Déjà Vu for the Jews of New York

New York's Orthodox Jews are taking civil disobedience to new heights as they burn their masks in protest against state crackdowns on religious gatherings — just as the Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement wind down and the harvest celebration of Sukkot begins.  This is an intensely spiritual period for families and communities who would normally gather to pray and celebrate, but not in the year 5781.  This year, history repeats itself as Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo blame Jews for spreading a deadly plague.    When the Black Death was ravaging Medieval Europe with tornadic ferocity, the Jews were scapegoated for causing its spread by "poisoning the well."  Hitler said Jews were dirty, spread disease, and contaminated the purity of the Aryan race.  Millions were massacred in tsar-ordered pogroms for the blood libel of using Christian blood to make matzah.  But today, Jews are standing up to...(Read Full Article)
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