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Re: Flying Turkish
Is it still safe to do the stop over in Istanbul even with all of the new developments with the government?
Don't do it. Statistically, 46% of people who do it don't survive. Of those who do survive, 17% walk away with missing limbs.
If you look very Jewish the chances of survival are less.

April 25, 2017, 10:21:26 PM
Re: Hatzalah-Thon - Live Stream Concert & Campaign It was incredible.

Generally I shrug off such concerts, my hearing doesn't appreciate it

But I had this open on my TV streaming YouTube live at least 4 hours total on and off.

It (and some wine) also mobilized me to text over 150 contacts to give.

May 14, 2020, 02:38:32 PM
Re: yeshivas that are open
I know a yeshiva which plans on opening next week, with (positive) antibodies test and (negative) covid test.

Or in other words: the Trump test, testing positively negative.

May 25, 2020, 04:12:36 PM
Heroes Blog Here! The age of Corona has given rise to a new generation of heroes. Healthcare workers have been granted the title, along with many others whose dormant selflessness has come to the surface under the unique set of circumstances we are now living with.

Upon reflection, I have come to realize that there have been so many here, on DDF, who have earned that distinction as well. Members of the DDF community who have answered the call and have become heroes in their own right, even from the safety of their home computers. I believe that many of them deserve to be recognized for their valor, beyond the simple gesture of hitting the like button.

That is the purpose of this thread. Here, members can nominate others as heroes. No, their payout won't be any greater than when they accrued likes. But garnering special mention is the least we can do for the heroes among us.

I would like to begin by nominating three heroes who come to mind:

@cgr has turned the unemployment help thread into a full-blown accounting office, answering all sorts of questions day and night for free.
She answers questions all day and night. The LRRC gets donations and a lot of government funding. She has evolved into a one-woman organization, answering all the questions for free.

I'm certain that she could advertise "Get help with UI for $100/hour" and she would have steady business. She chooses to be a free resource to everyone here.

@Iz and his team at the Coronavirus matching campaign thread, who have pulled in thousands of dollars for almanos and yesomim with their generosity and goodwill.

@Yehudaa has uploaded tens of documents of divrei Torah each Friday, so that DDFers can print and read over Shabbos.

Who are your heroes?

May 26, 2020, 12:39:53 AM
Re: Heroes Blog Here! I would like to nominate @CountValentine for this:
I will donate 18 each to 13 campaigns. R' Yerachmiel Beiles to (including both) R' Yitzchok Zylberminc.
There is a catch. I read enough of these stories to last several lifetimes. Someone needs to setup and do it for me. Preferable someone I know. I will QP the money first if need be.
PM me.
ETA: If you have a preference you can choose 13 from the wiki.
While most on these forums are members of the Orthodox Jewish community and feel some sort of ethnic kinship to the numerous victims of Corona that were the subject of the collection campaigns, and in addition, they have a mitzva of maaser which obligates them to give a certain amount of charity in any event, Count Valentine's significant donation to Jewish corona victims bespeaks a level of selflessness and pure caring beyond the rest of us here. He reached into his pocket and parted with his money to help suffering people who he has never seen nor shares any ethnic connection.

That's a hero.

May 26, 2020, 11:04:00 AM
Re: Are you happy with the block you live on?

I must say one of the main reasons I don’t move is because of my neighbors. It seems we can get anything done with our combined knowledge.

Yesterday we cut a tree down. It was a 70-foot elm in my neighbor’s yard leaning badly into my yard. My neighbor (not the one with the tree) dropped the tree with one cut in between a 36-inch gate. Only had about a foot clearance from my garage. From start to finish it was less than a hour. This included chopped up for fire wood and all cleanup.

How about your block?
Same boat here. We cut down trees together all the time, last week we took down a tree and a house in one swing. 

June 24, 2020, 07:04:30 PM