Passover, Easter and Ramadan become virtual holidays of renewal

Passover, Easter and Ramadan become virtual holidays of renewal
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In this dark year of Covid-19, an influential group of rabbis in Israel ruled that Passover could be shared with extended family and friends –- not in person but over Zoom.

Given the rigid restrictions among devout Jews about what’s permitted on holy days, it was almost shocking. Plenty of other rabbis condemned the move.

But as Jews, Muslims and Christians enter one of the holiest times of the year, with Easter, Ramadan and Passover all celebrated this month, leaders of these religions with ancient roots find themselves giving thanks to the internet. With roughly half the world locked down, keeping the holidays communal will be a struggle.

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“Almost normal would still be a stretch,” said Zainab Gulamali, spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain, where more than 4,300 people have died from the virus.

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