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New York races to add hospital beds as mayor urges all to wear masks outside

11 hours 13 min ago
With some 1,000 new hospitalizations every day and equipment and medical staff on short supply, officials say pandemic's peak could still be weeks away

Online Kaddish, Shabbat burials: Jewish legal authorities grapple with pandemic

11 hours 37 min ago
Coronavirus outbreak has prompted an unprecedented flurry of questions for rabbis on how to adapt group prayers, seders, and ritual immersion to crisis

Plagued by failure: ‘The Yom Kippur War of the Israeli health system’

12 hours 47 min ago
Experts say Health Ministry has long suffered a lack of coordination, planning and oversight, leaving it woefully unprepared for coronavirus despite strong signs disaster loomed

Empire Kosher closes chicken plant for 2 weeks after employees contract virus

13 hours 11 min ago
Officials say shutdown of processing facility in Pennsylvania not likely to cause kosher chicken shortage for Passover

Orthodox mother of 5 asks Olympic Committee to keep marathon off Shabbat

13 hours 45 min ago
Beatie Deutsch hopes that rescheduling Tokyo games will be an opportunity to ensure race not scheduled for a Saturday again, denting her ambitions

Amid shortage, Palestinian university develops homegrown ventilator prototype

14 hours 25 min ago
Al-Quds University president says, if approved, the school will manufacture the devices to help in West Bank and Gaza where there are less than 350 breathing machines

‘Purim came at really bad time in outbreak,’ why Jewish groups were hit so hard?

15 hours 15 min ago
‘I would have canceled' says rueful manager of band that performed for 300 people in Crown Heights, he looked for guidance from the CDC and rabbis, but found none

Trump admin moves toward promoting broader use of face masks

15 hours 59 min ago
However, officials concerned wearing masks will detract from social distancing efforts; Pence says direct payments to hospitals could cover those without insurance

Having a solo Passover seder? There are plenty of guides for you

16 hours 47 min ago
A multitude of online resources are available to help navigate the situation and technology this holiday, from using Zoom to ordering kosher food

Trump announces he tested negative on new coronavirus test

16 hours 47 min ago
US president says he took second, less invasive test out of curiosity, to see how fast it works; 'It said the president tested negative for COVID-19'

Unity government nears completion as Yamina threatens to bolt

17 hours 18 min ago
Likud, Blue and White may have found a solution to their standoff over West Bank annexation: Let Trump decide

Biden urges sanctions relief for Iran amid virus crisis

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 23:32
Democratic frontrunner says inhibiting access to humanitarian assistance is cruel, calls on Tehran to release detained Americans

Netanyahu, top finance officials test negative for virus

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 23:09
Many top Israeli officials are in quarantine after Health Minister Litzman was diagnosed with coronavirus; PM to remain in isolation, working from residence

Go ahead, have a shvach seder

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 22:29
You’re living through an international pandemic – you just don’t need to obsess about creating that inspirational, unforgettable Passover experience

Center, left MKs demand Litzman’s ouster amid allegations he flaunted guidelines

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 22:29
Yesh Atid and Meretz heads urge Netanyahu to fire health minister, who has the virus, after report says he attended prayer services in breach of rules on preventing contagion

Jewish astronaut in space gives Israelis advice on isolation

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 21:48
Speaking from the International Space Station via the US's Jerusalem embassy Twitter account, Jessica Meir urges earthlings to look after both their physical and mental health

Cabinet declares Bnei Brak ‘restricted zone,’ readies to do same for other towns

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 21:35
Ministers approve measure requiring those returning from abroad without a place to self-quarantine to lodge in state-funded isolation sites for 2 weeks

Testing sites reportedly close early due to shortage of lab materials

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 21:06
Health Ministry said to order medical personnel to cease offering new tests due to dearth of chemicals in laboratories

Hamas chief threatens Israel over ventilators for coronavirus patients

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 20:56
Yahya Sinwar says if breathing machines not brought to Gaza, terror group will 'stop the breathing of 6 million Israelis'

LISTEN: Alone together with Fiona — from the WhyWhyWhy! podcast

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 20:51
What happens when you discover that a dear friend lives within shouting distance of your Tel Aviv apartment? Well, if you can't go outside, you shout