New York Gov. Cuomo quotes Hebrew in plea for Orthodox Jews to stop large gatherings

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo cited Hebrew quotes to urge Orthodox Jewish New Yorkers living in COVID-19 hot spots to refrain from large gatherings.“I say to my friends in the Hasidic community: The Hebrew faith teaches us, pikuach nefesh, which means ‘save a life,’ and under the Hebrew teachings … participation in a religious ceremony can be excused for a matter of health and life and safety,” he said during a Sunday phone call with reporters.The comments came as the city and state have struggled to contain an uptick in COVID cases in parts of Brooklyn and Queens with large Orthodox Jewish pop…

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HEDGE accordingly