I put this up as an update to the last post, but I know a lot of people don’t always see the updates, so I’m bringing this information here, too.

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Here’s the secular law in Israel, on claiming the right to NOT have to wear a mask, from HERE

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The Ministry of Health’s own site: https://www.gov.il/he/departments/general/pwd_exemption_mask_corona 

No Certificate Required:

The law does not require any certificate, document, or other proof of one’s inability to wear a mask. All that is required is for the individual to say that he is exempt.

The Minister of Health, Nitzan Horowitz was asked to explain this point in the Knesset on 28/7/21. 

He answered:

“Indeed, the law has defined an exception that a person due to mental, intellectual or medical disabilities significantly has difficulty wearing a mask, or is prevented from doing so due to his disability that is supposed to cover the mouth and nose, he will be exempt from the mask obligation. The thing is, the law does not define how this exception is made in practice, simply giving an exemption.

Therefore, the wording of the regulation – I can tell you this clearly – does not impose an obligation to present a certificate for the purpose of the exemption and therefore the same person can also verbally claim his right to explain the situation. We will refine this situation among law enforcement agencies so that they know. If you want, you can also ask for a note from a doctor or a letter, if you want, but it is not mandatory.”

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So, basically anyone who tries to force you to wear a mask after you say ‘ani pator’ is BREAKING THE SECULAR LAW.

Now, how does this piece of information start to change the picture?

Here’s how you say it legally, in the Hebrew:

When asked to put on you mask you don’t have to explain why, simply say “אני פטור על פי חוק יש לי קושי משמעותי”

Transliteration:

Ani patoor(a) al pi hok. Yesh li koshi mashmaoti.

Please, someone out there print some T-shirts with this on it….

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Hey, that website also has some stickers to download and print off, here:

https://www.covil.co.il/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/FINAL-FOR-PRINTINGאני-פטור-מעודכן.pdf

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And in case you missed the discussion about the halachas related to mask-wearing, which was also an update, here is that information again:

I went back to R Chananya Weissman, to ask him if the concept of wearing a mask while praying being assur, al pi halacha, is something I totally made up, or if I had actually seen something that said that.

Here is what he kindly sent me:

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  1. This snippet from an interview he did HERE with an Italian journalist:

Last question: what does the Torah in regard to closures and masks?

I refer you to some of my articles on the topic and I’ll be happy to clarify any point, if necessary:

https://chananyaweissman.com/article.php?id=366

https://chananyaweissman.com/article.php?id=324

https://chananyaweissman.com/article.php?id=281

https://chananyaweissman.com/article.php?id=275

There is also a lot more in this regard, and offered as a contribution from other rabbis. 

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I quote here from an e-mail that someone has shared with me, and that was not attributed:

“The masks are associated with the idolatry in the ancient jewish sources. 

The Torah urges us to refrain from any practice that has the slightest connection with idolatry (Deuteronomy 7:26 and elsewhere). The Code of jewish Law does not recognize the masks as a garment that is acceptable. (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 301:20. Shabbos 66a; Ref ibid 30b. Or Zarua Hilchos Shabbos 84). 

The masks symbolize division and separation from God.

Likutei Torah of Rabbi Isaac Luria says that there is no garment to the mouth or nose. Similarly, Rabbi Shalom DovBer of Lubavitch writes in Sefer Maamorim 5665, that there is a garment for the mouth. Rabbi Moses Cordovero writes in Tomer Devorah the mouth and the nose must always remain uncovered, in the likeness of the Divine.

The Jewish law does not permit to undergo the hardship or oppression of the breathing, in the name of a supposed public benefit, because the ‘public health’ is not a value in the Torah (discussed at length in one of the articles that I mentioned above).

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And also this:

2) Mask policy in Judaic thought

From the blog of R Michoel Green. Snippet (but go read the whole thing, as he brings a lot of Torah sources in the footnotes there:)

2)      It is forbidden to wear a mask during prayer. [17] It is not appropriate to stand before a king wearing a mask on one’s face. How much more so before the King of kings, the Holy One blessed be He.

[17] Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch in a recent responsum.

See also Rabbi Daniel Green’s recent article:

“Orach Chayaim 91:5, that one must be dressed during prayer as one would while greeting dignitaries. Wearing gloves, alternatively, is prohibited (S.A. Admur Hazokein, based on the Bach and Magein Avraham). See Piskei Teshuvos Ibid., that this prohibition includes wearing pajamas (as per Mishna Berura Ibid. s.k 11), work clothes for laborers or hospital staff, etc., which would normally not be worn while entertaining important guests, and that even a scarf during cold weather should be avoided during the Shmone Esrei itself (as cited in footnote 40, quoting Imrei Emes Likutim pg. 118, in the name of the Sfas Emes and Chidushei Harim, and Zachor L’avraham chapter 7 ois 19, that the Toldos Aharon was unhappy when a healthy person prayed wrapped in a scarf.”

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Furthermore, one is prohibited from praying whilst holding a load that isn’t for the purpose of prayer. [18] A mask is a load according to halacha.

18] Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 96:1.

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But the bigger problem is the mental one.

There are now a whole bunch of people out there who have developed a mental illness around mask-wearing, that means they are ‘scared’ to be around people in a natural, unmasked state.

I sympathise with them, inasmuch as when you are in the grip of that sort of fear and anxiety, it’s totally horrible to go through it.

At the same time, I can’t let other people’s irrational fear and anxiety (= bad middot and lack of emuna that God is running the world) dictate my ability to breathe fresh air and impact my own health.

And especially not when the evil ‘powers that be’ are using the masks as a corrupting psychological conditioning tool, to break people’s wills, and train the populace to obey all government diktats, however harmful, useless or flat-out bizarre.

That’s a very slippery slope, as we saw from pre-War Germany, where all sorts of terrible things were done to Jews in the name of ‘pubic health’.

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Commentator Rachel wanted to know why I can’t just be ‘nice and considerate’, and put a mask on when other people ask me to.

What’s the big deal?!?

The ‘big deal’ is that forcing someone to wear a mask is one of the most psychologically harmful things you can do to yourself, or other people – and especially children.

Remember before Covid, when we’d see those weird Chinese tourists fully ‘masked-up’ walking around – and we all just knew in our guts, that it was a totally OTT response to the world, based on mentally-ill  levels of fear and hypochondria?

Remember before Covid, when ‘Wacko Jacko’ was walking around in a face mask, and forcing his kids to wear a face mask, and we all knew that was a form of mentally-ill child abuse?

Remember, all the dissing the ‘burka babes of Meah Shearim’ got, for walking around with a veil that totally covered their faces, and how ‘disgusted’ so many people were that they were even doing that to their children?!?!?

Remember all that?

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If people are scared of ‘catching germs’ from other people breathing next to them without a mask – they should stay at home and seek urgent treatment for their Covid Anxiety Disorder.

If businesses, schools and other institutions are scared (rightly so!) of getting fines from our corrupt government and police, they should learn the laws regarding mask exemptions and encourage their customers, students and workers to state they are exempt from masks….

And then go and burn all those GO-containing blue monstrosities on a massive bonfire, somewhere.

Me being ‘nice’ to people with mental illnesses like Covid Anxiety Disorder is only going to prolong the agony for all of us.

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Again, let’s state this clearly, so it starts to penetrate the mental fog:

Being scared to be around people without masks is clearly a mental illness, and anyone who is displaying this mental illness needs to a) acknowledge it and b) seek treatment for their Covid Anxiety Disorder.

Because if you want to claim that ‘masks work to stop transmission of germs’ – you are lying to yourself and others.

There is no real science to back that claim up, and there is a ton of science (that’s increasing every day…) that shows that wearing masks harms people’s physical, mental and emotional health in a number of profound ways.

And that is true even if you are wearing two masks together; and even if one of them is a N95; and even if your blue clinical mask contains biotoxic graphene oxide, to help ‘filter’ the air you are breathing.

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This comes from the site linked to above:

Scientific evidence that shows masks don’t prevent viral transmission:

“Evidence from 14 randomized controlled trials of these measures did not support a substantial effect on transmission”

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article#r39

CDC Study Finds Overwhelming Majority Of People Getting Coronavirus Wore Masks” https://thefederalist.com/2020/10/12/cdc-study-finds-overwhelming-majority-of-people-getting-coronavirus-wore-masks/

First RCT concludes: “mask-wearing ‘not statistically significant”

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/291576

47 studies that don’t support mass masking

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/47-studies-confirm-inefectiveness-of-masks-for-covid-and-32-more-confirm-their-negative-health-effects/

“none of the studies established a conclusive relationship between the use of masks/respirators and protection from influenza infection.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5779801/

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Enough pandering to mental illnesses and bad middot!!!

Let’s start calling a spade and spade, and pushing back on the masks, and the ‘Wacko Jacko-Karens’ who are trying to make their Covid Anxiety Disorder everyone else’s problem.

Bottom line, if God wants us healthy – we’ll stay healthy.

And while that’s a very uncomfortable thought for many people, that’s where all this is ultimately heading, as the Covid 19 trainwreck continues to build up, and more and more people start to realise that really, we only have Hashem to turn to.

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13 replies
  1. JR
    JR says:

    Rav Moshe Sternbuch’s psak has been distorted. Read his original psak in Hebrew and you’ll see that there are subtleties that are missing here. Also see his psak regarding following health authorities in general.

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    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      1) Post the link to the psak, so everyone can see for themselves and make up their own minds if it’s been distorted.

      2) Why are you trying to persuade people that wearing a mask is a good thing, halachically?

      What are your halachic grounds for suggesting that?

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      • JR
        JR says:

        All I wrote was that Rav Moshe Shternbuch’s psak was not cited in whole, and certain details were left out.
        But it’s not the first time I’ve seen a limited היתר being distorted and made to apply in all situations.

        The point is that you didn’t go to the original material and instead quoted a secondary source. It most cases that’s okay- you can rely on these summaries in English; but here something was left out.

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        • Rivka Levy
          Rivka Levy says:

          And I said to you, bring the original source and let people decide for themselves. And for some reason, you are choosing to not do that, and to just carry on pushing your unfounded criticisms.

          Why are you doing that?

          So far, your comments have been about ‘warning people’ away from the avodah zorah on my blog, when I started discussing ways people could protect themselves from the 5…G roll-out; then dismissing the video of the birds crashing into each other as a result of being caught in some sort of directed energy beam as ‘starlings murmurating’; and now, you are accusing me of distorting psakim that says it’s assur to wear a mask while davening – whilst refusing to bring any source to back that accusation up.

          So… I’m puzzled as to why you are still here on my blog?

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  2. Tikvah
    Tikvah says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how people want to argue the point on wearing a face diaper.
    Not only is it dangerous, and as we’re learning, it goes against halacha, but there is absolutely no science behind it!
    Why why why do people think this is beneficial or defendable?
    It’s ugly, it’s suffocating, it’s unhealthy (think of all the germs and bacteria one is breathing in!!) and it’s going to have long term negative affects on children’s abilities to read faces’ expressions. How about deaf people who lip read?
    Honestly, can’t humanity think anymore and realise that this has been one of the biggest psychological tests ever to be played on humanity as a whole and to stop bowing to “their” clown show demands??

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  3. Chananya Weissman
    Chananya Weissman says:

    I gave a simple analogy to one of my young nieces that may be helpful to adults whose intellectual capacities have been degraded. Wearing a mask is like going to the bathroom and then putting it back in your body.

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    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      Yes, loved it!

      Thanks Daisy.

      BH, inspiration for everyone.

      UPDATE:

      Now I’ve finished watching it, I have to say I got emotional when she said we have to stand up and have courage, and to ‘hold the line’ – for our kids.

      Because if we don’t do that now, they don’t have a future.

      I have to say, I started crying when I heard that.

      We have to be brave, and to start standing up publically for what is right – peacefully – because if we don’t do that… the future for our kids is going to be very bleak, God forbid.

      And that’s why I am going to continue fighting against every expression of anti-God, evil tyranny I can.

      Because if we don’t do that – who will?

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      • Daisy
        Daisy says:

        Thank you to you too, Rivka. I also became very emotional when I read your reply.

        And why did I access this article again today? It was to THANK YOU! I printed your whole article, and in the next couple of days, bli neder, I will go to my grandchildren’s school and give it to the principal, a very nice rabbi who lived in Kiryat Arba for several years. I think the Torah sources will give him the courage to do with is right and stand up for religious freedom in America. When I told my my bechor grandson that I was going to do that, he beamed with joy! The kids have been fighting for maskless freedom this whole year, tearing masks, throwing them in the garbage, you name it. They have learned well Baruch Hashem❤!!!

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