March 18, 2020
Stay Home; Save Lives!
During these extremely difficult and precarious times, we again turn to one and all with the clear and unambiguous mandate to heed the guidance of our governments and health authorities regarding the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.
STAY HOME; SAVE LIVES! This is a halachic imperative of the highest order that each and every one of us must obey for the sake of the health of our own families, communities and fellow citizens.
We cannot repeat this often enough. Stay home. Avoid groups or public interactions of any kind, for any purpose. Leave home only for essential needs and only if you are healthy, have not been exposed to the virus, and are not in a high risk category. Observance of this mandate is critical. We pray to the Almighty for the recovery of all those already affected by COVID-19, and for the swift success of the efforts of our government for testing, containment, treatment and prevention. —- Half-Day Fast and Day of Prayer Tomorrow
The Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America join in the call of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudath Israel for a half-day fast on Thursday, March 19. Only those who feel very well and are not in any risk category should fast until Chatzos (midday).
One and all should engage in extra Tehillim (Psalms) and intense Tefillah (prayer). May Hashem hear our prayers with mercy and compassion and eradicate this plague from our midst.
The RCA apologizes for the lateness of this announcement but we wanted to let you know about this last minute initiative.