A year ago this month, Orthodox Jews from Brooklyn were taking to the streets in fiery protests against then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions on religious services, ultimately seeing those rules struck down by the Supreme Court ahead of Hanukkah and Christmas. 

Later, at Easter time, a pastor in Alberta would be arrested and held in jail for holding illegal church services, coming out of custody to warn, “They are doing this to me. They are going to come after you. It’s just a matter of time.” 

These are just two of many stories of the overlooked struggle of religious leaders to confront shutdowns that have hindered religious celebration throughout the past 18 months. With another holiday season on the horizon, it’s worth reflecting on …