I am closely involved in synagogue planning for the HHD. We are taking every precaution and losing $$ doing so. I think Israel is closing during this time not because of HH risks, but because the economic impact is lower as people would have been home anyways. It would be similar to a shutdown over Christmas week.
Disagree. This is the time of year when we congregate in temple. That's the risk. And try convincing the ultra - ultra Orthodox communities not to go to shul and pray together. No way.
@Anonymous What you have to understand is that the ulta-ultra orthodox already pray together, every day, multiple times a day. The idea that more people congregate in temples at this time of year is limited to those groups who normally don't attend.
@Anonymous it's a mitzvah to hear the shofar in person. I think that people will be more willing to take a risk. I bet more Jews go to temple on Rosh and Yom than gentiles do on Christmas or Easter.
I'm not sure which replies are replying to which comments, but I'll note that in Orthodox circles, the Shofar is not blown on Saturday, so there is only one day of shofar blowing this year.
so that leaves twice as many people doubling up on Sunday to come together to hear the Shofar.
that makes no sense.
It means among the everyone Will come on Sunday. Maybe someone would have gone only Saturday
@Anonymous To hear shofar at a synagogue in America, as a general rule, you need ticket (many are requiring tickets this year even if they don't normally). Ticket sales are capped according to social distancing guidelines. So lopsided demand shouldn't be an issue.
Most synagogues are closed and at most 25 % capacity in NY which is the guidelines for all houses of worship