Update on Reactions to COVID in NY Orthodox Community

NEW YORK (JTA) – After an initial first wave that devastated New York City’s Orthodox Jewish communities, the coronavirus is on the rise again. Meanwhile, Israelis are back under...

NYC Vows to Crack Down if COVID Cases Continue to Rise

(JTA) – After days of warnings about increasing COVID cases in New York City’s Orthodox neighborhoods, the health department threatened drastic enforcement measures in the neighborhoods starting as early...

Update on COVID-19 From Dr. Marc Sicklick

As we get into the fall, COVID-19 seems to be doing what other coronaviruses do. Most past coronaviruses tended to decrease in mid-spring, in May, and return in the...

Israel Hits Daily Record of Nearly 7,000 New Coronavirus Cases

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — As Israel racked up a record nearly 7,000 new coronavirus cases in one day,  the government met to consider tightening restrictions, including banning synagogue prayer and...

125 in Midreshet Lindenbaum Israeli Program Quarantined for COVID Outbreak

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — Twelve students at a religious seminary for women in Israel have tested positive for the coronavirus, in an outbreak that strikes at fears that the country’s...

Israel Goes Into 2nd Lockdown to Combat Record Spread of Coronavirus

BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ (JTA) — Thousands of police officers and soldiers in Israel on Friday began imposing the country’s second lockdown due to the coronavirus. The number of COVID-19 cases has skyrocketed...

Why Are Orthodox People in Brooklyn Not Wearing Masks?

(JTA) – The sign outside a shoe store said customers would be required to wear masks. Inside, however, two women shopped with their faces uncovered. At an electronics store nearby,...

NYS Issues Guidance for High Holiday Services

BY SHIRA HANAU (JTA) – Worshippers at services should be 12 feet apart from one another when singing. Sukkahs can be considered outdoor environments, though distancing should be maintained and ventilation...

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky Calls on Followers to Pray Alone

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a prominent leader in the haredi Orthodox community, called on his followers to pray alone without a minyan. The ruling on Sunday came...

Dr. Sicklick Shares Update on COVID-19 Risks, Progress

  I had no intention of writing anything until there was a major breakthrough. Unfortunately, the numbers are going up and I'm feeling a sense of both gloom and urgency....
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Judgment Day: Yom Kippur Arrives With COVID-19 Cases on the Rise

BY SHIRA HANAU AND PHILISSA CRAMER (JTA) – In synagogues and in their parking lots, in backyard tent services and on Zoom, Jews around the world will spend...

Cuomo: 10 ZIP Codes Account for 25% of New COVID Infections

Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised alarm Monday about the emergence of a handful of coronavirus hot spots in New York, saying just 10 ZIP codes represented...

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By Gabriel Geller Royal Wine/Kedem For many, if not most of us (all of us quite frankly), Shabbos and yom tov are not only great mitzvos;...

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