Although unique and unexpected, this is still our Pesach: Poland’s Chief Rabbi

This year's Pesach is still Pesach, although different, quite unique, and not what we expected, but ours, wrote the Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich in a letter issued on the occasion of the Day of Unleavened Bread, the Jewish holiday that in 2020 begins on Wednesday.

The Chief Rabbi suggested that all members of the Jewish community in Poland start the Seder - a festive dinner on the first day of the holiday - with a joint prayer (Kiddush) at 20:15 local time.

“We will not be physically together, we will not see each other but we will be aware that dozens or even hundreds of houses all over Poland are together. We will exceed the space restrictions for a joint Kiddush!”, the letter stated. Mr Schudrich also wished his fellow believers to stay safe and happy.

Detailed guidelines for this year's Pesach can be found on the website of the Jewish Religious Community in Warsaw.

The Pesach, also known as the Festival of Spring or Unleavened Bread, is one of the most important and oldest Jewish holidays. It commemorates the journey of the Israeli people released from Egyptian captivity under the leadership of Moses. The celebrations start on the 15th day of the month Nissan. This year's holiday falls between April 8 and 16.