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Yom Hazikaron, Haatzmaut regulations
Regulations for Israel's Memorial Day and Independence Day:
– Military cemeteries or memorial sites for Israel's fallen victims can only be visited until the eve of Memorial Day, Monday, April 27, 2020, at 4 p.m. After that, and during Memorial Day, visits to the military cemeteries and memorial sites will not be allowed. – On Independence Day, a general closure will be imposed, as was the case on Seder night. – From the eve of Independence Day on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 5:00 pm, until the end of Independence Day, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 8:00 pm, you must not leave your home, including to buy food. You may only leave your home for the purpose of obtaining essential medicines and products, and for obtaining essential services in your area of residence. (You can only go to a nearby locality to access essential services if those services are not available in your own locality). – Public transport will not run on this date, with the exception of taxis and designated transportation services to workplaces.
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach often told the story of the Munkatcher passport
In this story, his uncle asked the Munkatcher
Rebbe for a passport to travel from Munkatch to Berlin
just before WWII. Considering the climate of the times
the request seemed impossible to fulfill.
After many hours, the Rebbe emerged from his private chambers
and gave him just an empty piece of paper soaked with
Tears. With this paper, Shlomo's uncle was escorted
everywhere in Germany with great honor.
The Munkatcher passport surfaces over and
over in our lives. When a bride walks around her
groom, they give each other the Munkatcher passport.
When children are born they close their eyes and cry,
giving to and receiving from their parents the
And when we stand near the Kotel (something we are forbidden from doing this virus crisis) and place a kvittel in its crevice, we do so with the
And, concluded Rabbi Carlebach, when we begin the Talmud, we start on the second page — daf bais. Where is daf aleph, the first
page? It is empty, absolutely empty. It is the
What is the Munkatcher passport? Perhaps it
represents infinite love. Hence the aleph in va-yikra (the first word of the new book of Leviticus) is small to remind us of the importance of humbly,
sincerely approaching God with daf aleph, with the
Munkatcher passport — a symbol of the unconditional
love that we ought to have for God and that God has for
us and that we should all have for each other.
Ideas, that help explain how the world works
Woozle Effect: "A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth." - Daniel Kahneman.
Citizens Starting to Protest Cororonavirus Lock-downs, Some Politicians Worry Constitution in Danger
Civil liberty minded citizens have began reacting to the lock-downs in certain states, driven heavily by social media
A.P reported: "Across the U.S., elected officials from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma suspicious of big government and outraged with orders to close churches, gun stores and other businesses deemed non-essential insist that the public health response is being used as an excuse to trample constitutional rights"
The shutdowns reinforce long-held beliefs by some that governments would eventually use a national emergency to limit civil liberties as A.P reported.
Conservative Rep. Matt Shea of Washington state, has been one of the most vocal
Large and raucous crowds showed up in Michigan's capital Wednesday for what organizers are calling "Operation Gridlock." This protest spread rapidly on twitter.
People — in their cars, on sidewalks, lawns and on the Capitol steps — gathered to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order. Organizers of the rally want some of the restrictions eased, and the state economy re-started., WWJ950 radio reported
They're upset that the order applies to all of Michigan, instead of just hot-spots like metro Detroit, and argue that amid a pandemic citizens can be trusted to keep themselves safe.
Here is a report from Michigan media WOOD TV 8
Meanwhile yesterday in North Carolina,
A group of demonstrators protested outside the General Assembly in downtown Raleigh calling for businesses to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are holding signs that say "Reopen NC" while another has a sign that reads "Freedom is not free." Another has a sign with "#ReopenNC #Tyranny."
Raleigh police were on the scene – telling the demonstrators they were in violation of the executive order.
This caused red flags to go off among many strict constitutionalists , conservatives and libertarians as normally the right to assemble is a guaranteed constitutional right. The question is, what happens during a pandemic?
Conservative talk show host Owen Shroyer has been promoting a "You Can't Close America' rally on the steps of the Texas State Capitol in Austin, schedule this Saturday.
Can we expect to see more of these protests and more politicians coming out against these corona virus lock-downs, especially in areas that have not been hit hard?
Israeli Professor: It Doesn't Matter If You Have Strict Social Distancing or None, Coronavirus Follows the Exact Same Pattern in All Countries
Professor Yitzhak Ben Israel of Tel Aviv University, who also serves on the research and development advisory board for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, plotted the rates of new coronavirus infections of the U.S., U.K., Sweden, Italy, Israel, Switzerland, France, Germany, and Spain. The numbers told a shocking story: irrespective of whether the country quarantined like Israel, or went about business as usual like Sweden, coronavirus peaked and subsided in the exact same way. In the exact, same, way. His graphs show that all countries experienced seemingly identical coronavirus infection patterns, with the number of infected peaking in the sixth week and rapidly subsiding by the eighth week.
The Wuhan Virus follows its own pattern, he told Mako, an Israeli news agency. It is a fixed pattern that is not dependent on freedom or quarantine. "There is a decline in the number of infections even [in countries] without closures, and it is similar to the countries with closures," he wrote in his paper.
Meanwhile, a new paper shows that lockdowns do nothing to "flatten the curve" -- all they do is delay the exact same outbreak pattern until six months later.
Which makes demands that the world remain in lockdown until 2022 (!!!!) all the more insane
The Story Of Ruth Elder – The Female Lindbergh By Saul Jay Singer
In one of those grand historical coincidences that I so love to feature in my Jewish Press articles, the first man and the first woman to almost complete the first transatlantic aerial crossing were both Jews.
Charles Lindbergh famously crossed the Atlantic on May 20-22, 1927, two weeks before the historic flight of the Jewish Charles A. Levine, who later became the first passenger to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Levine would have beaten him – his plane was scheduled to take off well before Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis – but for an unfortunate legal dispute, which led to a court issuing a temporary injunction grounding Levine.
Similarly, the Jewish Ruth Elder, (1902-77), who became known as the "Miss America of Aviation" and as "the Flying Florida Flapper" for her beauty, flamboyancy, and exploits as an aviatrix, almost succeeded in becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Though she ultimately failed, her flight was noteworthy in that it was, at that time, both the longest flight ever made by a woman and the longest flight over water by any pilot, man or woman (2,623 miles).
Photo of Elder standing next to her plane, signed and dated October 25, 1931.
Born in Anniston, Alabama, Elder worked for a short time at a department store in Birmingham before marrying and moving to Lakeland, Florida, where she took a job in a dentist's office. Swept up in the excitement and appeal of air travel in the 1920s, she became interested in flying and took flying lessons. After two years of regional flights and on the very day that Lindbergh successfully crossed the Atlantic, she decided to become the first woman to fly to Paris.
She gave two reasons for her decision. First, she wanted to be the first woman to accomplish the feat and, second, she loved Paris fashions, wanted to buy a dress there, and saw no reason not to just fly there and buy it herself: "They've got pretty evening gowns there, I hear…I've never been to Europe. Might as well go this way. Get some clothes. Doll up a little. Come back by boat, taking it easy."
Critics immediately ridiculed her, calling her proposed flight a publicity stunt, prompted by Lindbergh's success and designed to help her acting career. They were undoubtedly correct, at least in part; according to newspaper sources, Elder first declared that she would be the first woman to fly over the Atlantic Ocean during a beauty pageant in August 1927.
She was derisively called "a petticoat pilot" and many people believed, as one newspaper editor wrote, that it was "perfectly ridiculous…that she was going to risk her life just to gratify her stupid vanity." Eleanor Roosevelt characterized her as "very foolish" and Lindbergh himself spoke out against the folly of women trying to replicate his feat.
But she ignored her critics and jumped every obstacle erected by the New York authorities, including passing a medical exam and a licensing exam. In plotting her routes, she made certain to avoid the worst of the Atlantic storms, but she nonetheless ignored basic aviation advice to avoid the North Atlantic in winter.
Her advisors strongly counseled her to wait until spring, but Elder, determined to be first, did not want to lose out to other women who were preparing to attempt the flight; in fact, aviatrix Frances Grayson was then preparing for her own transatlantic flight. (Grayson subsequently took off on December 23, 1927 and disappeared, never to be heard from again.)
As we shall see, Elder's inflexibility played a key role in the ultimate failure of her mission; "Looking back," she said, "perhaps my drive to succeed clouded my judgment. The weather was awful."
Her choice of George Haldeman as her co-pilot "was as deliberate as [her] choice of airplane; he was one of the best pilots of the day." Her selection proved propitious when the owner of Roosevelt Field on Long Island, concerned about the wave of aviation accidents there, refused to let her take off until she agreed to let Haldeman pilot the plane while she would serve as his co-pilot.
1927 postcard of co-pilots Elder and Haldeman.
Just five months after Lindbergh's feat, Elder and Haldeman took off in The American Girl, a bright orange, single-engine Stinson aircraft. After some delays, they finally lifted off from Roosevelt Field into the wind and threatening weather at 5:04 p.m. on Oct. 11, 1927. Lindbergh had made his historic flight in 21 hours, 40 minutes, and The American Girl carried 520 gallons of fuel, enough for 48 hours of flying time; as such, Elder believed the airplane would make it to Paris even if they ran into the most adverse weather conditions.
However, the plane encountered problems less than halfway to Paris when severe weather caused ice to form on the wings of the aircraft over the North Atlantic, straining its engines and dropping its oil pressure. The two pilots alternated crawling out along the aircraft's fuselage to break ice off the plane's tail and to release reserve gasoline, hoping to thereby lighten the aircraft, gain altitude, and go into a long glide as the plane's oil pressure continued to drop. However, after flying over the Atlantic for 36 hours, with Ruth at the controls for about nine hours, and after flying about 2,600 miles, the plane lost oil pressure entirely.
Fortunately, Elder had anticipated the possibility of a water landing and charted her course near active shipping lanes, which ended up saving their lives when they were spotted by Captain Goos of the S.S. Barendrecht, a Dutch tanker en route to the Azores. They attracted the tanker's attention by dropping two weighted messages, one of which struck the deck of the tanker, asking, "How far to land?" Crewmen aboard the vessel cleared part of the deck and painted the reply that the nearest land was 350 miles away at Cape Finisterre, off the coast of Spain.
The fliers determined that the plane could not cover that distance, and Haldeman landed the plane in the sea near the tanker, eight hours away from Europe in the middle of the ocean near Portugal's Azores Islands, where a small boat rescued them. A short time later, when they were safe aboard the tanker and efforts were being made to bring their crippled plane aboard, it suddenly exploded in the water and sank beneath the waves.
When The American Girl failed to show up at Bourget Airfield in Paris as scheduled, the international media exploded with extensive coverage mourning the pilots' deaths, declaring them presumably lost at sea, but joyous coverage ensued soon after with news of their rescue and survival. More than a week after ditching her plane, Elder finally arrived in Paris aboard a plane provided by The New York Daily Mirror, which published her account of her Atlantic flight. She was enthusiastically greeted by a massive throng in Paris, where she was dined, honored – and taken on her shopping trip.
Upon her return to the United States via ocean liner, she was greeted by a ticker-tape parade in New York City on November 11, 1927, and was invited to lunch at the White House by President Calvin Coolidge. Haldeman, who had been the principal pilot, was practically an afterthought.
But Elder's career as an aviatrix did not end with the failure of her cross-Atlantic flight. She entered the first Women's Air Derby, also called the "Powder Puff Derby" – so named because before taking off, Elder and several other women took time to powder their noses and event announcer Will Rogers commented, "It looks like a Powder Puff Derby to me!"
The grueling, widely sensationalized, nine-day, 2,759-mile air race from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland, Ohio began on August 18, 1929. At the time, there were only 75 licensed American female pilots, only 40 of whom met the Air Derby's minimum requirement of 100 hours of solo flight. Competing against 20 foremost aviatrixes, including the likes of Amelia Earhart, Louise Thaden, and Gladys O'Donnell, Elder acquitted herself quite well, finishing fifth. Although Thaden won the race, the media attention was heavily focused on Earhart and Elder, reflecting their iconic cultural status as America's leading female flyers.
April 9, 1931 group photograph of America's leading aviators. Front row (L-R): Clarence Chamberlain, Amelia Earhart, Dr. James H. Kimball (noted meteorologist), Ruth Elder, Peter J. Bracy, Col. James Fitzmaurice. Back row (L-R): Lewis Yancey, Charles Lindbergh, Col. Frank Courtney, Armand Lotti, Harry Connor, and Bernt Balchen.
Three years later, in 1932, Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic when she was taken from her job as a social worker in Boston and placed in a cockpit as a marketing scheme. (Of the first eight women to attempt a transatlantic flight, only Earhart and Elder survived.) It is doubtful, however, that she ever would have been on that flight and earned her monumental fame had Elder been successful – and, in one of the world's enduring mysteries, she never would have disappeared during a planned around-the-world flight in 1937.
After her flights, Elder cashed in on her worldwide fame and popularity, earning a quarter-million-dollar contract to go on a vaudeville tour, an incredible fortune at that time. She also made lucrative personal appearances and two movies as a Hollywood starlet, "Moran of the Marines" (1928) and "The Winged Horseman" (1929), co-starring Hoot Gibson, neither of which survive today.
In her later years, she worked as an executive secretary in the aviation industry, and was hired by Howard Hughes, who had forgotten who she was. However, she became essentially broke after a series of business setbacks and six divorces.
There is a Ruth Elder Lane in Pikesville, Maryland, a Jewish area in Baltimore, today.