The eyes of Chabad Chassidim around the world are always on 770, and especially in this week of Gimmel Tammuz. Due to the harshness of the virus in the Shchuna, the Rabbonim originally Paskened to close down all Shuls, including 770, which pained many Chassidim that the Rebbe’s Shul is closed.
Unfortunately, in the peak of the virus in Crown Heights, everyone witnessed many tragic deaths of members of the community and Ziknei Anash, including the Mara D’asra of Crown Heights, Harav Aharon Yaacov Schwei, OB”M, and the Rebbe’s devoted secretary, Harav Yehuda Leib Groner, OBM.
About a month ago, when the situation in New York State started to improve, based on medical guidelines, the Rabbonim of Crown Heights permitted the reopening of 770 to a limited amount of participants per a Tefilla and also allowed the Ezras Nashim to reopen in order for more people to be able to have the Zechus of Davening in the Rebbe’s Minyan and allowed a limited amount of Bochurim from the central 770-Tomchei Temimim Yeshiva to resume learning inside Beis M0shiach.
However, the Rabbonim of the Shchuna asked that all Anash and Temimim from around the globe not travel to 770 for Gimmel Tammuz so as not to bring in any infections in the neighborhood. This letter was followed by a letter from the Rabbonim of Eretz Yisroel repeating what the Badatz of Crown Heights said and asking the public to follow this.
ChabadInfo.com has been informed that following an improvement in New York State in regards to the the virus spread, 770 will be open this week from 6:00 AM-10:00 PM every day for up to 250 people at once. In addition, the Ezras Nashim will also be open to accommodate the influx of Mispallelim coming to Daven in the Rebbe’s Shul.
Mispallelim and those coming to learn in the Shul will be required to practice social distancing and wear masks for the protection of everyone and of course, anyone who is sick should not come to the Shul so as not to jeopardize the health of anyone.
This change will allow many people to have Minyanim throughout the day and for the Bochurim of the Yeshiva to return to their places and learn properly.