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Kosher Hotels and Authoritarianism: Israelis See Attraction in Easy UAE Travel, But Some Have Concerns
Chevy Fleischman travels from Israel with a friend each year to celebrate their birthdays together. The Orthodox mother of five has been to Morocco and Peru, and now is hoping to visit a country that’s closer to home but Israelis couldn’t even enter until recently: the United Arab Emirates. She’s looking forward to lounging on the beach, exploring the streets of Dubai and enjoying views of the desert.

Kosher Restaurant Provides Comfortable Outdoor Dining
In the wake of Michigan’s orders limiting restaurant service to carry-out or outdoor dining only, those looking for options in the chilly November weather have limited choices available. Local eateries have needed to be extra creative if they want to stay in business. One such example is Prime Ten, the “upscale casual steakhouse,” whose owner Scott Cohen came up with an innovative solution: six heated outdoor greenhouses that seat up to four people at a time.

Lexington Rabbi a Part of World’s Longest Zoom Call
Lexington Rabbi Shlomo Litvin can now add a new accolade to his impressive list; he was a part of the world’s longest Zoom meeting. Litvin says every year he travels to New York to join the world’s largest Rabbinic gathering, the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries. This year, Litvin attended virtually via Zoom. He says the meeting is the world record longest Zoom call at over 100 hours long.

Honoring Kurt Rothschild at 100
In two weeks, on the first day of Hanukkah, Kurt Rothschild will, God willing, mark his 100th birthday. It will be a day of celebration for one of the sharpest, most indefatigable and loyal soldiers the Jewish people has been blessed with over the past century. Until the coronavirus pandemic hit earlier this year, the president of the World Mizrachi movement reported for duty in his Jerusalem office every day to preside over a lifetime of philanthropic and community activities.

Supreme Court Blocks Covid-19 Restrictions on Religious Services in New York
A divided Supreme Court blocked New York from imposing strict limits on attendance at religious services to combat Covid-19, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett casting the pivotal vote. In orders issued late Wednesday, the court, in a 5-4 vote, set aside attendance limits that Gov. Andrew Cuomo imposed on houses of worship. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel of America, an Orthodox Jewish organization, alleged that the limits violated their First Amendment rights of religious exercise.

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