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THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX EXPECTING SECOND CHILD
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their second child, a spokesperson for the couple has said. Harry and Meghan are preparing to welcome a brother or sister for their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, who turned one last May. A spokesperson for the couple said they were "overjoyed".
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and the rest of the Royal Family "are delighted and wish them well" Their child will be eighth in line to the throne.
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COVID: LONDON'S ORTHODOX JEWS HAVE 'ONE OF HIGHEST RATES IN THE WORLD'
London's strictly Orthodox Jewish community has one of the world's highest rates of Covid-19 past infection, according to a study. Roughly 15,000 of the capital's strictly Orthodox Jews have contracted coronavirus, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found.
This gives the community a past infection rate of 64%, nine times higher than the UK average of 7%.
The rate is "among the highest reported anywhere in the world" the study found. As the study was conducted in December 2020, before a national surge in coronavirus cases, researchers believed "it is likely "the rate is now even higher.
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TECHNION TO AWARD HONORARY DOCTORATE TO PFIZER CEO DR. ALBERT BOURLA
Pfizer CEO & Chairman Dr. Albert Bourla
The President of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Professor Uri Sivan announced today that the Technion will award an honorary doctorate to Pfizer CEO and Chairman Dr. Albert Bourla, for his extraordinary achievement in leading the record time development of the novel vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The vaccine, which is helping to end the coronavirus crisis, is expected to serve as a model for the development of a wide range of future mRNA-based treatments.
SUFFERING & BELIEF IN G[-]D
By RABBI DR. RAYMOND APPLE
Q. How can anyone believe in G[-]d when there is so much suffering?
A. A British philosopher, Dr CEM Joad, was an agnostic for many years but turned to religion during World War II.
He said that previously he could find no room for G[-]d in the world because of the vast problem of suffering. Then he began to ask a different question: what gives human beings the power to survive and rise above all their suffering?
He came to the conclusion that there had to be a higher Power that sustained people in times of adversity and enabled them to believe that there would be light at the end of the tunnel.
11 BNEI MENASHE COUPLES WHO RECENTLY MADE ALIYA MARRY IN GROUP CEREMONY IN ISRAEL
NORDIA, Israel – Eleven Bnei Menashe couples, all of whom recently immigrated to Israel from northeastern India, were remarried today in a festive and emotional group ceremony at Shavei Israel’s absorption center in Nordia, near Netanya, after completing their formal conversion to Judaism by the Chief Rabbinate. The 11 couples were among 257 new Bnei Menashe immigrants who arrived in Israel a few weeks ago thanks to the Jerusalem-based nonprofit Shavei Israel and the Minister of Aliyah and Integration Pnina Tamano Shata.