By: HaRav Menashe Sasson
Shortly after the beginning of every (Jewish) new year, the Torah portion Hayye Sara, which tells the story of the purchase by Abraham Abinu of the Cave of Makhpela, which is located in Hebron, Israel, is read on Shabbat in synagogues throughout the world. Not surprisingly, many Jews who live in Israel, or who just happen to be in Israel, visit Hebron and the Cave of Makhpela during the week which immediately precedes the Shabbat on which Hayye Sara is read in synagogues.
This year, 5782 (2021), in order to gain access to the Cave of Makhpela, visitors are being required to disclose private medical information which either proves they have been fully “vaccinated” against the Coronavirus or that they have recovered from the virus.
Visitors to the Cave of Makhpela who do not possess the required proof of “vaccination” or who decline to disclose to government officials who control access to the Cave of Makhpela information contained in their private medical records, are denied access to the Cave of Makhpela. Instead of being allowed to enter and pray inside of the Cave, these visitors are treated as virtual lepers, as persons who are to be shunned and excluded from society. Although not allowed inside of the Cave, these “lepers” are allowed to pray outside, near a staircase entrance which is no longer in use and which has been walled-off from the interior of the Cave.
Prior to September 1, 2021, the definition of a vaccine was: “A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease.” (https://web.archive.org/web/20210826113846). The term “immunity,” in turn, was defined as “protection from an infectious disease,” (Id.), meaning that “If you are immune to a disease, you can be exposed to it without becoming infected.
Since September 1, 2021, the CDC’s definition of a “vaccine” is a “preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases.”
Why the change in the definition of a “vaccine”? The reason must be that the COVID injections that are touted as “vaccines” do not provide immunity from the Coronavirus. In fact, Dr. David E. Martin has explained that the COVID injections have been described as “gene therapy technology” and that notwithstanding that both the Moderna and Pfizer mRNA shots are labeled as “vaccines,” the actual patents for the Pfizer and Moderna injections describes them as “gene therapy,” not vaccines.
Dr. Joseph Mercola has written that the COVID “vaccines” “do not actually impart immunity or inhibit transmissibility of the [Coronavirus] disease. In other words, [the COVID “vaccines”] are not designed to keep you from getting sick with SARS-CoV-2; they only are supposed to lessen your infection symptoms if or when you do get infected.
Pfizer, which has an exclusive contract with the Israeli government to provide COVID “vaccine” to that country’s government-controlled, mandatory healthcare system has admitted that it is using Israel as a “laboratory” to test its COVID “vaccine.” Interestingly, there have been a significant number of cases where Israelis who have been injected with the COVID “vaccine” experienced heart problems, up to and including death, after having been injected with the COVID “vaccine.”
If, as medical professionals have stated, the COVID “vaccines” are designed to merely “stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases,” rather than prevent infection or transmission of the disease, any law that restricts a person’s freedom of movement or, as in the case of access to the Cave of Makhpela, restrict a person’s freedom of religion, cannot be tolerated.
Returning to the walled-off staircase where persons who are not allowed entry to the Cave of Makhpela because they do not possess proof that they have taken an experimental “vaccine,” we find that there is precedent, indeed centuries of precedent, for excluding individuals from the Cave.
For a period of approximately 700 years, a period which lasted until the end of the Six Day War in 1967, Muslims, who controlled Cave of Makhpela did not allow Jews to enter the Cave. Instead, Jews were allowed access only to the seventh step of the staircase at the entrance which has now been walled-off.
Today, instead of Muslims denying Jews access to the Cave of Makhpela, the government of the Jewish State of Israel is denying Jews access to the Cave because these particular Jews have declined to take an experimental, and potentially harmful, drug, or to disclose their medical history relating to whether they have been injected with an experimental drug.
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Menashe Sasson is a Sephardic rabbi and American attorney who resides in Jerusalem, Israel.