Praying in a pandemic: Communal worship hard to resist for some

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A priest at Saint Joseph Church walks along the empty nave during Sunday mass after prayers were suspended over concerns about the spread of coronavirus in Dakar, Senegal [Sylvain Cherkaoui/ReutersM

For Samuel Heilman, a visit to his local synagogue – in New Rochelle, New York in the United States – has long been part of his daily routine.

As an Orthodox Jew, Heilman considers the synagogue more than just his place of worship. It’s also a house of assembly and a house of study.  

As nations across the world implement social distancing measures, ban large gatherings and close all non-essential businesses and places to slow the spread of the COVID-19 disease, Heilman is among the millions of worshippers who can no longer visit religious sites or participate in communal prayer. 

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A 73-year-old distinguished professor of sociology and Jewish studies at Queens College, City University of New York, Heilman spoke to

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