Israel Sees Nearly 5,000 New COVID Cases in 24 Hours – Israel’s COVID-19 morbidity rate continues to rise, hitting another record from Monday to Tuesday with 4,973 confirmed positives, or 12 percent of all tests processed in that...

COVID-19 Surge Forces Israel to Lock Down for High Holidays

Israel will enter a three-week nationwide lockdown starting on Friday to contain the spread of the coronavirus after a second-wave surge of new cases, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on...

Hundreds Attend Selichos at 770 Without Masks, Social Distancing

(JTA) — Men packed into a late-night prayer service at Chabad’s main synagogue in Brooklyn Saturday night, in violation of New York’s health rules and against the advice of...

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....

Large Weddings Eyed As Culprit for COVID Spikes

(JTA) – Rising fears about a second wave of coronavirus cases in New York City’s Orthodox communities appear to be justified, with the proportion of tests turning up cases...

Masbia Sees Increase in Food Needs Since COVID-19 Outbreak

  By Laura N. Allen Masbia Soup Kitchen Network, the only kosher soup kitchen in New York, has had a drastic increase in demand at all three of their locations since...

Netanyahu Accused of Targeting Haredi Communities with Lockdowns

A group of haredi leaders sent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a harshly-worded letter on Sunday, warning him that they would not forgive him for casting the haredi community as...

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 Hits Highest Rate of New COVID Infections; Imposes Curfews

(JTA) — Israel passed a grim milestone over the weekend as its tally of coronavirus deaths exceeded 1,000. The country currently has the highest rate of new infections per capita...

Other Side of the Bench: Staying Home

  When I was growing up, being sick had certain perks in my childhood home. We didn’t have to go to school, we got to sleep in our parents’ room...
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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...

Simcha Is Essential. Drink Wine.

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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