If You Have to Hire Agencies to Patrol, Compliance is not Voluntary but Forced – Gov. Murphy Where are You – Covid-19

COMMENTS FROM OUR NEW JERSEY READERS:

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If they have to hire agencies to patrol the town for illegal gathering then obviously some lawlessness is continuing in substantial numbers in Lakewood!!

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Why is Governor Murphy Not Condemning this Behavior Vigorously?

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Why is AG Burbir Grewal Not Getting More Active?

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Coronavirus in Lakewood: Agencies join forces to battle illegal gatherings

 

The Murphy administration ratcheted up pressure Wednesday in tamping down illegal gatherings in Lakewood.

Colonel Patrick Callahan, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced at the state’s daily press briefing a “partnership to supplement” Lakewood’s efforts to “ensure 100% compliance” with Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive stay at home order. The joint effort is between the state police, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office and Lakewood police.

In the latest incident in Lakewood, police broke up an engagement party Tuesday, charging ten adults, including a 99-year-old man, with violating the statewide order on social distancing.

CORONAVIRUS IN LAKEWOODCops shut down engagement party

 

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Lakewood, New Jersey – The Beth-Medrash Govoha -All Travel for Passover Is Prohibited! Covid-19 and Rochmones

THE BEIT MIDRASH GEVOHA IS TELLING ITS MEMBERS TO STAY HOME – TO GO ANYWHERE IS FORBIDDEN. THIS IS AN ACT OF MERCY!

 

STAYHOME

 

The leading Lakewood Posek from BMG has issued a clear psak Halacha: No one is permitted to travel to ANYONE for Yom Tov. Not for any part of Yom Tov, even if it is in Lakewood. No travel at all. STAY HOME = SAVE LIVES!

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Haredi Jews Are not the Only Religious Groups Ignoring Covid-19 Warnings, Born Again Christians

Why Are Religious Leaders of Different Faiths Leading Their Congregants to Covid-19?

Dear Readers:

We invite you to read the commentary below entitled: Born Again Christians Need to Follow the COVID-19 Rules or Go to Jail.

First, we have not received permission to post the article and hope that you will kindly go to the original source to see the video and read the article. Second, the republication does not necessarily mean that we support everything the author posts, that we endorse all of his commentary or that we are in any way affiliated with him. We are posting an article because it encapsulates our premise that in no uncertain terms,  religious defiance is not coming exclusively from religious Jewish groups and resentment for religious communities is not solely a problem for Jews. Moreover, we think it supports our position that expressing resentment for the religious communities defying directives is not anti-Semitism when that religious group happens to be Jewish.

Clearly, there is a growing resentment for ALL religious groups who are balking at the directives of science by congregating. Those religious “zealots” in the words of the author pose dangers for themselves, for us and for those around us.

Specifically, the author refers to those “Born Again Christians” who defy the state and national authorities as “self-centered zealots [who] flout the law because they think they are blessed better than everyone else.” He continues, “If these extremists refuse to protect themselves and their neighbors, its time for the authorities to storm their churches and disperse their ill-advised and often illegal gatherings.” 

Before going any further, no one outside of law enforcement should be storming anything and “storming” may be a bit harsher than we would express. But please note, if the same were written of the members of the Haredi community who were continuing to daven [pray] in groups, those same words would be be deemed anti-Semitic. Jewish groups like the American Jewish Congress, Jewish Federation and OJPAC would be going crazy trying to have the sentiments removed.

The point here is that ANY religious community that does not follow directives is putting the lives of their own and others at risk and should not be exempt from law enforcement’s reach at stopping Covid-19 by enforced social distancing. Religious practitioners are not exempt from the virus. Their practice should not be exempt from scientific guidelines; and law enforcement tasked with protecting us should be enforcing the directives. 

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Religious Leaders are Silent While Rabbis Lead Their Congregants to Covid-19 Illness – Israel

Israeli police enforcing national lockdown measures made several arrests in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem on Sunday.

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Israel Fights Coronavirus Spread Among Ultra-Orthodox Jews

TEL AVIV—Israel is struggling to contain a concentration of coronavirus infections among ultraorthodox Jews, with the impact reaching Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who went into isolation after an adviser from the community tested positive.

Mr. Netanyahu’s office said on Monday evening that his test for the virus, as well as those of his family and close staff, came out negative, though officials said he would remain in isolation as a precaution in keeping with ministry of health guidelines.

While the ultraorthodox make up about 10% of Israel’s population, ultraorthodox patients account for 50% of those hospitalized with the coronavirus disease, Covid-19, according to an analysis by Israel’s Channel 12. Continue reading

Montreal, Canada and Covid-19 Quarantine Assistance from a Compliant Haredi Community

A playground is surrounded by police tape because of COVID-19 fears, March 23, 2020.
In the Tosh Jewish community in Boisbriand, more than 40 per cent of people tested for COVID-19 were found to have the virus. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette

The Tosh Jewish community, a Hasidic community of 4,000 living in the Laurentian community of Boisbriand, has appealed to Laurentian public health authorities and to the Boisbriand police force to help to enforce a quarantine of its community for fear that the novel coronavirus could tear through it.

The community was placed under a 14-day quarantine by public health authorities on Sunday, said a spokesperson for the Laurentian health authority, the CISSSS des Laurentides, but is asking for help to ensure it is respected.

One hundred members of the community were tested for COVID-19: 40 results had been received by Sunday and more than 40 per cent were positive.

The community lives in relative isolation from the outside world and from other Hasidic communities in Montreal, but it does have links to Tosh communities in New York. New York is a hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic. Community members would have travelled to New York to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim this month.

 

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The Road to Hell has Been Paved by the Religious Right – and Social Distancing Covid-19

 

Dear Readers:

The video is a wedding performed with Social Distancing. Mazel Tov. Some are listening.

The below is an opinion from the New York Times, Katherine Stewart. It focuses on the right wing evangelical Christians, an important talking point in understanding the juxtaposition of what is being stated and what is unfolding in fundamentalist New York neighborhoods, in contrast to the video.

We are only posting a few excerpts and encourage you to click here to read the opinion article in its entirety.

We have shared Ms. Stewart’s  opinion for weeks. Trump’s greatest supporters, the Evangelical right wing, [both Christian and Jews] are now being hurt the most by Covid-19, even if they are denying or otherwise hiding this fundamental truth.

The religious leaders on all sides took President Trump at his word that Coronavirus was “fake news” or that generally healthy people would not get sickor die; and they continued congregating in large numbers, creating a breeding ground for the virus. Now the religious supporters, Christian and Jewish are getting sick and even dying in record numbers. And on the Jewish side of the evangelical base, anyone who wants to tell that story is being silenced, either by community demands, by claims of anti-Semitism, or by closure of testing centers in religious neighborhoods.

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UK – Ultra-Orthodox Jews May Have Missed the Isolation Message… Covid-19

Jewish leaders fear ultra-Orthodox Jews have missed isolation message

Many in UK community, two members of which have died of coronavirus, rarely engage with media

Jewish leaders are concerned that messages about the risks of Covid-19, and the need to isolate and keep social distance, are not reaching pockets of the ultra-Orthodox community who rarely engage with the media and have limited access to the internet.

Two members of London’s ultra-Orthodox community died of coronavirus at the weekend, the Board of Deputies of British Jews said. But in Stamford Hill, an area of north-east London with a large Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, population, some synagogues are still open.

The Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations circulated guidance at the end of last week saying women, children and “elderly and weaker men with health disabilities” should not go to synagogues, but it did not extend the advice to healthy men. Schools and places of religious education should shut, the guidance said.

Almost all synagogues have been closed for more than a week, with many livestreaming services and celebrations. Kosher shops have put social distancing policies in place, and synagogues and other Jewish organisations have stepped up efforts to provide assistance to elderly and vulnerable people.

Rabbi Avrohom Pinter, who lives in Stamford Hill, said most people were heeding the messages about physical distancing. “The issue I’m concerned about it is that the government is, to a certain degree, abdicating responsibility. People need to be told.”

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