2020-4-21View as PDF

כ”ז ניסן תש”פ

April 21, 2020

In response to many inquiries regarding payments to playgroups during the current situation in which they cannot function, the Vaad HaRabbonim would like to state the following.

There are differences of opinion amongst the Poskim as to whether hired employees such as playgroup Moros should be paid when not working due to a widespread situation beyond anyone’s control. In a famous T’shuva from the Chasam Sofer regarding a similar question, the Chasam Sofer states that due to the complexity of the shaila it is difficult to give a definite ruling and suggests a compromise payment of half the normal salary. He adds that he personally paid his melamdim their full wages during the closure.

In line with this P’sak, the Vaad Harabonim would like to recommend such a compromise for our community. Beginning with the month of April, wherever it is financially workable, Moros should be paid half of their monthly salary. For those who can afford it and would like to go beyond that and pay more, that would truly be commendable. If, due to the current situation, one cannot afford to pay the half, they should try to work out their own compromise with the Morah and pay whatever they can. Babysitters that are hired with a commitment for the school year should also receive half-pay. Those that are hired on a per day basis do not have to be paid for their lost income.

Regarding using ma’aser funds for the above-mentioned payments, or for questions regarding specific individual situations, one should consult with their Rov.

We thank everyone for their cooperation, Chesed and Shalom in these trying times. May we be zoche soon to Yeshuos and Refuos for the entire Klal Yisroel.


Rabbi Yisroel M. Levin

Rabbi Yechiel Morris

Rabbi Elimelech Silberberg



Rabbi Shmuel Irons

Rosh Kollel, Kollel Institute of Greater Detroit


Rabbi Asher Eisenberger

Dayan, Agudas Yisroel Mogen Avraham