What Happened in Lakewood

Why American Ḥaredim have responded so differently from other Jews to the pandemic.

Ḥaredi Jews in New York on October 19, 2020. John Lamparski/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Ḥaredi Jews in New York on October 19, 2020. John Lamparski/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Response
March 15 2021
About the author

Eli Steinberg lives in New Jersey with his wife and five children, and has written on politics and Jewish issues for a variety of outlets. He tweets @HaMeturgeman.


“It is not difficult to build a sanctuary,” wrote the great 19th-century German rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch. “It requires a moment of inspiration and a mood of generosity. But it is much more difficult to generate an enduring enthusiasm to be retained for years—or even a lifetime. Without such support, the structure itself would remain cold and lifeless. Enthusiasm for the Sanctuary must never subside. The Sanctuary and its goals must never be considered out of date.”

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