Jews celebrate passover amid COVID pandemic with virtual seders
Jews worldwide aren't letting social distancing stop their Passover seders.
Passover seders are a communal ritual, with family, friends, neighbors, pretty much everyone except Elijah coming together under one roof to commemorate the story of Exodus.
As with almost everything in our world, that's been completely upended this year as the COVID-19 pandemic has put a global kibosh on gatherings.
But with some ingenuity—and clutch technology—Jews from New Jersey to Jerusalem are breaking matzot anyway with virtual seders.
In the case of Wednesday night's seders, togetherness was simulated in large part thanks to what renowned international relations figure Richard Haass called "the Book of Zoom."
Zoom and similar teleconferencing services have rapidly become social-distancing mainstays as people everywhere scramble to work, teach, learn and socialize remotely.
Accoutrements of the COVID era—from hand sanitizer bottles to the puzzles many are using to keep from going bananas—were visible in numerous photos posted on social media and elsewhere.
And while the rambunctiousness is an annual seder feature for many families, there are some benefits to staying in your own home:
Suddenly getting Virtual Seder FOMO? Don't worry—Henry Winkler has you covered this weekend:
Last night was only night one of Passover, meaning many more will be dialing in to seders tonight. We'll see if they can top this:
"My family was super confused," Sarah Seltzer told ABC News of her relative's Elijah trick. "My cousin got everyone good." Chag sameach.