JERUSALEM (JNS) – A key ritual ahead of Rosh Hashanah has been effectively banned by Israel’s Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Lau issued a special directive to observant Jews that “reciting the Tashlich does not have to be near a source of water, and therefore no such gatherings shall take place this year.”
Lau further urged synagogue organizers to take the necessary preparations for the High Holidays, including by writing down the congregants’ names to ensure proper separation into “mini services.”
Likewise, the traditional blowing of the shofar must be performed far away from worshippers, to ensure virus-carrying droplets are not distributed across a large area.
This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.