Top ultra-Orthodox rabbi urges followers: Heed lockdown rules

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, the spiritual leader of large swaths of the ultra-Orthodox community, urges his followers to heed the government lockdown regulations and the instructions from the medical establishment.

But Kanievsky does not refer explicitly to whether schools should remain open, following reports earlier today that he instructed Haredi institutions to keep running despite the countrywide shutdown of schools set to start Friday, for at least two weeks.

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)