The virus sheds a light on the housing plight of Orthodox Jews in Israel

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men and boys stand on the side of a road in the Meiya Shireim neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Photographer: Meneheim via Kahana / AFP Getty Images

Below ground level in Bnei Brak, a densely packed ultra-orthodox Jewish city in the center of Israel, 23-year-old Eliyahu lives in a converted parking garage with his wife and daughter. Their two-room apartment has no sunshine or cell-phone service, and rent is not cheap at 3,200 shekels ($ 945) a month. But there is no thinking of moving Eliyahu.

“My work is here, my wife’s work is here, friends are here, family is here,” said the event planner, who asked that her last name be withheld. “I still haven’t explored the idea of ​​living elsewhere.”


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