfill the Jumuah quorum, while broadcasting the services live to the other members of the community for them to listen to the sermon and then follow the imam in prayer, all while in their homes.… Read the rest
How is this Passover different than all other Passovers?
On all other Passovers there were no pandemics, but on this Passover, COVID-19 plagues the world.
Passover is a time when many gather with friends and family or join together in community seders.… Read the rest
When anxiety is high in our culture, worship continues to be a primary location for the proclamation both of the good news of Jesus Christ and of the continuing compassion and care of God in the midst of our humanity. It is a place where we can find solace and reassurance in the midst of our fears.… Read the rest