More than 10,000 people joined the funeral procession for the prominent rabbi Soloveitchik

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews participate in the funeral procession rabbi Meshulam Soloveitchik, who died at age 99. Police estimated that more than 10,000 people joined the procession and said they had issued dozens of tickets for failing to heed lockdown rules. The mass ceremony took place despite the country’s health regulations banning large public gatherings, during a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Israel has recently been averaging over 6,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus each day, one of the highest infection rates in the developing world. At the same time, Israel has vaccinated over 3 million of its citizens, also one of the highest rates per capita in the world.

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