Because of the coronavirus, Jews will celebrate the Torah holiday with restrictions

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Because of the coronavirus, Jews will celebrate the Torah holiday with restrictions
Moscow. October 9. INTERFAX - from Friday evening, Jews begin to celebrate the double holiday of Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah-usually these days are characterized by special fun, but due to the pandemic, traditional dances WITH Torah scrolls will not take place.
"Unfortunately, this year, because of the epidemic, it is impossible for many people to gather together, most will have to celebrate Simchat Torah at home, only with their families. But I am sure that the joy of the holiday should not decrease. After all, songs and dances are only an external manifestation of the joy of the Torah, and the joy itself is inside us, in the soul of every Jew!" - said the chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar in his address to his co - religionists.
The Jewish leader on this day called to look at everything around with joy and optimism. "Then even sitting at home, we will all be together! Our spirit has not fallen, we have overcome everything in our history - we will overcome the current problems," he said.
"This year, most of us will not be able to dance with the Torah. We should stay at home, but that doesn't mean we should cancel the fun and not be happy. The fact that we protect our lives and our health is also a commandment that we learn from the Pentateuch," said Alexander Boroda, President of the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia.
The double holiday of Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah marks the end of the annual cycle of reading the Torah scroll - the Pentateuch of Moses.
According to Boroda, one of the lessons of the holiday is not to stop there. "We celebrate the end of the one-year cycle of Torah study in order to immediately, on the same day, start a new cycle again. In our tradition, there is no "rest on your laurels" attitude after achieving knowledge and completing an important task. We immediately continue the path of our personal intellectual and spiritual development," he said.
In Israel, Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are United and celebrated on one day; in the Diaspora, the holiday lasts for two days: this time it begins on October 9 at 17:26 Moscow time and ends on October 11 at 18:33.
Traditionally, it is customary to hold noisy dances with Torah scrolls on Simchat Torah. However, this year, due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus, Rabbi Lazar's order introduced additional restrictions. In addition to the mandatory requirement to wear medical masks and gloves, as well as to keep a distance, dancing with the Torah will be limited: parishioners will stand in their places, and only a person carrying the Torah will move around the prayer hall.
Источник: http://www.interfax-religion.ru/judaism/?act=news&div=75880
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