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Haredi Mother Wins International Marathon & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Herman Wouk, Legendary Author Who Brought Judaism Into the Mainstream, Dies at 103
Herman Wouk, the bestselling Orthodox Jewish author whose literary career spanned nearly seven decades and who helped usher Judaism into the American mainstream, died Friday. He was the author of two dozen novels and works of nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Caine Mutiny” and the best-selling “Marjorie Morningstar.” By the mid-1950s, Wouk’s popular and financial success as an American Jewish novelist was unmatched.

FBI, Police Investigating Boston Chabad Fires as Hate Crimes
The FBI, state and local police, and other agencies are investigating three separate fires last week at two Chabad centers in Boston as possible hate crimes. The incidents have aroused deep concern and condemnation, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Joe Kennedy III.

Haredi Woman Takes First Place at Latvia Marathon
Beatie Deutsch, a haredi marathon runner who lives in Har Nof, Jerusalem, finished first place in the Riga Marathon in Latvia on Sunday. Deutsch, 29, is the mother of five children and began running only three years ago. She always runs in modest clothing, including a head covering, skirt and long sleeves.

How the IDF Let a Rabbinical Mystic Search for Border Tunnels, Then Spurned Him
“The rabbi found [what he said was] a tunnel beneath the Zar’it base without even knowing that there was an army outpost there — and [it turned out later that] he was right. He found another tunnel near Rosh Hanikra — the tunnel that an Israeli army unit would run into a month later,” said Oded.

Monsey Hasidic Group Battles Anti-Semitism Tied to Measles Outbreak
A Hasidic group is using a Jewish holiday to fight anti-Semitic sentiments tied to a measles outbreak. “We find the rise in anti-Semitism and anti-Hasidic language to be tied to the measles outbreak,” said Rabbi Avraham Katz, the leader of the Monsey-Tosh group.

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