The front page of the June 26 issue of Der Yid, one of the most widely circulated Yiddish newspapers among New York’s chasidic Orthodox communities, made the point loud and clear.

“And so it was after the plague.”

Those words, lifted from a verse in the Torah and printed alongside photos of large gatherings of unmasked chasidic men, had a clear implication: After months of funerals and fear, the modern-day pandemic had passed and the time had come to gather again.

Chasidic men pray outside at a socially distanced service in Borough Park, March 30, 2020. (Avi Kaye) NEW YORK — The front page of the June 26 issue of Der Yid , one of the most widely circulated Yiddish newspapers among New York’s chasidic Orthodox communities, made the point […]

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