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Efry Levy Azizoff, 66, didn’t want to worry his friends as he took ill with coronavirus – JTA News

| April 6, 2020

(JTA) Hours before he was rushed to hospital in Milan because of the coronavirus, Efry Levy Azizoff was chatting on the phone with his friend Amichai Lazarov. Azizoff was already feeling unwell, yet he didnt even mention it, Lazarov recalled

Passover Tours Dealt Major Blow as Some Refuse to Return Money – The Jewish Voice

| April 6, 2020

By Lieba Nesis As Passover arrives, the formerly joyous holiday has lugubrious undertones as all global programs have been canceled. Over the years Passover travel has skyrocketed with over 170 tours offering kosher food and entertainment for hefty prices. It is not uncommon for a large family to spend a quarter of a million dollars for the holiday.

Is ‘Chad Gadya’ the first children’s song in recorded history? – The Jerusalem Post

| April 6, 2020

For most modern secular readers not well versed in the enigmatic midrashic style of our Sages, the Passover Haggadah is a rather abstruse text.

Gefilte fish poppers and matzah casserole add new flavor to seder – The Jewish News of Northern California

| March 27, 2020

Every Passover, I add a little extra discussion to the seder table by serving a few dishes based on international Jewish foodways. This year Im spicing up my gefilte fish (and stuffing it in peppers) and serving a matzah casserole with bitter greens and a lemon-egg sauce. Many Ashkenazi Jews who settled in Mexico (and in Central and South America) add some spice to traditional Eastern European foods, which inspired me to add salsa to gefilte fish.

You don’t need Zoom or Skype to say Kaddish without a minyan. Here’s a healthier option for the community. – JTA News

| March 27, 2020

WALTHAM, Mass. (JTA) Like so many others, I am feeling the spiritual loss and pain of our current inability to learn Torah and pray together in person.

The UO’s women scholars are taking the lead in academia – AroundtheO

| March 25, 2020

They are mentors and role models in the classroom as well as in the community, but UO faculty women also put their leadership skills to work outside the university within a number of professional associations.

With Passover around the corner, Seward Park’s Orthodox Jews feel the impacts of COVID-19 – southseattleemerald.com

| March 25, 2020

by Carolyn Bick Every year, Karen Treiger and her husband gather together with their family from across the world to celebrate Passover. They all unite from as far away as Israel, and spend a little more than a week together, she said, eight days that begin with two huge Passover seders, the name for the holidays feasts.

Saying Kaddish from balconies and fasting: How Hasidic Jews are responding to the coronavirus – JTA News

| March 23, 2020

NEW YORK (JTA) One of Avi Webbs favorite times of the week is Sunday morning, when he takes his children to morning prayers at his synagogue and stays for a lesson on Hasidic thought.

In a Pandemic, Religion Can Be a Balm and a Risk – The New York Times

| March 23, 2020

BEIRUT, Lebanon Down on earth, the coronavirus outbreak was felling lives, livelihoods and normalcy. A nation-spanning blessing seemed called for. So up went a priest in a small airplane, rumbling overhead at an epidemiologically safe distance from the troubles below, wielding a sacred golden vessel from a cockpit-turned-pulpit.

Religion in conservative Mideast adapts to coronavirus – Middle East Online

| March 23, 2020

JERUSALEM - In the Middle East, where the three main monotheistic faiths shape daily life, the coronavirus pandemic has seen religious leaders support constraints unthinkable just a few weeks ago. Top Islamic clerics in the region and in Muslim-majority North Africa have endorsed the closure of mosques to avoid large gatherings where the risk of contamination could be high. The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, custodian of Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre -- believed by Christians to house Christ's tomb -- has told congregations to receive communion in their hand, instead of on their tongue


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