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LISA MULLINS: Israeli officials have a preferred designation for swine flu too. Earlier this year one health official insisted that for religious reasons it be called by its formal name ï¿½ the H1N1 virus. There have been about 2000 confirmed cases in Israel and five have died from the H1N1 flu. So earlier this week dozens of rabbis took some action.
The shofars there, the chanting, all of that was happening in the air on an airplane circling above Israel.
The rabbis later said they hope their airborne prayers would help stop the epidemic.