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Brooklyn clinic returns vaccines • Pakistan releases Daniel Pearl’s kidnappers • Gal Gadot tops box office

Gal Gadot stars in "Wonder Woman 1984," which topped the weekend box office. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros.)
Gal Gadot stars in "Wonder Woman 1984," which topped the weekend box office. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros.)

A clinic serving chasidic communities in Brooklyn allegedly offered the Covid-19 vaccine to members of the public before that was allowed.

ParCare Community Health Network said Sunday that it “proactively returned” its doses of the Covid-19 vaccines as the state probed allegations that it ignored rules calling for the first round of vaccines to go to front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.

Among those receiving the vaccine were Rabbi Herschel Schachter, a leading Modern Orthodox rabbi, who said he was led to believe that the vaccination was above board.

Related: Patients at the clinic are now concerned whether they will receive the second dose of the Moderna vaccine, required to maximize its efficacy. State officials did not answer questions Sunday about how they planned to handle the second doses of people vaccinated by ParCare, JTA reports.

Infected: Rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum, leader of a faction of the Satmar chasidic community, has tested positive for Covid-19, according to Yeshiva World News. Teitelbaum, who is in his late 60s, is apparently showing mild symptoms, according to the site.

Not unexpected: Tom Mountain, the vice chair of Massachusetts’ Republican Party and the state’s Republican Jewish group, says he’s pretty sure he contracted Covid-19 at the White House Chanukah party Dec. 9.

A court in Pakistan ordered the immediate release of four men who had been jailed there since 2002 for the murder of the Jewish-American journalist Daniel Pearl.

The Sindh High Court in Karachi called the suspects’ detainment “illegal,” the Dawn newspaper reported. They had been involved in Pearl’s kidnapping, the court found, but not in his murder.

Pearl was the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal when he was abducted and beheaded in Karachi in 2002 while researching a story about Islamist militants. He was 38.

Reaction: “We refuse to believe that the Pakistani government and the Pakistani people will let such a travesty of justice tarnish the image and legacy of Pakistan,” said Ruth and Judea, Pearl’s parents, in a statement.

“We are deeply concerned by the reports of the December 24 ruling,” tweeted the U.S. State Department.

Police released footage Monday of a Palestinian man suspected in the murder of Esther Horgen, a jogger and mother of six, whose body was found Dec. 21 in a forest near her home in the West Bank.

The suspect, apprehended last Thursday, reportedly confessed and provided details of the crime, Times of Israel reports.

Appreciation: Horgen, 52, had a “gift of listening and connecting with people.

Despite mixed reviews, “Wonder Woman 1984,” starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot, managed the best box office debut of the pandemic.

The superhero film, shown in theaters and on HBO Max, opened with $16.7 million over the Christmas weekend.

Meanwhile: Gadot is pushing back against claims that she is betraying Egyptian history by portraying Cleopatra in an upcoming film. “First of all, if you want to be true to the facts, then Cleopatra was Macedonian,” the Israeli actress said in an interview Tuesday with BBC Arabic.

Deaths

Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin, a pioneer in the world of Orthodox Jewish feminism who experienced personal tragedy later in life, died Dec. 23 in Israel. He was 75. The Yeshivah of Flatbush graduate and his wife, Rabbanit Chana Henkin, founded a program for women to study the laws of family purity and answer Jewish legal questions on the subject — breaking new ground for women’s leadership roles in Orthodox communities. In 2015, the Henkins’ eldest son and daughter-in-law, Eitam and Naama Henkin, were killed in a terrorist attack in front of their four children. Eitam Henkin had been a scholar in his own right and a close student of his father.

Opinion

Rabbi Rachel Ain of Manhattan’s Sutton Place Synagogue, her husband and two sons all had Covid this November. Ain describes what she learned in a Jewish Week essay.

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