On the afternoon of Nissan 14, 5780 or April 8, 2020, a rabbi contracted through Chabad.org sold the rights to our chametz to a gentile for the duration of the Passover holiday. The chametz was still physically present in our home and the temptation proved too great for my husband, who was eating the gentile's cake within hours of the transaction.
As the pandemic continues to play out, most of us are probably longing for the day when we can return to some sense of normalcy. Yet this is far from the first time the world has experienced something like a quarantine. In fact, the world has almost always been in a quarantine of sorts, starting in the first few pages of the Bible, when Adam and Eve were “quarantined” away from the Garden of Eden. Read More: https://www.restonbible.org/2020/04/21/quarantined-in-a-broken-world/
The following guidance was prepared by the Faith and Halakhic Standards Committee of the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council.
The global coronavirus pandemic has left a tragic (and still-rising) death toll and has radically disrupted our communal way of life. Meanwhile, the worldwide scientific endeavor to find solutions for COVID-19 immunity has yielded numerous vaccines in various stages of clinical trial, two of which have been proven (through rigorous testing and approval processes) to be both safe and effective. According to public health experts, ending the pandemic soonest and most safely requires that a substantial proportion of the population be vaccinated.
What does the Torah and our tradition teach regarding the obligation to be vaccinated against a virus spreading pandemically?
This was the first pre-recorded worship service Reston Bible Church conducted on the first Sunday after everything shut down because of the coronavirus: While pressure merely reveals character, the gospel shapes it. Do not live in a spirit of fear or divisiveness, but in humility and boldness cling to the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
A sermon from May 24, 2020 addressing 'end times' concerns: These are unusual and difficult times. Does that mean Jesus is about to return? Our view of eternity brings comfort to our life of uncertainty.
For the first time in our lifetimes, public Masses have been suspended. Priest could still offer Mass in private. During Holy Week, the priests began celebrating Mass in the Church and the staff helped to livestream it so that the faithful could join remotely.
Due to restrictions during the Pandemic Ash Wednesday has had to been celebrated differently. St. George's has taken the time to make do it yourself kits for applying ashes. Shown are the kits for applying ashes and also instructions.
My parents received this magazine issue from the National Association of Evangelicals in early February 2021. The issue covers how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the church. It contains a short article from an Anglican Bishop and author who wrote a book titled "God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on this Coronavirus and its Aftermath". It also takes a look at the impact of COVID on U.S. missions.
Pastor Roschke took the time to travel and put his church services on the road while he traveled the country. His journey lead him to do virtual Zoom meetings inside vacant churches abandoned in the COVID-19 pandemic. This was to both help him and his congregation relax in the pandemic as much of his congregation was becoming over whelmed with the new restrictions. The trip was also inspired by biblical stories such as in the book of Luke with the story Emmaus.
This video, contributed by Howard Mortman (Communications Director at CSPAN), shows House chaplain Kibben opening Congress with a prayer whose message combines the $1.9T COVID relief bill and the Purim miracle