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Virus outbreak disrupts joyous Purim fest but some improvise

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Virus outbreak disrupts joyous Purim fest but some improvise “Judaism celebrates the value of life before the ritual aspect,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, president of Ohr Torah Stone.  By David Crary | March 10, 2020 NEW YORK (AP) — Purim is traditionally one of the most joyous Jewish holidays, but some celebrations in Israel and …

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Orthodox women seek bigger role as Jews end Talmud cycle

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Orthodox women seek bigger role as Jews end Talmud cycle By ILAN BEN ZION | January 7, 2020 JERUSALEM (AP) — As Orthodox Jews worldwide conclude a grueling marathon of daily Talmud study, a growing number of Israeli women have joined the effort, spotlighting collapsing gender barriers in the male-dominated community. Over the past week, …

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