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2020's coronavirus reflects the good and bad of Israeli society

Some initially ranked Israel’s handling of the crisis as among the best in the world, but then it went to being described as a debacle handled as badly as the 1973 Yom Kippur War.


Oversized Chicago wedding divided Orthodox Jews and foiled contact tracers

The wedding made local news as the latest in a series of events in Orthodox communities that have defied public health guidance and local ordinances.

An illustrative photo of a Jewish wedding in front of the Mediterranean Sea.

Life in limbo for thousands of couples unable to marry during COVID-19

Creative solutions for civil marriage during the current crisis such as weddings in foreign embassies and on boats in international waters have been proposed to alleviate the crisis

A Satmar wedding takes place in Williamsberg, breaking coronavirus restrictions. November 2020

Satmar wedding ‘disrespectful, deceitful, illegal,’ says NY Gov. Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York City should do ‘robust investigation’ of incident and ‘bring the full consequence of legal action to bear.’

SATMAR HASSIDIM celebrate Lag Ba’omer in Kiryas Joel, New York, in 2012

Secret Satmar wedding bypasses COVID restrictions in NYC - watch

According to video obtained, there were thousands of men seated within the bleachers of the 7,000 person capacity synagogue, singing and dancing into the night.

Points of Contact: Helping Anglos wed

Points of Contact is a closed Facebook group of more than 560 volunteer matchmakers (called Point People) working primarily on behalf of marriage-minded religious Anglo-Israelis.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy.

Jason Greenblatt’s daughter got engaged in Dubai

Mazel tovs rung out over the dunes of Dubai.


A wedding when less is more

Can they hold their wedding outdoors at the hospital at Hadassah, Ein Kerem, so that the groom’s father can be there?

Small but growing number of Orthodox rabbis are officiating gay weddings

“It’s been an issue that has really had a lot of movement within the Jewish community and the Orthodox community. In the progressive Orthodox world there’s a lot of receptivity.”


Man marries at hospital so his father with coronavirus can watch from afar

"We all teared up when the groom waved excitedly to his father from the area [where the chupa was]," said the coronavirus ward's head nurse.

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