Prof: Hagai Levine: 'How long can people last in lockdown? People have limits' and Yad Vashem unveils digital exhibits for International Holocaust Remembrance Day and Bnei Brak Crackdown: 'This was a violent act of revenge by police' and World’s largest Holocaust memorial planned for Ukraine’s Babyn Yar ravine and Today is a Special Day for a payer for income and Marriage and health to fight the Covid-- Hebrew Prayer included
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Prof: Hagai Levine: 'How long can people last in lockdown? People have limits'
'Imposing rules people can't follow is folly.' Senior health official accuses gov't of pushing political interests rather than health needs.
The former chairman of Israel's physicians' union lambasted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis, accusing the government of deciding policy based on political interests rather than public health needs.
"We're seeing a disconnect between the instructions from the government, which aren't practical, and what's happening on the ground," Prof. Hagai Levine, who resigned as chief of the doctors' union to run for the Knesset on the Telem list, said during an interview with Kikar HaShabbat. "We're seeing a lack of solutions, no answers to a public which needs answers for how to live with the virus."
When asked why the current lockdown, which has lasted for roughly one month, including two weeks of intensified restrictions, has yet to significantly reduce infection rates, Prof. Levine said that after two prior lockdowns, the public has "grown weary" of government restrictions.
"This is a known phenomenon which we've seen around the world: 'Pandemic fatigue'. How long can kids stay out of school? How long can people survive without making a living? There are limits."
"Our recommendation, the recommendation of public medical physicians, was to employ a differential policy based on risk levels, differentiating both based on geography and based on the [risk-level] of activities."
Levine blasted the government for barring outdoor in-person studies and closing outdoor shopping centers, including Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market.
He also slammed the government's decision to limit the times public transportation is available, saying the move is counterproductive.
"We need to expand the times of public transportation. But instead they cut them. That's absurd. We need to expand the times so as to make it less crowded."
"We're making two mistakes. We both have more than 4,000 people dead – most of whose deaths were preventable – and also extreme lockdowns that don't make sense and simply crush Israeli society, health, the economy and creates tension between the different sectors of the population."
"The main problem is mass indoor gatherings…if you're invited to such an event, don't go, that is a real danger."
"Imposing rules, making decrees, which the public can't adhere to is folly. Then you end up both having infections, because people end up doing other things, and you have people blaming entire sectors of the population, and we still have people dying."
Levine accused the government of implementing coronavirus policy based on political interests, and hinted that the decisions taken were intended to help Prime Minister Netanyahu personally.
"I couldn't remain silent any longer. When I was in the 'experts cabinet' they told me straight out – and all of the members there know this – 'the decisions are political based on personal interests'."
"What happened in the end? Netanyahu's trial was delayed. He needed to come in and say that under no circumstances will he have his trial delayed so as to not arouse suspicions."
"The thing that hurts the public's trust in the government the most is when politicians make decisions based not on the public's health needs but based instead on their own political interests."
Today is a special blessing for your income and marriage and health to fight the Covid!
Once a Year: Don't Miss This Special Segulah for Livelihood
on Tuesday of Parshat Beshalach the Chapter of the "Mahn" should be said
In the Name of the Holy Rabbi Mendel of Riminov it was said that it is a special segulah (spiritual omen) to say the chapter of the 'mahn' twice and translated once on the Tuesday of the week we read Beshalach in that Shabbat.
Why? What is so special about the chapter about the mahn?
1. In the Sefer Hayashar the "Book of the Straight" from Rabbenu Tam it is written that: "The main trait of all good traits is faith and trust, to believe with complete faith that the Creator blessed be He, is the leader and watches over everyone and provides each individual what he lacks. And that a person cannot even touch a hair breadth of what is prepared for his friend.
Through this he will come to trust as his heart will be sure and secure with G-d that all that is prepared for him from G-d will get to him without any extra effort and he won't spend his days with worries and vanities trying to amass wealth for he believes and has faith that he has no ability of his own rather what is budgeted for him from the heavens that is what he will have – no more and no less."
2. Rabbeinu Bachya explains why G-d made the mahn fall at night. "And they would awaken in the morning and find their food ready with no effort in order to teach them that one who goes in G-d's path will find his sustenance without toil and effort."
3. This is why it is brought down in the Shulchan Aruch (code of laws) 1,5, that it's good to say the chapter of the akeda- Binding every morning and the chapter of the mahn. The Rabbeinu Bachya adds that whoever says the Chapter of the Mahn every day is guaranteed never to lack sustenance. The Tashbatz says in the name of the Jerusalem Talmud that whoever says the chapter of the mahn daily will never lack for sustenance and he adds "I guarantee this". This is because a person will always know where to turn when lacking livelihood.
4.The Taz explains that "This is in order that a person believes all his sustenance comes providentially from on High."
5.The Mishna Berurah adds: "This teaches us that more effort doesn't help. Just as 'the one who added mahn more than his portion didn't have more' and 'the one who took less didn't have less' everyone had an omer per head as ordained from heaven. From this man should learn that more effort for livelihood add more income and food and the opposite, less effort won't diminish his income and livelihood and G-d will fill in what he lacks according to what was decreed."
6. The opposite is also true. Whoever lacks faith in G-d will diminish his blessing and livelihood. The Chiddushei HaRim explains that G-d commanded a jar of mahn be preserved for future generations for all to see that G-d provides endlessly for the ones who fear Him. Those who chase after their livelihood with worry and fear that they'll lack bread and have no faith in G-d blessed be He who truly watches overall and provides for all of his creations without any stop at all, they cause harm to their blessing sent from above and, so to speak, weaken G-d's ability to bestow good on them and bring about a lack upon themselves."
7. There is a custom to bring food to the birds before this Shabbat. Rabbi Elimelech Biderman explains that the source of this is that: "Birds approaching their food to bend their heads down and take the food and immediately lift their heads upwards and the repeat this cycle as they eat; down and up. This teaches us that one should expend some effort for livelihood but remember to immediately lift up your head and hope to G-d for He is the one who will provide you with your livelihood."
8. We said before in the Name of the Holy Rabbi Mendel of Riminov that it is a special segulah to say the chapter of the 'mahn' twice and translated once on the Tuesday of the the week we read Beshalach that Shabbat.
Bnei Brak Crackdown: 'This was a violent act of revenge by police'
After police attacked in Bnei Brak, hundreds of riot cops descend on the city, firing dozens of stun grenades and attack locals.
Israeli police are under fire Friday morning over what some are calling the use of excessive force in response to disturbances in the city of Bnei Brak overnight.
Hundreds of heavily-armed special Yassam riot police officers, with a police helicopter overhead to direct them, were deployed to Bnei Brak overnight, after a civilian vehicle carrying police officers was attacked by dozens of yeshiva students.
The car was damaged during the attack, and one female police officer was lightly injured.
Police raided the yeshiva which the alleged assailants are said to be affiliated with, arresting six suspects.
But locals say police indiscriminately attacked residents, beating passersby with batons and firing stun grenades at crowds, even when those targeted were not attacking the officers.
In a statement released overnight, the police department said that it had deployed officers to disperse rioters, some of whom had thrown stones at officers.
"Police are continuing at this moment to disperse violent disturbances and riots in Bnei Brak, during which stones were thrown at officers and tires set on fire at intersections in the center of the city. Police have arrested six suspects."
Religious Zionism Party chief MK Bezalel Smotrich condemned the police operation, calling it a "violent revenge spree" against residents of Bnei Brak.
"There is absolutely no justification for this violence revenge spree and indiscriminate [use of force] by police last night in Bnei Brak. Effective, targeted law enforcement, yes. Aggressive, indiscriminate violence against civilians – absolutely no."
MK Yitzhak Pindros (United Torah Judaism) also condemned the police department's handling of the incident.
"Last night proved once again the need to form a parliamentary committee to probe police behavior. It is unacceptable that in response to a serious incident, police forces operate on the streets of Bnei Brak in a wild spree of vengeance."
"It makes no sense for an entire city to be lit up with stun grenades in the middle of the night because of a handful of criminals who have been firmly rejected by public representatives. Instead of arresting the rioters, the police attacked the city and its residents for something they didn't do."
Yad Vashem unveils digital exhibits for International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jan. 27 marks the day the world officially remembers those who perished during the Holocaust. This year's International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in Poland.
Approximately 1.1 million souls perished in Auschwitz.
This year, Yad Vashem is marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a plethora of digital exhibitions. From the "My Lost Childhood" exhibit to the IRemember Wall and a virtual tour of the Block 27 memorial at Auschwitz.
"We have dozens upon dozens of photos of children from their homes," Yona Kobo, the curator at Yad Vashem who created the "My Lost Childhood" exhibition, said. "If you look at the photos, they look so happy, smiling and dancing. But behind those behind those happy, smiling faces, there are a lot of tragedies."
Child survivors from Poland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Germany and France were placed into homes where they could regain a sense of normal life, as well as return to their Jewish faith.
"We bridge the gap between the happy faces and what they went through," Kobo said. "We want people to understand what it means to be a child survivor. They were robbed of everything from family members to school. People they met usually wanted to kill them."
Many of the child survivors, once they were old enough to do so, moved to Israel in the Jewish State's early years.
The anecdotes that Yad Vashem includes in this exhibit are highly detailed, telling not only stories of survival, but of triumph amid the worst of all scenarios. One of the heart-warming stories is of the "Buchenwald Boys," who were moved to the children's home in Écouis, France after the war.
"One of the stories here is about Zvi Unger, who was about 14 years old," Kobo said. "He came from a family of nine siblings, and he lost all of them. He found himself alone at Auschwitz. He said he became some kind of an animal, only listening to his instinct and listening to no one."
The IRemember Wall is enhanced this year to personalize the experience of remembering people who perished during the Holocaust. People who register for it can either be randomly matched with someone's name and memory, and they can pick a specific victim who they are related to or have a personal connection with. Yad Vashem's Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names includes more than 4.8 million Jewish people who died during the Holocaust.
Finally, the digitization of Block 27 is something that Yad Vashem never did before. The block is a memorial in Auschwitz-Birkenau, which was prepared by Yad Vashem and debuted in 2013. It boasts galleries, a massive book of names of people who perished and a room dedicated to the memory of children who were murdered.
"Although we have Yom HaShoah, this is something that goes beyond Israel," Kobo said. "We're not only talking about the Jewish tragedy because this happened to mankind."
World's largest Holocaust memorial planned for Ukraine's Babyn Yar ravine
Reversing plans to build one central museum at the site of the Holocaust's largest open-air massacre, the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center (BYHMC) announced plans on January 21 to construct 12 buildings across 370-acres of the filled-in Kyiv ravine where over 100,000 people were slaughtered during World War II.
On September 29 and 30, 1941, German Nazis and Ukrainian collaborators murdered 33,771 Jews at "Grandmother's Ravine" on the edge of Ukraine's capital. An additional 70,000 people were murdered at Babyn Yar during the next three years, including Jews, Ukrainian resisters, Roma, and disabled people.
"Currently, there are far too many people unaware of the nature of the place," BYHMC artistic director Ilya Khrzhanovsky told The Times of Israel. "If you visit Babyn Yar today, you will see families relaxing and playing as if it were a regular park." Referring to Babyn Yar as "Europe's largest mass grave," the memorial center said "the new museum complex will transform the area from a place of terror and killing, into a place of peace and tranquility."
By way of comparison, Israel's Yad Vashem campus is about one-eighth the size of the complex planned for Kyiv.
One of the new museums will memorialize the "Holocaust by Bullets" in which 1.5 million Jews were murdered across Ukraine and Eastern Europe. During this initial phase of the genocide, German "Einsatzgruppen" units partnered with local collaborators to murder Jews close to where they lived.
In addition to several museum buildings, the plan calls for a structure depicting the names of victims and a "religious/spiritual center" complete with a synagogue, church and mosque. There will also be research and education centers on-site.
As chair of the BYHMC supervisory board, Israeli human rights icon Natan Sharansky knows first-hand about the suppression of Holocaust memory. Growing up in Soviet-era Ukraine, Sharansky learned nothing about the events at Babyn Yar. [TOI]
Rabbi Meir Kahane- Parshat Bo
MOSES: FANATIC AND EXTREMIST
Nine plagues have descended upon Egypt. Pharaoh, reeling under pressure from his noblemen and servants, capitulates. He tells Moses: "Go, worship the L-rd; only let your flocks and your herds stay behind" (Exodus 10:24).
Consider, dear Jew. After 210 years of slavery, the Hebrews have been told that they can leave! FREEDOM, AT LAST! Pharaoh has capitulated! All he gives is one small condition, so unimportant in view of the fact that he has agreed to Jewish freedom. Go, he has told the Hebrews; all I ask is that you leave your flocks and your herds.
The Hebrew, bursting with joy and anticipation, wait for the "official" acceptance by Moses, the sage and stable leader, his agreement that will open the door to freedom. And Moses? He replies: "You must also give into our hands sacrifices and burnt offerings that we may offer them to the L-rd, our G-d. And our livestock, as well, will go with us; there shall not be a hoof left behind" (Exodus 10:25-26).
Picture the Hebrews! Picture the Jewish leaders of TODAY, had they been there! "Moses! Have you LOST YOUR MIND??? We have been slaves for 210 years and now we can go free! Give him the animals! Agree to his unimportant condition. Make the insignificant compromise so that we can enjoy freedom and peace. Moses, what is this extremism and fanaticism? Freedom now, peace now! Give him the flocks!"
But, no. Moses, the greatest of Jewish leaders, refuses. There will be no compromise. There cannot be a compromise, for we are not speaking here about mere "freedom." The Jewish people is not a nation like all others with nationalistic strivings for independence and freedom. The liberation of the Jew was not a nationalist struggle for secular freedom. The entire breaking of the Egyptian yoke of bondage was a RELIGIOUS struggle, the war of the L-rd, G-d of Israel, against Pharaoh who mocked Him and refused to recognize Him as the one and only G-d.
From the first moment that Moses came into the palace and told the Egyptian emperor, ruler over the mightiest of all the empires of his time, "Thus says the L-rd, G-d of Israel: Let My people go..." and Pharaoh replied, "Who is the L-rd that I should obey His voice...? I know not the L-rd, and I will not let Israel go!" (Exodus 5:2), the battle was joined. The battle against Chillul Hashem; the battle against the arrogance of the nations who dare to proclaim, "I know not the L-rd"; the battle for Kiddush Hashem, the recognition and acceptance of the L-rd, G-d of Israel, as the one G-d, as the G-d of the universe.
Kiddush Hashem! That is what the story of the Exodus is about! And Kiddush Hashem brooks NO COMPROMISE, NOT THE SLIGHTEST!!! There MUST BE TOTAL SURRENDER, TOTAL ACCEPTANCE OF THE L-RD AND HIS PEOPLE'S SOVEREIGNTY AND POWER.
There is more.
The tenth and final plague now strikes Egypt. In every home, the firstborn dies; there is not a house in which there is no dead. It is midnight but Pharaoh rushes through the streets and cries out to Moses: "Rise up and leave from the midst of my people, both you and the Children of Israel, and go serve the L-rd as you have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, AND BE GONE!" (Exodus 12:31-32). AT LAST, TOTAL CAPITULATION! Unconditional surrender! But leave NOW, immediately, in the middle of the night!
Dear Jew, surely the moment has come. What could even the worst fanatic and extremist want after this surrender?
Moses says to Pharaoh: "Are we then thieves that we should leave in the night? We will not leave except with a mighty arm before the eyes of all of Egypt!" (Tanchuma, Bo 7).
Ah, the fanatic and extremist...He lays down yet another rule of Kiddush Hashem. Sanctification and the proclamation of G-d's omnipotence and sovereignty CANNOT BE A HIDDEN, SILENT, DISCREET THING. It MUST be done OPENLY, with a proclamation before the nations, with trumpets and drums. NO FEAR, NO ATTEMPT TO KEEP A LOW PROFILE, NO EFFORT TO "AVOID ANTAGONIZING THE NATIONS." Openly, loudly, with a public majesty that proclaims the majesty and kingship of the L-rd, G-d of Israel, who is one!
If Moses were alive today and were he to lay down these iron rules of Kiddush Hashem, what would the gentilized Hebrews of Israel and the Hellenists of the Establishment in the Exile say?
The lesson is clear: Their gentilized thoughts are not those of the G-d of Israel. What to them is a "fanatic" and "extremist," in Torah eyes and to authentic Judaism is principle and the iron rule of Judaism. Those who believe in nothing but themselves will always be "flexible"- except when their own interests are threatened. Those who believe in nothing will always be ready to "compromise," since they stand on no principle that is stable and untouchable. Parshat Bo teaches us about the greatest of all Jewish concepts, Kiddush Hashem, and the greatest of Jewish leaders, Moses-
.The Fanatic and Extremist. The Jewish Press, 1988