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Chickenpox Outbreak in Williamsburg May Spread

The New York City Health Department is investigating an outbreak of varicella (chickenpox) in the Orthodox Jewish community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. To date, there have been 75 reports of persons with varicella who became ill during or after March 2016. The median age of patients is 3 years (range 0 to 10 years); 72% were not vaccinated against varicella, and 14% had not yet received the recommended number of doses.

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Rabbi Osdoba: I Staunchly Oppose Crown Heights Eruv

In response to public chatter that he might support the idea of Crown Heights Eruv – if done properly, based on a letter he wrote in which he said that any Eruv built in Crown Heights would have to conform to strict Halachic standards,  Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba has come out with a new letter today clarifying his position – that he is unequivocally opposed to an Eruv being erected in Crown Heights, and that there is no possible way to do so in accordance with Halacha.

Or Avner-Chabad Students Excel at Tanach Quiz

The annual Chidon haTanach, a worldwide teenage competition on knowledge of the 24 books of the Tanach, took place in Israel on its Independence Day, last Thursday. 16 youngsters from 9 countries participated in the final round, one of them Michal Shpilvitz from Belarus, a student of Chabad’s Or Avner schools, which are under the auspices of the Federation of Jewish Communities (FJC).

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Letter: Five Thoughts on Death

Following the tragic passing of Shliach Rabbi Moshe Muller, OBM, and another local member of Anash, Rabbi Mendel Gorman, OBM, a wave of sadness and mourning has filled the Lubavitch community of London. Seeking to break through this sorrow and bring light to the subject, Rabbi Levi Sudak of Edgeware, may he live and be well, wrote the following open letter to his fellow Shluchim and Anash in London – and around the world as well.