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Wonder Babies

In Netanya, two baby girls were born twenty minutes apart to two pairs identical twin parents who themselves were born twenty minutes apart. Yep.

Jonathan Zalman
July 28, 2015

Chalk this one up to the miracle of life.

Over the weekend, JTA, citing the Haredi Orthodox website Kikar HaShabbat, reported on the birth of two baby girls in Israel. But these were not just some ordinary childbirths; there’s an incredible catch:

The girls born last week in Netanya are the daughters of two couples—identical twin brothers born 20 minutes apart and married to identical twin sisters born 20 minutes apart.

The brothers, Niv and Ran Cohen, became religious about two years ago under the tutelage of the Breslov community’s rabbi, Eliezer Shlomo Schick, who died recently. Schick introduced them to their wives, Leah and Rebecca, and the couples were married last year, four days apart. They live in the Breslov community in Yavneel, south of Tiberias.


Jonathan Zalman is a writer and teacher based in Brooklyn.