Religious Liberty
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Rabbis and mayors

New York | Amid a measles outbreak, geniality between city officials and Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/17/19, 11:33 am

A New York moment: 

I’ve been covering the measles outbreak in Williamsburg, Brooklyn—a neighborhood with a large Orthodox Jewish population—for an upcoming story, and I’m struck again by the general cordiality between city and Hasidic leaders despite their regular disagreements on various religious accommodations.

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Religious liberty until death

Religious Liberty | Texas decision to ban chaplains from the execution chamber is constitutionally suspect
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/09/19, 04:44 pm

After the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution to a Buddhist prisoner in Texas, the state moved to restrict the religious exercise of all death row inmates. Chaplains can now watch executions from the viewing room, but they will no longer be allowed to accompany condemned prisoners to their deaths, the state announced last week.

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A house is not only a home

Religious Liberty | After a Chabad rabbi expanded his home to host Jewish college students for the Sabbath, neighbors sued
by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/28/19, 04:16 pm

It’s Friday night as usual for a group of Jewish college students at 14 Aigburth Road. Outside, the sun has set on a quiet residential street. Inside, candles flicker in one corner of a spacious dining room. A dozen folding tables, graced with white tablecloths patterned with swirling silver, signal a feast to come.

Around the tables, skirt-clad girls chat while taking turns coddling two tiny, 4-month-old twins in what they call “baby tag.” In an adjoining study separated by lattice wood dividers, Rabbi Mendy Rivkin leads a dozen young men in reciting a ritual prayer.

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