Hasidic Jews Continue to Hold Large Weddings Despite COVID Rules

(JTA) — This week, the New York Post reported about a Satmar wedding — of one of Kiryas Joel Satmar leader Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum's grandsons — that was organized and...

Dr. Sicklick’s COVID Update for Lawrence and 5T

November 23, 2020 If you watch or read the news, you're being bombarded with conflicting messages on a continuous basis. Hang in there, the vaccines are coming. Watch out, the...

Chicago’s Jewish Community Battered by Coronavirus

(JTA) — When Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann and her colleagues gathered in a backyard earlier this month to sing together, they knew it would likely be the last time for...

From the Editor: Free to Choose

The poet W.H. Auden said, “We are free to choose, but choose we must.” And that seemingly applies to the dilemma in which we find ourselves when figuring out...

Israel Would Pay Over $237.5 million for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Israel signed a deal on Friday with Pfizer to receive 8 million doses of the pharmaceutical company’s potential coronavirus vaccine, announced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli leader said...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Tests Positive for COVID-19

BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ (JTA) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he has tested positive for COVID-19. Zelensky, who is Jewish, made the announcement Monday on Twitter, adding that he is feeling well and continuing...

Rabbi Accused of Molesting Kids at Torah Temimah Dies of COVID-19

BY SHIRA HANAU (JTA) — Joel Kolko, a Brooklyn rabbi who was accused of molesting students at the yeshiva where he taught for years, died of COVID-19 while in Israel, according...

Palestinian Peace Negotiator Saeb Erekat Dies of Coronavirus

(JTA) — Saeb Erekat, the perpetually optimistic Palestinian peace negotiator who forged close relationships with his Israeli counterparts and pressed until his final days for a two-state outcome to...

Five Towns, Far Rockaway Released From Yellow-Zone Restrictions

With numbers improving, restrictions on businesses, schools and mass gatherings in areas such as Far Rockaway and the Five Towns were being lifted, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. "The positivity in...

WHO Regional Director: COVID Lockdowns Should Be ‘Last Resort’

  Dr. Dorit Nitzan, regional emergency director at the World Health Organization, acknowledged that while lockdowns are sometimes unavoidable, they should only be used as a last resort, as countries...
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Introducing "From The Editor's Desk" a new podcast by 5TJT Editor and Publisher Larry Gordon delving deeper into some of today's issues. Mr. Gordon...

Netanyahu Welcomes First Commercial Flight From Dubai to Tel Aviv

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the first commercial flight from Dubai to Tel Aviv at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Thursday. Speaking during...

Assassins Kill Father of Iran’s Nuclear Program

BY RON KAMPEAS (JTA) — Assassins shot to death Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the nuclear scientist that western intelligence agencies believe to be behind Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The...

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