Locals in Varanasi are happy. “There is a lot of difference when we see the water of the Ganga river today and what used to be earlier. Today, the water looks clean. One of the biggest reasons behind this is that today all factories are closed. People are not taking bath at the ghats. If this is the condition in 10 days, then I believe Ganga river will be like it used to be earlier,” one local said. Another one added: “The water in the Ganga river has become clean during the lockdown. Nobody must have thou
Judaism understands that community is defined as 10 people — a minyan — the minimum number of people required for certain religious obligations, including worship. Jews are obligated to be in physical proximity to each other for prayer, including the worship leader. So in the age of COVID-19, if you are required not to be near people, how do communities do communal worship?
The simple answer is you lean heavily on technology and the ability to stream worship online or record worship and post it online later. At Temple Shalom we livestream our worship every week, adding online viewers to our onsite community. For the next few weeks, our worship team will be leading services, albeit to an empty sanctuary, as we livestream only.