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Why Israel’s COVID-denying Rabbis Have Reversed Course and Are Endorsing Vaccines

The ultra-Orthodox don’t reject science and technology outright. If there are no lockdowns hampering the teaching of their religion, they do the right thing

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

Hundreds, often thousands, of people arrive each day in small Rashbam Street in Tel Aviv suburb Bnei Brak, hoping to receive a few muttered words of a blessing or advice from Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, the most senior leader of the “Lithuanian” ultra-Orthodox community.

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