According to reports, the four US citizens injured in the attack are visiting Israel from their neighborhood of Williamsburg, New York.
Williamsburg’s Satmar Hasidic community is warning followers not to accept food from the Met Council or the Zionist charity United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg.
Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic village in Upstate New York, is an enclave of Satmer Hasidim that has their own legal traditions and customs.
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There’s a variety of reasons why they end up becoming distanced, and they see it as a way of protecting themselves and their community from negative influences.
The wedding is the latest example of the lack of compliance in Hasidic communities with protocols meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus
The Satmar community has been implicated in a number of large gatherings over the last several months, in defiance of state and city guidelines.
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Despite these comments, Satmar hassidim, including the grand rabbi himself, were overtly political during the recent presidential election.
Members of the Hasidic community say the weddings aren’t likely to stop, in part because cases are not translating into the large number of hospitalizations and deaths seen in the spring.