Sei Young Kim leads LPGA Tour’s Pelican Women’s Championship by 5 shots

BELLEAIR, Fla. — Sei Young Kim answered Ally McDonald’s ace with a late birdie run to open a 5-stroke lead Saturday in the Pelican Women’s Championship, the South Korean’s first event since winning the KPMG Women’s PGA a month and half ago.

The second-ranked Kim shot a 6-under 64, birdieing Nos. 14-17, to get to 14-under 196 at Pelican Golf Club.

“She made a hole-in-one,” Kim said. “I got a little bit pressure, but I try to focus on my game.”

McDonald shot 68. She had the hole-in-one on the par-3 12th and birdied the par-5 14th to get close to Kim. The American dropped a stroke on the par-4 16th.

“It was playing like 115 front, 127 hole, and there was a little bit of downwind,” McDonald said. “So, I thought a 115 shot, just playing the front edge, would be enough to pitch it a few yards on and let it release.

“Honestly, this is kind of how my strategy works, was everything told me to look a couple paces right of it, so I did. That’s kind of my strategy, because I wasn’t looking at the hole, but then it went in.”

Kim, whose victory last month at Aronimink was her 11th on the LPGA Tour and first major title, left McDonald behind with the birdie spree.

“I just trying to keep push myself until the last hole,” Kim said. “Just keep pushing. I think that is way to make more birdies.”

Stephanie Meadow was third at 8 under after a 68 in the first-year tournament originally set for the same week as the PGA Championship in May

Lydia Ko (66) was 7 under, and Brooke Henderson (66), Minjee Lee (67) and Austin Ernst (65) were 6 under.

Top-ranked Jin Young Ko was tied for 28th at 2 over after a 69 in her first LPGA Tour event of the year. No. 1 in the world for the past 68 weeks, she has been home in South Korea since the COVID-19 pandemic. She plans to play three straight tournaments through the U.S. Women’s Open.

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Secret plans helped Brooklyn synagogue defy Cuomo to pull off 7,000-person maskless wedding


By Frances Mulraney For Dailymail.com

22:43 21 Nov 2020, updated 23:02 21 Nov 2020

  • On November 8, 7,000 people crammed into Yetev Lev temple in Williamsburg
  • They were celebrating the wedding of Yoel Teitelbaum, grandson of Satmar Grand Rabbi Aaron Teitelman
  • Video of the wedding shows maskless crowds defying social distancing
  • The event was planned in spite of Gov. Cuomo’s restrictions on indoor religious gatherings, that only allow for 50% capacity
  • Organizers secretly planned the wedding to avoid city officials catching wind
  • It came after Cuomo received a tip about a similar wedding in October that 10,000 people were expected to attend
  • The wedding was forced to move online under Cuomo’s orders 
  • NYC coronavirus cases continue to rise as de Blasio warns of lockdowns 

A Hasidic wedding in Brooklyn slipped under the radar of city officials as it crammed 7,000 maskless people into a synagogue in defiance of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus restrictions.

On November 8, crowds gathered shoulder to shoulder in the Yetev Lev temple in Williamsburg to celebrate the nuptials of Yoel Teitelbaum, grandson of Satmar Grand Rabbi Aaron Teitelman.

To keep the celebration under wraps, the community shared information on the wedding only by word of mouth as organizers schemed to avoid it being broken up by ‘the ravenous press and government officials’. 

The crowd crammed into the wedding even as coronavirus cases in the city and state rise and Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cuomo threaten further lockdowns if the outbreak isn’t taken back under control.

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A Hasidic wedding in Brooklyn slipped under the radar of city officials as it crammed 7,000 maskless people into a synagogue in defiance of Governor Cuomo’s coronavirus restrictions
Worshipers of the Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar synagogue in Williamsburg
Th wedding was in direct defiance of Cuomo coronavirus restrictions on gatherings

‘Due to the ongoing situation with government restrictions, preparations were made secretly and discreetly, so as not to draw attention from strangers,’ reported Yiddish newspaper Der Blatt, the publication of the Satmar sect. on November 13, according to the New York Post.

‘In recent weeks, organizers worked tirelessly to arrange everything in the best way possible. 

‘All notices about upcoming celebrations were passed along through word of mouth, with no notices in writing, no posters on the synagogue walls, no invitations sent through the mail, nor even a report in any publication, including this very newspaper.’

Images of the ceremony show the hall rammed with bodies with no masks in sight as the community celebrated successfully getting away with the gathering.

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‘Now that the wedding has passed, thank God, after being held with great splendor and fanfare, the sentiment expressed by all is: how privileged we are, how good our portion, how fortunate our lot, to have merited the experience of such a glorious night,’ wrote Der Blatt. 

The large crowds had even slipped under the nose of the local fire station as the organizers moved with stealth to ensure

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Holiday shopping in Red Wing shifts during the pandemic

According to Insider Trends, “the last quarter of the year is… usually a bright spot for retailers when it comes to sales.” This trend can be seen locally.

The Uffda Shop in Red Wing opened over 40 years ago and owners Sara and Arne Skyberg know well the importance of holiday shopping on their business.

“We do half of our annual sales during the fourth quarter, so the holiday season is critical to our business,” they explained.

While the Uffda Shop’s hours have been reduced and only 12 to 14 people are allowed in the store at a time, the Skybergs are still meeting the needs of their customers. They explained:

“We see more internet, catalog and mail orders this year so far … highly increased internet ordering.”

The jump in early shopping is not uncommon. A study by the International Council of Shopping Centers found that two-thirds of shoppers in the U.S. plan to begin their holiday shopping before Thanksgiving this year.

While many businesses have seen more gift-related purchases this November compared to past years, it is still unclear what this early shopping trend means for the remainder of the quarter. It could suggest a good quarter for businesses or, if most people are finishing their shopping early, it could mean that fewer people will be spending money in December.

Many economists and organizations predict that this will be a good season for businesses.

Despite the record-high unemployment numbers throughout the country, an International Council of Shopping Centers study suggests that this season could have a 1.9% increase in sales compared to the 2019 final quarter. The study also found:

“94% of adults plan to make holiday-related purchases this year, and 73% anticipate spending the same or more this holiday season. Due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers have come to expect click-and-collect and curbside pickup at their local retailer. In fact, 53% will leverage these alternatives throughout November and December.”

Dr. Audrey Guskey is an associate professor of marketing and consumer trends at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. In an article published on the university’s website Guskey shows optimism for consumers and sellers this season, saying, “discounts and promotions will be the best sales consumers have seen in a long time.” Guskey added:

“Small Business Saturday should be the best ever! During the coronavirus pandemic, small businesses have been hurt the most. All consumers should make a concerted effort to get out there, whether Small Business Saturday or other days, to shop as much as they can at local retailers and mom and pop stores.”

While many show optimism for this year’s holiday shopping season, Dr. Rober Fairlie, a professor of economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, published an article in August that emphasizes what most of us know: many small businesses have been shuttered this year due to COVID-19.

“I find that the number of working business owners plummeted from 15 million in February 2020 to 11.7 million in April 2020 because of COVID‐19

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More on giving stock as a gift for the holidays | Your Funds

Last week, in describing gifts of stock as “the ultimate 2020 holiday gift,” I acted as if shares are a kind of one-size-fits-all item.

   Yes, you pick individual companies, but that’s not much different from selecting the color on a more conventional gift.

   But the questions I received prove that giving stocks for the holidays isn’t so cut-and-dried. Here are answers to stock-gift and children-and-money questions sent in by readers.

   Question from Margaret in Daytona Beach, Fla.: “How do I know what stocks to buy?”

   Answer: If they’re old enough, talk to the children and get an idea of what they’re into. Otherwise, buy things they will understand as they grow.

   My kids first stock purchases — when they were babies — involved names like Coca-Cola, Disney and McDonald’s. But when they were playing nonstop with American Girl dolls, they got shares in Mattel, owner of Pleasant Company, the maker of the dolls. As teenagers, we’d discuss options, and they chose Microsoft or Intel because they saw those companies being involved in moving life fully online.

   If the grandkids love video games, or wouldn’t be caught dead without their iPhone, Activision Blizzard or Electronic Arts or Apple could be appropriate options.

   As interests and hobbies change, the children can reevaluate their holdings, continuing their education.

   A key lesson for investors is that if you wouldn’t buy something again today, it doesn’t belong in your portfolio; when Mattel struggled and my girls were less interested in dolls, they made trades to get a portfolio they were more comfortable with.

   Thanks to dollar-value investing — buying fractional shares or slices of stocks — any stock on the market can be on your gift list. Don’t worry about the “right stock;” this is as much about teaching lessons as making money.

   Question from Michael in Seattle: “I don’t know much about investing. I don’t know what I could teach them. Where can I get information to really explain how stock investing works?”

   Answer: There are plenty of books that can help you raise money-smart kids. One I like for helping parents teach children is “Blue Chip Kids: What Every Child (and Parent) Should Know About Money, Investing, and the Stock Market,” written by David Bianchi about five years ago.

   The brokerage houses have plenty of support materials. There is no shortage of resources.

   Don’t get hung up on your perceived “lack of knowledge.”

   The key thing is to show children the value of investing and ownership, to help them see the benefit of owning stock, getting dividends and growing savings. Every stock purchase — good or bad — is a learning opportunity.

   Don’t overcomplicate it or be scared off; the gift of shares itself does most of the work here.

   Question from Don in New Orleans: “Doesn’t establishing a stock account in a child’s name [mess] up their ability to get student loans?”

   Answer: Theoretically, yes. In practice, not so much.

   This is about the “expected family contribution” (EFC) part of applying for

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I’m A Celeb’s Vernon Kay and wife Tess Daly secretly renewed their wedding vows 5 years ago

Vernon Kay has revealed that he and wife of 17 years Tess Daly secretly renewed their wedding vows five years ago.

The presenting duo originally wed in 2003 and have two daughters – Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11 – and Vernon talked about his marriage on Saturday night’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 

Chatting to camp-mates Giovanna Fletcher and Jessica Plummer, Giovanna – who was discussing her marriage to McFly crooner Tom Fletcher – asked if Vernon would ever renew his vows.

Secret ceremony: Vernon Kay revealed that he and wife of 17 years Tess Daly secretly renewed their wedding vows five years ago on Saturday night's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Secret ceremony: Vernon Kay revealed that he and wife of 17 years Tess Daly secretly renewed their wedding vows five years ago on Saturday night’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

‘We have done, we did it in France, about five years ago,’ he revealed. ‘I booked a weekend in our favourite hotel in the South Of France and I spoke to [Tess’] stylist at the time and I said I needed four dresses.

‘[Tess] didn’t know anything. I said I needed four dresses and I gave her a card and it said congratulations on your second wedding day and I said we’re going to renew our vows.

‘She said, ‘I’ve got nothing to wear,’ and I said. ‘you say that… pick one!’

‘We went to reception and her Mum, my parents, the kids and my brother were waiting and she was like ‘oh my God!’

The big day: Vernon and Tess celebrated their 17-year wedding anniversary on September 12. They wed at St Mary's Church in Horwich in 2003 [pictured]

The big day: Vernon and Tess celebrated their 17-year wedding anniversary on September 12. They wed at St Mary’s Church in Horwich in 2003 [pictured] 

Family: The presenting duo have two daughters - Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11

Family: The presenting duo have two daughters – Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11

Man and wife: '[Tess] didn¿t know anything. I said I needed four dresses and I gave her a card and it said congratulations on your second wedding day and I said we¿re going to renew our vows,' Vernon revealed

Kiss the girl: 'We went to reception and her Mum, my parents, the kids and my brother were waiting and she was like "oh my God!"' he recalled

Man and wife: ‘[Tess] didn’t know anything. I said I needed four dresses and I gave her a card and it said congratulations on your second wedding day and I said we’re going to renew our vows,’ Vernon revealed

‘We had such a lovely day!’

This romantic story moved Jessica, who said afterwards in the Telegraph: ‘It’s incredible that Vernon arranged in secret the renewal of his vows. It’s like a fairy tale!’

Giovanna also commented: ‘Vernon’s story is absolutely romantic and wonderful and thoughtful. I mean, Tom, if you’re watching…’

Vernon, 46, and Tess, 51, celebrated their 17-year wedding anniversary on September 12. They wed at St Mary’s Church in Horwich in 2003.

Their marriage hit a speed bump in 2010, however, when Vernon was caught sexting glamour model Rhian Sugden.

There goes the bride: 'We had such a lovely day!' Vernon said of the vow renewal

There goes the bride: ‘We had such a lovely day!’ Vernon said of the vow renewal

Just married: The pair are pictured after their wedding ceremony in 2003

Just married: The pair are pictured after their wedding ceremony in 2003

Vernon pursued Rhian on Twitter, text and email for four months, with the blonde later claiming he also tried to set up a secret liaison with her in a hotel room. 

Afterwards, she assured Tess that they never met up alone and it was nothing more than a ‘close friendship and flirty messages’. She concluded with offering her ‘sincerest apologies’ and wishing the both of them happiness for the

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Jesse Lee Church joins effort

Jesse Lee Church is continuing its 20-year tradition of creating Shoebox Gifts for kids and seniors in need in the community. They are joining forces with the Town of Ridgefield Department of Social Services and The Association of Religious Communities in Danbury (ARC) to create and distribute these gift boxes in time for the Christmas holiday, an announcement from the church said.

“COVID-19 has made the demand for these Shoebox Gifts greater than ever, so Jesse Lee is welcoming Shoebox Gift Donations from philanthropic Ridgefielders who want to help spread some holiday cheer this season,” the church said in a statement.

People who want to participate in this heartwarming tradition can leave their Shoebox Gifts at Jesse Lee Church, located at 207 Main St., in Ridgefield. The Shoebox Gift Donation Station is through the church’s double doors facing Main Street. People can drop gifts off anytime between now and Sunday, Dec. 6.

All items must be new (not used).


Gift givers can either purchase a pre-decorated shoebox from Michael’s or Christmas Tree Shop or wrap the top and bottom of a shoebox separately.

They are also asked to “please fill their shoebox full of approved items, and don’t include weapons, items of war or easily breakable items such as glass.

Gift receipts may be included so that an exchange for size or color may be made. Gift cards may also be included.

People can also obtain detailed guidelines at jesseleechurch.com/shoebox for their shoebox. gift and ideas for popular items for kids and seniors.

People interested in participating in the drive are also asked to use the SignUpGemius link, which they will find on the webpage jesseleechurch.com/shoebox so that the church “can make sure that everyone who needs a gift this season gets one,” the church also said.

People will also find downloadable labels that they can print, fill out and tape to their box the church is aware about “who to give” the participant’s Shoebox gift to.”

“We are so happy to continue our Shoebox tradition and to extend this opportunity to make a difference to people in need during the holidays to the whole town of Ridgefield this year,” Rob Mayette, Chair of the Jesse Lee Church Mission Outreach Committee said. “COVID had made the need for these Shoebox Gifts greater than ever and we know that together, Jesse Lee, the Town of Ridgefield Social Services, ARC of Danbury and generous givers throughout Ridgefield, can make a real difference to seniors and kids in need this year. THANK YOU in advance for participating!” Mayette said.

Participants are reminded to go to jesselesschurch.com/shoebox for more information, and to drop their gift off at the Jessse Lee Church Shoebox Donation Station, located at 207 Main St., in Ridgefield on or before Dec. 6.

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Kim Kardashian radiates beauty in a tight yellow blouse paired with a snakeskin leather mini skirt

Kim Kardashian radiates beauty wearing a tight yellow blouse paired with a snakeskin leather mini skirt

Kim Kardashian was up bright and early on Saturday morning to greet her 192 million followers with a bit of ‘morning sunshine.’

Looking like a ray of light in a marigold mesh top and a yellow snakeskin mini skirt, the 40-year-old mother-of-four showed off her killer curves. 

Rocking geometric shaped earrings and caramel hair that flowed past her waist, Kim really committed to a golden look as she posed in her closet. 

Rise n shine: Kim Kardashian, 40, shared a series of golden images to greet her 192 million followers on Saturday morning

Rise n shine: Kim Kardashian, 40, shared a series of golden images to greet her 192 million followers on Saturday morning

The aspiring lawyer was fresh from glam with her team, as they could be seen making last minute touch-ups in the shots. 

She captioned the shots ‘Morning Sunshine,’ as she softly smiled for the camera. 

With her usual squad of Chris Appleton on hair and Kylie Jenner’s makeup artist Ariel, she got dressed up with nowhere to go – finally. 

She continued to share that her shapewear brand Skims was now launching their own slides just in time for the holidays. 

Ray of light: She softly smiled for the camera as she posed in her closet while showing off her petite curves

Ray of light: She softly smiled for the camera as she posed in her closet while showing off her petite curves

Safe at home: With her usual squad of Chris Appleton on hair and Kylie Jenner's makeup artist Ariel, she got dressed up with nowhere to go, finally

Safe at home: With her usual squad of Chris Appleton on hair and Kylie Jenner’s makeup artist Ariel, she got dressed up with nowhere to go, finally

 Giving her followers a sneak peak at the latest furry creations, she showed off her feet in a pair of brown slippers. 

The ‘ultra plush’ slides come in an array of colors including black, pink, brown, and white. 

The images come as a much needed break from her incessant Tahitian birthday party throwback photos almost a month after the controversial celebration. 

Skims slides: Kim announced that she was adding slides and slippers to her shapewear line Skims, dropping on November 24th

Skims slides: Kim announced that she was adding slides and slippers to her shapewear line Skims, dropping on November 24th

Ultra plush: Kim slipped on a pair of teddy bear brown slippers as she teased the shoe's launch

Ultra plush: Kim slipped on a pair of teddy bear brown slippers as she teased the shoe’s launch

Fur lined: Kim showed off a variety of colors for her shoes

Cozy: She explained the way they felt on her feet as she slipped on a pair ahead of the drop

Holiday drop: Just in time for the holidays, Kim’s loungewear/shapewear line Skims announced the launch of their slides

Throwing a raucous island birthday party that cost upward of $1M she has continued to share content despite receiving overwhelming backlash for the tone-deaf festivities.

During a pandemic with 11.9M cases in the country and nearly 255,000 deaths, the Kardashian family has really mishandled themselves – or rather shown their true colors – during this fraught time. 

‘After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time,’ Kim wrote in her Instagram caption.  

Renting a private island and flying 50 guests on a plane – what could certainly be deemed non-essential travel, they then proceeded to stay at

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Klopp refuses to disclose Salah’s punishment after player contracted coronavius at wedding

Klopp chose to remain discreet about any punishment that might be imposed on the Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah. 

Salah has been caught on video mingling among the crowd at his brother’s wedding where it’s believed he contracted the virus. Liverpool is expected to punish their talisman for disregarding all precautionary measures during his stay in Egypt. However, his coach Jurgen Klopp preferred not to disclose what kind of a penalty might be waiting for the Egyptian striker.

The Liverpool Echo revealed that Klopp said any issue between the player and the club will remain away from the media pointing out that he will not disclose any penalty the player may be facing.

Klopp had earlier defended Salah explaining that the Egyptian winger must have faced social pressure from people in his country to attend the wedding. 

Salah will undergo another covid-19 test on Sunday

Salah who tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of Egypt’s game against Togo in the AFCON qualifiers headed back to England on a medically equipped private plane along with Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, who has also been infected with the virus.

Salah is set to miss his team’s crucial fixture against Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday and will undergo a new covid-19 test on Sunday after returning three positive test results in Egypt.

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Republican Women Helped Chip Away Democratic House Majority

(Bloomberg) — Democrats retook the House majority in 2018 in part by running a record number of female candidates. This year, Republicans took a page from that playbook to win back some seats.



a close up of a girl in a blue shirt: Representative Elise Stefanik, a Republican from New York, speaks during the Republican National Convention seen on a laptop computer in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. Vice President Pence will make the case for a second term for himself and President Trump today capping a night at the convention designed to emphasize the military, law enforcement and public displays of patriotism.


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Representative Elise Stefanik, a Republican from New York, speaks during the Republican National Convention seen on a laptop computer in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. Vice President Pence will make the case for a second term for himself and President Trump today capping a night at the convention designed to emphasize the military, law enforcement and public displays of patriotism.

The GOP sliced into the Democrats’ advantage in the House in the Nov. 3 election, powered by their own 2020 class of recruits that will add at least 15 women to their ranks when the next Congress is seated in January.

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“Every single seat that we flipped was either won by a woman, a minority or a veteran,” New York Republican Elise Stefanik, who led an effort to recruit female candidates, said in an interview.

This was another record year for female congressional candidates for both parties. More than 300 women ran for Congress in this year’s general election, 44 more than the previous record set in 2018. Although they are not yet close to parity with men, at least 141 women will be serving in the 117th Congress, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. Several House seats are still undetermined.

There will be at least 28 Republican women in the House next year, up from 15 currently. Democrats will have at least 89 women, compared to 88 now.

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Stefanik had a direct hand in recruiting some of the incoming Republican women through E-PAC, the political action committee she started after the 2018 election, to help mentor and raise money for Republican women candidates.

“They earned the districts themselves, but it was important to provide financial support and mentoring to them,” she said.

One of the beneficiaries was Ashley Hinson, a Republican elected to represent Iowa’s first congressional district.

“There were a couple of key women’s groups,” Hinson said in an interview. “When I look at the work that they did to try to help elevate women candidates for many of these very competitive seats, it was invaluable.”

Independent analysts had projected Democrats to expand their House majority in the 2020 election, but instead will see in shrink. With six races yet to be called, Democrats now have 222 seats to 207 for Republicans. That’s down from the 232 seats they held going into the election, despite Democrat Joe Biden winning the presidential election.

In a press conference last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she is optimistic about the record number of Republican women, and she congratulated them. Still, the California Democrat cautioned that they will still have their differences.

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Secret plans helped synagogue pull off massive, maskless wedding

A Hasidic synagogue in Brooklyn planned the wedding of a chief rabbi’s grandson with such secrecy it was able to host thousands of maskless celebrants without the city catching on.

Despite a surge in COVID-19 cases, guests crammed shoulder-to-shoulder inside the Yetev Lev temple in Williamsburg for the Nov. 8 nuptials — stomping, dancing and singing at the top of their lungs without a mask in sight, videos obtained by The Post show.

Organizers schemed to hide the wedding of Yoel Teitelbaum, grandson of Satmar Grand Rabbi Aaron Teitelman, from “the ravenous press and government officials,” says a detailed account in the Yiddish newspaper Der Blatt, the publication of the Satmar sect.

“Due to the ongoing situation with government restrictions, preparations were made secretly and discreetly, so as not to draw attention from strangers,” the paper reported in its Nov. 13 edition.

“In recent weeks, organizers worked tirelessly to arrange everything in the best way possible. All notices about upcoming celebrations were passed along through word of mouth, with no notices in writing, no posters on the synagogue walls, no invitations sent through the mail, nor even a report in any publication, including this very newspaper.”

The Satmar synagogue, which has a maximum capacity of 7,000, jammed men onto bleachers filled to the rafters, the videos show. Women sat in the balcony behind a barricade.

Last month, the state ordered the cancellation of another Williamsburg wedding planned for a grandson of Satmar Grand Rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum, a brother and rival of Aaron, after that publicized event was expected to draw 10,000 people. The congregation called it “an unwarranted attack.”

Guests squeezed inside the Yetev Lev temple in Williamsburg for the wedding of a chief rabbi’s grandson.
Guests squeezed inside the Yetev Lev temple in Williamsburg for the wedding of a chief rabbi’s grandson.

That crackdown led to a determination to keep plans for the Nov. 8 affair under wraps. The stealthy arrangements continued amid a fear that someone would blow their cover.

“The days leading up to the wedding were filled with tension, not knowing what the next day, or the next moment, will bring; which disgruntled outcast might seize this opportunity to exploit even what hasn’t been written or publicized, to create an unnecessary uproar, and to disrupt the simcha, God forbid,” Der Blatt reported.

The synagogue’s stunning willingness to host a potential super-spreader event underscores what critics call the Hasidic community’s ongoing disregard and outright defiance of efforts to control the deadly coronavirus, which has killed nearly 25,000 people in New York City.

Ironically, the synagogue’s own president, R’Mayer Zelig Rispler, who openly urged Brooklyn’s Orthodox community to abide by coronavirus safety measures, died of COVID-19 last month at age 70.

New COVID-19 cases in New York City rose to 3.11% Saturday, according to City Hall. There were 1,345 new COVID-19 cases and 118 patients admitted to the hospital with the potentially deadly virus, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Saturday.

“This weekend is critical to fighting back #COVID19,” the mayor warned.

“A second wave is bearing down on us,” Hizzoner told WNYC’s Brian Lehrer

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