A pandemic judgment day: Yom Kippur marked worldwide in shadow of COVID-19

Times of Israel | Sep 28, 2020 at 9:10 PM
  • In synagogues and in their parking lots, in backyard tent services and on Zoom, Jews around the world spent the Yom Kippur holiday offering one last plea to avert death and be inscribed in the book of life for the year to come.
  • In Israel, strict lockdown rules still allow people to attend small-scale services near their homes — and the byzantine rules allow for up to 50 people to attend indoor services at a time in some parts of the country.
  • In one of them, Agudath Israel Bais Binyomin in Midwood, the rabbi tested positive for the coronavirus just a few days after Rosh Hashanah, sending people who sat near him into quarantine.