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'Lubavitcher Rebbe's opinion was that vaccines should be taken'
Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yaroslavsky calls on Chabad adherents in Israel to get Covid vaccination. 'A matter of saving lives.'
Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yaroslavsky, a senior Chabad rabbi and head of the Israeli Chabad Rabbinical Court, called on Chabad adherents to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Rabbi Yaroslavsky himself was vaccinated two days ago at the Clalit vaccination center in Ashdod.
Immediately after receiving the vaccine, Rabbi Yaroslavsky said: "It is a matter of saving lives. Everyone must do it, quickly and as soon as possible. The Holy One, Blessed Be He will protect us."
Rabbi Yaroslavsky added that getting vaccinated was fulfilling the mitzvah of "and you shall protect your souls exceedingly."
In a conversation he gave this morning to Hamevaser newspaper, Rabbi Yaroslavsky said that in very similar cases to the current situation when new vaccines arrived in Israel, and questions were addressed to the late Lubavitcher Rabbi, "His firm opinion was that vaccines should be taken to prevent the spread of sickness and not to delay. In one letter he even wrote that he was hurrying to answer despite that he had more urgent letters, due to the importance of getting vaccinated," he said.
"The reason I rushed to be vaccinated, even though they offered to delay, was to be an example to the public that with respect to saving life, especially in a matter of public interest concerning the entire Jewish people, one must fulfill the mitzvah promptly so as not to delay in taking the vaccines," he added.
The Three Musketeers at the Kotel
Jerusalem's iconic King David Hotel celebrates 90th anniversary
The oldest luxury hotel in Israel and one of the most veteran hotels in the country, the King David was completed December 30, 1930.
The two flags in the lobby of Jerusalem's iconic King David Hotel come as a surprise. Like all hotels in Israel – other than those being used for quarantined guests – the hotel is officially closed, but in fact has been operating throughout the pandemic in cooperation with Health
The two flags in the lobby of Jerusalem's iconic King David Hotel come as a surprise. Like all hotels in Israel – other than those being used for quarantined guests – the hotel is officially closed, but in fact has been operating throughout the pandemic in cooperation with Health Ministry regulations.
The famed hotel has still been accommodating visiting heads of state, prime ministers, foreign ministers and various foreign delegations. For several weeks, it also served as the unofficial office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while the Prime Minister's Office was undergoing renovations. It was a natural choice, considering Netanyahu's frequent visits there over the years to meet with visiting dignitaries.
Whenever the hotel is hosting foreign dignitaries, the flags of their countries are placed in a prominent position in the lobby. The two flags now were those of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
The oldest luxury hotel in Israel, construction of the King David was completed on December 30, 1930, and officially opened for business in early 1931.
When interviewed last July for The Jerusalem Post's In Jerusalem supplement, the hotel's general manager Tamir Kobrin – a native Jerusalemite who was then relatively new, having worked abroad for most of his professional life – was brimming with ideas for the hotel's 90th anniversary celebrations.
The hotel was then fully closed, and Kobrin apologized to his interviewer for not even being able to offer her a cup of coffee.
But this week, things were different. There were two or three people in the lounge and some half dozen in the coffee shop, where all meals are currently being served.
Due to Health Ministry requirements, the sumptuous buffet breakfasts, for which the King David is famous, have been put on hold until further notice, and guests are served a la carte from a limited menu.
The gala event that the general manager had planned for the hotel's 90th anniversary has likewise been put on hold indefinitely, although there will be a series of events throughout the year.
Kobrin is cautiously optimistic that change will gradually come during the summer, but during a period of great uncertainty, he is not sure whether tourism will be revived with a boom or a trickle.
Meanwhile, 2021 is starting well with the projected farewell visit by US Vice President Mike Pence, just ahead of the changing of the guard at the White House.
The Americans have ordered 400 rooms. The King David doesn't have 400 rooms, and the surplus will be accommodated at Jerusalem's Waldorf Astoria, which is a five-minute walk away.
The big challenge, said Kobrin, is staff – not just for the King David but for the hotel industry as a whole.
Two of the most important qualities of any hotel are service and food.
A good chef, even in bad times, remains a chef, even if he takes on other employment on a temporary basis. But regarding other hotel staff, if they find a good job elsewhere, they are unlikely to return to their old stomping grounds. Good service takes a lot of training, and service is not a particularly strong Israeli trait.
"So much talent has left the industry," said Tamir. Of the 450 people employed by the King David, 300 are sitting at home. He can't even roster them, because if he does, they will lose their unemployment benefits.
As for the industry as a whole, Kobrin is worried that Israeli hotel staff will be unable to meet the standards of the Gulf states, where hotel service is absolutely superb. With the anticipated flow of tourism from countries with which Israel is signing peace and normalization agreements, it becomes doubly important for Israel to raise its service standards.
When it is suggested to Kobrin that he can import workers from the Gulf, he laughs and replies that he can't do that while Israelis are out of work. "I have to give first priority to local people."
For the time being, he is happy that there are foreign dignitaries and delegations at the hotel every week, and that his assistant Sheldon Ritz – a 23-year veteran of the Dan chain, with 20 of those years spent at the King David – is in charge of the foreign guests and on excellent terms with all the embassies.
As for the 90th anniversary of the hotel, there will be various exhibitions to interest those guests that the hotel is permitted to accommodate, including a change of the signature line.
Anyone who comes to the hotel, whether to stay or for an event, is always fascinated by the long line of signatures of famous guests, some of whom have made history. Facsimiles of the signatures have been enlarged and can be inspected along the hotel's main corridor.
The exhibition of photographs of famous guests will also be updated, and a new film about the hotel is in the offing.
Over the past three years, several new hotels have opened in Jerusalem, including luxury hotels – and yet another luxury hotel not far from the King David is in the process of completion.
Does the increase in competition pose a problem for the King David?
"There are 16 luxury hotels in London," replied Kobrin. "Most people would not be able to name them, but nearly every international traveler has heard of the Savoy, which still draws them in."
For Kobrin, the King David is Israel's Savoy.
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I've worked on one "sliver building" so far. It was a highrise on the upper west side - still under construction. Typical NYC lot, about 2,500 SF (25' wide by 100' deep). We took it to 21 stories and roughly 24' wide (you need to leave a gap at each lot line for seismic movement - sway). Overall building height was roughly 221' and the building was 24' wide. It's not record breaking, but that's narrow. So narrow you actually need (2) structural engineers. One to design the building and another to "peer review". The "slenderness ratio" (a measure of how tall to narrow a building is) was 9.2:1. The building was essentially a concrete tube. We fought for every inch of clear space inside. It was a lot of back and forth with the structural engineer. The building was designed as 1 unit per floor with the elevator opening straight into the unit. Even with this configuration FDNY requires 2 means of egress connected by a public corridor (in new Code, in 1968 Code you can forgo the corridor and provide 2 intervening halls/vestibules). So we would need a scissor stair, a "public" corridor (so fire could access both stairs), and an interior corridor to circulate the unit. It was a bear to plan. We also have the second most stringent energy code in the country (NY) and on top of that the building would be Zone Green certified so we needed to be an additional 20% more efficient (+/-). It was fun to figure out. It was a constant back and forth with structural and MEP to figure out how to stick 10lbs of "stuff" in a 5lbs bag. Structurally the majority of the shell was reinforced cast in place concrete with the slabs being anywhere from 8"-12". The concrete cost was high per sf (relative to more horizontal projects). A small portion of the shell would be CMU (we tried to use ICF but budget didn't permit). Mechanically it was VRF as most projects are now a days. We saved shaft space by placing half the condensers at ground level and piping up with the remainder at the roof and piping down.
So how are these buildings able to be built? Lots of reinforced concrete (we typically don't use steel for residential projects in NYC and these small floor plates would be inefficient for uses beyond residential). Careful and arduous space planning. Creative teams of people who enjoy pushing the limits and solving a problem.
In closing, we'll look at this incredible project - 111 West 57th Street. SHOP architects (WSP structural engineers) with JDS developing. Slenderness ratio of 24:1!!! Most of us won't be living here anytime soon as the average selling price is $6,500/SF. I've been watching it come together. It's a good looking building. Kudos to them for consistently putting out amazing work.
EDIT: Abbreviations expanded below:
CMU = concrete masonry unit (concrete block) ICF = insulated concrete forms (it's an inverted concrete block where you start with a foam/insulated block and pour concrete into it - has a high insulation value)
VRF = variable refrigerant flow system (split system - refrigerant is moved from an outside condenser to an inside air handler via 2 or 3 pipes)
MEP = mechanical/electrical/plumbing
WSP= WSP Global (a structural engineering firm). To be honest I've never known nor can I find on their website what the initials stand for. They are a conglomerate and I know of at least 1 firm they've absorbed, so that could be how it happened.
Earth is the only planet in the Solar System with plate tectonics.
2. The earths rotation is slowing down gradually. However its so minimal (17 milliseconds per hundred years) that it will be about 140 million years from now before it reaches 25 hours
3. Earth is struck by lightning 100 time per second that's 8.6 million times per day
4. The earth tilts at roughly 66 degrees
5. If you drill a tunnel straight through the earth and jumped in, then it would take you about 42 minutes to get to other side
6. Scientists now believe that we were once not alone in our orbit around the Sun – we had a "twin" planet we call Theia, which was the size of Mars and was 60 degrees either in front or behind our Big Blue Ball. One afternoon about 4.533 billion years ago, Theia crashed into the Earth; most of the planet was absorbed, but a large chunk blew off and combined with materials from our planet to create the Moon. Why do we think this? It's because our Moon is unusually large for a planet of our size and has metallic isotopes similar to those on Earth.
7. So we've (allegedly) been to the Moon and to Mars, but guess what? We have barely begun to visit the depth of our vast oceans. In fact, less than 10% of the deep blue seas have been explored. The ocean contains 97% of our water and 99% of the living area. While we have identified 212,906 marine species, there are possibly 25 million more that we DON'T know about.
8. Researchers calculate the age of the Earth by dating both the oldest rocks on the planet and meteorites that have been discovered on Earth (meteorites and Earth formed at the same time, when the solar system was forming). Their findings? Earth is about 4.54 billion years old.
(Photo shown here, what may be the oldest known rocks on Earth, called the Nuvvuagittuq Belt on the coast of the Hudson Bay in Northern Quebec, and dating back to 4.28 billion years ago, scientists estimate.)
9. Rocks can walk on Earth, at least they do at the pancake-flat lakebed called Racetrack Playa in Death Valley. There, a perfect storm can move rocks sometimes weighing tens or hundreds of pounds. Most likely, ice-encrusted rocks get inundated by meltwater from the hills above the playa, according to NASA researchers. When everything's nice and slick, a stiff breeze kicks up, and whoosh, the rock is off.
10. Lakes can explode
I'm not kidding! In Cameroon and on the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo there are three deadly lakes: Nyos, Monoun and Kivu. All three are crater lakes that sit above volcanic earth. Magma below the surface releases carbon dioxide into the lakes, resulting in a deep, carbon dioxide-rich layer right above the lakebed. That carbon dioxide can be released in an explosion, asphyxiating any passersby. Photo shows water at normal and explosion times. Now projects have started to debunk the methane below the lake.
11.Earth used to be purple
It used to be purple … well, life on early Earth may have been just as purple as it is green today, suspects Shil DasSarma, a microbial geneticist at the University of Maryland. Ancient microbes, he said, might have used a molecule other than chlorophyll to harness the sun's rays, one that gave the organisms a violet hue, he suggests.
DasSarma thinks chlorophyll appeared after another light-sensitive molecule called retinal was already present on early Earth. Retinal, today found in the plum-colored membrane of a photosynthetic microbe called halobacteria, absorbs green light and reflects back red and violet light, the combination of which appears purple. The idea may explain why even though the sun transmits most of its energy in the green part of the visible spectrum, chlorophyll absorbs mainly blue and red wavelengths.
12. Earth is covered with cosmic dust
Every day our planet is sprinkled with fairy dust … or dust from the heavens. On a daily basis, about 100 tons of interplanetary material (mostly in the form of dust) drifts down to the Earth's surface. The tiniest particles are released by comets as their ices vaporize near the sun. (Shown here, a Hubble Space Telescope close-up image of part of NGC 7023, or the Iris Nebula, showing the area is clogged with cosmic dust.)
13. Throughout Earth's history, the magnetic poles have consistently and gradually flipped. Scientists think that the next switch could be in our near future. While scientists agree that another pole reversal wouldn't be catastrophic for human life, it could certainly create some unique problems in this technological age.
One thing scientists are fairly certain of is that the magnetic field would not completely disappear. It could possibly weaken, but it wouldn't suddenly let in enough solar radiation to destroy us all in some kind of sci-fi doomsday scenario. The shifting of the poles happens gradually — and in fact, the North Pole has been moving at a rate of about 64 km (40 miles) per year within the last century. That's actually quite a bit faster than it moved at the start of the 20th century when it traveled at just 16 km (10 miles) per year.
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