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When more than 5,000 frozen vaccine doses faced expiration after a brutal winter storm cut power, a hospital faced a dilemma of how they could organize people to receive the shots. With a ticking clock, and hazardous driving conditions due to the snow, Houston Methodist Hospital had to find a […]
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Dear JITC- How will Covid affect Purim this year? Thank you, Rachel E. Dear Rachel E. – “I am no prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet….” – Amos 7:14 In other words, “How should I know?” Honestly, last Purim did any of us have any idea what […]
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While almost 117,000 people have died from COVID in the United Kingdom, its Haredi community has been especially hard-hit, with 64% of its population testing positive in contrast to England’s 16%. Therefore community leaders created a pop-up vaccination site to coincide with motzaei Shabbos, so that as evening services ended, […]
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What began as Asher Rosenfeld’s bar mitzvah project has turned into a charity boasting a big impact. Inspired by his coming-of-age and wanting to incorporate community service into his celebration, Rosenfeld decided to create an opportunity for special needs children. The New York 7th grader began a project called “Audibles […]
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While many industries, including the hospitality industry, have suffered because of the pandemic, kosher restaurants in the U.S. seem to be the exception to this rule. While one out of six U.S. restaurants had closed as of the end of 2020, and several well-known kosher establishments (including Abigael’s, Wolf & […]
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After a ten-month battle with COVID-19, Rabbi Yehuda “Yudi” Dukes, has died at 39. The father of six and husband to musician and therapist Sarah Dukes inspired thousands of people to pray, learn Torah and do mitzvos in his merit over the course of his illness, which was mostly spent […]
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Dear JITC- I never said a blessing on another vaccine. Why are people saying one now? Thanks, Rochie Dear Rochie- Thanks for your question. Before we discuss the possibility of reciting a bracha upon receiving the vaccination for COVID-19, I’d like to address some principles of brachos generally. The fact […]
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Just days after receiving his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, the former Ashkenazi chief rabbi. Rav Yisrael Meir Lau, 83, has tested positive for Covid-19. Because there is a delay in showing a positive result in testing, it is thought that the Rav may have contracted it from his […]
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The French food courier service Deliveroo is under fire after at least one of their delivery men refused to bring food from two kosher restaurants in Strasbourg, France. The current French Covid-19 lockdown cites that restaurants may only serve take away meals delivered by couriers. Both incidents were reported to […]
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A flight from Newark, New Jersey to Tel Aviv was delayed on Saturday night when a couple was removed from the plane following their discriminatory remarks towards Orthodox Jews onboard. The couple was yelling that the Haredi Jews onboard were “spreading the disease [Coronavirus].” Flight attendants were alerted and the […]
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