The Torah Versus The Left By Dennis Prager and Black Mountain in Australia--one of the strangest spots of the world and The longest word in the English language is 189,819 letters long and Fusco Brothers strange cartoon and my article The truth about being a guinea pig without all the fake news and a little humor from Woody Allen about the virus. Let's get real and why I am getting the shot by Sheri Berri
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Joking aside, there are serious mistakes being made here. First is that nobody is being asked to be a guinea-pig/ rabbit/ hyrax. Over a million people have already received the Pfizer vaccine. The guinea-pig stage is over.
Is it possible that the vaccine has unknown long-term harmful effects? Sure, it's possible. But that's not the relevant question. The relevant question is: Given the harm that coronavirus is continuing to cause around the world, would it be better if people took the vaccine? And the answer to that question is certainly yes.
There a further important point to consider. There were some people that were guinea-pigs. They received the very first vaccines. And they chose to be guinea-pigs. It wasn't because they were scared of Covid - they were not in high-risk categories. It was because they recognized that taking this unknown personal risk would be of tremendous benefit to mankind as a whole.
Don't just consider whether the vaccine is good for you. Consider society at large. Most of us don't risk our lives in army service. This is something very simple that we can and should do for the benefit of society.
I of all people think that the lockdowns have been the greatest mistake of our lifetimes. Dennis Prager, one of my heroes says the same thing, but the vaccine is a different story.
I got the vaccine today and did not turn into a monkey (but I still like bananas). Even if you don't like Woody Allen, this is too funny not to watch It was from a simpler time back in 1969 when people still had humor
Do you need to take the COVID vaccine according to halacha?
COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance presented by the Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America
Halacha obligates us to care for our own health and to protect others from harm and illness.
In addition, Halacha directs us to defer to the consensus of medical experts in determining and prescribing appropriate medical responses to both treating and preventing illness.
There has long been an almost uniform consensus among leading medical experts that vaccines are an effective and responsible manner of protecting life and advancing health.
For over two hundred years vaccinations have been responsible for the dramatic reduction of many terrible diseases and have significantly improved public health in our country and around the world.
For this reason, the consensus of our major poskim (halachic decisors) is to encourage us to use vaccinations to protect ourselves and others from disease.
While this guidance of our poskim has addressed vaccine usage generally, the introduction of the novel COVID-19 vaccines required specific reconsideration.
The poskim recognize that the COVID-19 vaccines have been developed with unprecedented speed and are expected to be made available under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). In addition, the two currently leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates are mRNA vaccines which employ a new vaccine technology.
Notwithstanding these factors, the conclusion of our poskim is that, pursuant to the advice of your personal health care provider, the Torah obligation to preserve our lives and the lives of others requires us to vaccinate for COVID-19 as soon as a vaccine becomes available.
The Torah is the foundation of the rest of the Bible and the rock on which both Judaism and Christianity stand. No Torah, no Judaism. No Torah, no Christianity. No Torah, no G-d, no divine creation, no Exodus, no Ten Commandments, no "love your neighbor as yourself," no Judeo-Christian values, no Western civilization, and no America.
As I am about to finish the third volume of my five-volume commentary on the Torah, I can say with some authority that the Torah is the antithesis of left-wing ideas and values. It 's not the antithesis of liberal ideas and values; it's the antithesis of left-wing values and ideas.
A serious and committed Jew or Christian can be a liberal or a conservative; he or she cannot be a leftist. Left-wing Jews and Christians use Judaism and Christianity as covers for their real values – left-wing values.
Here are examples of basic laws and values in the Torah that are the opposite of what the left advocates:
No. 1: "Do not show favoritism to a poor person in passing judgment" (Exodus 23:3). "Do not pervert justice. Do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly" (Leviticus 19:15).
The left advocates judging the poor differently. A poor man who commits almost any crime, including a violent crime, is not to be held to the same legal or moral standard as other people. As reported last week in the City Journal:
"In October, the Seattle City Council floated legislation to provide an exemption from prosecution for misdemeanor crimes for any citizen who suffers from poverty, homelessness, addiction, or mental illness. Under the proposed ordinance, courts would have to dismiss all so-called 'crimes of poverty' – which, according to the city's former public-safety advisor, would cover more than 90 percent of all misdemeanor cases citywide."
Since Karl Marx, the left has not divided the world between right and wrong, as the Torah does, but between rich and poor.
No. 2: "Honor your father and mother" (the fifth of the Ten Commandments – Exodus 20:12 and Deuteronomy 5:16).
Parental authority (as much as divine authority) is probably the greatest single obstacle to the left attaining control over a society. Therefore, the left, like all totalitarian movements and like all cults, has always sought to undermine parental authority.
That is precisely what has been taking place in America over the past few generations. In every case, the diminution of parents' authority over their children is portrayed as reasonable and even morally necessary, but the end is clear: Allow left-wing laws and institutions to direct your children.
Your nine-year-old daughter says she is a boy? Your nine-year-old son says he is a girl? Neither you nor any therapist has a right to tell him or her otherwise. Your minor-age daughter says she is a boy and wants to start hormone therapy and even have her body altered? You're in no position to stop her.
Parents who allow their young children to take walks by themselves are increasingly reported to child protective services. The authorities – not you, the parents – will determine at what age your children can take walks unaccompanied by an adult.
Even school breakfasts undermine parents' authority. One of the most fundamental things parents do for their children is feed them. But increasingly, progressive cities provide not only lunch but also breakfast for your child. The message is clear: We, not your parent(s), will take care of your needs.
No. 3: "Male and female He created them" (Genesis 5:2).
The distinction among human beings between male and female is built into creation. It is the only human distinction other than good and evil that matters. In the Torah, there is no built-in ethnic or racial distinction among human beings; G-d couldn't care less about race. But the male-female distinction is a fundamental part of the divine order.
No. 4: Race means nothing.
The creation of one human being, Adam, whose race is unknown, made it impossible to argue that race matters. This is another major conflict between the left and the Torah, given how important race is to the left. Adam, and therefore every human being, is created in the image of G-d – and, of course, G-d has no color.
No. 5: Distinctions.
Distinctions lie at the very heart of creation. The left's war on Judaism and Christianity is rooted in its war against distinctions.
Male-Female: The left seeks to blur the male-female distinction – forcing people to lie about reality and say, "Men give birth" or having men wear women's clothing, as Harry Styles just did on the cover of Vogue.
Man-G-d: Karl Marx wrote, "Man is G-d." The left has always sought to displace G-d with man. The desire to be a god – meaning the one who, rather than G-d, determines good and evil – has tempted human beings since Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Good-Evil: On the left, good and evil are subjective. In the Torah, they have an objective reality. Moreover, the left's moral compass doesn't divide human beings and their actions between good and evil but between rich and poor, white and nonwhite, strong and weak.
G-d-Nature: The opening verse of the Torah ushered in one of the most radical ideas in history: G-d created nature. G-d is not part of nature. On the left, however, nature is G-d.
Human-Animal: On the left, human beings are just another animal. In the Torah, only man is created in G-d's image.
The left knows the Bible and the Judeo-Christian values that emanate from it are its enemy. The rest of us should, too.
The longest word in the English language is 189,819 letters long and would take three and a half hours to say. If you have three and a half hours free here's a link to the word. TITIN - Pastebin.com
The longest word in any of the major English language dictionaries is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, a word that refers to a lung disease contracted from the inhalation of very fine silica particles, specifically from a volcano; medically, it is thesame as silicosis.
The identity of the longest word in English depends upon the definition of what constitutes a word in the English language, as well as how length should be compared.
Words may be derived naturally from the language's roots or formed by coinage and construction. Additionally, comparisons are complicated because place names may be considered words, technical terms may be arbitrarily long, and the addition of suffixes and prefixes may extend the length of words to create grammatically correct but unused or novel words.
The length of a word may also be understood in multiple ways. Most commonly, length is based on orthography (conventional spelling rules) and counting the number of written letters. Alternate, but less common, approaches include phonology (the spoken language) and the number of phonemes (sounds).
Word Letters Meaning Claim Dispute
Methionylthreonylthreonylglutaminylalanyl...isoleucine 189,819 Chemical name of titin, the largest known protein Longest known word overall by magnitudes. Attempts to say the entire word have taken two to three and a half hours to pronounce. Technical; not in dictionary; whether this is a word is disputed
Methionylglutaminylarginyltyrosylglutamyl...serine 1,909 Chemical name of E. coli TrpA (P0A877) Longest published word Technical
Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsano...pterygon 183 A fictional dish of food Longest word coined by a major author, the longest word ever to appear in literature Contrived nonce word; not in dictionary; Ancient Greek transliteration
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis 45 The disease silicosis Longest word in a major dictionary Technical; contrived coinage to make it the longest word
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious 34 Unclear in source work, has been cited as a nonsense word Made popular in the Mary Poppins film and musical Contrived coinage
Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism 30 A medical disorder Longest non-contrived word in a major dictionary Technical
Floccinaucinihilipilification 29 The act of regarding something as unimportant Longest unchallenged nontechnical word Contrived coinage
Antidisestablishmentarianism 28 The political position of opposing disestablishment Longest non-contrived and nontechnical word Not all dictionaries accept it due to lack of usage.
Honorificabilitudinitatibus 27 The state of being able to achieve honours Longest word in Shakespeare's works; longest word in the English language featuring alternating consonants and vowels Latin
What location on Earth features the strangest phenomena? Great question. A few kilometres inland from the gorgeous beaches of Far North Queensland is a mountain. It's not a mountain like any you've seen before, however. Instead of peaks and cliffs, it's a huge piled-up mound of slick black boulders. The huge, pitch-black cluster of boulders can clearly be seen on Google Earth, sticking out from the green of the surrounding landscape. Picture below Black Mountain on google earth.
While the site is a National Park, visitors aren't invited to climb or even approach the mountain — there's a lookout just off the road, and that's as close as tourists are invited to go. Within the mountain itself, occasional gaps between the rocks lead to twisting tunnels and caves which lead deep into the earth – at least, we think they do, as few people have ever explored the caves and come out alive.
Known to most as Black Mountain, the place had a long and storied history even before Europeans arrived in Australia. The traditional owners of the land are the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people, who know the mountain as Kalkajaka, literally translated as 'place of the spear'. While many of the mountain's better-chronicled legends have been told by white Australians, the Kuku Yalanji people definitely know better than to go too close to the mysterious mountain.
Since the arrival of white settlers in the area, a great many stories have been told about disappearances on the mountain. The first of these dates back to 1877, when a man went out towards Black Mountain on horseback, looking for a stray calf. Widespread searches were conducted when neither the calf, the horse or the man returned, but no trace of them was ever found. A few years later, a criminal named Sugarfoot Jack and a few of his companions took refuge near the mountain after a shootout, and again an exhaustive police search could find no trace of them. Picture below
A constable named Ryan was one of the next legendary victims of the mountain — he was tracking a fugitive with the help of local trackers, but the trail ended abruptly at the mouth of one of the mountain's many caves. Ryan stepped into the cave to try and find the fugitive, but never came back out. None of the others in the group were game to look for him. Picture below Black Mountain.
The list of disappearances goes on — a pair of police officers of whom one disappeared and the other made it out alive but was driven insane; two cavers and the trackers who were sent to find them afterwards; even a backpacker named Harry Page, the only person whose body has been recovered from the mountain, though his cause of death was unknown.
Many people even report a feeling of anxiety and fear when looking at the mountain and its strangely unnatural-seeming formation of boulders. The wind and the shifting of boulders is said to create an unearthly noise, sounding like moans or mournful cries. Pilots that pass over the mountain have also reported strange turbulence and magnetic disturbances, and most pilots now avoid the area if they can.
There's definitely something odd about Black Mountain, though we may never know exactly what it is. No one has ever explored it fully enough to uncover its secrets, and it's unlikely that anyone ever will, though many have tried. Picture below black mountain.
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I am not throwing away my shot
Still debating? Like you, I'm worried about the unknown dangers of the COVID vaccine. But I'm more worried about the dangers of getting COVID-19
For the last week, my Facebook feed has been full of people who have added an "I'm getting vaccinated" frame to their profile pictures. For many of them, it's a statement of intent. For me, it's a statement of fact: I'm getting the COVID vaccine tomorrow.
As a member of an at-risk population in a small country that had the foresight to buy a large number of vaccinations, I have been blessed with the opportunity to take a step toward protection from the symptoms and fatality of COVID-19 – for me, for my loved ones, and for all those around me. And I was lucky enough to get an appointment from my HMO quickly.
Am I worried? Absolutely. It's no simple matter to be injected with a new kind of vaccine that has not yet been studied in humans over time.
Like you, I have heard that two of the 44,000 people who received the vaccine in the Pfizer trial died. But I understand that it was not from the vaccine and was within the statistical norm for a group that size, and that four people died who received the placebo.
Like you, I am astounded that it has been possible to develop not one, but two approved vaccines in the span of just 11 months, with more on the way. But I have read enough to understand the unique combination of factors that collapsed a process that usually takes years, and must trust the regulatory bodies that gave the vaccines the green light.
Like you, I'm worried about the unknown dangers of the COVID vaccine. But I'm more worried about the dangers of getting COVID-19 – both for myself and for society at large. And only if a large percentage of the population is immune will it be possible for us to eradicate COVID and restart communal life.
Are you still debating? Here's why I'm taking the plunge:
I'm getting the vaccine for our healthcare workers on the frontlines, who have worked endless hours, risked their lives caring for COVID patients, and danced with joy when ventilated patients were finally released home. I'm getting it to protect them, so that the number of patients they must care for dwindles.
I'm getting the vaccine for my adult kids so that we can go back to hugging and ditch the disinfectant. I want to resume looking after them rather than having them protect us, and can't wait for them to be able to stay for a whole weekend rather than spend a meal with us outside in the blazing sun or drizzling rain.
I'm getting the vaccine for my grandson, the bundle of joy that graced our lives a year and a half ago. I want to be able to see him for more than an hour a week, to read him a book without my words being muffled by a mask, to have him sit in my lap without fear of the germs he may be carrying.
I'm getting the vaccine for the falafel seller who sobbed because he could no longer provide food for his children, for the shoe store owner who gave away all his shoes because he could no longer afford to sell them, and for all those who are unemployed and on unpaid leave. The more of us who get vaccinated, the less need there will be for economically crippling lockdowns.
I'm getting the vaccine for the world of culture. For the opera singers who have no money for food, for the pop stars relegated to making television commercials, for the sound technicians who can't pay their rent, for the members of the Philharmonic who play to empty concert halls. I'm doing my part to protect the arts and to become a member of the audience again.
I'm getting the vaccine for young children, who are being affected by COVID both physically and emotionally. I'm getting it for the teens whose educational and social lives have been disrupted, and for the college students who are learning on Zoom. I'm getting it for the medical students who are missing out on clinical rotations and content that they will never be able to make up. Ending this pandemic will enable them to restart their formative years and their preparations for their future.
I'm getting the vaccine for the babies in my husband's hospital, some of whom were born into the pandemic and have never seen a smile because the adults who care for them are all wearing masks. My vaccination will help bring smiles into their lives.
I'm getting the vaccine for travel – for the simple act of crossing town by bus or going to another city by train. I'm getting it so I can visit my mother abroad and so that she can fly to visit her daughters. I'm doing it for the promise of the family vacation we canceled last summer, in the hope that it will be possible sometime in the future.
I'm getting the vaccine for the couples who want to marry surrounded by more than a handful of family and friends, and for the mourners who want to gather together to pay their last respects. I'm getting it for the singles who experience profound isolation each time the world shuts down. I'm getting it for a world in which we long to be able to join together in joy and sorrow.
I'm getting the vaccine for the houses of worship, long shuttered and desolate, and for the nonprofit organizations struggling to be able to do good.
I'm getting the vaccine because I'm part of a tradition that teaches us to prevent danger, that demands we save life, and that instructs us to love our neighbors.
I'm getting the vaccine because I am a part of a global community in which we are all dependent on each other and our actions affect each other. I'm getting the vaccine for all those who can't; the less COVID there is around, the safer they will be.
And when I get the vaccine, it will be with a heart full of gratitude to the trial volunteers, who rolled up their sleeves and took the greatest risk of all. It will be with a sense of wonder at what can be achieved when the world joins together, channels resources, and shares information to achieve a common cause. And it will be with a prayer that the world will band together to make the vaccine available to the poor and the weak, and that enough people will agree to receive it to stop this blight.
Protecting you is one of the reasons why I am not throwing away my shot.
Please don't throw away yours.
ABOUT THE AUTHORShira Pasternak Be'eri is a Jerusalem-based editor and translator. She is married to Leonard (aka Eliezer) and is the proud mom of three boys, two of whom are soldiers in the IDF. Born and raised in New York, she has been living in Israel since 1982. And yes, she is Velvel Pasternak's daughter.