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Passover Seder Night Lockdown

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On this seder night lockdown, millions of Israeli Jews will sit down to celebrate Passover in an entirely new format. This most family-oriented of festivals will be the holiday of isolation and social-distancing; the festival of freedom become the festival of closure; the festival of spring now the festival of staying home. It’s hard to think of a greater contrast than the one between the Passover tradition and the way the festival will be observed this year. Israel is withdrawing into itself, separated and disconnected, each family on its own.

This is a rare opportunity for reflection. The pandemic is still raging, and likely has not yet reached its peak. Now is not the time for summaries or reckonings. Their time will come, once the pandemic subsides. Until it does, we must be grateful to everyone who is battling the crisis with selfless devotion and to pay........

© Haaretz