The inability to gather for worship is not new. On the Shabbat before Yom Kippur we read Hosea: Take words with you and turn back to the LORD. Say to Him, “…we shall offer our speech instead of bulls.”Why would Hosea discourage Temple worship – Take words…offer speech…instead of bulls! Hosea lived during the reign of Jeroboam, a rogue king who divided Israel. Jeroboam set up idolatrous temples in northern Israel and prevented pilgrimages to Jerusalem’s Temple. Hoseah lived nearby and faced with this situation, he counseled people to adapt to a new reality: Take words…speech instead of bulls!