Thousands watched the United Synagogue (US)’s first live streaming of the Megillah.
The landmark move was made for those unable to attend due to “legitimate Coronavirus considerations”, after the number of confirmed cases in the UK reached 320 on Monday.
The video, which has so far been viewed 3,800 times, showed Yehuda Gaffin at Mill Hill East, the United Synagogue’s newest community, reading the meghilah on Monday night.
This comes after the US sent a letter to chairs of its 62 congregations saying those “unable to attend” a Megillah reading should to stay at home and “listen to the reading, both tonight and tomorrow on a telephone or through a live stream.”
It added that “this facility should only be used by people who meet these criteria.”
The US also issued guidance on giving charity and holding a festive meal, saying someone in isolation due to coronavirus
This comes after the it issued unprecedented ban on kissing Torahs and mezuzot last week. It stressed that this remains in place.
You can re-watch it here:
Megillat Esther – live from Mill Hill East Shul
פורסם על ידי United Synagogue ב- יום שני, 9 במרץ 2020