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San Diego synagogue shooting casts spotlight on rapidly growing Orthodox Jewish Chabad movement

Rabbi Didy Waks was home at the dinner table with his wife and kids in upstate New York when a friend unexpectedly knocked on the door. The friend knew Waks and his family were Orthodox Jews who turned off their TV and phones until after sundown Saturday for the Sabbath, and he had rushed over to break news of the deadly shooting across the country at Chabad of Poway in California.

"This could have easily been us," Waks, the rabbi of Chabad of Clinton in New York, a tiny, 5-year-old synagogue run out of a suburban house on a

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