Lockdowns the partial cause of the Texas Power Disaster and Moses · by David Steinberg from 1971 and 9 magnificent ancient mosaics of Israel and The Anti Defamation League has forgotten its mission by Johnathan Tobin and A tale of two ambassadors Will you be part of the 80% or the 20%? by Rabbi Nachman Kahana -Fast of Esther with many people not to fast on Thursday with three days Purim to follow
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A tale of two ambassadors Will you be part of the 80% or the 20%? by Rabbi Nachman Kahana
Several years and several ambassadors ago, I was invited by the Orthodox Union in Israel to speak at a function together with the then US ambassador, whose identity is now irrelevant except for the fact that he is an Orthodox Jew. The topic was "Land for Peace".
There were about three hundred people attending the function which took place at the present-day Leonardo Hotel on King George Street in the heart of Yerushalayim.
In his remarks, the US ambassador reiterated the US policy of Israel withdrawing from Shomron and Yehuda in return for peace; meaning withdrawing from the heartland of Eretz Yisrael in return for a promise of peace. Not worth the piece of paper it would be written on. (It reminds me of a political cartoon depicting an Indian chief in full regalia saying, "Now let me tell you something about land for piece").
I was not terribly moved by the ambassador's seemingly erudite but suicidally cloaked suggestions, because he was just saying what he was paid to. I recall how he finished his speech.
He said he wanted to read from the writings of the fathers, and then proceeded to quote from Presidents Washington, Jefferson and other great Americans.
With this ingenious closing the ambassador had put me into a feisty mood and I was preparing for the "suerte de muleta" (the final passes that the toreador makes with a read cape to finish off the bull).
After greeting the ambassador and the audience, I continued by pointing out the many historic, religious and security pitfalls and deficiencies in the US position. Here are my closing remarks:
"Distinguished Ambassador, I envy you. You know very clearly who you represent; you are the United States Ambassador to the State of Israel.
My problem is that I too, as a Kohen, am an ambassador. However, I don't know who I represent exactly. In tractate Yoma of the Gemara it states clearly that Kohanim are ambassadors (shlichim), but it was not clear to the Talmudic scholars if we are Hashem's ambassadors to Am Yisrael or Am Yisrael's ambassadors to Hashem. The Gemara goes on to present a practical halakhic situation that depicts the difference between the two."
Then I said: "Honorable Ambassador, I too would like to end my speech by quoting from the writings of our fathers," and proceeded to read from Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) from the siddur which is always with me. I held up the siddur for all to see and began reading. At the end I said, "Honorable Ambassador - Let's not be confused - these are the writings of OUR fathers".
Over the last four years, we have had the unique privilege of having the honorable Mr. David Friedman as the US Ambassador to our country.
President Donald J. Trump performed many impressive and courageous acts in his four years as President of the United States in the areas of the economy, national security, budget, illegal immigration and much more; but his appointment of Mr. Friedman to serve as the US Ambassador to the State of Israel was a divinely inspired stroke of genius.
President Trump, Ambassador Friedman and others advanced our sovereignty in real terms over the land more than any previous administration and will in all probability be the last truly pro-Zionist administration in US history.
Ambassador Friedman was involved in major activities, such as transferring the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to our nation's capital, Yerushalayim, recognizing our sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and the legality of our settlements in Shomron and Yehuda, and closing the US Consulate in East Yerushalayim – the primary purpose of which had originally been to foster Arab interests at the expense of the Jewish State.
During his tenure as ambassador, he brought the military wing of the two nations closer than ever before, especially in the areas of shared intelligence where Israel is a major player in the shadowy world of national security, and he succeeded in procuring workable agreements of a growing number of Arab States toward normalization with the Jewish State.
Last week the Knesset paid tribute to the ambassador's contributions to Israel. Mr. Friedman, in a very moving speech, pointed out that as the number of Jews in the world decreases due to assimilation and low birthrate, the population of Israel has increased from six hundred thousand Jews in 1948 to over seven7 million today. He proudly acknowledged that he is a Torah observant Jew and that his love for Eretz Yisrael is part of his worldview. He ended his remarks by stating that the future of the Jewish people is only here in Medinat Yisrael.
Dear Ambassador Friedman, we are both Kohanim. It is my personal wish that when the Bet HaMikdash is rebuilt on the Temple Mount, I merit to serve together with you in the performance of our common mission as ambassadors of Hashem to Am Yisrael and as Am Yisrael's ambassadors to Hashem.
As down payment for your services to our people, Hashem has presented you with a special gift.
The previous ambassador who read from the writings of the "founding fathers of America" is one of many ambassadors who served in the US State Department. Does anyone remember their names? However, the name of David Friedman will always be remembered when enlightened people discuss the modern history of the holy city of Yerushalayim.
Will you be part of the 80% or the 20%?
Hashem is the creator of time and the master of timing; notwithstanding our inability to always appreciate His elusive subtleties. Chazal tell us that the ten plagues occurred over a period of one year, during which time the servitude ceased, and the Jewish people were able to sit back as spectators to enjoy the sweet taste and smell of revenge.
However, during this time there raged a fiery, no-holds-barred national debate on the essential issue of the day. It divided families, turned friends into enemies, and bisected tribal and gender lines. It was approached from every available logical angle: religious, national, philosophical, familial, and social. The davening in shuls was interspersed with exclamations of anger from all sides, even the usual chatter during the 'Torah reading regarding the Aswan security exchange was set aside in the face of this issue.
It was an unprecedented life-and-death issue that transcended everyone's ability to analyze potential variants or project the influence of the decisions on present and future generations. It required a soul-searching and deeply penetrating probe of every person's conscience.
Moshe Rabbeinu, Hashem's personal ambassador to His nation Yisrael, laid out Hashem's immediate and future plans for His people. They would leave Egypt, receive the Torah at Mount Chorev, and then physically expel or even kill millions of Canaanites living in Eretz Yisrael in order to inherit the land, as promised to Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya'akov.
The immensity of the plan caused 80% of the Jews to recoil in disbelief. How could they, a people born in slavery and broken in body and spirit, go out into the foreboding desert, and then make war on seven Canaanite nations who were strategically divided into 31 powerful city states? Where would they get food and water in the desert? Who would heal their wounds and train them militarily? Did the idea that they would not enter the Holy Land as pious pilgrims, but as imperialistic conquerors run counter to the God-given traditions of compassion they had received from their parents?
The soon-to-be emancipated Jews claimed that according to religious logic, Hashem would give them the Torah and they would continue living in Egypt in peace and tranquility as benevolent rulers over their former masters. It would follow logic that, after several generations of experiencing freedom, they could come to Eretz Yisrael through some sort of political understanding or through historical evolution that would result in the disappearance of the millions of goyim inhabiting Eretz Yisrael.
Most of the Jews concluded that it was not possible that Moshe's declarations originated from the compassionate and loving God of our ancestors.
For them, emancipation from slavery meant that they could now sit in the front of the Alexandria express bus. They could eat in restaurants without the ubiquitous "No Hebs or dogs allowed" sign. The Egyptians would no longer call them "boy," but now they would be called "sir". They could walk with heads held high, because Moshe - one of their own - was the most popular figure in public life. These were the upper limits of their dreams: the bus, the restaurant, the respect. This is what emancipation is all about; and after so many tearful years it was finally achieved. "Now we can live again", they thought.
Then there were the other 20% who had no logical way to refute the claims of the majority, but nevertheless held on tenaciously to the belief that Moshe's message was directed to him by Hashem. That Hashem had far greater ambitions for the Jewish nation than just sitting behind the driver in the bus or being served by an Egyptian who would call them "sir". The Jewish people were destined to fulfill a spiritual mission in the world. They were to be Hashem's "shock troops" in the long battle of humanity which was to continue for the next five thousand years.
The person qualified to spearhead Hashem's agenda for humanity would have to be someone willing to leave the comforts of Egypt, face the harsh life of the desert and to confront the giants of Canaan.
The day of reckoning was not far off. During the plague of darkness, the 80% of "rational, humanitarian" Jews perished, and the remaining 20% left Egypt to take up Hashem's mission. We are the descendants of those 20%.
It is an unfortunate fact that we Jews are still fighting among ourselves along similar lines. There are Jews who are satisfied with being accepted at the local golf course and are no longer the object of whispers when they enter the boardroom. They feel elated when they turn to their local ADL (Anti-Defamation League) chapter, to file a protest with the sheriff who then orders the city workers to erase the death threat graffiti painted on their shul's entrance.
Fortunately, there were other Jews who set their sights on far greater horizons. Firstly, the Jews who never left the land from the time of the Roman conquest. Then there were the few who returned to Eretz Yisrael. In the 18th century they were students of the Vilna Gaon. In the 19th century they were Chassidic Jews, including my great grandparents who arrived in Tzfat in 1873. Then came the chalutzim (pioneers) who drained the swamps and died of malaria and fought the Arabs with little more than their bare hands. They were, and still are, the spirit of Am Yisrael throughout the generations who accepted the special destiny of being Hashem's "shock troops".
"There is nothing new under the sun", said Shlomo Hamelech in Kohelet. The same deviations of thought that existed in Egypt more than 3000 years ago are still alive and kicking today. Happy is the one who sees beyond the myopic vision of feeble contentment; and woe to those who cannot, or will not, rise to the status of the Creator's Chosen People.
Rabbi Nachman Kahana is a Torah scholar, author, teacher and lecturer, Founder and Director of the Center for Kohanim, Co-founder of the Temple Institute, Co-founder of Atara Leyoshna – Ateret Kohanim, was rabbi of Chazon Yechezkel Synagogue – Young Israel of the Old City of Jerusalem for 32 years,
9 magnificent ancient mosaics of Israel
In Roman times, a mosaic team manager earned 150 dinars a day, while a ship's carpenter earned only 60. But the work was backbreaking.
For such a small country, Israel sure boasts a huge number of ancient mosaics – some 7,000 of them, to be precise.
And those are just the ones that have been discovered and registered, with new archaeological digs or happy accidents regularly unearthing more ancient treasures.
The art of mosaics arrived in the Land of Israel from Rome around the time of Herod the Great 2,000 years ago. They were continuously created here through the 11th century, leaving us with documentation of Roman, Byzantine and early Arab culture in the area.
"Mosaics have an artistic component that tells of life during a certain period, about the mythology of the time, and there's also a very strong element of aesthetics," explains Jacques Neguer, the head of the Israel Antiquities Authority's art conservation department.
"In addition, there's also the information that appears in the inscriptions," he says. "For example, the mosaic discovered at Megiddo Prison is probably the floor of the earliest church to have been found in the world and is a very rich source of information, both technological and artistic, as well as relaying information about the way people lived in that time period."
The Megiddo mosaic bears many inscriptions, including the name of a lady who dedicated the altar to Jesus Christ, one of the earliest mentions of the name. The mosaic also features geometric shapes and a medallion with fish swimming at its center.
How old is it?
Neguer explains that the mosaics of the Land of Israel were influenced by the cultures surrounding it and the art coming from Egypt, Rome and Byzantium. Distinct styles emerged in different locations across the land.
Despite this great variety, many of the mosaics shared similar qualities, patterns and styles over the centuries – so much so that in many cases it's not possible to date the mosaics based only on the artwork. Archeologists must make use of the surrounding digs and inscriptions to determine their age.
"There are many mosaics with geometrical patterns that get repeated for hundreds of years. You can recognize the same style of mosaic that moves on from a synagogue to a church and then to a public building. It's the same sort of composition that transfers to different buildings," Neguer says.
This repetition and transfer of style makes sense, he notes, since mosaic artistry was probably a profession passed down generations in a family.
Being a mosaic artist paid pretty well: in Roman times, a mosaic team manager earned 150 dinars a day, while a carpenter on a Roman navy ship earned only 60. The price of a chicken at the time was 30 dinars.
"They made a lot of money. They were free men and not slaves and their status in society was quite high," Neguer says.
"But you have to take into account that making mosaics was very hard work. It included creating the materials, building the necessary infrastructure, cutting the stones, making a scale project and then the mosaic on site. By the end of the day your back would hurt."
Another 200 years?
Fast forward 2,000 years, and the workload is now focused on preserving the endeavors of those ancient artisans.
Neguer notes that the mosaics that have been uncovered in Israel will probably last another 200 or so years until being ruined by wear and tear. Somewhat surprisingly, that's not the end of the world as far as he's concerned.
"First of all, you don't preserve material, you preserve values," he explains. "The conservation of the mosaics preserves the values and information that constitutes the mosaic and its archeological context."
Originally, the mosaics' condition began to deteriorate once they were put into use, for example as floors of buildings that were continuously stepped on and eroded. That ancient condition was preserved for as long as they were covered in earth. The real deterioration begins the moment they are discovered and exposed to people, climate change, vandalism, pesticides and natural erosion.
Neguer says, "Neglect is something that's very typical to digs across the word. The right thing to do is to cover the mosaics inside the earth once again after the digs."
Endangered by time
Back in 1994, Neguer and the Israel Antiquities Authority carried out a survey on 100 sites out of the 7,000 (encompassing around 30,000 square meters of mosaics) and determined that over 50 percent of them were in danger.
Conservation efforts since then have reduced that number to around 35%, with an additional 35% determined to be in good condition and the remaining 30% in moderate condition.
"We've worked very hard, for some 25 years, to reach this stage," Neguer says.
The 50 or so mosaics that are situated in national parks are being looked after and enjoy maintenance and conservation work. The less famous mosaics and the ones in moderate condition can very quickly take a turn for the worse if they're not cared for.
"There are less budgets for saving sites that have mosaics but that aren't in tourist areas. Nobody's interested in them," he laments.
And while work is being carried out to preserve and even save sites of this kind, it requires continuous conservation work, maintenance and recovering in earth.
"The key for conservation is maintenance, it's not only a one-time job," he says. "You need to take care the whole time."
Having worked on countless mosaics throughout the country, Neguer has a personal favorite. Situated in Caesarea, it's called the "golden table" or the "golden panel."
The D-shaped mosaic did not serve as a mosaic floor but rather as an ornate tabletop. Its little squares and rectangles are made of thin layers of gold sandwiched between two layers of glass.
According to the experts, the glass-and-gold tabletop survived a fire that burned down the wooden table that it decorated. It was discovered lying face down on a mosaic floor at the villa.
"It's not a big mosaic, just one meter by one meter, but it's of such high quality. There's simply nothing like it in the world. I enjoy being able to visit it at the Israel Museum," he says.
Moses · by David Steinberg from 1971
The Anti Defamation League has forgotten its mission by Jonathan Tobin
The ADL's endorsement of impeachment and of silencing Parler show how far it is from the purpose for which it was created.
(JNS) With the U.S. House of Representatives poised to pass new articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the debate about the proper response to his role in last week's disgraceful and bloody Capitol riot has now moved to the next stage.
Some supporters of the president are sticking with him, despite his egging on protesters to march on the Capitol to pressure Congress to prevent the certification of the votes of the Electoral College, where they stormed into the shrine of democracy, and his failure to unequivocally condemn it as it was happening. His outrageous call to Georgia's secretary of state a few days before the riot urging him to effectively falsify that state's vote is also in question. Other Republicans believe that the president must be held accountable for his conduct and will support impeachment both because they feel it is the right thing to do and a necessary response to misconduct. They may also hope that it will make it easier for their party to be freed from the grip of Trump and his supporters in the future.
Still, even many of those who concede that the case for impeachment and conviction is strong, believe that pursuing it now—with only days left in Trump's term—is unwise and may do more harm than good in terms of the effort to heal the nation's wounds.
These are difficult questions, and regardless of their partisan affiliations, honorable people can come to different conclusions about them. It remains imperative that those who claim to speak in the name of the community avoid taking stands that will confuse Jewish interests with those of their secular political allies.
But is impeachment an issue on which the safety of the Jewish community depends?
You can make that argument about any political issue since, as Americans, just about any subject for debate will, in one way or another, impact the lives of Jewish citizens, as well as reflect our values and beliefs. There are many organizations whose purpose it is to advocate on subjects that are primarily secular rather than more parochial Jewish concerns. At the same time, for those organizations whose job is to defend specific Jewish interests, involvement in partisan politics is a perilous and often destructive temptation.
Whether it is a question of seeking support for Jewish communal needs, Israel or the fight against anti-Semitism, it remains imperative that those who claim to speak in the name of the community avoid taking stands that will confuse Jewish interests with those of their secular political allies.
Unfortunately, the leadership of the Anti-Defamation League has not only forgotten this principle but seems to think they no longer even have to pretend to be anything but a Democratic Party auxiliary group.
That became clear early on during Trump's term when, under the leadership of Jonathan Greenblatt—a former staffer in the Clinton and Obama administrations—the ADL began to adopt a tone of open hostility to the president. Greenblatt unceasingly sought to connect Trump's stands on immigration and other issues, as well as his intemperate rhetoric with extremist hate groups and white supremacists, despite there being no real evidence for their indictment of him. He blamed a series of bomb threats at Jewish community centers across America on Trump and never apologized when it turned out that they were the work of a disturbed Israeli teenager. And when a white-supremacist gunman attacked a Pittsburgh synagogue, murdering 11 Jewish worshippers, Greenblatt all but argued that Trump had caused the crime even though the extremist responsible opposed the president because of his support for Israel.
Further throwing caution to the winds, Greenblatt tweeted his opposition to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court within seconds of the announcement, no matter that there was no discernable Jewish issue at play, let alone one involving the ADL's brief on anti-Semitism.
So it's hardly surprising that Greenblatt has already declared ADL's support for impeaching Trump a second time.
That's a position a lot of Americans—and, no doubt, the majority of American Jews—agree with, and not all of them are partisan Democrats like Greenblatt. But the question here is: What in the world is a group whose purpose is to monitor and advocate against anti-Semitism doing involving itself in the debate about impeachment?
So let's not pretend that ADL is supporting impeachment because of anti-Semitism. It is doing so because it has long since decided that opposing Trump has become its priority.
It's true that there were a lot of open anti-Semites among the misguided crowd that assembled near the White House Ellipse to cheer the president's claims of election fraud. Their presence was even more obvious in the ranks of the mob that assaulted the Capitol. But there were Jews and others who had nothing to do with anti-Semitic hate among the president's supporters who gathered to applaud him that day. And some were even among those who joined the attack on Congress.
As a rule of thumb, the mere presence of anti-Semites and hate groups doesn't necessarily turn a protest or riot into a Jewish issue. If it did, then the ADL would have joined those in the Jewish world who opposed the "mostly peaceful" Black Lives Matter protests last summer because some of the organizing groups involved were guilty of Jew-hatred. The ADL was opposed to tying the entire BLM movement to the anti-Semitism of some of its leaders, like former Women's March president Tamika Mallory, who was the driving force behind the agitation over the police shooting of Breonna Taylor.
So let's not pretend that ADL is supporting impeachment because of anti-Semitism. It is doing so because it has long since decided that opposing Trump has become its priority.
If that weren't bad enough, Greenblatt has gone all-in on support for Internet censorship, supporting not just shutting down the accounts of neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers, but also the efforts of social-media oligarchs to shutter Parler—a site created in order to provide a safe place for free speech for conservatives. While some anti-Semites might have used Parler, ADL is effectively supporting the monopoly of Twitter, which continues to allow left-wing and Islamist anti-Semites free reign on their platform. In effect, ADL has put itself firmly on the side of Big Tech control of national discourse, a more ominous and effective threat to democracy than the futile violence of the Capitol rioters.
Why has it gone down this road?
Not all of the blame is the result of having a partisan hack as its CEO. Its major donors and board seem to be just as uninterested in the ADL sticking to its job of impartially opposing anti-Semitism and supporting the Jewish state as Greenblatt. If not, they might have tempered some of their anti-Trump zeal because of the fact that he was the most pro-Israel president ever to sit in the White House. In this most hyper-partisan moment in memory, ADL's leadership is betting its future on the proposition that being a liberal political organization is safer and more popular than doing the important job for which it was created.
That's a shame, because unlike a lot of national Jewish groups, ADL still has an actual purpose and possessed a uniquely respected brand that was nurtured under Greenblatt's predecessors. But by aligning itself so closely with the Democratic Party and left-wing partners like veteran race-baiter Al Sharpton—whose incendiary anti-Semitic rhetoric helped incite the Crown Heights riots in 1991—it is rightly no longer viewed as a nonpartisan organization that can be trusted as an impartial authority when defining Jew-hatred.
So while there is nothing intrinsically wrong about supporting impeachment at this juncture, having a Jewish group whose purpose is fighting anti-Semitism embrace that cause is a dereliction of duty that in a saner time might have doomed it to irrelevance. American Jews still need the ADL. Sadly, the ADL doesn't seem to think it needs to stick to defending Jewish interests.
Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNS—Jewish News Syndicate. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin.
Lockdowns the partial cause of the Texas Power Disaster by
Texas is right now consumed in debate over the question of how the catastrophic power and water outages could have happened. Some people are ready to put the blame on the fragility of wind power while others say that this is unfair scapegoating. It's a hugely important discussion, given that at least 24 deaths are due to loss of power and that is probably only the beginning.
What seems to have escaped notice, however, is the role that Covid-related lockdowns may have played in reducing inspections and preparations for a possibly brutal winter. With so much of normal life shut down during the spring and summer, and so many people finding every excuse to Zoom meet rather than go to work, power plants were subject to neglect.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) – a quasi-government entity – "manages the flow of electric power on the Texas Interconnection that supplies power to more than 25 million Texas customers – representing 90 percent of the state's electric load." It is also responsible for inspections, training, and maintenance such as preparing for extreme weather.
An investigation by NBC found that ERCOT "did not conduct any on-site inspections of the state's power plants to see if they were ready for this winter season. Due to COVID-19 they conducted virtual tabletop exercises instead – but only with 16% of the state's power generating facilities."
Thus in compliance with all the restrictions, and possibly also in order to avoid a germ, ERCOT shelved all its usual preparations in favor of pretend exercises. You can even see this from its board minutes dated October 8, 2020. Many of the regulations operations are suspended or made virtual. Some training was extended from 6 to 12 weeks with the option of being online. Board member Erik Johnson raised a warning flag: "This would significantly impact our ability to conduct continuing training for ERCOT operators."
There is of course no way to know just yet whether lockdowns and virtualization of just about everything had the decisive impact on causing vast swaths of the state to go dark in the midst of life-threatening temperatures. The demand for power in Texas was unprecedented. The system had never been tested so hard. The unexpected freezing of wind turbines did not help.
In the search for answers here, lockdowns should be considered as a probable contributing factor. It should not be a surprise that when you forcibly shut down normal life functioning, normal life functioning shuts down. That includes hugely important operations that we otherwise take for granted, such as making sure a region's energy and water supply are prepared to deal with extreme temperatures.
Lockdowns have led to a grim litany of horrors. Some of these are expected, such as an increase in hunger, drug and alcohol abuse, suicides, trauma in children locked out of schools, unemployment, and bankruptcies. That lifespans in the US may have suddenly taken a deep dive, not wholly due to a virus, would hardly be a surprise.
In addition, there might be many more unforeseeable relationships between lockdowns and other terrible outcomes that might otherwise not have an obvious direct relationship.
It was a massive priority of the earlier generation of public health experts that society continue to function as normally as possible during a pandemic. A new infectious disease, they believed, should be treated as a medical problem to manage, not an opportunity to try out a new socio-political experiment in shutting down life itself. That power plants did not undergo routine inspections prior to the devastating freeze makes the point well.
Lockdowns are an attack on civilization, as their proponents promised them to be. The now-fired New York Times reporter Donald McNeil called on governments to adopt a Medieval strategy in dealing with disease.
That one of the results is the loss of power and water for millions of people, endangering lives across the whole state of Texas, is fully in keeping with the Medieval approach to pandemic management. They demanded that governments roll back progress hundreds of years and, sure enough over time, there was no electricity or running water. The lockdowners deserve partial blame.
After posting this, I received a fascinating note from a specialist in Texas who wrote me as follows:
"The news article from NBC in DFW was fairly misleading. The article assumes that ERCOT is responsible for physical inspections of generation assets, and it is not. ERCOT could have made an improved effort in winter readiness of g&t (generation and transmission) assets by holding g&t owners responsible for proving natural gas fuel assurance before the storm hit and during the declared energy emergency."
Lockdowns have "made life more difficult for grid operators. PPE shortages and travel restrictions have made generation maintenance more difficult to schedule. There have been concerns early on last spring about deferred generation maintenance. ERCOT among other grid operators should have been concerned and I am sure they probably were. Here is an article from last spring about concerns over supply chain to the energy sector a possible lockdown impacts."
See you tomorrow bli neder
Thursday is the fast of Esther--many people should not fast to protect their health -read my report tomorrow and three days Purim follows