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Rabbi Osher Yaakov Westheim, Renowned British Authority On Kosher Laws, Dies Of Coronaviru

MANCHESTER (JTA) - Rabbi Osher Yaakov Westheim was considered “a towering figure” in the United Kingdom city of Manchester and a world-respected authority on kosher food laws. O...

IMF Leader Says Virus Is “Crisis Like No Other’

GENEVA — The head of the International Monetary Fund says the recession sparked by the coronavirus pandemic is “way worse” than the 2008 global recession. IMF managing director ...

Hungary To Supply Packages Of Kosher Poultry To Jewish Communities Of Europe

HUNGARY (JNS) — In light of a growing shortage of kosher meat among European Jewish communities primarily due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hungarian Jewish community announced ...

24/7 Torah Learning: The Greatest Shemirah is Our Answer to the COVID-19 Pandemic – We Can Make a Difference!

Yeshivos are closed. Shuls are shuttered. And chadorim have been shut down. Yes, of course we’re all doing what we’re supposed to halachically and medically, but wha...

Toronto To Fine People For Not Distancing

TORONTO — The mayor of Canada's most populous city says anyone caught walking within 2 meters (6 feet) of another person in a Toronto public park or square may be subject to a fine...

Calls To Fire Litzman For Violating His Own Ministry’s Regulations And Praying In A Shul

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — After Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman tested positive Thursday morning for coronavirus, politicians and public figures including the prime minister wer...

Trump Says He Expects Russia, Saudis To Cut Oil Production

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects Saudi Arabia and Russia will end an oil war and dramatically cut production. The price for U.S. benchmark ...

Watch: Bnei Brak Residents Berate People Davening Outdoors, Calling Them ‘Murderers’

BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — Tempers flared in Bnei Brak as frightened residents shouted at people davening in a local park and near a local synagogue, calling them "murderers" and "evil ...

Chinese Smartphone Health Code Rules Post-virus Life

WUHAN, China (AP) — Since the coronavirus outbreak, life in China is ruled by a green symbol on a smartphone screen. Green is the "health code" that says a user is symptom-free ...

Israeli HMO Director Estimates There Are 75,000 Coronavirus Carriers In Bnei Brak

BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — The director of the Maccabi HMO, Professor Ran Sa'ar, said Thursday that "Maccabi treats about a half of the residents of Bnei Brak and according to various i...

Doctors : People Endangering Their Lives Unnecessarily To Avoid Coming To Emergency Rooms

TEL AVIV (VINnews) — A heavy silence permeates hospital emergency rooms in the last few weeks. Doctors claim that people are avoiding emergency rooms even when it is imperative for...

Extremists See Global Chaos From Virus As An Opportunity

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity ...

Trump Warns Iran Against Attacking US Troops In Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Tehran should expect a bold U.S. response if Iran or Iranian-backed groups attack American forces or assets in Iraq. ...

UN Climate Summit Postponed Until 2021 Because Of COVID-19

ONDON (AP) — This year's United Nations global climate summit is being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, host country Britain said Wednesday, The U.K. government sa...

Israel Declares Face-Masks Obligatory In Public

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Israel announced new steps Wednesday evening in an attempt to curb the further spread of coronavirus in the country, with the number of positive COVID-19 pati...

Shuli Rand Defends Chareidi Community From Media Attacks: ‘Do You Think We Want To Die?

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Israeli singer Shuli Rand responded sharply on his Facebook page to the numerous media attacks on the Chareidi public in Israel over the past few days. Rand, ...

British Man Runs Marathon In Backyard During Lockdown

CHELTENHAM, England (AP) — Being stuck at home didn't stop a British man from running an outdoor marathon. James Campbell, a former professional javelin thrower, spent his 32nd ...

Facebook Joins Resistance To Bolsonaro Virus Claims

SAO PAULO (AP) — Major social media companies are taking aim at Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's dismissal of social distancing, joining others in the country who have lined up...

Feed The Soul: In Chaotic Times, Gardening Becomes Therapy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dig. Plant. Breathe. As spring's arrival in the Northern Hemisphere coincides with government stay-at-home orders, the itch to get outside has turned ba...

Top Moscow Doctor Positive, Shook Putin’s Hand

MOSCOW - The chief doctor of Moscow’s top hospital for coronavirus patients says he’s tested positive, a statement that comes a week after his encounter with President Vladimir Put...