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More than 350 years ago, a plague took a deadly toll on Hamburg, Germany. As the High Holidays approached, fear and panic set in and many of the city’s Jewish families fled. Among them were … more
As America’s battle with the novel coronavirus raged, no age group has been as widely affected as the elderly, making nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and senior residences ground zero … more
The sobs came over the phone as Michael Beer described his father Ira’s lifelong commitment to Torah study and his family. A victim of the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed hundreds of … more
Nothing better illustrates Thomas Mann’s famous statement that “everything is politics” than the response of opposing ideological camps to their government’s handling of … more
The coronavirus pandemic raised a series of deep moral and political issues. How far should governments go in seeking to prevent its spread? To what extent should they restrict people’s … more
It was just two months ago that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared victory over the new coronavirus. Ten weeks after recording its first cases, Israel had imposed … more
If you want to pray, don’t throw your mask away. And keep your distance! That’s the message voiced over the weekend by Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt, chief of infectious diseases at Mount … more
Tamara Boronina, an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor living in Ukraine, can barely afford her small Odessa apartment on her monthly pension of $65. She is a widow whose only daughter died in 1999. … more
The coronavirus pandemic has done something that no war, natural disaster or other calamity has been able to do for more than 50 years: It’s put a stop to stage performances of “Fiddler … more
I am very sad to report we have seen an uptick in cases. Nassau County was down to 25 cases a day; that has since doubled. The Five Towns has new cases, related to travel into … more
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