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Re: Is your Shul Secretly Open Right Now? I think I need a support group. I get so much anxiety that such stupidity exists, but I keep reading these shul threads like I'm going to find some good info or maybe fix some of the stupid. It's like a deeply destructive cycle. And then I dream of hamsters and bleach and minyanim of people who don't know they're dead yet.
April 12, 2020, 10:52:23 PM
Re: Halachik Status of Illegitimate Minyanim CV's hamster got a hold of some hair dye...
April 12, 2020, 11:13:17 PM
Re: Corona virus and your shul
I could tell you that @yuneeq, @chevron, and others saved a lot of people through posting here.


April 13, 2020, 12:21:05 AM
Re: Coronavirus Victims Charity Pages
These pages break my heart. But how do you ensure transparency?

Each page is raising 500k. How do these families and trustees ensure the funds are managed and distributed properly?

I had similar thoughts, but in times like these, give first and worry about the other stuff later.

April 13, 2020, 01:45:30 AM
Re: What are you doing with the family to keep busy during your stay-at-home?
My daughters disagree on this and in the end settled on the way they came out.

Speaking of Marvel movies... I'd watch CV's origin story. Mild-mannered Midwestern gentleman living the American dream ends up with a motley crew of Jewish keyboard warriors. Chaos and hilarity ensues.

April 13, 2020, 08:39:28 AM
Re: Corona virus and your shul For me, I cannot point to a single post that did it for me. I saw consistent messaging that was backed up with sources, which led me to do my own research. A huge benefit of this forum was the ability to get information through other members from a wide variety of sources I would not have necessarily checked or had access to. Hearing how others were handling it, the tips and tricks, the research, the planning, the stocking up of certain supplies, all of these helped immensely in creating my family's own plan of action.

Regarding @CountValentine's question, the answer is yes, to a certain degree. "With great power comes great responsibility." Those who wield influence and power need to be cognizant of the ramifications of their words and actions. That means taking the time to properly research a topic before speaking authoritatively on it. By the same token, people need to take individual responsibility in vetting who they respect and who they get their information from. They need to verify information they hear and not just accept things blindly.

April 13, 2020, 09:23:08 AM
Hashem literally sent us to our corners for misbehaving . If we don't listen, He'll take away our internet too.

Your signature has taken on a new meaning for me

April 13, 2020, 12:21:02 PM
Re: PSA @Dan Feature request: a spam button, to make certain threads disappear.
April 13, 2020, 12:55:32 PM
What is not having toilet paper a punishment for ?

Being full of...

April 13, 2020, 01:55:40 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
What if he's right

He's not. Italy is over 70 days, as are other countries. China and S Korea are seeing a resurgence. The examples he gave of countries that didn't hamper their economies and are fine are also misguided. Singapore and Taiwan were both prepared at a government level and citizen level due to their exposure to previous viruses, such as SARS. They invested heavily in stockpiles and preparedness strategies, and citizens were trained in proper protocols from the last time, ensuring widespread compliance.

He's essentially saying Bibi overreacted in hindsight, whereas if Bibi had done what he's suggesting from the beginning, we'd have a thread for Israeli administration blunders and accountability for the staggering death toll.

April 13, 2020, 02:06:31 PM
Re: Interesting Articles: COVID-19 Edition
BREAKING: Man phones brother, discuss third brother stricken with Covid-19

(whoa if true)

Really? Are we supposed to cheer?

If it means a little less animosity in this world? Something positive coming out of an all around horrible situation? Sure.

April 13, 2020, 02:26:11 PM
Re: Coronavirus Victims Charity Pages
If a new cause is added to the wiki, please add a date it was added.

Donated 18 to all causes in the wiki.

Donated $18 to Fendel..
 Will see what we can do for the other ones..

 Really beautiful thread! All i could say "Mee kiamcha yisroel"! Really Really beautiful board! And even more beautiful those who are willing to match the donations!

Counting these, we're at $610 being matched, plus any that were sent privately. For all the cr@p on these boards, I'm happy that this is how I'm spending my Corona time.

April 13, 2020, 05:05:27 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
Why is USA hit so hard? We are less than 5% of the world population and many times that in number of deaths.

I don't believe that to be true. I think we just have the most accurate and up to date reporting of deaths.

April 13, 2020, 05:40:10 PM
Re: Stimulus Checks
Sorry not following. I was asking if those in jail for the last 20 years are eligible for the stimulus checks?

Asking for a friend...

April 13, 2020, 06:40:50 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread We've gone through this before, and there are no good numbers to work with. I'll try to sum it up.

The issue with confirmed cases starts with our numbers in the US. We know most people with the virus didn't get tested. We also know that the accuracy of the tests has been reported to be as low as 50-60%. Both os these things are leading to greatly underreported confirmed cases here. To then compare our inaccurate numbers to those of other countries, who are administrating different tests in different ways and have a plethora of their own issues... let's just say it's very far from scientific.

Deaths are a little more accurate, but not by much. There are 2 main issues with comparing US deaths with other countries. The first is accuracy. The US has pretty accurate statistics on deaths, even those at home, but they aren't complete. While some other countries also have accurate death records, they are a tiny minority. Most countries don't have the infrastructure to report accurately on a good day, and definitely not during a crisis. The second issue with death numbers is that each country has their own standard for what they consider a Covid-19 related death. The US has the broadest definition. If you die in the US and Covid-19 is a factor, you count. Cancer, heart attack, kidney issue, degenerative disease - doesn't matter. If covid-19 played any kind of part, it counts. Other countries have a very wide variety of definitions, and they are more likely to have narrower criteria.

In other words, to do a comparative study, you need to compare apples to apples. We don't even know how many apples we have to compare to their oranges, cherries, or bananas.

April 14, 2020, 04:36:13 AM
Re: Antisemitism related to Coronavirus
I'm ready to become an anti-semite too. I walk out my front door, I live in middle of the block, and a guy who lives across the avenue on the next block is davening in my front yard with a street minyan!!! They brought out a table for kriyas hatorah. I just cant anymore. I ask him to leave and he starts pacing back and forth on the sidewalk right in front of the house...which I of course dont own or control. Yesterday, one of these idiots was davening under a porch on someone elses property due to the rain, knowing that those people werent home for yom tov. Yes I am ready to go full blown anti semite.

Come to FL. You get to complain about NY Jews all the time.

April 14, 2020, 09:47:09 AM
Re: Will the truth come out how this administration made blunder after blunder?
This coming from a state that allowed Spring break. What is FL's state moto? Stupid tries to fix stupid?  :P

"Let stupid reign! And try to take their money..."

April 14, 2020, 10:40:34 AM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread I can't find the interview, so I'm going to retract what I said.

I also "mis-spoke" in saying "what you hear him say in a WH press briefing." It should have said "what you hear said in a WH press briefing," which I believe is a much less controversial statement.

April 14, 2020, 11:41:09 AM
Re: Places that have necessities still in stock
Wow BMG is all out! This and porch ban a 180!

For all the bashing about late responses, it's very important to give credit where it is due. BMG and the Lakewood community has stepped up in a very big way. Kol hakavod!

April 14, 2020, 01:06:00 PM
Re: Places that have necessities still in stock
They have been basically saying this since the state  emergency orders.

Some are content to say it once and let it be. The repeated publicity and additional layers of specific details are to be commended.

April 14, 2020, 01:07:52 PM
Re: Halachik Status of Illegitimate Minyanim
I contemplate my mortality every time I engage in one of these threads

A little bleach to the eyes never killed anyone...

April 14, 2020, 01:12:20 PM
Re: Will the truth come out how this administration made blunder after blunder?
@CountValentine what is your proposal?
National stay at home order until there's a vaccine and rapid testing available?

Let's hear it.

Just a few ideas...

1) 2 week national stay-at-home order, with individual states determining which businesses are essential in their state.
2) Close all airports and trains, and ban inter-country and interstate travel.
3) Make masks mandatory for anyone who is more than 1000 feet from their residence, or in any public place.
4) Offer tax breaks to any business that keeps employees working from home.
5) Give tax breaks and/or partial student loan forgiveness to any and all frontline responders.
6) Subsidize delivery services which meet certain criteria in safe practices and people served.
7) Offer tax incentives to all businesses that come up with re-open plans which keep customers out of stores (curbside, delivery, etc).

April 14, 2020, 03:14:59 PM
Re: Traveling from NY to Miami FL
Any tips?


April 20, 2020, 12:22:42 PM
Re: When do you think International travel will resume? The eleventy-third of Junetober.
April 20, 2020, 12:42:37 PM
Re: When do you think International travel will resume?
For all the sarcastic people out there, seems like Quarantine hit you hard.
I've invested alot in arranging things to be able to take off and backpack around the world with my family.
To clarify, we are backpacking for a few months with a fluid itinerary , which basically means country hopping at our convenience,  so if one had to bet on it , which countries/continent would make the most sense to start with and when?
Im venturing to say July.

I don't want you to think I'm attacking you, because I really don't think you meant this post to be insensitive in any way. I understand that you live in your reality, and I commend you for being in a position to do this with your family.

That being said, take a look at the other threads on this board. People are sitting shiva. People are on ventilators. The tehillim list is huuuge. People's businesses are gutted, no income, struggling to pay their bills and feed their families. Even if yours was a legitimate question, this is not the place nor the time.

And this is the reason for the sarcasm: it's not even a remotely legitimate question. There is no data anywhere that anyone in the world can point to that will give you a hint at a chance of an educated guess. You have a better chance of an answer if you ate tea leaves and read them when they came out the other end.

Again, I have no problem with where you are in life. I even aspire to be there one day myself. However, the entire premise if this question is absurd.

April 20, 2020, 01:53:32 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
If you want to stay home to ensure you don't catch the coronavirus that's your choice.

Car accidents contagious now?

ETA: when you're a hazard on the road, they take away your license, too.

April 21, 2020, 12:36:35 PM
Re: The science of COVID-19
They also don't seem to take the social distancing as seriously (based on the number of violations reported in Newark and some news stories about the outreach some are doing to convince them to social distance).

Sorry, I'm calling this out. We can't complain about anti-Semites projecting the actions of individuals on all Jews if we're going to turn around and do it to others. Play by our own rules.

April 21, 2020, 07:42:16 PM
Re: The science of COVID-19
We’re talking generalities.  Not saying ALL are doing it. Just that such behavior by some, lead to a measurable outcome for the group.

Orthodox Jews have a higher infection rate because they ignore social distancing measures (based on the number of calls to the police and news stories about shuls and schools being open).

How do you like me now?

April 21, 2020, 08:45:08 PM
Re: The science of COVID-19
The surgeon general who is African American has implied this as well.

I'm not discriminating against anyone. I am giving an answer to a question asked.

"Well, my lawyer is Jewish and he said it himself. I'm not racist or discriminating, I'm just answering a question."

Rule of thumb: if you can't interchange "x" race with "Jews" and not get offended, you probably shouldn't say it.

April 22, 2020, 12:36:23 AM
Re: Antisemitism related to Coronavirus
This is crazy! Lakewood is number 51 in NJ coronavirus rates per capita.

We keep quoting stats about how Lakewood has so many fewer cases than some other place in NJ or the US as if it's going to stop anti-Semitism. Haters gonna hate. The narrative just changes to, "Those Jews spread that thing around, used up all the hospital beds, and left the rest of us to suffer their consequences."

April 22, 2020, 12:43:25 AM
Re: Should sports play if no fans are allowed?
They won’t be getting extra TV revenue those contracts are already done for many years to come

I'm sure they can work out additional marketing contracts if they're going to have such a captive audience. Presuming their sponsors haven't gone belly up, yet...

April 22, 2020, 08:18:18 AM
Re: Should sports play if no fans are allowed?
Advertising isn’t such a hot market currently. No one is buying anything

-1. The news of the end of the world has been grossly exaggerated. The earth still turns.

April 22, 2020, 08:39:12 AM
Re: Are you using DDMS more these days?
You want more covid-19 threads?  :)

"Hang on, let me wake the hamster."

April 22, 2020, 08:46:36 AM
Re: Should sports play if no fans are allowed?
And especially if the fans of PGA are in the highest risk bracket of covid.....

They're all Afro-Hispanic Ultra Orthodox Jews?

April 22, 2020, 09:55:07 AM
Re: Denmark and Sweden: An apples to apples comparison
I'm not sure that's the argument. Isn't the argument that there is a certain threshold for shutting down society - I think everyone agrees to that. If we lockdown we'll have less deaths from flu and car accidents, right? If the death rate of this virus was .001%, no one would be advocating for a shutdown, right? (It would mean 3300 deaths in the US). If Sweden ends up not upending society and 3000 deaths, did they make the wrong decision? I'm not sure it's a question of having a higher value of life. Lockdowns have impacts on people's wellbeing as well. What is the shortened life expectancy if you gain 20 pounds? What about the emotional toll this takes on families. If we have an extra 500 gitin because of this, does that not mean something? What about if 50000 people lose their homes because they lost their livelihood? What about if we have an extra 5000 suicides? What if we close down schools for multiple years? I don't think it's as simple as whether or not you value life.

What about the things we don't know, like long-term effects? Does this make you more susceptible to the flu every year going forward? Does it cause impotence? Higher risk for blood clots? Does it make the common cold more deadly?

No one is advocating shutting down society until the end of time. But to lockdown everyone for a few months until there is a little more scientific knowledge about what this thing is and what it can do before exposing everyone to unknown effects seems like a prudent approach.

April 22, 2020, 10:33:00 AM
Re: Denmark and Sweden: An apples to apples comparison
Maybe your assumptions are wrong?

You quoted a section of my answer that I'm most confident in, but I'm going to assume your question was on the entire post.

Here's one thing I know. Every day, multiple times a day, we find out something new about this virus. The virus lives longer in the eyes than the nasal passage, the virus lives in testicles, the virus (or some treatments?) causes blood clots, the virus affects children, and on and on.

Here's another thing I know. This virus is possibly the deadliest thing we've seen in the lifetime of anyone currently alive.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this thing is a flash in the pan with minimal short-term repercussions other than massive loss of life and zero long term effects. You're a betting man. Are you rolling those dice?

April 22, 2020, 11:35:57 AM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
Every study that was done, shows that the fatality rate is not nearly what the experts had said.
(and anyone with common sense and no agenda has been saying this for a while)

The fatality rate I saw projected since mid-March was ~.4%. Considering .1% of the entire population of certain hard hit areas are already dead, why would that projection be wrong?

April 22, 2020, 11:53:43 AM
Re: Denmark and Sweden: An apples to apples comparison
If everyone is exposed, or more specifically everyone under the age of 50 who isn't immunocompromised we can assume there is herd immunity. Saying to assume otherwise is borderline conspiracy theory.

A) You're saying post-pandemic.

B) False. We have no idea about the immunity of anyone who had it already, let alone was just exposed. That's not a conspiracy theory, it's scientific fact. It's unknown.

April 22, 2020, 12:07:13 PM
Re: Denmark and Sweden: An apples to apples comparison
This: Giving people the illness versus the vaccine would render herd immunity pointless, as everyone would get exposed to the full risks of each illness we're trying to prevent.

Herd immunity is accomplished by both those infected and vaccination. How long an infected person is immune is an assumption at this point.
Being exposed to the virus is different risk on so many different levels. Age, sex, race, health and so on.

Versus, not in conjunction with. Considering there is no vaccine, you're just exposing everyone to get a chance at herd immunity. If someone suggested doing that with smallpox, polio, or measles, we'd be appalled.

April 22, 2020, 12:37:43 PM
Re: Denmark and Sweden: An apples to apples comparison
The flip side is we isolate until we get a vaccine. Good luck with that one.

I think there's a middle ground. Play safe for the short term. Give businesses some time to figure out how to function while creating the safest environment for their employees and customers. Give science a chance to either get a vaccine, or at least better medical responses for those who do get sick. Give hospitals a chance to gear up in the best way possible. Let capitalism do it's thing in coming up with new innovations and solutions for a covid-active and post-covid world.

April 22, 2020, 01:29:08 PM
Re: Denmark and Sweden: An apples to apples comparison
Denmark: 64 per million
Sweden: 175 per million

Approx .01% difference in mortality rate

Not great with statistics, but I'm seeing an individual in Sweden is almost 3 times more likely to die. That's a pretty big deal to me...

April 22, 2020, 01:32:39 PM
Re: Denmark and Sweden: An apples to apples comparison
To me this is drip drip drip. I think I said this a few times before.  :)
How do we safely fly, sporting events, dining out or a hundred other things?

I don't have the answer to your question. I also don't think I need it today. I'm ok with getting it in a little while. What I look at is progress we've actually made. In January, the medical establishment was still of the opinion that this virus wasn't transmitted human-to-human. After that came the discovery that it was airborne. This was followed by experimental drugs, which worked to varying degrees, as well as preventative measures which slowed the rate of infection. Progress is being made, even if it's not as fast as we'd like. I'm not sure we're at the panic point yet, where we abandon life-saving measures in an effort to "get back to normal."

April 22, 2020, 01:39:55 PM
Re: Denmark and Sweden: An apples to apples comparison
The issue I see here is some people don't realize that every day that the country is shut down has serious repercussions on peoples lives and the economy. Anyone saying let's just wait it out for a few more months just to be safe is seriously underestimating the repercussions.

Not underestimating it at all. What about the flip side? We open everything up. Exposure spikes. Infection rates spike. We put our essential workers at much greater risk, threatening our core infrastructure. We put our best and our brightest, our innovators, our health care workers, our leaders of commerce and education, all at much greater risk, threatening our future. All because Bob may lose his house?

April 22, 2020, 02:25:07 PM
Re: Denmark and Sweden: An apples to apples comparison
You make valid points but they are lost with statements like this.  ::)

You're right, a gross exaggeration. My point was people are protesting because they're struggling. They need to pay their bills. I sympathize, because I'm in the same boat. I'm living it. But we need to think outside of our personal struggles. We bounced back from economic struggles before. Replacing people is a little bit harder.

April 22, 2020, 02:30:18 PM
Re: Denmark and Sweden: An apples to apples comparison
We bounced back from the great depression but how many starved to death? I am not equating the two but showing economics does cause death.
The economics of this will directly cause lives to be lost. We need experts to give us their predictions on this also.
Does one life lost equal 10 lives ruined, 100 or 1000? Not a question I really want to think about or could even answer.

Does one life lost only equal one life lost? I know you look at the charity thread, and I know you cry when you read the stories. How many more orphans can we handle? How many teachers can we lose? How many community leaders, pillars of charity, wisdom, advocacy, and business can we lose? How do we quantify the lives ruined? It's not a question you want to think about or answer, and neither do I. I definitely don't want some math geek to come up with an equation in his bunker.

This is what I believe. A life ruined can be repaired, but a life lost is lost forever. Judaism teaches that life is paramount, superseding everything in importance short of G-d and His Glory Himself. That is how I would like to approach this crises. Prioritize life today, and work towards solving the issues we know we'll face in the future.

April 22, 2020, 03:19:01 PM
Re: Denmark and Sweden: An apples to apples comparison
So do we should not open things back up until more is known? If so how long would you wait?

I don't know. But I think the focus should be less on "getting back to normal" and more on incentivizing businesses to adapt and innovate to the current situation. Things cannot safely go back to the way they were. To give up on saving lives today because of what may be later is immoral, IMO. It's also a cop out. We're better than that.

April 22, 2020, 04:11:39 PM
Re: Corona virus and your shul Man, we were doing so well!!

Btw, Epstein didn't kill himself.

April 22, 2020, 07:01:53 PM
Re: Delta to tlv opening May 8
LOL. Time to start posting more of the emails that I get.

Make a thread. It would be nice to see stupid that doesn't involve life and death for a change.

April 22, 2020, 07:05:39 PM
Re: Dan's Inbox: Where Fun Happens! Formally requesting a special Coronavirus edition.
April 22, 2020, 11:43:31 PM
Re: Corona virus and your shul
The blame lies partially with the.....

Can we stop blaming others? A supermarket or restaurant has no social responsibility. They are businesses. Their owners and managers daven in the same illegal minyanim as their customers. If you're taking your cues from a supermarket instead of doctors, rabbonim, or your own basic research, the resulting cause of death should be stupidity.

April 23, 2020, 06:40:01 AM