Tehillim Request and Open Cholim Thread
Rina Shifra bat Rivka
Also, please treat this comment thread as an open one, to post any other names of Cholim that might need some extra Tefillot said on their behalf.
For decades, the elite Jones Beach lifeguard corps has presided over the renowned stretch of Long Island shoreline as an unwavering symbol of safety and courage. With their tanned, toned physiques perched atop their stands, the lifeguards are seen as models of fitness and efficiency on team rescues, protecting bathers, enforcing safety rules and working together to save lives.The article goes on to enumerate various claims of discrimination that are being made by a group of Jewish Jones Beach lifeguards.
But this summer their ranks have been roiled by a growing controversy over complaints from a group of Jewish lifeguards who say they have been harassed, unfairly disciplined and made the subject of a police investigation instigated by beach administrators.
At least six Jewish lifeguards say they have been seized upon by administrators who have fabricated petty infractions and used the State Park Police to “appear to intimidate and persecute lifeguards the state wants to get rid of,” said Roy J. Lester, a weekend lifeguard who is also a leader of the lifeguard union at Jones Beach and nearby Robert Moses State Park.The Jewish lifeguards claim that something other than coincidence is at work here. That may well be the case. But it just seems strange to me that a beach that serves New York City and Long Island - locales with extremely high and very visible Jewish populations - would attach any sort of significance to the religious persuasion of their lifeguards. Though I am well aware that discrimination can rear its ugly head anywhere, it just seems likely to me that there is more to the story than simple antisemitism.
Two Jewish lifeguards, he said, were being investigated by the State Park Police regarding the legitimacy of their CPR certification.
Two other Jewish lifeguards were accused of insubordination and threatened with arrest after they walked into an administrator’s office without shoes on Memorial Day weekend to complain about a lack of lifeguards on a section of Jones Beach, Mr. Lester said. Another Jewish lifeguard, a 68-year-old captain and union activist with 49 years on the job, said that because he was denied leave for a medical condition, he failed to complete his lifeguard recertification test this spring, and was not allowed to work this summer.
Thus far, it sounds like another sad but familiar story of a forty-something man passing away before his time. However, the Haredi-Sephardic community in Jerusalem is convinced that the reason for his early death is a problem that plagues hundreds of the community's families.While I would imagine that it would be hard to prove that this specific disappointment was the final cause of this man's death, I do not doubt that the stress of his daughter's rejection did not help matters. As the article goes on to point out, the problem of discrimination continues to plague the Sephardi Charedi community. As a lawyer who helps parents gain their children's admission states:
"He ate his heart out that he couldn't get his daughter into the seminary of her choice," said one of Sofer's close friends. "In recent weeks, he was informed that his daughter could not study in the seminary that she desires. He kept saying that he couldn't handle it, that it would kill him – that's exactly how he expressed himself – that he couldn't bear his daughter receiving Torah instruction like the average girl."
Work colleagues said that, on the afternoon of his death, he spoke to them about the issue and appealed for their help: "I have no energy. You have to help ensure that my daughter gets into a good seminary."
In Eitan's opinion, the reason Sephardic students are not accepted to the schools is a result of explicit racism. "Principals say clearly: 'we've filled the Sephardic quota'. This is open racism, they're not even trying to hide it, and it's one of the greatest injustices in the Haredi community," he says.Whether or not this man's tragic death is determined to be a direct result of his daughter's denial of admission, this sad story of his resulting stress and disappointment in the weeks before his death will hopefully increase publicity for the plight of Sephardi students and the disgusting discrimination that continues to be perpetuated against them.
KIRYAS JOEL, N.Y., Aug. 22 — As the administrator of this village in southern Orange County, Gedalye Szegedin knows that much of his job revolves around a simple equation: the number of girls who get married is roughly equal to the number of new homes this community will need to accommodate its rapid growth.But the overdevelopment of the village has residents of neighboring communities predictably panicking about a potential influx into their towns of Chasidim who are getting crowded out of Kiryas Joel:
Last year, Mr. Szegedin oversaw the construction of 200 houses and apartments, mostly on the outer-lying lots along the eastern edge of this 1.1-square-mile community, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish enclave about 60 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. By the end of this year, he said, the village will most likely have 300 new homes.
“There are three religious tenets that drive our growth: our women don’t use birth control, they get married young and after they get married, they stay in Kiryas Joel and start a family,” Mr. Szegedin said.
“Our growth comes simply from the fact that our families have a lot of babies,” he added, “and we need to build homes to respond to the needs of our community.”
But developable land is a finite resource here, and not much of it is left. And as Kiryas Joel pushes up against its borders, nearby neighbors in the towns of Blooming Grove and Woodbury are moving aggressively to prevent the community from expanding by incorporating into villages of their own.I completely suport the residents' of Kiryas Joel's right to live and procreate as they wish. I am also sympathetic to their problems of lack of space for their exploding population numbers. That said, I can fully understand the feelings of those residents in neighboring villages who feel that the choices of the Kiryas Joel residents are being foisted on them, and their resistance to having the housing and living styles of the Chasidim encroach upon their homes - free country or not.
“We still have huge tracts of open land in Woodbury, and we want to keep it that way,” said Woodbury’s supervisor, John P. Burke, who grew up in the Bronx and moved to Orange County in 1969.
“We want to make sure that no outside community is able to completely transform the character and the look of our town,” he said. “If we need a village to do that, so be it.”
...“We just don’t understand why they have to keep pushing their expansionist ideas on us,” said Charles J. Bohan, who is the supervisor of the Town of Blooming Grove and a resident of the new village, named South Blooming Grove.
Mrs. Ambrus-Baer, second from left, received Yad Vashem’s designation as a Righteous Gentile during a ceremony Friday at the Israeli Consulate General in Manhattan. Her husband of 60 years, Julian Ambrus, left, was a member of the Hungarian resistance in World War II. The couple, who moved to the United States in 1950, live in Buffalo, where they worked in the medical field.Definitely earns her the Heroine of the Day designation.
The Baer family saved several hundred Jews during the Holocaust, Julian Ambrus said. When German soldiers came to the Baer home, they would be warned that the family’s dogs “were very vicious.” Which they weren’t. The lie bought time for the Jews inside to hide.
The family also bribed German guards to bring Jews to safety.
“I never expected this,” Mrs. Ambrus-Baer said. “I took it for normal that somebody saves people’s lives.”
We're not talking about Judaism overall (that's still rock solid); this is about the Jewish culture, and the culture's long been co-opted by the goyim. There was a time when being a member of the tribe helped you work the system and climb the ladder; nowadays, even all the non-Jews are so Jewish that the ladder's collapsed under their collective weight. Look around you. Everyone New York is Jewish, even the anti-Semites -- especially the anti-Semites! There's got to be an anti-Semite Jewish mafia out there. You just know it.Thanks for the pronouncement, Gawker. Truth is, I do think I liked things better before every Tom, Dick and Madonna (Esther) tied the red strings on, before we showed up as characters on a daytime soap opera, and before we had to read in mainstream publications about the lavish celebrity Bar Mitzvah du jour. But that's just me.
Yes, we know that this item offends practically everyone who matters -- but that's just the point, isn't it? Not only are we everywhere, but we also have to get all Abe Foxman about every. little. thing. Jews have been running the show for so long now: we've got New York, Hollywood, Boca -- isn't it time to relax a little? Even Jesus knew it was time to move on, and that was 2000 years ago.
These are the twisted young British parents who planned to sacrifice their precious baby in the evil cause of jihad by mass murder.What can even be said in the face of such fanatical resolve that has parents willing to sacrificie their own child in the name of their cause?
Fanatical terror suspect Abdula Ahmed Ali, 25, and his wife, Cossor, 23, are among those being interrogated by police as suspects in the massive plot to attack trans-Atlantic flights in midair.
What the outwardly normal couple had secretly plotted is almost too horrifying to consider, cops said.
The Alis planned to use 6-month-old son Zain's baby bottle as a liquid bomb, blowing themselves and their child up, along with hundreds of others aboard the flight.
[T]he Education Law contemplate[s] that the electors may exercise their judgment and discretion in good faith concerning what is the best price at which a schoolhouse can be sold, but where a higher offer from a responsible bidder is already in their hands, there is not room for the exercise of discretion concerning it. The higher offer must be accepted if it is for a use that may be conducted pursuant to law.Which means that if this bid of $27 million is voted down, either the rejected bidder will use the courts to force the district to go forward with the sale or the next-highest bid will be the one accepted. Either way, it is nearly inconceivable that a Yeshiva will get the building and the risk is that the district will end up with less money.
The paint represented the “blood of the Palestinians and Lebanese killed by Israeli terrorists,” a letter found at the scene – possibly written by the vandal – said.Unfortunately, the resident who had displayed the offending Israeli flag chose to remove it, "out of respect for his neighbors and landlord". And so bigotry and criminal vandalism win this little battle.
THE waitress who got into a late-night bar brawl with restaurateur Brian McNally has come forward to say she was "violently assaulted" by the man behind such culinary hot spots as Indochine and 150 Wooster.Nuts.
Marianne Vitale tells Page Six she was having dinner at Lucien on the Lower East Side last Thursday night with a group of friends that included writer Anthony Haden-Guest and artist Dennis Oppenheim when McNally, who was alone at the bar, joined their table.
In our story on Sunday about the dust-up, McNally admitted he might have "inadvertently" struck Vitale when he blocked a glass she threw at him during an impassioned argument about the war between Israel and Hezbollah. He said Vitale had made "anti-Semitic" statements, which she vigorously denies.