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Rabbi in Stable Condition in Hospital Following Shooting

Rabbi Meyer Friedman of Brooklyn, 65, who was shot three times by two assailants early Friday morning near his home in the Williamsburg section, was reported by Beth Israel hospital today to be in stable condition. Police said the assailants fired at the rabbi while seated in their car and then fled. An intensive bunt for them was underway today, police said.

The Orthodox rabbi was struck in the head and stomach in what police said may have been a robbery attempt in which the assailants were frightened off. Rabbi Friedman had left his home to go to Congregation Kehilath Yaacov two blocks away. There have been sporadic clashes in recent years between Hasidic Jews and other ethnic groups in the section but no recent difficulties, police said.