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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Misplaced Letter To The Editor?

A letter to the editor in this week's edition of the Nassau Herald, a non-sectarian local publication (emphasis mine):
To the Editor:

For the past 25 years, Hatzalah Ambulance of the Rockaways and Nassau County has functioned in our community in the most admirable fashion. Hundreds of young men have displayed devotion and dedication to their neighbors, friends, and perfect strangers 24/7/365 in a manner that epitomizes mesiras nefesh and a special art of chesed shel emes.

Our obligation was to encourage, thank, honor and give chizuk to the members of Hatzalah as they marked a quarter of a century of service on Sunday, May 7, at the annual BBQ. But even more than that, we owe it to ourselves and our families to financially support this unique organization, because if chas v'shalom disaster strikes, whom are we going to call? We need them to be outfitted with sufficient ambulances, the latest equipment and the most expensive drugs - our very lives depend on them. The budget of over $500,000 must be met, the insurance bills must be paid, and the capital improvements must be made.
We are grateful to Rabbi Dovid Weinberger for his many years of guidance to our local Hatzalah and and his constant consultation with the Gedolei Yisroel regarding the issues that present themselves. We thank him for his co-authoring a sefer on Hatzalah KeHilchasa, and wish him and Rabbi Mechel Handler much Hatzlacha as the "Madrich L'Chevrah Hatzalah" goes to print.
THE RABBONIM OF THE ROCKAWAYS AND NASSAU COUNTY

Um... did this get submitted to the right paper? Because this letter didn't run in this week's 5 Town's Jewish Times, so I am going to assume that the Jewish paper was its intended location, and there was some kind of mix-up. It's a fair bet that the vast majority reading this letter in the Nassau Herald are not going to know what in God's name the letter-writers are trying to get across. I mean, at the very least, "THE RABBONIM OF THE ROCKAWAYS AND NASSAU COUNTY" could have included a glossary.

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a far cry from the Herald's anti-Orthodox diatribe on the same page last week.

11:38 PM  
Blogger David said...

It's funny for the same reason that lots of Torah tapes are funny: the people creating them believe that they are speaking English. Heh.

12:43 AM  
Blogger orthomom said...

David said...

It's funny for the same reason that lots of Torah tapes are funny: the people creating them believe that they are speaking English. Heh.


Yes, but at least Torah Tapes are intended for listeners who understand what the terms mean. This letter is going to read like complete gibberish to the people who read this paper.

12:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is what we should really be focusing on

have read how this stuff will hurt israel

Iranian President Rejects European Incentives to End Uranium Enrichment

12:53 AM  
Anonymous mycroft said...

"special art of chesed shel emes."

Hazalah people may also be zaddikim and on chevrei kadisha-but I hope they are not expert as Hazalah members in chesed shel emes.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Still Wonderin' said...

i guess it's true that the Orthodox Jews own the school board AND the media.

7:43 AM  
Blogger BARBARIANFROMCALIFORNIA said...

hey ortho how come you dont complain about the school your kids go too?? it can't be all that good of a school can it?

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"BARBARIANFROMCALIFORNIA said...

hey ortho how come you dont complain about the school your kids go too?? it can't be all that good of a school can it?

9:47 AM"

She has complained about her kids school

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Yehdah Laufer said...

As a former Hatzolah member, I am sure that this was not sent to the right paper. Hatzolah goes to great lengths to avoid publicity and strongly discourages members from speaking with the media. I can't imagine that the rabbonim would have intentionally sent this to a secular paper.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hatzoloh guys know that Kanner is stil ticked off a Gordon for backtracking on Hatzoloh's attack ad on Rabbi Resisman. I think these guys who humbly labor with mesiras nefesh are seeking a little too much attention....don't you think?

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is how Judeo-English (known as Jinglish) developed. Also note Judeo-German (Yiddish) and Judeo-Spanish (Ladino). Ladino may become useful once again. Optimists should start working on their Judeo-Chinese (Sinish?-- or does that sound too like Sinful?)

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Haary M said...

who really gives a flying fig!

11:39 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der ┼íteg) said...

thanks, Anonymous, i was going to say that :-)

long live Judeo-English!

12:05 PM  
Blogger SephardiLady said...

because if chas v'shalom disaster strikes, whom are we going to call?

The non-Ortho readers are probably wondering why not 9-1-1.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I got it Ortho, the letter was a plant by some Hatzoloh fanatic to further promote their blind and silly allegiance to Rabbi Weinberger......

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somehow the community seems to ignore the dozens of frumme yidden who spend countless hours volunteering for local fire departments that are part of the 911 system. We are nothing more than chopped liver. Afterall, who is there to save lives besides dedicated Hatzolah members??

11:30 PM  
Anonymous TW said...

This letter was circulated by mail on card stock -- the addressed side of the mail mentioned the Hatzolah Barbeque on May 7th.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous woodrow said...

Sure sounds like gibberish to me (though I do understand about half of it now that I'm a little religious!)

So why not 911, anyhow?

1:11 PM  
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6:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the jews who volunteer for the local fire depts are a disgrace to the jewish people

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the jews who volunteer for the local fire depts are a disgrace to the jewish people

The job needs to get done, who else do you want to do it? Wouldn't you rather have jews come to your hosue when you have an emergency? Isn't that the whole point of Hatzolah?

4:49 PM  

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