Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Egypt permits Jews to hold Minyan-less services (updated)

The Egyptian Jewish community and Arabic press are denying that High Holyday services will be cancelled at the Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue in Alexandria (pictured). Elder of Ziyon gets to the bottom of the story broken last week by Point of No Return:

"For the first time in some 2000 years, Alexandria will not have a minyan (quorum) for Rosh Hashanah. Their recent practice of importing people to help make the minyan will not occur this year because of the security situation in Egypt. Whether this was an explicit decision by Egyptian authorities or because of fear from the Egyptian Jewish community is not really the issue - the fact is that the Egyptian government will not protect any Jews who wish to visit as they have every year.

"The community statement saying that services will be held is disingenuous, because Rosh Hashanah services without a minyan - even in a synagogue as beautiful and historic as the Eliyahu HaNavi shul - is not much better than doing it at home."

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