In Russian synagogues again introduced restrictions in connection with the coronavirus

In Russian synagogues again introduced restrictions in connection with the coronavirus
Moscow. October 8. INTERFAX - due to the growing number of coronavirus infections, the Federation of Jewish communities in Russia has increased precautions in its synagogues.
"You can only come to synagogues in medical masks and gloves. The leadership of the communities strictly monitors the distance between worshippers and compliance with all the requirements and recommendations of doctors. During the past Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays, additional prayer rooms were allocated so that the faithful would not create a crowd and could provide the necessary distance," chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar told the charge d'affaires of Israel Keren Cohen-gat at a meeting in Moscow.
The Rabbi noted that due to the observance of security measures, none of the FEOR parishioners were infected and that additional restrictions will be imposed on the upcoming Simchat Torah holiday. Traditional Torah dances for this day will not be performed as usual: people will stand still, and a person carrying a Holy book will move around the hall.
As reported, on March 18, Rabbi Lazar closed his synagogue in Maryina Grove to avoid infection of parishioners, since, according to the Torah, human life is the main value. After that, FEOR synagogues were closed in many Russian cities and reopened only three or four months later, when the risk of infection decreased.
The Israeli diplomat complained that in some European countries (for example, in Germany), absurd accusations of Jews and Israel that they somehow "created the coronavirus"are spreading. In turn, the Rabbi assured that such accusations are not common in Russia: Russian society as a whole is quite friendly to Jews, and individual anti-Semitic incidents are suppressed by the authorities.
Lazar also expressed support for the Jews of Israel in connection with the difficult epidemiological situation in this country.
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