• OP-ED: Passover in vitro

    By ALAN SMASON

    As more than one commentator has mused, this year’s Passover is very much like the very first Passover. The Torah tells us that prior to the Exodus from Egypt, as the Hebrews sheltered in their own homes with only blood on the outside of their doorposts to protect them, the Angel of Death passed over and spared our people.

    Now that we have arrived at the onset of the Passover holiday, which is central to the observance of Judaism, we, too, much collect our families and our possessions and hunker down while disease and pestilence rage outside....
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  • Saints legendary kicker Tom Dempsey is dead from COVID-19 complications

    By ALAN SMASON

    Tom Dempsey, an unlikely hero with half a foot, but a full heart that made him a champion for legions of New Orleans Saints fans, died on Saturday from complications of COVID-19. He was 73.

    The professional kicker, who established a 43-year-old record for the NFL’s longest...
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    Mayor Cantrell sees progress, but urges everyone to stay at home

    By ALAN SMASON

    Mayor LaToya Cantrell acknowledged that 73% of her citizens are obeying the stay-at-home mandate she initiated and that the spike in confirmed cases of COVID-19 and attendant death rates have slowed. But she urged caution and implored the public to continue to shelter in place because “it...
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Current News

Larry David says Bernie Sanders, his distant cousin and lookalike, should end his presidential campaign

(JTA) — Larry David, the Bernie Sanders doppelganger who often portrays the presidential candidate in skits on “Saturday Night Live,” says the senator from Vermont should drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president and throw his...
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Israel’s pre-Passover egg shortage is no yolk. But millions of imported eggs are on the way.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A ship carrying millions of eggs arrived in Israel’s Ashdod port on Sunday in an effort to alleviate the country’s coronavirus-induced egg shortage just days before the Passover holiday. The country’s estimated shortage of about 30 million...
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Steve Steiner, 75, was public relations director for the Orthodox Union

(JTA) –For many New York-area Jewish journalists, Steve Steiner was the name attached to press releases for the Orthodox Union for over a decade. But to his colleagues, he was the kind and friendly man who arrived at the office...
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Breaking News

Governor, state health officials note high death rate in African-Americans

After examining data related to coronavirus infections and death rates from COVID-19 throughout the state, Governor John Bel Edwards and other state health officials on Monday noted an alarming and unexpected high death rate in the African-American community.

According to...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: This is not a Passover for despair

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

– For most of us, this is the saddest Passover we can recall.

The coronavirus pandemic is unlike any previous trauma we’ve lived through. Nothing, not even the 9/11 attacks, brought our world to...
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