Thursday, September 10, 2020

Jerusalem Municipality Info including Coronavirus Page in English and cleaning your air conditioner filters and Is Israel's coronavirus death count accurate - or inflated?MK and 120 physicians and scientists call on government to reassess coronavirus death toll, following revelation in Coronavirus Committee. and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, recently spoke out against the wave of antisemitism and 8 Tips for Smooth Kaddish Saying and The Left Won’t Even Leave Science Alone By Dennis Prager and Yakov and Seral and Yehuda and Miriam go to Kere Desher for two days. The first day we stop at the Tomb of the Rambam in Tiberius, and Yehuda Lave and Yehudah Glick blowing shofar at the small wailing wall

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Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual teacher, and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law. He works with people from all walks of life and helps them in their search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money, and spiritual engagement. Now also a Blogger on the Times of Israel. Look for my column

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Yakov and Seral and Yehuda and Miriam go to Kere Desher for two days. The first day we stop at the Tomb of the Rambam in Tiberius.

Tomb of Maimonides, the Tana'im, The Emora'im, and the Shlah Hakadosh, Tiberias

According to Jewish tradition, the Tomb of Maimonides (Hebrew: קבר הרמב"ם‎, romanized: Kever ha-Rambam) is in central Tiberias, on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, Israel. Maimonides died in Fustat, Egypt on 12 December 1204, where it is believed that he was briefly buried before being reinterred in Tiberias.[1]
The Tomb of Maimonides is one of the most important Jewish pilgrimage
sites in Israel, and one of Tiberias's most visited tourist attractions. The place of the tomb of Maimonides is also the burial place of Rabbis Yochanan ben Zakai and Isaiah Horowitz.

Many legends are told about the burial of Maimonides. According to Jewish tradition, his bones were placed for a week in a small shrine where he used to study and to heal strangers. While some believe his bones never left Egypt, others believe that the permanent place of his burial was on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, where Tiberias is now sited. One legend has it that a band of Bedouins – who were about to attack the funeral cortège as it marched through the desert – "hung their heads in shame" after realizing it was the funeral of the man who had attended themselves and their families for free, and instead formed a protective guard for the the procession as it made its way to Palestine.

Another legend was told by Joseph ben Isaac Sambari, a Jewish-Egyptian chronicler of the seventeenth century, who lived probably between 1640 and 1703. In one of his books, Sambari mentioned an an oral anecdote about the people who carried his body to the Sea of Galilee for permanent burial mistakenly leaving one of his toes behind in the Maimonides synagogue, which at that time was called the synagogue of Western (Tunisian) Jews. Later one of the people who carried the body had a dream, in which a wise man of Egypt reminded him about the forgotten toe. The toe was recovered and buried next to the body.


Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Toledano originally purchased the lands around the tomb in 1920. As a result, the tomb was transferred to Jewish ownership.

At the end of 1955, the Religious Services Minister of Israel began the excavation work at the site of the tomb, and soon many additional graves were discovered around the tomb of Maimonides. The employees of the Department of National Roads Company of Israel continued to work despite the presence of graves.

After a period of time, the work was resumed as well as the protests of the ultra-Orthodox activists which was also resumed. Neturei Karta activists had protesters physically protecting the graves throughout the day in shifts, preventing the workers and archaeologists to approach the graves. Another group of ultra-Orthodox activists from Bnei Brak joined them later as well. The groups of protesters consisted of hundreds of people, and they also held demonstrations in the streets of Tiberias. Neturei Karta also claimed at the time that they are considering turning to the United Nations to intervene in this affair.

Later on, one of the tractors working at the site accidentally hit the nearby grave of Isaiah Horowitz. Even though it happened accidentally, this event created a rage among the protesters, and the tractor driver had to quickly flee from the area for his life. Following this incident and the uproar it initiated, it was eventually decided to suspend the work at Maimonides' tomb site. Representatives of the Religious Services Minister of Israel and the Chief Rabbinate pledged that no excavation work would be done in the site.

Later, a large metal structure was erected over the tomb complex. It symbolizes a crown, indicating the great respect accorded Maimonides in Jewish tradition.


On 0908 20 which is the 19th of Elul 5780 ten Shofar blowers, with

Yehuda Glick and Yehuda Lave blow at the Iron Gat, the Kotel Katan

(small wailing wall) and the Cotton Gate.

Jerusalem Municipality Coronavirus Info Page in English
12 Aug 07:19 AM

All information from Municipality on one page -not just Coronavirus- updated 24/7 Transportation -

Air conditioner filters
If you have & use an air-conditioner in your house/office -

make sure that you clean the internal filters - properly with soap &

water - otherwise the dust will be 'sent' into your lungs - as a

pathology; and the cost of running a dirty filter for the A/C goes up by


and {{ every morning -spend a few long seconds taking deep deep coughs

from deep in your lungs - to get the old air out of the depths of your

lungs - and thus prevent any lung pathology from viruses and bacteria.

Routinely ; we only use the top 40% of our lung volume when we breathe

normally - and this can explain why we are more exposed to lung

pathology than people who do a lot of sport!}}

Is Israel's coronavirus death count accurate - or inflated?

MK and 120 physicians and scientists call on government to reassess coronavirus death toll, following revelation in Coronavirus Committee.

As of Wednesday morning, the official coronavirus death toll in Israel stands at 1,040, according to data released by the Health Ministry.

But according to information revealed by the Knesset's Coronavirus Committee recently, the number of coronavirus-related fatalities may include a number of deaths which were not necessarily caused primarily by the virus.

The Coronavirus Committee has found that in every death reported in Israel in which the deceased was found to have been carrying the coronavirus, COVID-19 was listed as the primary cause of death.

This was true regardless of whether the deceased had died from other serious illnesses – ranging from heart disease to cancer to Alzheimer's – and was merely a carrier of the virus, the committee found.

Experts say at least 30% of the fatalities listed as being caused by the coronavirus were actually primarily caused by something other than COVID-19.

Following the revelation, MK Yoel Razvozov (Yesh Atid), who sits on the Knesset's Coronavirus Committee, is joining 120 physicians and scientists in calling on the Prime Minister, Health Minister, and Israel's Coronavirus Czar to reassess the country's coronavirus death count.

"For the past five months, we in the Coronavirus Committee have felt that something is off, as if someone isn't showing us all of the statistics and the whole truth," said Razvozov.

"Today we understand that the whole method for counting victims of the coronavirus is fundamentally flawed. This is scandalous behavior by the Health Ministry, which directly affects the government's decisions, leading us over and over again to lockdowns and to the destruction of the Israeli economy. Even Israel's position in the international community as a red or green state has been influenced by these statistics, which directly affect flights, tourism, and trade with Israel."

"I call on the Prime Minister and the Health Ministry to seriously address this request and to conduct a recount and reappraisal of the general situation including the number of coronavirus deaths. The current policies are very destructive and are leading to unnecessary panic and are hurting the country in a wide number of areas."

Dr. Amir Shahar, chief of the emergency care department at Laniado Hospital in Netanya, said: "Given that the Health Ministry instructed that the [deceased's] coronavirus diagnosis needs to be written in every death certificate, we need to ask whether this diagnosis actually relates to the cause of death being the coronavirus or a coronavirus-related complication."

"This information is so basic for understanding the fatality rate of the disease and to assess how dangerous it is. Take, for instance, the Health Ministry's official numbers as of yesterday: 1,031 fatalities and 135,288 diagnosed cases, that equals 0.74% [fatality rate]. Almost the same as the flu. And if we include the number of people infected who were never diagnosed, we get a fatality rate that is lower than the flu. This is hysteria. Policies not based on facts. What lower fatality rate, if any, is another lockdown supposed to bring?"

Prof. Asher Elhayani, director-general of the Meuhedet health insurance provider and former manager of Meir Hospital, said: "Since the decisions which directly impact the lives and health of millions of Israelis have been made on the basis of numbers and data, which are quoted daily and hourly in the media, there is in the case of the coronavirus pandemic an extra importance to ensure that the numbers are completely accurate. A thorough assessment and analysis of the causes of death of the deceased patients who died either while carrying or because of the coronavirus is critical. Therefore we must ensure that the Health Ministry does this immediately."


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , almost alone among major athletes, recently spoke out against the wave of antisemitism in sports/entertainment. It's not completely surprising given he's a very smart man and 180 degrees removed from the historic illiterates who drive much of the current narrative, and his father was one of the American heroes who liberated Buchenwald concentration camp during WWII. I knew about that, but I didn't know about this amazing story:

"Legendary Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, recently spoke out loudly and forcefully, against the pervasive anti-Semitism in Hollywood and professional sports. His condemnation though refreshing is not surprising.

You might say it runs in the family.

On April 11, 1945, the American third army smashed through the gates of the infamous concentration camp known as Buchenwald. The horrors of what they found there shocked soldier and general alike.

Gen. Eisenhower, knowing that one day there would be those who would attempt to deny those horrors ever took place, made the local German population participate in the burial of the thousands of murdered men, women, and children, whose bodies lay exposed throughout the camp. One of those American liberators was Ferdinand L. Alcindor. As a black man who knew personally the experience of discrimination and hate, he was profoundly moved.

Seeing a little Jewish boy standing between the survivors, he hoisted him up, and held him high above the heads of the Germans standing there.

"Look at this sweet kid" he hollered, "he isn't even eight yet. This was your enemy, he threatened the Third Reich. He is the one against whom you waged war, and murdered millions like him."

Ferdinand never forgot what he witnessed. On his deathbed he asked his son to travel to Israel and track down that little boy he had hoisted above his strong shoulders all those years ago. A promise his son would keep in 2011. Ferdinand's son was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr., though you know him as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, that little Jewish boy who survived Buchenwald, would grow up to become the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yisroel Meir Lau."

8 Tips for Smooth Kaddish Saying

1. Find a Synagogue

Looking for a place to say the Kaddish?

What if you don't have a synagogue nearby? You might still discover you can get together a minyan (that's a quorum of ten male Jews, age 13+) of Jews to say Kaddish. You'll be amazed: there's something inside of people that lights up when it comes to helping out with a Kaddish.

2. Different Strokes for Different Folks

Different communities have different customs and slightly different versions of the Kaddish. Find out from your rabbi (or a synagogue regular) what the customs are and what version of the Kaddish they use. Our Kaddish Tutor allows you to learn the Kaddish in more than one version. With time, we plan to add even more versions.

3. How to Dress

On weekdays, people come to services in their workday clothes. Shabbat is a little more formal.

On weekdays (Sunday through Friday), while you're there, you've got a great opportunity to score another mitzvah: ask the rabbi for help wrapping in tallit and tefillin. These are worn for the morning prayers, but if you missed the morning, you can still put on the tefillin in the afternoon. See our tefillin page for more info.

As much as saying the Kaddish can do for the soul of the deceased, that tallit and tefillin can carry it even higher. At first, it may seem a little awkward, but with time it starts to feel just right. You might want to ask your rabbi if he can help you purchase your own set of tallit and tefillin.

4. Make Contact

Before you turn up, it's a good idea to speak with the rabbi of the synagogue. Let him know you'll be there. Find out the times for prayers. Don't be embarrassed to ask him for some help while you get used to his synagogue.

But if you didn't, don't worry about it. Some synagogues are more user-friendly than others, but every synagogue is friendly when you enter with a smile and ask for help. The Chabad policy is that anyone who walks in off the street is a member.

5. When Is Kaddish Said?

Jews pray three times a day, morning, afternoon and night. The morning prayer is the longest and the mourners say at least one Kaddish at the beginning and several at the end. For the afternoon and evening prayers, the mourners say the Kaddish only once or twice at the end.

Click here for a Kaddish Timeline.

5. Counting for the Minyan

To say the Kaddish, there must be ten male Jews, age 13 and up in the room. They all have to be in the same room, not out in the hallway or hiding in the closet. It's best if they are all awake, but if one of them just won't wake up, you can still count him. If you start the Kaddish and someone leaves, someone should try to get him back. If he's totally lost, finish the Kaddish without him.

How To Count To Ten, Real Fast:

We don't count Jews. We have historical evidence that it's not a good idea (King David counted the Jews in his kingdom and a plague ensued). Instead, people use a verse of the Psalms that has ten words and then check to see if there's one Jew in the room for each of the words. Here's the standard verse:

[Hosheah Es Amecha, Uvarech Es Nachlosecha, Uriem Vna'asem Ad Oilom]

Here's a neat alternative: Visualize the people in the room in three groups of three. Then add the guy who's leading the prayers at the front. (3 x 3) + 1…you get the idea.

6. Getting in Synch

Originally, only one person in the synagogue was honored with saying the Kaddish, but eventually every eligible mourner made his way onto the scene. Problem is, with more than one mourner saying Kaddish, the result could sound more like a noisy flock of Aramaic geese. The main point of the exercise, as we've explained, is not to say the Kaddish, but that everyone should answer. It's hard to answer ten geese all on different tracks. So getting everyone in synch is of key importance.

Many synagogues ask that all the mourners line up together. Others tell you to please follow the prayer leader. If you find you can't keep up, try standing close to the others and read louder, so they'll notice and slow down. People are usually considerate about these things. Never be embarrassed that you're going too slow. It's a house of prayer, not a racetrack.

7. Answering "Amen" and "Y'hay Shmay Rabba"

Anyone who hears the Kaddish must answer. In fact, as great as it is to say the Kaddish, answering Amen is even greater. The exception is someone who is in the middle of a prayer that he's not allowed to interrupt. (We'll have to get to those details somewhere else.)

When it comes to Amen, y'hay shmay rabba…, our sages taught us to answer in a loud voice and with all our attention. That doesn't mean to scream—just that we should put ourselves into what we are doing. "Even if a heavenly decree has been signed and sealed for seventy years," the Talmud tells us, "if a person answers 'Amen, y'hay shmay rabba…' with all his power and attention, it will be rescinded on his behalf."

There is also a teaching, attributed to Elijah the prophet, to tack the first word of the next line onto the response, like this:

Amen, y'hay shmay rabba m'vorach l'olam ulalmay almaya…yisboraych

8. How to Stand and When to Bow

The Kaddish is said standing with your feet together. Before the last phrase, take three steps back. Now comes the bowing procedure, like this:

Bow slightly to the right and say: Oseh shalom bim-ro-mov

Bow slightly straight ahead and say: Hoo

Bow slightly to the left and say: Ya'aseh shalom aleinu

Bow slightly straight ahead and say: V'al kol yisrael ve-imru amen

(This reflects Chabad practice. Others have different customs.)

The Left Won't Even Leave Science Alone

By Dennis Prager

More than two years ago, I wrote a column titled "Whatever the Left Touches It Ruins." I listed eight examples:

* the universities


* the arts: music, art and architecture

* sports

* mainstream Judaism, Protestantism, and Catholicism

* race relations

* women's happiness

* children's innocence

* America's commitment to free speech.

One should now add the sciences. The Covid-19 pandemic has hastened the left's ruining of science. This had already begun with the left's attacks on "objectivity" – the most essential value in science – the very thing that makes science possible. The left declares objectivity, which it now puts in quotation marks, as a characteristic of white supremacy.

Science departments in universities throughout America now say they intend to hire physicists, biologists, and other scientists based on gender and race, not scientific expertise. A few years ago, all five candidates on the shortlist of applicants to the physics department of the University of California at San Diego were females, "leading one male candidate with a specialty in extragalactic physics," reported Heather Mac Donald, "to wonder why the school had even solicited applications from Asian and white men."

Another example of the left corrupting science is the following recent declaration by more than 1,000 doctors and other health care providers who had previously warned that public gatherings as health risks: "As public health advocates, we do not condemn these gatherings [mass protests against racism] as risky for Covid-19 transmission. We support them as vital to the national public health."

Yet another example of leftism overwhelming medical science is the medical profession's denial of the benefits of hydroxychloroquine and zinc in the early days of a Covid-19 infection. That physicians – and the Food and Drug Administration – would label a drug dangerous that has been used safely for more than half a century, and by many thousands (such as those with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus) every day for decades, is a medical and moral scandal.

The medical profession has placed politics not only ahead of science but also ahead of saving lives. The medical profession, the FDA, and the CDC have lost the faith of half of the American people and, over time, will lose the faith of the majority of Americans. It is difficult to envision the medical profession regaining its credibility in this generation.

One of the world's most prestigious medical and scientific journals, The Lancet, in the UK, withdrew an article it published that dismissed the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treating Covid-19 patients. The article contained made-up data. According to The New York Times, Dr. Richard Horton, the editor in chief of The Lancet, called the paper a "fabrication" and "a monumental fraud."

The journal published the fraudulent study about the alleged dangers of hydroxychloroquine because of pressure from pharmaceutical companies, which have nothing to gain financially from widespread use of hydroxychloroquine – a cheap, generic drug – and because the journal loathes President Donald Trump, who, when the first reports of successful treatment with hydroxychloroquine surfaced, had announced that using the drug could save lives.

Horton had labeled Trump's withdrawal of U.S. funding of the World Health Organization "a crime against humanity" after the WHO's politicization of the coronavirus, including behaving as a puppet of the Chinese Communist Party when it condemned Trump's Jan. 31 ban on travel from China.

The number of Americans killed by medical boards, pharmaceutical boards, the FDA, and the CDC for not allowing doctors to prescribe hydroxychloroquine in the early days following a patient's diagnosis with Covid-19 and outside of a hospital setting – and the number killed by the doctors who could, but would not, prescribe hydroxychloroquine – is likely in the tens of thousands.

On my radio show, Yale University epidemiologist Dr. Harvey Risch said, "Because we were blocked from using [hydroxychloroquine] in the United States to the present point, probably at least 100,000 people have died."

Based on the retracted study in The Lancet, The Washington Post headlined "Hydroxychloroquine Drug Promoted by Trump as Coronavirus 'Game-Changer' Increasingly Linked to Deaths." And social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter immediately remove any citation of a scientist who promotes hydroxychloroquine.

A fourth example is the American Psychological Association, or the APA, choosing leftism over psychology in declaring, "40 years of research [show that] traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage that echoes both inwardly and outwardly."

The one good thing to come out of the APA's pathologizing masculinity is that people searching for a competent psychotherapist for themselves or their child now have an easy method by which to identify the incompetent: Simply ask the prospective therapist if he or she agrees with the APA statement. If they do, or if they merely hesitate to distance themselves from it, you know you want another therapist.

Forthcoming columns will deal with more areas of life ruined by the left, including, most troubling of all, America itself. As seen in their treatment of the statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, the left can tear down, but it cannot build.

See you tomorrow bli neder

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Yehuda Lave, Spirtiual Advisor and Counselor

Jerusalem, Jerusalem

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