Top Haredi rabbi said amenable to school closure, under certain conditions

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a prominent ultra-Orthodox religious leader, favors closing Haredi schools in Jerusalem, according to Hebrew media reports.

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion meets with Kanievsky and presents a plan under which ultra-Orthodox schools would be closed for 10-14 days only and teaching staff would be vaccinated during this time. Moreover, the schools would only be closed if the shutdown of the school system nationwide is approved by the government. According to Haaretz and some ultra-Orthodox media reports, Kanievsky agreed, but only under these conditions.

Channel 12, however, says he’s still considering it.

The 93-year-old religious leader’s consent, rather than the government order, is the final word for many in the ultra-Orthodox community.

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky attends a campaign event for the ultra-Orthodox Degel HaTorah party in the northern city of Safed, on February 26, 2020. (David Cohen/Flash90)