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The COVID Sacrifice: The ‘New Jewish Martyrs’ Dying to Defend Israel’s Haredi Autonomy

Anshel Pfeffer
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Six-thirty in the morning in Bnei Brak, as the first glimmers of a wintery sun break through the clouds, a procession of men and boys is walking through the streets of Israel’s largest ultra-Orthodox city - towels slung on their shoulders and tallit and tefilin bags in the hands. 

They were making their way to the dozens of mikvaot (ritual baths) throughout town, to purify themselves before prayer. How do they keep themselves from getting infected from coronavirus? "I close my mouth when I go under the water," one boy giggled.

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