Minister of Religions Matan Kahana and Minister of Tourism Yoel Rezbozov appealed to the Ministry of Health to allow children to enter buildings on the second day of Rosh Hashana. Even after their corona tests expire. The Ministry of Health complied with the request and in an unusual move approved it. This will allow children under the age of 12 to celebrate the holiday indoors without breaking the law.

What is the Problem?

We are less than a week away from Rosh Hashana… And only now a solution has been found to a problem that has troubled many in the religious and ultra-Orthodox public. According to the existing guidelines:. A corona (pcr) test can be performed on children that is valid for 72 hours and thus allow them to enter synagogues during the holiday. But since it is a two-day holiday, it is impossible to perform a test and get the result in time to be able to be inside buildings for both days of the Holiday.

The office of Minister of Religions Matan Kahana received many inquiries about the problem. The applicants all made it clear that they wanted to abide by the laws of the Ministry of Health. But the laws did not allow children to enter synagogues on the second day and hear the shofar. The disagreement was clear -. The options were to give up the children’s prayer on the second day. Or alternatively ignore the instructions and risk going against the law.

Minister Kahana contacted the Ministry of Health and asked to extend the validity of the tests so that they would allow children to enter the synagogues. At the same time, Minister of Tourism Yoel Rezbozov approached the ministry with a similar request -. To allow guests under the age of 12 to stay in hotels without having to do another corona check. (Which of course is not possible during the holiday).

The solution:

The Ministry of Health complied with the request and exceptionally allowed the entire economy to extend the validity of the tests. According to the agreed outline, the validity of the pcr tests will be extended to 96 hours. (instead of 72 hours). So, according to the new outline children can be tested at the beginning of the week and enter synagogues and hotels without interruption. Thus, according to the outline. Children will be able to perform the tests on Sunday and the validity of the test will expire only at the end of the holiday. It should be noted that these are not the rapid tests, which are valid for 24 hours only.

Although the validity of the inspections has been extended to the entire economy for the period of Rosh Hashanah, this is mainly a message for worshipers and hotel guests. Who will now be able to celebrate the holiday without interruption and according to the law.

Attached is the article in “Israel Today. Click here to go to the article (In Hebrew).

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