White House Ties to Ultra-Orthodox May Save Lives

White House Ties to Ultra-Orthodox May Save Lives
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Unusual times call for unusual measures, so it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise when a key aide to the president of the United States convenes a conference call with leading ultra-Orthodox rabbis, only to urge them to follow government instructions.

Last Tuesday, Avi Berkowitz, Donald Trump’s adviser whose day job is to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace, jumped on the line with a group of more than a dozen prominent Hasidic New York rabbis from Monsey, Kiryas Joel and Williamsburg.

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