Haredi-Lithuanian leader Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky this evening ordered Talmud Torah directors in the haredi areas to open classes tomorrow.
This, after they failed to reach an understanding around an agreed outline last week. The rabbi's instruction also includes the yeshivot ketanot without boarding schools for 13-16-year-olds.
Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, also among the senior Lithuanian-stream leaders, stated that for the time being, remote learning should be enough, and instructed not act against the law.
Former Maayanei Hayeshua Hospital Director Prof. Moti Ravid warned on Kan News of a disaster in the haredi sector: "If they open up the education system to the haredi, it'll spell disaster in a short time."
Ravid explained that while kindergarten children are not contagious while the older population is more careful, children and teens aged 7-20 are "super contagious". "If the overall infection rate is 0.6, for them it is 2-5. Fifteen percent of all patients are responsible for 60% of all infections," Ravid said.
"What worries me is the ambiguity, suddenly we're getting average data and not on an urban basis," Ravid said. "So the decisions of who is red and who isn't has become a subject of political negotiations and pressure, and that in itself is no longer good, because it's a sign that the system hasn't learned. The haredim haven't learned. They thought it hurt them but it was beneficial to them."