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The New Year's Day gathering at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., to mark Siyum HaShas. Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images

Nearly 90,000 Jewish people congregated at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey amid tight security Wednesday for Siyum HaShas, a celebration of the completion of the reading of the entire Talmud, per CBS.

Why it matters: It comes after a spate of anti-Semitic attacks in New Jersey and nearby New York, including a shooting at a New Jersey kosher supermarket and a mass stabbing at a rabbi's home last month. Anti-Defamation League vice president Oren Segal has said New York Jewish communities are facing an "epidemic" of hate crimes.

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Siyum HaShas is a celebration of the completion of the reading of the 2,711-page Babylonian Talmud, a process that takes 7.5 years. Photo: Kena Betancur /AFP via Getty Images
Some 300 uniformed police officers attended the N.J. event, ABC News reports. Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images
About 350,000 people celebrate Siyum HaSha globally, per the New York Times. Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images
Organizers said 88,000 people attended the N.J. event state, and police said there were no reports of security issues there as of late Wednesday afternoon, AP reports. Photo: Kena Betancu/AFP via Getty Images

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Republicans threaten to shut down government over vaccine mandates

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in the Capitol in November 2020. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate are planning to force a government shutdown Friday to deny funding needed to enforce the Biden administration's vaccine mandates on the private sector, according to Politico.

Why it matters: Congress has until the end of the week to pass a stopgap measure to extend funding into 2022, though objection from a small group of Republicans could shut down the government.

Electric car prices could go up before they come down

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The secret to affordable electric vehicles is cheaper batteries. But after years of falling prices, battery costs are now headed in the wrong direction.

Why it matters: Costlier batteries could drive up the price of electric vehicles — threatening the auto industry's transition away from fossil fuels, and, in turn, society's fight against climate change.

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Protesters gather at the Supreme Court during arguments about the Texas abortion law Nov. 1. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Supreme Court will debate today whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, and neither side is trying to lower the stakes — or to make today’s case anything less than a referendum on Roe’s very survival.

The big picture: Conventional wisdom, on both the left and right, says the court is likely to chip away at abortion rights without overturning its precedents outright. But neither side has spent much time trying to help the justices thread that needle.