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A Seat at the Table: Jewish Chefs, Writers Share Recipes, Stories, History of Ashkenazi Cooking – NBC Bay Area

| May 1, 2020

Since Russ & Daughters opened in Manhattan in 1914, the family-run store has weathered the Spanish flu, two world wars, recessions and the Great Depression. With the new coronavirus pandemic sweeping the country, the current generation, Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper, is doing what the family has always done: deliver bagels and cream cheese, lox and herring to people craving the emotional sustenance that the traditional Jewish favorites bring. At Katzs Delicatessen, Jake Dell begins his mornings making matzoh balls to keep up with the spike in orders for matzoh ball soup as his customers seek comfort in uncertain times.

Ashkenazi: This is hard for us, for me, the coalition comes with a price – The Jerusalem Post

| May 1, 2020

MK Gabi Ashkenzai was interviewed on Saturday by Channel 12, regarding the coalition talks leading up to the establishment of the government.

It’s the perfect time to get into pickling – JTA News

| May 1, 2020

This story originally appeared on The Nosher.

Israel MPs give govt more time to use spy agency against virus – The News International

| May 1, 2020

JERUSALEM: Israels parliament on Thursday extended a deadline set by the Supreme Court for the government to put forward a bill authorising its controversial use of the domestic security agency to track coronavirus infections. In a ruling on Sunday, Israels top court had given the government until Thursday to begin a primary legislative process that would authorise the Shin Bets coronavirus surveillance or discontinue it.

With Gantz out of the way, Netanyahu marks a new target – Haaretz

| May 1, 2020

After Independence Day ended Wednesday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined a conference call with a bevy of Likud officials.

Hassidim and the 1786 plague in Tiberias: We’ve been here before – The Jerusalem Post

| May 1, 2020

In the year 1777, a group of hassidim made the journey to the Land of Israel. The convoy was headed by two hassidic masters, Rabbi Menahem Mendel of Vitebsk (1730-1788) and Rabbi Avraham of Kalisk (1741-1810).The group comprised 300 people a sizable crowd for such a journey. Indeed, previous groups that had come to the Land of Israel had been significantly smaller.The size of the group was also noteworthy considering how many Jews lived in the Land of Israel at that time.

Spy agencies and human rights in the era of coronavirus – The Jerusalem Post

| May 1, 2020

The Shin Bet tells you when to go to the doctor, the Mossad brings you your medical equipment and NSO Group or some other private organization may hold on to your private information until you are coronavirus-free (and maybe even after?).Do you recognize this world? It is a world in which government spy agencies and private organizations with alumni of those agencies are far more deeply involved in Israeli citizens lives and internal issues than ever before. It is a corona world where spying meets human rights.Former Shin Bet chief Yaakov Perry told the Magazine this week that there must be parliamentary oversight.

Fire damage at synagogue believed limited to attic – The Daily Iberian

| May 1, 2020

A New Iberia landmark was endangered Wednesday morning when a fire broke out in the attic of Congregation Gates of Prayer synagogue at the corner of N. Weeks Street and Charles Street, between Main and St. Peter streets.

Dual-isolation of LGBT Jews during this pandemic – Jewish News

| May 1, 2020

This year, the Torah reading of Aharei Mot-Kedoshim falls during the coronavirus pandemic where we have been forced into physical isolation. These texts contain the sources that have been interpreted to condemn sex and relationships between men and are the source for much of the homophobia and violence against LGBTQ+ people in the world.

Update on Virtual Worship in the US During COVID-19 – Gallup

| May 1, 2020

We are starting to get new data measuring the possible impact of the coronavirus situation on religious behavior in this country. Gallup's April 14-28 survey finds 27% of Americans reporting having worshipped virtually within the past seven days. Another 4% claim to have worshipped in person, despite the coronavirus restrictions in place in most states.


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