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Re: Unemployment Help @cgr is a tzaddik.

ישלם הקב'ה שכרך כפל כפליים

August 08, 2020, 11:15:16 PM
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Re: Israel And The UAE Are Heading Towards Peace
I feel this is a big event. I don't feel it will be a major factor in solving the Palestine issue. Trump IMHO has made it worse by showing major favoritism toward one side.

They've always said that peace was contingent on concessions. The previous administration effectively that the Israelis should unilaterally withdraw to 1967 borders, and concession negotiations should start from there. This was harmful, because it gave the Palestinians and other countries unrealistic expectations, and made talks harder to navigate. This time, Israel went to the other extreme. They said they would not only not unilaterally withdraw from existing borders, but they would annex additional areas. The concession for this peace agreement (which, as pointed out, is largely symbolic) was the abandonment of those plans. (I believe the Israelis were looking for a way to walk away from that too, while saving face. This joke of normalized relationships is a convenient excuse for that.)

The net result of all these things is no real achievements. The Arabs and Obama moved the goalposts one way, so the Israelis moved it the other way. Now they're agreeing to meet in the middle. Everyone saves face. Hoorah.

August 14, 2020, 11:56:10 AM
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Re: Jokes Master Thread
Once this thread is hijacked already, I always wondered does this statement apply to a bank account? The original context is that you shouldn’t count how much fruit you have so the bracha should apply to it. But a bank account is already quantified, not looking at the numbers doesn’t change anything.

This would depend on whether the reason that אין הברכה מצויה because of עין הרע (the מהרש'א ) or because הקב'ה is more likely to make a נס נסתר than a נס גלוי (the עיון יעקב). The gemara is definitely משמע like what you are saying. In theory, though, if the reason is עין הרע, then the less people that know about it the better, even if it's a known quantity. You example should be a נפקא מינא in this gemara. Excellent point.

August 14, 2020, 12:07:37 PM
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Re: Jokes Master Thread
And some people eat it under the table

That's like the people that say Parshas HaMon בעל פה, so they should have good parnassa off the books.

August 15, 2020, 09:58:02 PM
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Re: Tipping Master Thread (Who to tip and how much)
friends and i went rafting in CO last week and the private tour was 900$ split 7 ways. then the guide (who was amazing and fun) mentioned to remember ur guide and see him afterwards if we want .. we got the hint. we asked around and they said avg tipping is 20% of the total bill. now isnt that crazy? isnt the guy getting paid as it is and now also expects 180$ tip?? i think tipping is a nice token thank you but to get 180$ for an hr and half rafting is itself a great income, but as a tip is way over the top..
thoughts?
(we tipped 90$)

I thought canoes tip and rafts don't...

August 18, 2020, 04:45:00 PM
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Re: Tipping Master Thread (Who to tip and how much)
In Lakewood the going rate is $14, great cuts (i.e Mr. Clipper- and I have absolutely no connection to them)

Caplan Cuts is $16. I was happy with them.


$25-$30 does sound expensive. That sounds like covid private appointment with sanitizing between haircuts pricing.

August 20, 2020, 03:26:48 PM
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Re: Jokes Master Thread
A man calls his doctor in the middle of the night and says "Doctor, it's an emergency, I think my wife needs her appendix out"
Doctor says: "I took your wife's appendix out seven years ago. I never heard of anyone having a second appendix!"
Man answers: "Well did you ever hear of someone having a second wife?"

Reminds me of one of the blacker Jewish jokes:

A guy calls up the funeral director, and says "I need to arrange a funeral for my wife".

The director asks him "Didn't your wife die 5 years ago"?

"Yes, but I got remarried", answers the man.

"You did? Mazel tov!!!"

August 21, 2020, 11:20:51 AM
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Re: Is Covid Spiking in Boro Park?
I know people don't like it, but I'm going to use the car analogy. People die in car accidents and yet we still drive cars (just this week klal yisroel lost a 19 y/o), there is some point where we go back to normal life. The situation now is very different than it was in March.

99% of automobile fatalities are due to human error. This is why there are extensive traffic laws-to minimize these automotive deaths. The same applies to covid - due diligence should be applied to ensure that as many deaths as possible are avoided and not caused by human negligence. (I'm not going into the numbers of annual deaths per driven mile-it's a moot point.) "Normalcy" is not the goal - preserving human life is.

August 24, 2020, 10:21:11 PM
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Re: Lakewood covid cases
It didn't work perfectly, but that was the basic plan. It's still looking better with every passing day.

When did "normalcy" become the new religion? At this point there is light at the end of the tunnel. If we can hold out for 6 months, there will likely be vaccines available. Is 6 months of masks really too much to ask, so much so we're willing to sacrifice lives for it on the altar of normalcy? It's somewhat understandable that a bunch of hedonistic live for the moment university students (that are living in campus, and therefore posing minimal risk to greater public) are not too concerned about the welfare of society, but are we as a community really no better? It's quite oxymoronic to gather to pray and learn for the sake of HKBH, in a mannerism that is defiant of the very G-d they are gathered to supposedly worship. Evidently, normalcy is the new idol that replaced HKBH. This isn't even mesiras nefesh for Torah... It's mesiras nefesh for personal comfort.

מי ביקש זאת מידכם רמות חצרי

Are we the next generation to murder Zechariah because the message necessitates changes from patterns of living we're comfortable with?

September 08, 2020, 07:18:18 AM
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Re: Lakewood covid cases
Instead of field hospitals, they should have equipped LTC facilities with adequate PPE and large scale testing. Positive seniors should have been moved away from the healthy population. The result would have been a fraction of the death toll.

This was the protocol that was supposed to be followed. A SNF was supposed to be following the same protocols and equipped with the same gear as hospitals. They explicitly said that any SNF that could not maintain CDC recommended standards for case isolation should let them know and not accept COVID positive patients. In hindsight, it is possible that this was not a good move.

The reality is that the NYC medical infrastructure is a bunch of individual institutions that do not operate through one central system. If there would have been one central command center coordinating which ambulances bring patients where based on real time capacity data, the field hospitals and ship could have been seamlessly integrated into the network. Being as it is a bunch of private institutions that operate independently of each other, each with their own ambulance network connections developed, this is not what happened. The way it was, supplies and case load were not efficiently distributed.  Therefore, the new unnetworked hospitals were left vacant, while the pre-existing facilities were overwhelmed.

There was and still is not a method for an overriding system to assume control of coordination of hospitals in case of a mass casualty incident. This is a major gap in the system.

September 10, 2020, 12:50:23 AM
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