Israeli ultra-Orthodox dance at weddings, while praying for the sick

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By Mick Weinstein and The Times of Israel. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing: Your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Today’s panel comprises Times of Israel founding editor David Horovitz and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

We open today's show with Israel's soaring COVID-19 cases and ask why the country is managing so successfully to provide vaccines but consistently failing to contain contagion. With ultra-Orthodox localities suffering the most severe infection rates, the panel ponders the community's influence on domestic policy and whether their leadership is failing them, and the wider public.

While Israel's vaccination campaign pushes ahead at brake speed, we look at the (not so) parallel efforts to provide Palestinians with vaccines, and ask what role the Jewish state should be playing.

And finally, we discuss the latest on the campaign trail ahead of March's election with parties from across the political spectrum looking to the US for possible inspiration.

Discussed articles include:

Israel passes 10,000 daily infections for first time since start of pandemic

Netanyahu says Israel may need to extend lockdown, pleads with Haredim to comply

Palestinian shipment of Russian Sputnik vaccine delayed

Born on the 4th: Israeli parties look to US playbook for pandemic-era campaigns

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ILLUSTRATIVE PHOTO: The groom dances with family and friends during his wedding in Giv'at Ze'ev, outside Jerusalem on October 14, 2020. Violence erupted when police officers intervened to call off the wedding for violating coronavirus regulations. (Photo by Flash90)

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