Prepared by Rabbi Suzanne Brody
Please note that this is not an official responsum of the CJLS.
This year’s High Holiday programming for children under 12 and their families will once again need to take into account safety measures in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.… Read the rest
It brings us great joy to share that our community will return to the synagogue building for in-person Shabbat services and events in June 2021.
In March 2020, the Board and Rabbi Solochek formed a Covid Response Team that has met regularly and made safety recommendations so that our synagogue could continue to flourish virtually while maintaining the health and safety of our entire community.… Read the rest
As we prepare for this upcoming Purim, we can remind ourselves how this past year might have been different had we only known last Purim what we know now. We now do know, however, that Purim has the potential to be a “super-spreader” of the terrible pandemic, and are required to think of our neighbors’ and family members’ health and safety with great gravity and concern, especially as more highly infectious strains of the COVID-19 virus are proliferating.… Read the rest
Orthodox Union and Rabbinical Council of America, Purim guidance for shuls and communities (February 2, 2021) … Read the rest
Rav Hershel Schachter, Rabbi Isaac Elhanan Theological Seminary
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Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (Conservative): Reading Megillat Esther under COVID precautions (Jan. 25, 2021)… Read the rest
The sin of Adam brought a devastating curse to all creation. The ground would no longer cooperate in his agricultural pursuits. His God-ordained work of tending the garden would now be filled with pain and difficulty. Man’s rule over creation—because he had obeyed that creation instead of obeying the Creator—was now broken, damaged, and incomplete.… Read the rest
In Los Angeles and in other areas where the COVID-19 virus and the death toll from the virus have surged in recent weeks, not only hospitals and vaccination sites, but also mortuaries and funeral homes have been overwhelmed. In Los Angeles as of this date (January 19, 2021), somebody who dies today cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery for at least two weeks. This… Read the rest