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Here’s my personal opinions. Yes I’m an EMT for just about two decades, but this has more basis in my personal opinion, my reading, research, chat with colleagues. Obviously, none of us have seen something like this before so this is just what I think.
In all likelihood life in rural areas will revert to what it was within a few months. However, I do believe that things in urban areas (especially NYC) will change for the long term. I think many people will continue wearing masks long term. I think various concepts in the food services industry (self serve salad bars) may cease to exist. I think that large events may not resume for many months, if not longer, so concerts and ball games etc may not be back for a while.
In a nutshell I don’t think this is going away. Whether caused by concrete science or psychological fears we will see a changed world. Before 9/11 no one really thought twice about airport security (ok, briefly in the 70s) and I see this in the same fashion. There is a new awareness now and people are going to adjust their behavior.
On a personal note, I miss shul terribly after 2 months of isolation. I look forward every day to being able to have that back. I do believe the return to society will be more gradual rather than all-at-once but I still anxiously await that first Shabbos.
Hope everyone is coping as well as possible.
Other than at least half of the population of the CR you are correct.March 28, 2018 8:46 pm at 8:46 pm in reply to: What Happened With Ezras Nashim In Boro Park On Monday Night? #1501106
I can’t believe this is still going on.
It’s really a simple solution.
There are those who like Ezras Nashim and those who don’t like them. Similarly there are those who like Hatzolah and those who don’t like them. That has been the fact since Day 1 and will never change.
Those who are a part of, or are supporters of, these organizations will remain so regardless of what people post on the internet. And similarly those who hate those organizations will continue to do so regardless of what people post on the internet.
So… why even bother with this stupidity?
Health, we all know your deal. You need to start recognizing that Hatzolah has been around for 50 years and isn’t going to up and disappear because you don’t like them. You’ve been shouting into the wind for years. It must be pretty exhausting by now. You don’t like Hatzolah, we know. Don’t call, don’t donate, don’t sing their praises. But does it ever end with you? Move on. You’ll be a lot “health”ier.March 26, 2018 7:39 pm at 7:39 pm in reply to: What Happened With Ezras Nashim In Boro Park On Monday Night? #1498995
“I see No point in rehashing time after time!”
I think many of us wish you would have said that years ago.
Nothing quite like a for-profit enterprise telling everyone that their product is the best gift.
Also, who wrote that ad? It can’t seem to decide if it’s aimed at bar mitzva boys or chosons. They might benefit from an editor instead of shifting between the two without warning.August 2, 2017 7:28 pm at 7:28 pm in reply to: What Happened With Ezras Nashim In Boro Park On Monday Night? #1331111
“Health” has expressed a distaste for Hatzolah as far back as I can remember. Chances are I probably interacted with him on my old forum as well but that was a lifetime ago.
Honestly, my own feelings aside, I don’t think that the best place to discuss these issues is an anonymous forum. There are far too many complexities in these cases that really don’t mix so well with the nature of a forum such as this one. There are privacy laws to protect the patient. There should be a healthy (no pun intended, buddy) amount of respect for first responders of any organization. And there should also be an understanding that if you personally were not at the scene there might be details that you don’t know.
Monday morning quarterbacking doesn’t really do anyone any good. I believe that if someone was on the scene, or has direct firsthand knowledge that actions performed by members of an organization were inappropriate, there are ways to get your message to that organization.
It’s been a long time since I’ve commented about an issue like this, but I still firmly believe that those who dedicate their time to helping others deserve the benefit of the doubt, whether it’s Hatzolah, Ezras Nashim or anyone else. If the goal is to help them improve, or to prevent a problem from happening again… there are better ways to do it.
Not sure how to generalize 6,000+ Jews in one post.
I’ve used SkipDr successfully to fix scratches on old media I needed for work. Good product. Personally, I don’t really use optical media anymore as USB storage is so cheap now. I can fit a whole binder of data CDs onto a device the size of a fingernail (which doesn’t get scratched). Something to look into if you’re interested.
You do realize that this is a free website, right? Generally speaking, websites that do not charge membership fees make revenue through advertisements. By running an ad blocker while browsing a free site like YWN you are taking revenue away from the site. I’m not a Rabbi so I won’t go into whether or not that is some sort of stealing but by blocking ads you are artificially lowering the amount of views YWN’s ads get and thereby lowering the amount of money they make.
Also, you mention Google Ads… just so you know, those are shown based on one’s browsing history so whatever ads you are seeing will be ads they have determined you have an interest in. As an example, when I see a Google Ad it’s usually for some sort of electronics or gadgets because that’s what I use the computer for. If one sees questionable ads in a Google Ad banner… one needs to evaluate their browsing habits.
Englishman, your post is creepy.
You actually sound like a Saudi Arabian there.
Agreed with ICOT.
You don’t need to be a Ferrari if you’re only planning on doing 20mph.
The only thing is sometimes people (usually older) don’t like that netbooks have small keyboards. Some have issues adjusting to them, so whatever you choose, do yourself a favor and make a stop at a retailer so you can check out the feel of the machine. Don’t spend a few hundred dollars only to find that you don’t like the feel.
I certainly do recommend tigerdirect for purchasing, they’re quite good, but don’t buy anything without physically seeing and feeling it first.
As far as maintaining goes, excellent suggestions above! MBAM and CCleaner should be on every PC. They’re both free for personal use. Regarding defragging… fragmentation happens over time, especially if you find yourself moving, transferring or deleting very large files. It’s not something you need to do often. Windows 7 can do it automatically for you and you don’t have to worry about it.
Anyways, good luck with your purchase!
You asked if I’d feel comfortable saying that. I said absolutely.
You can also ask me various other hypothetical questions and I’ll choose whether to answer those as well.
See, what you don’t get is that my entire “after 120” statement was intended to show that I find one’s behavior towards others to be more important than watching things on TV. I thought most people were clear on that, but my goodness was I mistaken. It’s ok, it happens to everyone. As we all know, intent is not easily transmitted on the internet.
So I will lay it out more clearly so my intention will hopefully be more clear.
I’d prefer to stand after 120 and state that I watched something on television, or that I didn’t wear a hat, or that my shirt wasn’t the proper color rather than stand after 120 and say that I judged, mocked and insulted my fellow Jews just because they aren’t exactly like me.
I apologize to all the readers here if my statement in my initial post and in my first reply did not come out as I intended.
Good Shabbos to all.
Shlishi, I think it’s safe to assume that you don’t have a television. I don’t think I’m out of order coming to that conclusion. So, in all likelihood you don’t know that if I click the “Guide” button it will tell me specifically which events will be on, and when. So it’s actually far easier than one would think to avoid what one wishes to avoid.
Again, I’m in no way saying that someone who doesn’t watch tv should now feel that it’s ok. And I’m not saying someone against the Olympics should now watch it. But, I just want you to know that avoiding things is easier than it was before things went a bit higher tech.
Since things have been rather serious today, I just wanted to mention I had a bit of a laugh while typing this when I saw shlishi’s member title considering the topics of these threads… Not meaning anything badly at all, it was just a light moment.
Goodnight to all.
It’s interesting that you gentlemen should mention that.
Because I NEVER said which events I watch, or which I feel comfortable watching, or – for that matter – which I would consider to be over the line.
I mentioned owning a television, and that I watch the Olympics. That was all.
So, it’s funny that I’m being attacked for the horrible sin of watching “non tzanua” women on TV when I haven’t said that I do.
The speed at which other posters here judged me – to the point where I was told to leave the site by one, and the moderators were asked to remove my posts (they don’t seem to have done so), when I have done nothing wrong is fascinating.
So let’s recap:
I have a television and watched the Olympics. Most of you say that what I do is wrong.
I respect that.
I do feel that there are ways to say things, however, which seem to escape certain people. I don’t know… I find that more disturbing than me watching TV.
Anyways, that’s my opinion, you guys have yours.
I still wish you all the best.
If I could return to the topic…
This site is run a different way than sites that I have/do run.
As we all know, a moderator has to approve posts before they show up, as opposed to many other forums in which a post appears and then a moderator can remove it when necessary.
In this environment I fully understand and support the reason it is done in this way.
What I don’t understand is why moderators would approve posts by people who are clearly here to disrupt and who make such depraved and twisted statements that to a casual reader reflect very poorly on the site itself. I’m afraid I just don’t get it.
It’s almost as though you have set up a system that could run quite well, but you allow lunatics to detract from that, post a few inflammatory statements and utterly destroy a topic. Why?
Shraga, please let me know how long you will be targeting me for. This is the second thread in which you are doing that.
You do have an interesting obsession with this topic though.
Yes, clearly I’m the problem here.
Not the members who claim to be religious yet utterly disregard a good portion of the Torah, specifically the part that teaches us how to interact with each other.
But yeah… I’m, sure somehow my watching TV in the privacy of my own home is worse than that.
Thank you for suggesting my exit. I’ll pass though. Trolls and psychopathic cultists aside, I do find this to be an enlightening website most of the time.
Yes Shraga absolutely.
Will my punishment be worse since I watched the Olympics on various channels due to having cable?
Once again, another member jumps up to judge someone else.
You know… maybe you boys should have watched the Olympics after all… judges play a big factor.
This person, whatever usernames he may use, does not contribute anything positive. What’s funny is that he seems to be somewhat knowledgeable but his interpretations are so horribly distorted and twisted that there are really only 2 possibilities. Either A) He is part of some kind of extremist group that has no respect for the basic tenets of Orthodox Judaism or B) He’s a very bored person who posts these ridiculous comments simply to annoy people.
If it’s A then having him here is extremely dangerous to anyone who looks on this site for halachic opinions or explanations, because G-d should help anyone that trusts the halachic views of a man who was such a twisted hashkafah.
If it’s B then having him here is unfair to the other members of this site who take the conversations here seriously.
I understand that this is a privately owned site, and I’m not the owner, but as a user I find it difficult to rationalize why someone who is so openly hostile and rude would be kept around and have his posts approved. It’s not good for the site.
According to choppy there is a possuk in the Torah that’s treif as well.
Vayikra, perek Yud Tes, possuck Yud Ches.
It’s in Kedoshim. I’d like to humbly suggest that Mr. Choppy look it up.
Keep it going choppy.
Keep telling us how much of a tzaddik you are while you insult other people simply because they don’t hold the same views as you.
I have no idea why such behavior towards others, which violates the most basic rules of yiddishkeit, is allowed to be posted here.
Proudly watching the olympics. The coverage has been excellent, although the time difference between here and London does cause some problems due to events being tape delayed. But overall it’s been great. Particularly the good sportsmanship displayed by most of the athletes of all countries. A few bad eggs were sent home, but the vast majority have shown class and professionalism, as opposed to “pro” athletes.
So are Lashon Horah, Rechilus and Motzei Shem Ra. Period.
That’s ok though. Doesn’t seem to matter much to some of the gedollim that post here.
I also watched the olympics and found this to be very inspiring and classy. I suppose that will open me up to being called all sorts of names by certain people here. That’s ok too.
After 120 I’ll be comfortable saying that while I owned a television I didn’t make it my mission to judge, mock and speak badly about others on a daily basis.
If you’re a senior citizen there are organizations out there that can help you. For example, some people install a rail to hold on to while in the shower. Of course, the aforementioned mat is a simpler option. But there are chesed orgs out there that will help you get a rail, often at zero cost.
Best of luck arguing that in court when one of the parties comes forward with a lawsuit and documentation that a verified Will stated otherwise.
LoyalJew, I hope you’re being sarcastic.
The fact that you would tell someone to break off a shidduch when they have not yet even approached the other person to inquire about the issue is absolutely frightening.
But then… it is easy to tell others what to do isn’t it…
tahini, my sentiments exactly. The ignorance displayed by some people regarding music is astounding. Wagner displayed blatant anti-semitism in his writings and in themes in his operas. I would rather play the kazoo by myself than have anything by Wagner play at a family simcha.
My concern is that people are so quick to despise anything “modern” that everything else falls by the wayside. It’s a shame.
Could someone explain why it’s such a horrible thing to play present day secular music but it’s perfectly fine to play “nigunnim” that are from Russian and Polish marches?
It’s somehow better to have music from people who marched to kill our ancestors playing in the background at a wedding?
mdd, would you find it appropriate to actually say that to someone, though?
Regardless of who wrote it, and I obviously have the utmost respect and reverence for Rashi, you simply do not ever say something like that to a person who is grieving, for any reason.
Regardless of what is written or said, a community and a family are in mourning and any sort of statement of “this happened because of ____” are tremendously hurtful and inappropriate.
Firstly, let me state that I am very sorry to hear that something like this happened, and my heart goes out to the child’s family and your entire community.
There isn’t much you can say to the parents and family other than being there for them in their time of need. Obviously you are very disturbed by this as well, as anyone would be, and often times without even knowing it, by being there for them you are also comforting yourself.
The only thing I pray does not happen is commentary from what I like to call pseudo-neviim. It is human nature to try to find “reasons” for a tragedy. We all do it to some extent. However the pseudo-neviim are those who have no problem claiming to know for certain the reasoning behind G-d’s actions. They’ll assign the blame to “tznius” or to “talking in shul” or perhaps “the internet.”
To claim to know the reasons behind G-d’s actions is nothing short of pure heresy. We are simple human beings and we can not comprehend the reasons things happen. We are not capable of that. For people or groups to hijack such situations to further their cause-du-jour is appalling. In our religion we do not give credence to false prophets and that is precisely what people like that are. Their explanations will not help you, they will not help the child’s family, your neighborhood, or the pure soul of the child.
My advice for you is not to try and explain this, but to simply be a caring neighbor for this family and for your community to come together, ignore the commentary and proselytizing and grieve together as a family.
May G-d bless you with the strength and courage to pull through this terrible tragedy together with the boy’s family and may you never again know of such sorrow.June 10, 2012 9:25 pm at 9:25 pm in reply to: What are the meaning of rainbow–did anyone see one on Friday? #879220
It means that moisture droplets in the sky were breaking up the white light, revealing the spectrum of colors.
No, seriously. That’s what it means. There are probably dozens visible on the planet at every second of the day.
If you’d like, go out in your yard with a garden hose and duplicate the effect. It’s a good lesson for children, too.
Sometimes a rainbow is just a rainbow.
Transparent trolling intended to cause people to criticize other groups of Jews. How sad.
On the miniscule chance that this is actually a true story the solution is simple: If you’re a friend of his, you can have a conversation with him. The fact that you would need the advice of an internet forum to tell you that is puzzling, but there it is.
If he listens to your advice, great. If he doesn’t listen and you feel uncomfortable attending, don’t go.
Any reason this can’t be considered something that “common sense” would govern?
It’s really very simple. If you go to sleep very late you will be late to shiur and accomplish less. If you go to sleep at a normal time you won’t have trouble waking up and will accomplish more.
Why does this have to be yet another thing that people need to “be told.”
That story is a hoax.
I find that the reaction you bring up most often happens when people have a lack of respect for one another.
Instead of accepting that not everyone holds the same way about everything people lash out when they see a difference.
Ideally, we should all be able to ask questions and share ideas. Problems arise when certain groups of people see an opinion that does not match (or even conflicts) with their opinion and they immediately go into attack mode.
Interestingly, so much of our learning is based on debates and discussions and yet when it happens here in the CR people immediately attack each other. I find it so peculiar how certain groups of people claim to strive for kedusha and yet will call anyone with a different tradition than theirs an apikores.
It’s a shame and it stifles good stimulating discussion.
I really don’t understand why threads like this are approved. This thread showing up in the list means that a moderator saw it as pending and felt that is was an appropriate discussion for the group.
In the last few months I’ve seen one person leave because of a witch hunt, I’ve seen another person get raked over the coals publicly because of the possibility that they were posting on Shabbos (no idea how that was resolved)and the one thing they have in common is that a single person gets attacked publicly for all to see.
If you have such a concern over the behavior of another person, or if you feel a person is here solely to disrupt, why can’t you message the moderators about that and be discreet? Why make a thread to attack the person? If someone is inquisitive and you call them a troll, is that right? Even if someone is a troll, is the proper response to publicly embarrass them?
I may not be as learned as some of the posters here that portray themselves as poskim and gedolim but I do know that public humiliation has no place on a site calling itself yeshiva world no matter what the circumstances.
I respectfully ask that people stop these public hangings and if we’re incapable of this then I respectfully ask that the moderators stop allowing them to be published.
“I’m the one with the Torah True Jewish values!”
Your interpretation of the values set forth in the Torah include insulting anyone who doesn’t share your particular outlook on things all the way up to the point of claiming that Jews of other levels of observance are not worthy of being treated with respect. You consistently post mocking others, talking down to them, and implying that they are less Jewish than you.
I do not know you in person so I will not say anything about you, however I will state that your writings on this forum are about as far from “Torah True” as anything I have ever seen.
Calling what you post “Torah True” is a horrible insult to the Torah itself and those who follow in its ways. Your writings would be enough to make the Gedolim of our past cry and ask themselves how their teachings got so distorted to create such animosity.
I agree 100% moi. I think that NK’s views are appalling and I think anyone who supports them is misguided and needs help. However, that doesn’t change the fact that, in my opinion, attempts to cross the line from internet forum posting into real life are dangerous and should not be allowed.
My point is who cares if the person is or is not a Chasid from Gateshead. Whatever. It’s an online nickname. I don’t see a purpose in trying to find out who people are from an online forum.
If there’s a concern of impersonation, fine, deal with the people who run this forum. But, in my opinion, public postings trying to figure out who someone is or is not are creepy.
Attempts to identify members of the CR are inappropriate, creepy and should not be permitted. There is absolutely no reason why a witch hunt should be launched because YOU feel that you might know who this person is.
He/She is a person who is here to post his/her opinions. Leave the person alone. This stalking thread should be closed.
I don’t think I’m allowed to post links here so I’ll just encourage those who are interested to research “cloud seeding” which is a method of weather modification that has been in use for many years – mostly using the method of releasing silver iodide into the clouds. Precipitation can be encouraged through that method.
However, things such as a computer than cause a tornado on an enemy’s territory are still relegated to SciFi movies.
Dolphins are not fish nor are they Kosher.
Please keep BaalHabooze’s advice in mind. If the painkiller you’ve been prescribed is not working, do not try to take more than the recommended dose. Some painkillers have terrible side effects when too much is taken, such as slowing down or stopping critical functions (like breathing). Instead, call your dentist and request a different type of painkiller. Some types work better than others on different patients. Everyone is different. Ice, of course, is a good idea as well. But as far as meds go, you might need a different class of drug and only a licensed practitioner should be telling you that.
Best of luck to you.
The question is phrased rather vaguely so it appears that the person is asking out of curiosity and a desire to know more about something.
I think it was highly inappropriate to say he wants “talk and hock about anything” due to his asking this question. This is a place for discussion is it not? He asked a question. If you don’t want to partake in answering him, that’s fine. Why insult him?
I am a Hatzalah responder for around a decade now. I can try to give you a few answers.
Firstly, the reason most of us buy LED lights now is the same exact reason every NYPD, FDNY and EMS vehicle is now using LED lights. They draw less power and the bulbs can last more than 10 years. That beats having to worry about dead batteries from the electricity draining out, and it beats constantly ordering replacement bulbs. Those of us who take a lot of calls used to deal with those issues fairly often. LEDs have been a blessing in that sense.
According to State law, as emergency vehicles we must have lights that are visible from 360 degrees. The old image in your mind of a guy with a light on his dashboard is unacceptable by today’s standards. If that’s all he has and he has an accident, he will be liable for all damages as a dashlight is not visible from all sides.
Some of us respond to calls that require us to cross very busy intersections (Ocean Parkway, Queens Blvd etc). Add on to that the fact that half of drivers out there are busy texting, eating, changing channels, reading, or who knows what, WHILE DRIVING and the lights and sirens save the lives of our responders.
Is there abuse? I’m sure there is. That’s something the organization should deal with. The real abusers are people who install lights in their car for no apparent reason. There are plenty of those. Some of them show up on our calls for reasons I will never understand.
Every current Hatzalah member has now attended a course called CEVO which teaches safe driving in emergency situations. The random strange people with lights have not taken those courses and frankly they are a hazard to all of us.
I don’t think worrying about how many or what type of lights legitimate Hatzalah members have is as important as worrying about why dozens of young men in our communities are purchasing these lights for no reason, without any need, and are putting themselves and the rest of us at risk.
To anyone who is not a member of an organization that requires such lights, PLEASE don’t install them. C”V one day our luck might run out and someone can get killed due to your actions. Please think of others too.
I received this from a few people as well. The first line had me intrigued, briefly, but I completely lost interest and deleted it when I saw the request to forward it along. Thanks, but no thanks.
There are some commercially available small radios that claim to work for a mile. I’ve never seen the real-world use come even close to that though.
As far as the repeaters go, those are typically put up by a company or government agency so I doubt they would allow free usage. Also the repeaters have limits as well. My Hatzolah radio allows me to communicate with the dispatcher who might be sitting in Brooklyn even though I’m in the Catskills, but if I go to Miami where there is no repeater my radio will work for 10 blocks, maybe.
As a side note, the poster above “shtieging” mentioned a company called Abest. I don’t know what this website’s policy is regarding posting phone numbers, so I won’t do that, however, I have done a rather large amount of business with them and have both purchased and rented equipment from them. I would highly recommend them based on my personal experiences.
They go far because the organizations have “repeaters.”
If you purchase radios on your own you will have a fairly limited range, which of course varies based on model and terrain.