Orthodox Jews insisted that God, not the government, would keep them safe from coronavirus. Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
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“God is my antidote”

More rabbis call on followers to obey man’s commandments so they’ll be able to keep divine commandments again in the future

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For many Orthodox Jews, the Israel Ministry of Health’s precautionary measures are no cause for panic. Against all orders, for example, an Orthodox community held a raucous wedding in Beit Shemesh earlier this week, eliciting outrage in the Israeli media. Thousands of average Israeli Jews responded on social media by criticizing the irresponsible behavior of their Orthodox siblings. Initially, many rabbis did not cooperate with the new government regulations because they believe they are immune to such plagues. “God is my antidote to the coronavirus,” an Orthodox Jew at the gas station told me half seriously, half cynically. From these…

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