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Piskei Corona #48: Washing Hands on Tisha B'av Part 2

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  1. Title: Follow-up Shailos to Piskei Corona #48: Washing on Tisha B'Av
    Author: Rovvy Lepor ,

    Thank you so much for this Teshuvah.I have the following few shailos on this:- Since although the spread of the coronavirus by one person not washing one’s hands (especially from being in public) may be low (depending on where he lives), as we know, if a population has a number of people who are not careful to wash (even only when not close to those who are makpid to wash), the chance of spread because of the aggregate of all those people, is high, as we have seen in the Jewish community that once coronavirus spreads to one person it can spread to many people. Therefore, if even a small number of people contract the disease from touch contact or fomite transmission (because the likelihood of that happening in each instance is small), those people can still end up spreading it to many other people. This can likely lead to a significant spike in the virus, with many people getting sick, as well as increased fatalities, חס ושלום. In light of the איסור of washing being only for תענוג (Orach Chaim Siman 554, S”K 19 in the M”B and the Bach: Siman 554) and the fact that when many people are not makpid to wash their hands could and does lead to a significantly increased threat to many others, would there be a chiyuv for everyone to fully wash their hands and/or use disinfectant to further limit the spread of the virus to others in the Jewish community and the general population?- Is there a נפקא מינה when it comes to the Levi’im and Bris Milah in the Midbar (which is normally an איסור כרת to not do) and being additionally מיקל with Tisha B’Av, which, seems to be דרבנן nowadays according to the Bach (Orach Chaim 550:2) as opposed to מדברי קבלה from the נביאים?- If a person is not makpid to wash (as per the recommendations of the CDC) and is caring for an elderly patient with dementia whom he has the sole responsibility for (e.g., a parent living at his home), is that person obligated to wash their hands from public contact or touching items that may have the virus on it (mail, etc.), especially since the elderly patient is much more endangered by the disease?- Also, does שמר פתאים ה׳ apply when it comes to caring for an elderly patient when the level of danger for them is higher?- In addition, despite whoever a person is providing care to, since one can’t assume the coronavirus will only present a risk of sickness to that specific person and can spread to the general population, does שמר פתאים ה׳ apply?May we share in Besoros tovos for K’lal Yisrael and may this time next year be a time of celebration

  2. Title: Follow-up Shailos to Piskei Corona #48: Washing on Tisha B'Av
    Author: Rovvy Lepor ,

    Thank you so much for this Teshuvah.I have the following few shailos on this:- Since although the spread of the coronavirus by one person not washing one’s hands (especially from being in public) may be low (depending on where he lives), as we know, if a population has a number of people who are not careful to wash (even only when not close to those who are makpid to wash), the chance of spread because of the aggregate of all those people, is high, as we have seen in the Jewish community that once coronavirus spreads to one person it can spread to many people. Therefore, if even a small number of people contract the disease from touch contact or fomite transmission (because the likelihood of that happening in each instance is small), those people can still end up spreading it to many other people. This can likely lead to a significant spike in the virus, with many people getting sick, as well as increased fatalities, חס ושלום. In light of the איסור of washing being only for תענוג (Orach Chaim Siman 554, S”K 19 in the M”B and the Bach: Siman 554) and the fact that when many people are not makpid to wash their hands could and does lead to a significantly increased threat to many others, would there be a chiyuv for everyone to fully wash their hands and/or use disinfectant to further limit the spread of the virus to others in the Jewish community and the general population?- Is there a נפקא מינה when it comes to the Levi’im and Bris Milah in the Midbar (which is normally an איסור כרת to not do) and being additionally מיקל with Tisha B’Av, which, seems to be דרבנן nowadays according to the Bach (Orach Chaim 550:2) as opposed to מדברי קבלה from the נביאים?- If a person is not makpid to wash (as per the recommendations of the CDC) and is caring for an elderly patient with dementia whom he has the sole responsibility for (e.g., a parent living at his home), is that person obligated to wash their hands from public contact or touching items that may have the virus on it (mail, etc.), especially since the elderly patient is much more endangered by the disease?- Also, does שמר פתאים ה׳ apply when it comes to caring for an elderly patient when the level of danger for them is higher?- In addition, despite whoever a person is providing care to, since one can’t assume the coronavirus will only present a risk of sickness to that specific person and can spread to the general population, does שמר פתאים ה׳ apply?May we share in Besoros tovos for K’lal Yisrael and may this time next year be a time of celebration

  3. Title: Follow-up Shailos to Piskei Corona #48: Washing on Tisha B'Av
    Author: Rovvy Lepor ,

    Thank you so much for this Teshuvah.I have the following few shailos on this:- Since although the spread of the coronavirus by one person not washing one’s hands (especially from being in public) may be low (depending on where he lives), as we know, if a population has a number of people who are not careful to wash (even only when not close to those who are makpid to wash), the chance of spread because of the aggregate of all those people, is high, as we have seen in the Jewish community that once coronavirus spreads to one person it can spread to many people. Therefore, if even a small number of people contract the disease from touch contact or fomite transmission (because the likelihood of that happening in each instance is small), those people can still end up spreading it to many other people. This can likely lead to a significant spike in the virus, with many people getting sick, as well as increased fatalities, חס ושלום. In light of the איסור of washing being only for תענוג (Orach Chaim Siman 554, S”K 19 in the M”B and the Bach: Siman 554) and the fact that when many people are not makpid to wash their hands could and does lead to a significantly increased threat to many others, would there be a chiyuv for everyone to fully wash their hands and/or use disinfectant to further limit the spread of the virus to others in the Jewish community and the general population?- Is there a נפקא מינה when it comes to the Levi’im and Bris Milah in the Midbar (which is normally an איסור כרת to not do) and being additionally מיקל with Tisha B’Av, which, seems to be דרבנן nowadays according to the Bach (Orach Chaim 550:2) as opposed to מדברי קבלה from the נביאים?- If a person is not makpid to wash (as per the recommendations of the CDC) and is caring for an elderly patient with dementia whom he has the sole responsibility for (e.g., a parent living at his home), is that person obligated to wash their hands from public contact or touching items that may have the virus on it (mail, etc.), especially since the elderly patient is much more endangered by the disease?- Also, does שמר פתאים ה׳ apply when it comes to caring for an elderly patient when the level of danger for them is higher?- In addition, despite whoever a person is providing care to, since one can’t assume the coronavirus will only present a risk of sickness to that specific person and can spread to the general population, does שמר פתאים ה׳ apply?May we share in Besoros tovos for K’lal Yisrael and may this time next year be a time of celebration

Learning on the Marcos and Adina Katz YUTorah site is sponsored today by Ruth Peyser Kestenbaum and Miriam & Alan Goldberg to mark the ninth yahrtzeit of their father, Irwin Peyser, Harav Yisroel Chaim ben R' Dovid V' Fraidah Raizel Peyser and by the Polinsky, Miller, and Weiss families in memory of their dear father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Avraham ben Menachem Moshe a'h