Friday, March 20, 2020

How is this Shabbat different from all Previous Shabbats and COVID19: How is this Passover different from other Passovers? Thousands prayed at the Western Wall for an end to COVID-19 epidemic and Engish Chief Rabbi Mirvis apologizes for the closing of Synagogues and Heba Yazbak: 'We'll divest Israel of its Jewishness and Zionism'

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How is this Shabbat different from all Previous Shabbats?

 The upcoming Sabbath will be the first Sabbath in the history of the State of Israel for which

There is no public transport

No vehicles

no jobs

There are no restaurants

No stores open

There are no bars

There are no clubs

No cinema

In the sea

No foot ball

Pure Shabbat that every family in Israel will sit at home around the Sabbath table for 3 long meals. Nobody hurries anywhere because where to go
The First Time The State of the State Jews who did not observe the Sabbath all their lives will first feel the Sabbath's pleasure and the Sabbath experience

* You see how the Blessed Holy One controls the whole world A virus that barely sees the microscope disables the entire world In other words, it disables both life and Shabbat disruption *

* Everything from above the bats in China they were the emissaries of the Blessed One is to show us His infinite power *

Yair Lapid
Avigdor Lieberman
Ron Kobe
Benny Gantz
And more anti-Haredi

Do not know where it fell on Holy Saturday * According to the state court order and the Knesset will have to keep the whole Sabbath * in the best possible way

Neither a court nor the High Court will help because they too must keep the Sabbath

* Dear Jew, look around you and think about how he read that the entire state must sit Shabbat in the strongest possible way that everything from above from the Blessed One is blessed *

Shabbat peace and blessings


Ideas, that help explain how the world works

Courtesy Bias: Giving opinions that are likely to offend people the least, rather than what you actually believe.

Heba Yazbak: 'We'll divest Israel of its Jewishness and Zionism'

MK Yazbak says she wants to preserve Arabs' 'national identity' while divesting Israel of its Jewish identity and eliminating Zionism.

Video clips of two Arabic interviews given by MK Heba Yazbak (Joint Arab List) reveal her battle against Zionism and ambition to eliminate Zionism and the State of Israel's Jewish and Zionist character.

In one of the videos, Yazbak can be heard saying, "We want to fight - with all our strength - racism, apartheid and Zionism. We will work with all our strength on our project of 'a state of all its citizens.'"

In the second interview, Yazbak says, "At the same time as we are joining the Knesset in order to achieve civil rights that we can use. We in Balad (Yazbak's faction in the Joint Arab List - ed.) are holding our compass strong - this is a state of all its citizens."

"This plan opposes and fights the country's Zionism and prides itself of divesting the country of its Jewish and Zionist existence, and at the same time preserves our national identity, without sacrificing full citizenship and without sacrificing citizenship."

Yazbak has come under fire for praising terrorists who murdered Israelis, including expressing regret over the elimination of terrorist Samir Kuntar, who smashed the skull of four-year-old Einat Haran in the Nahariya terror attack in 1979, and whom she called a "hero."

Thousands prayed at Western Wall for end to COVID-19 epidemic

Thousands of Jews  prayed at Western Wall, in an effort to stop the COVID-19 epidemic. 'We are committed to every person,' Rabbi Eliyahu says.

On Sunday, mass prayer session will be held at the Western Wall in the hopes of stopping the COVID-19 epidemic.

COVID-19 is the name given to a new coronavirus, the outbreak of which began in Wuhan, China, late last year. The virus has already infected over 67 thousand people and has killed over 1,500.

The prayer session was initiated by Chief Rabbi of Tzfat and President of the Rabbinical Community Association Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu; in partnership with the OU ISRAEL and its Rabbi Avi Berman; and the Rabbinical Community Association, led by Rabbi Amichai Eliyahu.

The prayer session included a mass prayer session initiated by Rabbi Eliyahu, Rabbi Avi Berman, Rabbi Amichai Eliyahu, and other rabbis.

Many Chinese Embassy officials  took part in the prayer, which  included Psalms, Mincha (the afternoon prayer), and Ma'ariv (the evening prayer).

"As Abraham's sons, our father is committed to every person created in the image of God," Rabbi Eliyahu said.

"The people of Israel in their role are praying for the world, as a light to all nations and with the essential values ​​of family, studying, education and purity, we are committed to every person as he is a person. The fact that our prayers have immense impact, requires us to pray for peace and for good in the world."

COVID19: How is this Passover different from other Passovers?

Everyone must use an abundance of caution when preparing and observing the holiday of Pesach this year.

Rabbi Elchanan Poupko The writer is a rabbi, writer, teacher, and blogger ( He lives with his wife in New York City and is the president of EITAN - The American-Israeli Jewish Network

As Jews in Israel and America brace for Passover during the worst pandemic in a century, everyone should use an abundance of caution when preparing and observing the holiday.

So how will this Passover be different than all the Passovers?

For before every Passover we huddle in large grocery stores and crowed the aisles with so many others, this Passover we will order everything online (and it's just as good). 

For before every Passover, we take our new dishes to the Dishes Mikvah, this Passover we will gift them to a non-Jew and use them for less than 30 days as is permitted. 

For before every Passover, we may sell our Chametz in person, this Passover, we will sell it online or over the phone. 

For before every Passover we call family and loved ones before the holiday, this Passover we will also call our neighbor, the elderly, or a forgotten friend to check on them and see that they are okay. 

For on every Passover, many eat handmade Matzah on Sader night, this year if we feel it is unsafe, we will rely on most rabbis who rule that machine matzah is just as good or even better. 

For before every Passover, many people don't sell actual Chametz, this Passover we will continue, but ask our rabbi what exactly is included or not included under that category. You'll be surprised. Additionally, some rabbis in Israel have already instructed that those who don't usually sell actual Chametz on Passover and are concerned they may run out of food this year, may sell actual Chametz.

For before every Passover, we burn our Chametz in large gatherings adhering to fire safety rules, this Passover we will be adhering both to fire safety rules and avoiding large groups. 

For during every Passover, we gather with family and friends in large beautiful Seder, this Passover we will have an intimate, beautiful, and small Seder. 

For before every Passover, we may be in an airport, train station, or other forms of mass transportation, this Passover we will stay local.  

For before every Passover, we don't need to think of those who are in quarantine, this Passover we are obliged to think of and care for those who are in quarantine, keeping everyone safe. 

For every Passover, we dip our food twice, this Passover we will also dip, just with our own personal dish. No sharing. 

For on every Passover, we have only one U'rchatz and one Rachtzah, on this Passover, we will Purell our hands before every time we eat anything with our hands. 

For on every Passover, we dry our hands with a regular towel, on this Passover we will use disposable paper towels. 

For on every Passover we sit reclining, this Passover we will also recline, just with more of a distance between every person. 

For on every Passover, we think about the soldiers and members of the security forces who put their lives on the line so we can be safe, this Passover we will think of all the doctors and healthcare workers who are putting their lives on the line, working in overnight shifts, to make sure they save as many lives as possible.

For on every Passover, we go to synagogue and pray with so many others, on this Passover we will keep everyone safe by staying and praying at home. 

For on every Passover we see our in-laws, this time we will tell them after the holiday how it went. 

For on every Passover, we say "Le'Shana Haba'ah Birushalayim Habenuya", next year in the rebuilt Jerusalem.

This Passover we will add Le'Shana Haba'ah Birushalayim Habri'ah", next year in the healthy Jerusalem. 


Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Passover! Pesach Kasher Ve'Same'ach! 

Religious leaders: Coronavirus is punishment, sign of the messiah's coming

Hardline rabbis, Christian pastors and Muslim preachers have all weighed in on the religious significance of the outbreak. By JEREMY SHARON   MARCH 17, 2020

Troubled times often lead to rash conclusions about the cause of such difficulties, none more so than by some religious leaders.Chief Rabbi of Safed Shmuel Eliyahu posted a video to YouTube on Monday in which he noted that people have been asking him why the coronavirus pandemic has been sent to the world by God.

In answering, Eliyahu said that the world was coming closer to "the days of the Messiah," and went on to imply that the coronavirus outbreak was bringing about greater adherence to God's word.Eliyahu, a hardline right-wing religious leader, noted the recent comments of Pope Francis, who has called for stricter observance of the Sabbath by Christians and has spoken approvingly of Jewish observance of Shabbat."Maybe the Muslims will tell us to build the Temple," continued the rabbi, something which is often understood will herald the coming of the messiah."The Jewish people lives, we are waking up, opening our eyes, stopping all the nonsense we do, and really drawing closer to Shabbat."Another hardline leader of the religious right, Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, wrote on Sunday that the coronavirus is a rectification for humankind's arrogance and haughtiness, and a rebuke to moral relativism.

Ibuprofen exacerbates coronavirus disease

World Health Organization recommends using paracetamol to treat coronavirus symptoms, instead of anti-inflammatories. Here's why.

The World Health Organization has recommended that people suffering from the symptoms of the virus avoid taking ibuprofen drugs such as Advil. Instead, the organization suggests taking paracetamol, such as Acamol (Tylenol).

They studied why the disease pathway in Italy is more serious, finding that most patients took ibuprofen at home. Researchers joined the virus and ibuprofen in the laboratory and came to the conclusion that administering ibuprofen accelerates multiplication of the virus and is related to a more serious course of the disease. They recommend to avoid ibuprofen and to administer paracetamol, aspirin, diclofenac.

Consultant Pediatrician in London John Greenwood was quoted as saying: "We have just been sent a medical alert that no one is to use anti-inflammatories (e.g. Ibruprofen, Voltarol, naproxen, and others) for pain or high temperature. Use paracetamol instead. There seems to be a link between severe cases of COVID-19 affecting young people with no underlying illnesses and taking anti-inflammatories. Initial reports started coming from French doctors on Friday. This has been confirmed by infectious diseases consultants here - there are four young people in ICU in Cork who have no underlying illnesses - all were taking anti-inflammatories and there are concerns this has caused a more severe illness."

A Lancet article entitled Are patients with hypertension and diabetes mellitus at increased risk for COVID-19 infection? says: "Human pathogenic coronaviruses (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus [SARS-CoV] and SARS-CoV-2) bind to their target cells through angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), which is expressed by epithelial cells of the lung, intestine, kidney, and blood vessels."

"The expression of ACE2 is substantially increased in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, who are treated with ACE inhibitors and angiotensin II type-I receptor blockers (ARBs). Hypertension is also treated with ACE inhibitors and ARBs, which results in an upregulation of ACE2.5 ACE2 can also be increased by thiazolidinediones and ibuprofen. Suggest that ACE2 expression is increased in diabetes and treatment with ACE inhibitors and ARBs increases ACE2 expression. Consequently, the increased expression of ACE2 would facilitate infection with COVID-19.

"We therefore hypothesize that diabetes and hypertension treatment with ACE2-stimulating drugs increases the risk of developing severe and fatal COVID-19."

By rabbinic order: 770 completely closed for first time in history

Lubavitch rabbis close Chabad world HQ at 770 Eastern Parkway after coronavirus cases discovered in Crown Heights.

Following the spread of the coronavirus, and after many residents of Crown Heights became infected with the deadly virus, Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway has been closed for the first time since its purchase by Agudas Chasidei Chabad on behalf of the Chabad Lubavitch movement and as a home for Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn when he arrived in the United States in 1940 escaping the Nazis.

Speaking to, the gabbai (sexton) Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Kratz said that this was done in accordance with the order of the rabbis of the neighborhood, members of the Beit Din (Jewish court), who told the gabbais to close the synagogue.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe's standing orders were that management of the synagogue be in the hands of the gabbais chosen by the residents of the neighborhood, and in accordance with the instructions of the rabbis of the neighborhood, members of the Beit Din do not need to elaborate on an obvious matter.

From now on, prayers will be held very limited on the balcony of the sukkah (booth built during the Holiday of Sukkot), and there will be access to cellars on the basement floor for those who left urgently needed items.

With the deterioration of the situation in the neighborhood as more and more cases of coronavirus patients are discovered, the neighborhood rabbis decided on the drastic step that has never been known in history, to avoid danger to life.


See you Sunday bli neder Shabbat Shalom ont the strangest shabbat we have every had-If we keep two like this Mashiach will com

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