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    Rav Elya Chaim Swerdloff’s Rosh Hashanah Shmooz: Lives Were Lost During COVID Because of Shul Closures

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    Rav Swerdloff Shlit”a, Rosh Yeshiva of Paterson spoke this past Tuesday night in Lakewood to a group of alumni of his Yeshiva. The shmooz offered words of מוסר in preparation for the ימי הדין.

    Hear and learn about the importance of going to shul and listen to what בלעם understood in giving the timeless ברכה of מה טובו.  Rav Swerdloff explains why there were so many people who had lost their lives during the Coronavirus epidemic: It was because the shuls were closed!

    Our prayers during the Days of Awe and during the Aseres Y’mei Teshuva must be focused on restoring life which will be obtained by having our shuls reopened.

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    1. Irony
      September 24, 2020

      With much respect for your mission, I find much irony in the above headline and article. From listening to the Shmooz, it is clear that he does not take issue with the closing of Shuls. He clearly says that the closure is a result of Ratzon Hashem and that we weren’t Zoche for them to be kept open. He says that people may have died as a result of the loss of connection to the source of Chaim which is our Shuls, and we should have in mind when Davening Zuchrainu Lichayim. He doesn’t say that people died BECAUSE of Shuls closing.

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