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Coronavirus impacting Passover tradition

Passover begins on Friday. Here are some fast facts
Posted at 6:21 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 20:21:18-04

The people of Jewish faith start celebrating Passover at sunset Wednesday night.

Passover marks the exodus of Israelites from slavery in Egypt in 1200 B.C. The celebration traditionally includes a ceremonial meal called "the Seder."

Passover is often a time when families get together and strangers are welcomed into Jewish homes. But the coronavirus outbreak and stay-at-home orders may get in the way of some of those traditions this year.

"There's a very famous saying that, 'The very same God that commanded us to celebrate Passover in the usual way when it's safe, is the very same God that commanded us to be safe. And make sure everyone around us is safe,'” said Rabbi Michoel Feindstein.

The holiday officially lasts through April 16th.