Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau:
'Don't try to be lenient with the health rules'

Former Chief Rabbi of Israel was apparently infected with COVID before receiving second dose of vaccine. 'I pray at home, follow the rules.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

הרב ישראל מאיר לאו הבוקר
הרב ישראל מאיר לאו הבוקר
צילום: איתן אלחדז/TPS

Former Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau is in home isolation, after testing positive for the coronavirus.

In an interview with Radio Galei Yisrael Monday morning, Rabbi Lau said that he has “Good reasons to be optimistic.”

“I received both doses [of the COVID vaccine] and to my great surprise I then got a call from the Health Ministry saying I had tested positive.”

“Thank God I have no pain. I’m adhering to the rules, and I pray at home, alone. I was notified five days after the second dose of the vaccine, but I was probably infected before the second dose.”

“I’ve seen it [flouting of the health guidelines] for close to a year, and I don’t understand it. It is a matter of human life. Instead of making it end faster, we are making it take longer by looking for leniencies, and that costs lives.”

Responding to statements by Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai on plans to reopen cultural centers soon, Rabbi Lau said: “It doesn’t help us; the performing artists also understand that this will cost lives.”