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In this photo provided by Larry Brandspiegel, Holocaust survivors Israel

Yom Kippur Zoom reunites Holocaust survivors 71 years later

Oct. 20, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Holocaust survivors Ruth Brandspiegel and Israel “Sasha” Eisenberg call their reunion a miracle that began on the holiest day in Judaism, and it only happened thanks to a prayer service that was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Decades ago their families, who...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept 21, 2020 file photo, ultra-Orthodox Jews wear face masks during a morning prayer in a synagogue separated by plastic partitions, in Bnei Brak, Israel. For Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews, coronavirus restrictions have raised numerous questions about how to maintain their religious lifestyle during the outbreak. A religious publisher in Jerusalem released a book in July with over 600 pages of guidance from 46 different rabbis. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Rabbis ponder COVID-19 queries of ultra-Orthodox Jewish life

Sep. 28, 2020 2:06 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Must an observant Jew who has lost his sense of taste and smell because of COVID-19 recite blessings for food and drink? Can one bend the metal nosepiece of a surgical face mask on the Sabbath? May one participate in communal prayers held in a courtyard from a nearby balcony? Months into...

A woman walks among the Spanish flags placed in memory of coronavirus (COVID-19) victims in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. An association of families of coronavirus victims has planted what it says are 53,000 small Spanish flags in a Madrid park to honor the dead of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

The Latest: Mexico virus data may not be available for years

Sep. 27, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

Mexico City — Mexico’s top coronavirus official said Sunday that definitive data on the country’s death toll from COVID-19 won’t be available for “a couple of years.” The statement by Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell is likely to revive debate about...

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wearing face masks, are reflected on a door window, as they pray ahead of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish year which starts at sundown Sunday during a three-week nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israelis mark Yom Kippur under 'painful' virus lockdown

Sep. 27, 2020 6:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The solemn Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which annually sees Israeli life grind to a halt, begins on Sunday in a nation already under a sweeping coronavirus lockdown. Every year, businesses shut down, roads empty out and even radio and TV stations go silent as the faithful fast for 25...

From the left, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, France Prime Minister Jean Castex, and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin arrive on the scene after a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Friday Sept. 25, 2020 in Paris. French terrorism authorities are investigating a knife attack that wounded at least two people Friday near the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, authorities said. A suspect has been arrested. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

France vows to protect its Jewish community after stabbing

Sep. 27, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s interior minister promised Sunday to protect France’s Jewish community from extremists after a double stabbing in Paris blamed on Islamic terrorism. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin visited a synagogue Sunday ahead of the evening start of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 file photo, candles reflect in an entrance sign after a human chain with lights was formed around the Jewish synagogue during the Sabbath celebrations in Halle (Saale), Germany, following an attack on the synagogue on Yom Kippur 2019. As Jews around the world gather Sunday night to mark the beginning of Yom Kippur, many in Germany remain uneasy about going together to their houses of worship to pray, a year after a white-supremacist targeted a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle on the holiest day in Judaism.  (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

Yom Kippur synagogue attack leaves German Jews still uneasy

Sep. 26, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — As Jews around the world gather Sunday night to mark the beginning of Yom Kippur, many in Germany remain uneasy about going together to their houses of worship to pray, a year after a white-supremacist targeted a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle on the holiest day in Judaism. If the...

An Israeli woman walks past a banner encouraging people to wear face masks in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday announced plans for a strict, two-week nationwide lockdown in a bid to slow a raging coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israel tightens second lockdown as coronavirus cases soar

Sep. 24, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday moved to further tighten its second countrywide lockdown as coronavirus cases continued to soar, ordering all nonessential businesses to close and requiring people to stay within 1,000 meters (yards) of their homes. Prayers during the ongoing Jewish High Holidays, as...

People gather at the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was shaped by her minority faith

Sep. 19, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

(RNS) — A phrase from the Book of Deuteronomy hangs framed on the wall of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court chamber: “Justice, justice you shall pursue.” For Ginsburg, who died at home surrounded by her family on Friday evening (Sept. 18) at the age of 87, the phrase from the Hebrew...

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays ahead of the Jewish new year at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.  A raging coronavirus outbreak is casting a shadow over the normally festive Jewish New Year. With health officials recommending a nationwide lockdown, traditional family gatherings will be muted, synagogue prayers will be limited to small groups and roads will be empty.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Under lockdown, Israel faces bitter start of Jewish New Year

Sep. 17, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Eating apples dipped in honey on Rosh Hashana is a Jewish tradition to symbolize a sweet start of the New Year. But in Israel, bitterness prevails on the eve of the holiday as the country faces a second nationwide lockdown to stem a raging coronavirus outbreak. Israeli Prime Minister...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept 8, 2020 file photo, ultra-Orthodox Jews keep social distancing and wear face masks during a morning prayer next to their houses as synagogues are limited to twenty people following the government's measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, in Bnei Brak, Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has faced a national furor over his handling of the coronavirus, but that anger is boiling over among the ultra-Orthodox, or Haredim, who have used their political muscle to fend off what they see as discriminatory restrictions. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Israel to set new nationwide lockdown as virus cases surge

Sep. 13, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday announced a new countrywide lockdown will be imposed amid a stubborn surge in coronavirus cases, with schools and parts of the economy expected to shut down in a bid to bring down infection rates. Beginning Friday, the start of the Jewish...