Dear Jews, brothers and sisters! At this difficult time, I ask all of you to take the situation very seriously. Let us turn to the Almighty in our prayers and strengthen our relationship with Him. Let us take very seriously the need to physically distance ourselves from each other, uniting ourselves spiritually at the same time. Whenever possible, we should all stay at home, except in circumstances when it is vital for us to get out. Pay special attention to the elderly people and those with chronic lung and respiratory diseases. They are the most vulnerable. Call them, let them know that you are ready to help, and find out what you can do for them. While visiting such people, follow all the rules of necessary hygiene.
We can and must change our behavior for the period of the general quarantine, until the danger of the spread of the virus ceases. It is important to follow the rules for holding services in the synagogues and Shabbat in the communities. During the quarantine period, give up handshakes, dancing with close contact, stand or sit at a distance from each other. And it’s very important to keep calm and not to panic.
May God bless us all and send us good health and prosperity!
Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Kyiv and Ukraine