The perfect storm created by the Lockdown is causing the riots and Los Angeles Will “Never Be Completely Open Until We Have a Cure.” and The Left Lied About Me – Again By Dennis Prager and get your 50% bus discount today and how the Biblical book of Ruth ties into the Coronavirus
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I am pleased to report that yesterday in time for today's new month bus pass, I was successful in getting my discount for my wife and myself. It took hours with a trip to the central bus station, who still couldn't help me, but they sold me a rav card reader that I was able to load the discount myself.
The card will be helpful in that now I can load the monthly pass myself at home for my wife and I without going to a machine. It only cost 5 scheks and it actually works. Get your discont now, today June 1. 2020
The Perfect storm created the new race riots in America
Whose bright idea was it shut down our economy, to begin with? This isn't rocket science. You shut down a 22 trillion dollar economy. You wipe out thousands of businesses. You throw over 40 million people out of work. You confine people to their homes and put them under virtual house arrest. You deny folks the ability to travel, the ability to eat out, to go to a movie, to go to a sporting event, a bar, a casino, or a nightclub. You won't even allow folks to get their haircut for crying out loud. The government has succeeded in turning nearly all of our cities into boiling cauldrons with no healthy outlets. Not to mention millions and millions of unemployed people who cannot provide basic necessities for their families. Millions are now facing poverty and homelessness as a result of these totally insane policies put into place to fight the virus.
A perfect storm has been created and all it took was the incident in Minneapolis to ignite this mess.
Whoever thought of the idea of shutting down our economy should be summarily marched in front of a firing squad. We were initially told the lockdown would only last a couple of weeks. But it has lasted for months.
No time in history have the healthy been quarantined to protect them from the sick. Quarantines are of the sick, not of the healthy. It was and is Insane. If one thing doesn't work, you don't stop the 99% that works, you throw out the 1%. Lockdowns reverse this process.
This whole disaster was totally preventable and will go down as the greatest blunders in our nation's history.
The Book of Ruth and the Coronavirus
The Book of Ruth is an Old Testament book belonging to the third section of the biblical canon the Tanach, known as the Ketuvim, or Writings. ... The book is named for its central character, a Moabite woman who married the son of a Judaean couple living in Moab.
The Book of Ruth is one of only two books of the bible to be named after women (the other is Esther). Even though it's small, this remarkable book contains many principles with a profound impact on our lives today.
In the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) Ruth stands with the Song of Solomon, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther; together they make up the Megillot, five scrolls that are read at prescribed times on Jewish religious festivals. Ruth was the festival scroll that we had for Shavout, the Feast of Weeks, 50 days after Passover.
One of the most inspiring messages of the book of Ruth is that a person who displays selfless compassion will be rewarded in the end. At the beginning of the book, readers are introduced to Naomi and her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah.
Ruth, a woman who after being widowed remains with her husband's mother. ... Where you die, I will die—there will I be buried." Ruth accompanies Naomi to Bethlehem and later marries Boaz, a distant relative of her late father-in-law. She is a symbol of abiding loyalty and devotion
Here is a quick synopsis of the Book of Ruth. To start out, a woman by the name of Naomi packed up and moved from Judah to Moab due to a terrible famine that was affecting her family. She and her husband moved there with their two sons, who eventually took wives (Ruth and Opah) while living in Moab.
Tragically, Naomi lost her husband and two sons. Broken and empty, Naomi decided to move back to Bethlehem in Judah. Her daughter-in-law Ruth came with her since she had also lost her husband. Keep in mind that Ruth was a Moabite woman, and she was now moving to Judah as a foreigner. This was a big deal in their culture, but she was committed to Naomi as her daughter-in-law, and she wanted to follow after the G-d of Israel. Ruth steadfastly stayed with her Mother-in-law and uttered her famous words that she would stick with Naomi through thick and thin. Her sister-in-law left and according to tradition became the Great grandmother of Goliath who King David later kills.
While in Judah, G-d worked out an amazing plan for a man named Boaz to take Ruth as his wife, give her a child, and provide for her and Naomi. What's remarkable about this plan was that Boaz was qualified as a "kinsman-redeemer" to take her as his wife.
What in the world is a "kinsman-redeemer" you may ask? Well, they had a custom in those days, based upon Deuteronomy 25-6 that directed that a relative of a man who dies should marry that man's widow in order to perpetuate his lineage through this woman.
According to G-d's remarkable sovereignty, it turned out that Boaz was a relative to Ruth's husband who had passed away; so, he was qualified to marry her and perpetuate his lineage. So, even in the midst of Ruth and Naomi's awful affliction, God still had a plan to take care of them. Pretty cool, right?
There are important applications that jump out:
1) God is concerned about all people regardless of race, nationality, or status.
Ruth was not a Jew. She was a Moabite. Even though many discriminated against her, G-d loved her just the same. G-d does not discriminate, and He/She loves all people just the same.
2) Men and women are both equally important to G-d.
G-d cares about men and women all the same. We are all one in His eyes. While most false religions that have been constructed over the centuries often elevate men and dishonor women, Judaism is the one religion that consistently honors men and women at the same level. There is no difference in His eyes.
3) There is no such thing as an unimportant person in G-d's eyes.
At a surface level, few saw Ruth as an important person. She was from Moab, which was a nation that originated from an incestuous encounter between Lot and one of his daughters (see Genesis 19:30-36). She was a poor widow. She was living in a foreign land away from her birth family.
But G-d saw her as important and His plan for her life culminated in her becoming a part of the lineage of King David (as the great-great-grandmother to King David). G-d's plan typically involves using people who are considered to be underdogs or unimportant or unimpressive from man's perspective. His strength is made perfect in our weakness
4) G-d uses "little" things to accomplish great plans.
What an amazing plan G-d had for a series of "little" things that all added up to important pieces in G-d's big plan. God intended for Ruth to be a part of the story of the lineage of King David. So, He pulled together events such as the famine, Naomi's relocation to Moab, their return to Bethlehem, Boaz's bloodline, and many other events just to ensure that Ruth could be a part of His plan. The other book named after a woman, Esther, has many similar little things that add up to big things. And G-d does that same thing in our lives today! All the events of the CoronaVirus are part of his/her plan
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Three years ago, I wrote a column explaining left-right differences in 35 different subjects. Anyone or two of them would make for a major political/cultural divide. Thirty-five make the divide unbridgeable.
What's difficult to explain are the roots of this divide. I believe it is a commitment to truth. Since I began studying the left as a graduate student of communism at the Russian Institute of the Columbia School of International Affairs, of one thing I have been certain: Truth is not a left-wing value.
It is a liberal value, and it is a conservative value, but truth has never been a left-wing value. From Lenin to today's left, lying – especially about opponents – is morally acceptable as long as it serves the left's goals of defeating opponents and attaining more power. Once you realize this, the divide becomes explicable.
Why has YouTube taken down the video of two emergency room physicians who argue that the lockdown may not be called for? Because the left has no interest in truth. It does not argue with opponents; it shuts them down.
That's why the left is pressuring YouTube and Facebook to prohibit anything it differs with from appearing on their platforms. Just as the Soviets labeled everything in the Western press "imperialist propaganda," the left labels everything with which it differs "misinformation."
That's also why virtually every university does whatever it can to prevent conservatives from speaking on their campuses.
Why has The New York Times just received a Pulitzer Prize for what leading liberal historians have labeled its "mendacious" rewriting of American history, known as "The 1619 Project"? Because to The New York Times and the Pulitzer Prize committee, truth is less important than smearing America.
When it cannot stifle opponents, the left smears them. Every prominent conservative or liberal opponent of the left has been smeared – which is just another way of saying "lied about" – as being sexist, intolerant, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, racist, bigoted, misogynistic, transphobic, etc.
Allow me to use an example I know well: me.
In the span of just this past year, Newsweek lied, claiming I "mocked" Anne Frank (to Newsweek's credit, it revised its column and published a corrected headline), and Purdue University's "vice provost of diversity and inclusion" claimed I said, "Slavery was not bad" in a speech I gave at Purdue.
I sent this person a recording of my speech proving I never said anything remotely like what he charged. After many of my listeners and readers protested to the vice provost and Purdue's president, the vice provost wrote me a private letter saying he was sorry if he "misunderstood" me. His charge was public; his apology was private.
This past week, as pure a lie as the previous two was manufactured by Media Matters – a left-wing organization whose sole purpose is lying and smearing conservatives – and then picked up by various media.
This is what I said – word for word – on my radio show: "How many names have blacks gone through in my lifetime? 'Colored,' 'Negro,' 'African American,' 'black.' That's four different titles for the same human being. What was wrong with 'Negro'? What was wrong with 'colored'? There's no problem with any of them.
"Do you know that the NAACP is still the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People? And then 'African American' – that changed, too. Does it have a dash or hyphen, or not? I don't remember what was connoted by having a hyphen or not."
Media Matters declared the comments "racist." And the allegation was dutifully picked up by the New York Daily News, which ran this headline: "Conservative Talk-Radio Host Dennis Prager Bemoans Loss of Racial Slurs, Gets History Lesson." And by the Daily Mail, which ran this headline: "Conservative Talk-Radio Host Dennis Prager, 71, Bemoans the Loss of Racial Slurs in Society to Describe Black People."
The article, by Daily Mail writer James Gordon, a Media Matters follower (he actually appended a link to Media Matters at the end of his column), claimed: "Prager…used his show to bemoan society no longer using racist language coined during eras of slavery and segregation."
Everything about these articles is a lie. Not one of those titles for blacks is racist. Therefore, I could not possibly "bemoan" the fact that society no longer uses these words.
The term Martin Luther King Jr., every other black leader and every non-black anti-racist through the 1960s used to described black people was "Negro." There is, to this day, a major black organization called the United Negro College Fund. A variant of the term "colored" is regularly used by liberals to this day – "people of color" – to describe non-whites.
"Black" is used by everyone, including most blacks. And "African American" is not only not a "racist slur"; it is also the contemporary left's preferred term for blacks.
Media Matters created a lie out of whole cloth about me. And those who rely on Media Matters – such as James Gordon at the Daily Mail and Nancy Dillon at the Daily News – repeated it, word for word. I invite both of them to come on my radio show to defend the accuracy of their articles.
For the record, my view on race is taken from Viktor Frankl. There are only two races: the decent and the indecent.
If you wish to send either or both of these writers this column and/or your own thoughts, I can only tell you that your letters to Newsweek and Purdue cases were immensely helpful. We need to fight back.
>> >> We probably all think that it's a mess out there now. Hard to discern between what's a real threat and what is just simple panic and hysteria. >> >> For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900. Many would think that that was a pretty simple time of life. Then on your 14th birthday, World War I starts, and ends on your 18th birthday. 22 million people perish in that war, including many of your friends who volunteered to defend freedom in Europe. >> >> Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th birthday. 50 million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million. >> >> On your 29th birthday, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, the World GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy. If you were lucky, you had a job that paid $300 a year, a dollar a day. >> >> When you turn 39, World War II starts. You aren't even over the hill yet. And don't try to catch your breath. If you lived in London England or most of continental Europe, bombing of your neighbourhood, or invasion of your country by foreign soldiers along with their tank and artillery was a daily event. Thousands of Canadian young men joined the army to defend liberty with their lives. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war. >> >> At 50, the Korean War starts. 5 million perish. >> >> At 55 the Vietnam War begins and doesn't end for 20 years. 4 million people perish in that conflict. >> >> On your 62nd birthday there is the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, could have ended. Sensible leaders prevented that from happening. >> >> Now, in 2020, we have the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands have died; it feels pretty dangerous; and it is! >> >> Now think of everyone on the planet born in 1900. How do you survive all of that? When you were a kid in 1965 and didn't think your 85 year old grandparent understood how hard school was. And how mean that kid in your class was. Yet they survived through everything listed above. >> >> Perspective is an amazing art. Refined as time goes on, and very very enlightening. >> >> So let's try and keep things in perspective. Let's be smart, we are all in this together. Let's help each other out, and we will get through all of this. >>
Los Angeles Will "Never Be Completely Open Until We Have a Cure." | Frontpagemag
Alternative headline. Mayor of one of nation's largest cities makes shutdown permanent.
In an interview about L.A.'s coronavirus efforts on Good Morning America on Wednesday, the mayor asserted that the city will "never be completely open until we have a cure."
There's no cure or likely to be one. Ever. So this lockdown is permanent now?
Mayor Garcetti decided to roll out an order mandating that everyone wear face masks outside, despite the complete lack of science behind it, even as 80 and 90 degree temperatures roll in.
"Bring you mask with whenever you leave your home," Garcetti said. "That will help us get more freedoms."
Give up your freedom. That will help you get more freedoms.
"This isn't about government doing something to us," said the mayor. "This is about collective decisions."
Which collective is making these decisions? When do people or you know, the Bill of Rights, get a say in this?
But, to paraphrase Barry, "Government is just another word for collectives making decisions for us. Like ordering us to wear masks forever."
At the end of his prepared remarks, the mayor tried to return to an upbeat tone. "As always," he said, "I send you light and love from the bottom of my heart."
And magic auras. There's only one way this post can end.
Two Shabbat ago we read the first Torah portion of the Book of Numbers במדבר - B'midbar (in the desert).
This Torah portion opens with the verse:
וַיְדַבֵּר ה' אֶל מֹשֶׁה בְּמִדְבַּר סִינַי
"God spoke to Moses in the Sinai Desert…" (Numbers 1:1)
The Midrash questions:
Why is it so important for the Torah to specify the location in which God spoke to Moses?
According to the Midrash, our Sages derive from this detail that three key elements were present when the Torah was given:
אש - AISH - fire
מים - MAYIM- water
מדבר - MIDBAR- desert
The Midrash comments:
With three elements was the Torah given – with fire, with water and the desert…
Fire is mentioned in the verse, "All of Mount Sinai was smoking because God descended upon it in fire" (Exodus 19:18).
Water is mentioned in the verse, "The heavens dripped with water" (Judges 5:4), which describes the giving of the Torah.
And we learn about the desert from the phrase "in the Sinai desert" in this week's portion.
What significance to these three elements have, that the Midrash is dwelling upon?
The answer is:
Just as these three elements are given for free to everyone, so too Torah is given for free.
The Sages teach us also that these three elements are the keys indicating how a person needs to act in his life.
Key #1 - Fire – symbolizes enthusiasm in the heart.
Key #2 - Water – symbolizes clarity of thought.
Key #3 - Desert – symbolizes modesty and contentment with "little".
Torah portion B'midbar is read right before the holiday of Shavuot.
And on Shavuot, we do not simply commemorate the original acceptance of Torah thousands of years ago, we actually accept the Torah upon ourselves anew.
In order to prepare ourselves to receive Torah on this day now, the Torah portion B'midbar gives us the Three Keys that will enable us to succeed in understanding the Torah and its contemporary meaning.