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Position of Endorsing Agent Pirchei Shoshanim regarding COVID-19 vaccinations

LAKEWOOD, NJ - Pirchei Shoshanim, as an endorser of Military Chaplains hereby takes the position under their religious doctrine that all Chaplains that are endorsed by Pirchei Shoshanim cannot be forced to or ordered to take the COVID-19 Vaccine.


Pirchei Shoshanim representing the Jewish faith is distinctly different from the JWB or more commonly known at the Jewish Welfare Board. A member of that group called the RCA also known as the Rabbinical Council of America, recently conveyed their position on COVID-19 to one of the Chief of Chaplains that they “consider it a sin not to receive a vaccine that would save your life and that of others.” In this letter the claim is made that “the Rabbinical Council of America is the largest and most prominent Orthodox rabbinic group in the US.” Perhaps this may have been the case 70 years ago after World War II, that today is a matter of a large debate, both in size and in religious doctrine.


Today, Pirchei Shoshanim is the fastest growing institution of Rabbinical Ordinator of Rabbis in the world. The religious doctrine of the RCA is vastly different than that of Pirchei Shoshanim.

Over 70 years ago the Council of Torah Sages, which provides guidelines for observing Torah Jewish life and practices. In a letter signed by 11 of the heads of the most prominent Torah Institutions of the time proclaimed and categorically prohibited that Orthodox groups shall not belong to or affiliate in any manner whatsoever with organizations such as the Synagogue Council of America which included members of both Reform and Conservative movements. The RCA however has defied that decree by associating with both the Reformed and Conservative movements under the banner referred today as the Jewish Welfare Board who is led by someone that is not an Observant Orthodox Jew.


That letter was signed by Rav Avarham Joffen, Rav Avraham Kalmnanovitz, Rav Aharon Kotler, Rav Gedalia Schorr, Rav David Lifshitz, Rav Chaim Mordechai Katz, Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky, Rav Yaakov Ruderman, Rav Yitzchak Hutner, Rav Menachem Yosef Zaks and Rav Moshe Feinstein. The letter went on to say that “We have ruled that it is forbidden by the law of our sacred Torah to participate with them either as an individual or as an organized body.”


Pirchei Shoshanim’s position is that it is impossible to comprehend how Orthodox rabbis who are members of the RCA who spent their best years in yeshivos [Torah Learning Seminaries] absorbed in the spirit of the Oral Law and its tradition based on the teachings of Jewish Sages such as those who signed on that letter, who are the pillars upon which their spiritual world rests, can join with leaders [such as the head of the JWB] for whom all this is worthless. The fundamental difference in ideology and in observance makes such a unity impossible. Pirchei Shoshanim has made it known to the RCA that they should separate from the JWB since the RCA has its own endorsement status as does Pirchei Shoshanim.


The position of the RCA can never be one as a spokesman for setting doctrine for greater TORAH OBSERVANT JUDAISM. This is quite the opposite impression that was given to the Chief of Chaplains who not being Jewish had no way of knowing what he was being told was authentic or not . We duly note that the Chief of Chaplains to his credit also made note of the fact that there could be stricter positions other than that of the JWB, which we hope will now make his words prophetic.


Our Medical advisors have made Pirchei Shoshanim aware that It is a known fact that there are lots of health risks associated with these vaccines. No one should be forced to put themselves in this risk category and suffer from blood clots, cardiac issues, including inflammation to the heart wall muscle, and many neurological issues.


These vaccinations have been experimental gene therapy. Still too new and not tested adequately for years as other vaccines were.


Many people who have received the shot suffer a post shot paralysis. This is one of the primary reason why people are skipping their second shot. Atypical paralysis from the shot includes the inability to move the limbs, and this can also include a primary serious debility following the shot, referred to as transverse myelitis. The victim becomes paralyzed from the level of the spinal cord, and below. This is life threatening and irreversible. We cannot risk our chaplain’s lives with this debility and force them to live in a wheel chair as a paraplegic and a complete cripple.


Many who have had the vaccine have had multiple symptoms, including shingles, transient ischemic attacks, (mini strokes), full cerebral vascular accidents, (major strokes) within hours of the COVID-19 vaccination shot.


Some have paralysis from the neck down the morning after the shot. Their immune systems become compromised and they lose their ability to fight against disease. We cannot expose our chaplains to the risks of blood disorders, specifically micro blood clots that form in the body and change and grow into full size blood clots, blood growths, cysts, and tumors. As these clots shake loose from their sites, they run the risk of it settling in the heart, brain, or lung, causing sudden death.


There are known cases post vaccine, of people developing platelet disorders, where their own bodies begin to attack their blood platelets, a condition known as thrombocytopenia.

Our chaplains cannot risk their lives and develop this condition. There are victims of the Pfizer shot who have developed Guillian Barre Syndrome, a disease that affects the central nervous system and paralyzes not only the nerves, but also muscles in the lung and heart. And there are those who have developed encephalomyelitis, inflammations in the brain, foggy brain, myocarditis, inflammation in the heart wall and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, and no longer can breathe normally including vision impairments.


Many people who have received the shot have an immediate anaphylaxis, a poisoning reaction, and go into toxic shock. It is a known factor that several toxic substances are used in this shot and our endorsee chaplains should never subject themselves to this.

Others develop Bell’s palsy, a paralysis and inflammation of the nerves of the face and cannot speak for close to a year, with the muscles of their face dropped down, and they can’t eat, speak, chew or swallow.


Seizure activity is a very pronounced serious side effect. Upon receiving the vaccine, many people have develop seizures, and they shake uncontrollably continuously. Many victims have reported that they never recovered from this. They were normal before the shot, and they completely became neurologically impaired with shaking seizures that are unstoppable.


Our chaplains cannot be subjected to this. There is fainting and dizziness that lasts for very long periods. Our chaplains give their heart and soul in service to the military and they especially cannot take the risk of developing blood clots because of taking the shot and suffering a precipitated death because of this.


There have been thousands of deaths all around the world, in this country and in other countries from these vaccines. It is too risky for the chaplains. Lastly, there is an ingredient in the vaccine, a pork enzyme that acts as a preservative that is considered not kosher and cannot be put in the body of a religious chaplain, including those vaccinations which are manufactured using cells derived from human fetuses. This is a known fact and even the Muslims, and the halal observing Indian populations may not inject this into their bodies.

Thank you for your acceptance of this plea for our chaplains. By the Torah and biblical law, they cannot do anything to their bodies that may be a risk to their health and cause, God forbid deaths, and debility.


Rabbi Fishel Todd

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