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One Community, 6,000 Miles Apart, Is Wracked by Coronavirus

  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews in NY and Israel show high rates of spread
  • Israel has sealed ultra-Orthodox city in containment effort
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WATCH: Police had to break up a prayer gathering at a synagogue in Jerusalem on Monday.Source: Bloomberg
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The new coronavirus is tearing through the leading centers of ultra-Orthodox Jewish life, despite the 6,000 miles between them.

Ultra-Orthodox communities have become virus flashpoints in both New York and in Israel, after many residents, at the behest of revered rabbis, flouted social distancing orders that clashed with their religious lifestyles. Some of those rabbis have changed course.