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How COVID-19 Upended ultra-Orthodox Life, From Jerusalem to Brooklyn

Anshel Pfeffer, Danielle Ziri and Jacob Kornbluh discuss the Haredi community's response to the coronavirus, and what might happen next

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Anshel Pfeffer, Danielle Ziri, Jacob Kornbluh and Amir Tibon discuss COVID-19 and the ultra-Orthodox, from Jerusalem to Brooklyn
Anshel Pfeffer, Danielle Ziri, Jacob Kornbluh and Amir Tibon discuss COVID-19 and the ultra-Orthodox, from Jerusalem to Brooklyn
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Haaretz

The pictures that emerged from New York's Borough Park neighborhood last week were shocking: local journalist Jacob Kornbluh, who has spent months reporting on violations of COVID-19 restrictions in some of the area's ultra-Orthodox communities, was surrounded, threatened and attacked by an angry mob as retribution for his work.

Haaretz Special Brief: How COVID-19 upended ultra-Orthodox life, from Jerusalem to Brooklyn

On the very same day, Israeli media outlets reported on how the Israeli police were turning a blind eye to massive violations by Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox strongholds during the national lockdown.

Why has the ultra-Orthodox community been hit so hard by the pandemic? How are rabbinical leaders in Israel and the United States dealing with this situation, and what are elected officials doing in both countries?

Anshel Pfeffer, Danielle Ziri and Jacob Kornbluh answered these questions and more in a special Zoom event moderated by Amir Tibon on Monday, October 10th - watch the full discussion in the video above.

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