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Defining 'lockdown' in Israel

Confusion reigns about what is actually happening. All week, Israeli officials have been hinting that we're going to go into a full-blown lockdown where Israeli Home Command will be delivering food straight to the doorstep, and people will…
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Rabbi Berland sweetened it today

Just a quick post, to say that yesterday evening, Wednesday March 18th, 2020, the panic was starting to really swell here in Israel. Even I was feeling it... Even the tough sephardi guys in Talpiot were starting to crack...Even people who…
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Rejoicing in the face of madness

Day 3 of the partial lockdown in Israel, and Baruch Hashem, no-one has (yet) killed anyone in my house. What open miracles! What revealed good! At this stage, it seems to me that the real danger from Covid-19 is not so much the pathological…
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Am Yisrael, Don't be scared!

Today, I read the following signs up at the Kotel: "According to the directives of the Ministry of Health, it is forbidden to kiss the stones of the Western Wall." Every day I go at the moment, there is some fresh madness, some new 'announcement'…
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Back in Mitzrayim

Thirteen days ago, I decided I was going to pray at the Kotel for 40 consecutive days, for the hatzlacha of a particular person. I thought the main challenge would be finding the energy to shlep up there every day – it’s exactly a half…
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Corona starts to bite

The picture in Israel has changed radically over the last few days. We're now looking at a partial lockdown straight in the face. Already, the cafes, restaurants and malls in Jerusalem and across Israel are meant to be closed. They've closed…