Where are those Most Vocal Camera Ready Community Leaders When You are Needed Most? Covid-19

Where are the Jewish Community Leaders When There are no Cameras to Offer Fame?

The following is the text of an audio message that was sent to us from one of our readers. We have a copy of the audio to which it refers. By way of translation please note the following:

A shnorer a derogatory Yiddish word for someone who takes more than his fair share. He is the guy who will order the most expensive thing on the menu when someone else is paying the bill.

A Shtibel is a small synagogue in neighborhood homes.

Sheine Yidden is a Yiddish word for a “good Jew”. In this context it is a bit sarcastic.

Please stay safe. Please go out only when necessary. Please DO NOT GO TO MINYANIM OR OTHER PLACES TO DAVEN. Prayer in the privacy and solitude of one’s home is still prayer. 

Shabbat Shalom.

Dear LM,

Please post the following.

This is a message that came by audio via WhatsApp.  This is from a Hatzalah member:

“I must speak out because my blood is rushing to my head.

Just now there was a Hatzalah for a man who fell ill in a shtibel in Boro park. Where is the community’s brains? Where are we as a community? I do not understand. Where are the so-called community leaders?? The second there is a camera …. They are always in front of the camera but the second people are literally dying in the streets, bodies are piling up, young people, old people – there is no discrimination any more… all of a sudden crickets….( the leaders, politicians).

Where is the community board?

Barry Spitzer. Where are they??

Kalman Yeger. Where is Dov Hikind.

Where are they??

The second there is a camera in Boro Park they are all in front of it. All these so- called community leaders. Yanky Mayer. Rabbi Gluck. Anyone. You name it.

All these organizations. Hatzoloh. Shomrim.

Anytime there is a crisis in Boro Park each one of them runs to put his face in front of the camera. But there is a serious crisis, the bodies are piling up, the chapels cannot handle it, hospitals cannot manage – crickets….

They become very quiet when all is turning over. You don’t hear from anyone.

None of them are saying a word. No protests. Nothing.

Where is Yanky Mayer from Misaskim?? Who has 20 trucks that you Shcnorered from the community. These are our trucks! Not yours. You schonrered from the community millions and millions of dollars.

Send each one of your trucks and blast it in front if each Beis Medrash in Boro Park until they shut down. Where are these people? Why do we rely on them? Once this Corona dies down they are going to back to Beis Medrash  like Sheine Yidden  but when there is a crisis they hide in their shell.

You have 20 -30  trucks, Yanky Mayer, go around Boro Park and blast out a message to shut down!

The only organization that did a little bit was Shmira who went around with loudspeakers.

This is embarrassing!!!

 

The Road to Hell has Been Paved by the Religious Right – and Social Distancing Covid-19

 

Dear Readers:

The video is a wedding performed with Social Distancing. Mazel Tov. Some are listening.

The below is an opinion from the New York Times, Katherine Stewart. It focuses on the right wing evangelical Christians, an important talking point in understanding the juxtaposition of what is being stated and what is unfolding in fundamentalist New York neighborhoods, in contrast to the video.

We are only posting a few excerpts and encourage you to click here to read the opinion article in its entirety.

We have shared Ms. Stewart’s  opinion for weeks. Trump’s greatest supporters, the Evangelical right wing, [both Christian and Jews] are now being hurt the most by Covid-19, even if they are denying or otherwise hiding this fundamental truth.

The religious leaders on all sides took President Trump at his word that Coronavirus was “fake news” or that generally healthy people would not get sickor die; and they continued congregating in large numbers, creating a breeding ground for the virus. Now the religious supporters, Christian and Jewish are getting sick and even dying in record numbers. And on the Jewish side of the evangelical base, anyone who wants to tell that story is being silenced, either by community demands, by claims of anti-Semitism, or by closure of testing centers in religious neighborhoods.

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Do Not Give to Chesed Funds Where You Cannot Be Sure the Money is Going to the Needy. Please do not Pay for Prayers.

Do Not Pay for Blessings – Pay for Food, Sustenance and other Necessities of People Ravaged by Covid-19!

Dear Readers:

We are seeing dozens of “Chesed Funds” being set up for prayers – promises that with a specific blessing and some money you and your loves ones will not get sick. We challenge that while there are rabbis with incredible wisdom, at this time, those who pray without money are perhaps the more genuine.

Please donate to funds established to feed people who are in need of food, to provide money and  assurances to mothers who have lost husbands, to fund daycare for children of essential workers.

So many rabbis are giving sermons online about G-d’s wisdom, and understanding, about listening to science, and about managing and coping with Covid-19 and are not asking for money.

They are in their charitable wisdom providing those blessings free of charge. There are better charities to support, like ones that will provide necessary money, food, living expenses and the like to those who need it. Praying for a blessing in the current Covid-19 environment is not charity. It is blindness unless that money will be used to feed someone in need, to house a homeless person or to provide safe passage.

We implore our readers to listen to science and accept spiritual guidance wherever you are most comfortable, but donate where the money will be used for “Rachmunes”.

We implore our readers to volunteer to work in hospitals and other care centers if you want to provide Chesed. We implore our readers to be kind and generous with time and money to those who are now out of work or without a means to future sustenance.

The Crown Heights, New York Covid-19 Catastrophe and Government’s Leading by Example…. to a deadly virus

The Situation in Crown Heights is a Catastrophe and Trump was the Leader the Rabbis Followed

Dear Readers:

This post has been edited.

We will be posting a series of articles on Covid-19 and the Crown Heights, New York catastrophe. People are in critical condition in disproportionate numbers. Death rates are uncertain.

The members of the Crown Heights community believed what they were told by the Federal Government, and what the response was of their rabbis, namely that Covid-19 was being overblown. In turn, they attended Purim parties and Simchas (happy occasions) which were breeding grounds for transmission of the virus from one person to another. Crown Heights is crowded. They live multiple generations in one home. This is a Petri-dish environment and the people should have been warned accordingly.  

We are posting articles from a number of sources, none of which likely supports this site. In particular, we do not have the permission of CrownHeights.info to reprint the Tehillim List in full, or of Collive to reprint their photographs or their documents. We hope they will understand that we are doing so in good faith and in an effort to spread a message, not one of hate, but one of compassion and care. If asked to remove their references, we will oblige without question.

We encourage you to look to CrownHeights.info and to Collive for information on Covid-19 and on the Crown Heights response. In the event that any sources would prefer we not repost, we ask that they send an email to the gmail account and we will do as asked. Again, we are posting respectfully. 

The Chabad of Crown Heights and other Hasidim of Brooklyn supported in huge numbers the election of President Trump and those he chose to surround himself with as his advisers and government officials. The community of Crown Heights in large proportion took President Trump’s “lead by example” approach and his decision to be flippant with Corona was passed on to the elders within Crown Heights who were then, flippant with the virus as were their children.

As a result, the community of Chabad in Crown Heights and of other Hasidic groups in Brooklyn are testing positive in disproportionate numbers. In Crown Heights they are critically ill disproportionately. They need help. They need medical assistance. They need compassion and they are asking for prayers.

Out of respect, we will post the list for Tehilim first, and then a number of articles regarding the catastrophic situation in Crown Heights. If you would like someone added to the list, please call the number listed on their site

To have a name added to this list, please email news@crownheights.info, or whatsapp us at 718-285-8000. If a person on this list no longer requires Tehillim be said for them, please notify us as well.

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Medical Sites Like ParCare Serving the Haredi Community Are in Short Supply of Tests – Covid-19

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Gershon Schlesinger

New York Orthodox Jewish Community Lacks Necessary Test Kits to Combat Coronavirus

Testing tents set up for the community quickly ran out of tests, only sporadically receiving more: ‘Everyone wants to get tested, but we just can’t’

Medical workers serving the Orthodox Jewish community in New York, which has become an epicenter for the spread of the coronavirus, are overworked and lack the necessary test kits to properly check members of the community.

“We are being [flooded] by hundreds of calls from people wanting to get tested, everyone wants to get tested, but we just can’t,” Gershon Schlesinger, CEO of the ParCare Medical Centers in Brooklyn, told Haaretz on Monday. “I wish we would get these kits thate the president has announced that he is going to get, millions of test kits, but that hasn’t materialized. So at the moment, we can only do what we can do,” he said, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump’s promise to provide large numbers of test kits to medical providers.

Since last Sunday, Schlesinger’s medical centers have set up three COVID-19 testing tents: One in Williamsburg, another on Bay Parkway near Borough Park and Bonsonhurst in Brooklyn, and a third center in the Orthodox Jewish village of Kyrias Joel, north of New York City. While most of the patients showing up to the testing tents are Orthodox Jews, the one on Bay Parkway has a more diverse attendance, Schlesinger said.

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Legislator Foley Speaks Out About Covid-19 Lawlessness in Rockland County, NY – Governor Cuomo, Please Do Something…

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Legislator James Foley

 

In a Coronavirus epidemic, where breaking social gathering rules can help send our healthcare system above capacity, and literally get people killed, we have alleged public flouting of these rules in, no surprise, Ramapo.

There are people stating this Wesley Hills wedding was well over a hundred people. It was posted that officers requested that the people disperse, and that these persons refused. There were no reports of persons being ticketed or arrested. It was reported that at some point there were portable toilets.

I want to call out…

1: Ramapo Police Chief Weidel
2: Ramapo Town Supervisor Michael “The Spectator” Specht
3: Mona “The actual boss” Montal
4: Town councilman Yehuda “watch my second act to school looting“ Weissmandl.
5: NYS Attorney General Tish “I was a nobody before I met the Ramapo squad” James.

(Why throw a town councilman in? If you have the nerve to further the looting done by Aron Wieder, you have a lifetime of “shoutouts” coming your way)

The apartheid regime of Ramapo continues unchanged. Some have no rules or laws applied to them, as is alleged here today, and those persons reportedly given free reign are universally white. When a white person is attacked and gravely injured in a violent act in Ramapo, there is a full court press conference, and I agree that an attack like that would warrant a press conference.

What I don’t understand is, when a black person is killed in violence in Ramapo, the podium stays in storage. Crickets. No need to get the press, police, and elected’s lined up to speak, at least when the victim is black.

In Ramapo you have segregated housing, mostly new for the white folks, and the much dilapidated stock typically for the brown and black persons of Ramapo.

You have segregated schools, the program cuts, and old buildings for the brown and black, and the rehabbed ERCSD buildings fixed up with taxpayer money and sold off (in my opinion at a discount) years ago to the white private school crowd.

We can see here today the Ramapo segregated justice system. Let’s see African Americans in Ramapo flout the law like this, and ignore direct instructions from police. Actually, for those persons well being, let’s not see African Americans do that in Ramapo.

Tish James is quick to intervene when someone in Rockland makes a low budget video she does not like. Let’s see if Tish James, the Ramapo owned puppet, has anything to say about this alleged risking of life in Rockland County.

I understand that Ramapo Police are denying this was a big event, and on social media there are competing photos of a very populated event, and photos of a less populated event.

I fully support our police and nothing I say should be interpreted otherwise. The Rockland PBA was my campaign’s first endorsement, and I am still proud of that.

I met Chief Weidel in person and he presented as an honest, hardworking man who was appropriately tuned in to how he runs his department affects all of our lives, and this is not to disparage any officer who works for Ramapo PD, they are all doing their job.

But to be blunt, if Chief Weidel answers to this collection of morally flexible members of the Ramapo machine, I have no choice but to discount his word vs members of the public’s word, and also sorry to say, discount the official word of anyone that directly answers to the Chief if the matter is something the Ramapo machine would want to affect for that machine’s endless manipulations and lies.

If you chose to work “at the pleasure of” that crew that runs Ramapo, however morally sound you may be, you are publicly spending down your credibility.

I answer to the honest and lawful voters of Clarkstown and Orangetown, and it is comparatively speaking, effortless for me to remain free of undue influence. The crooked town of Ramapo is another matter entirely.

The FBI never raided the Clarkstown or Orangetown town hall, the Feds raided the Ramapo Town Hall, and from those days to today, I have seen absolutely zero evidence of a change of heart in Ramapo Town Hall.

The downzoning we were told would stop, it continues, full steam. The patronage to the Ramapo machine continues, if not accelerates. The two sets of rules, absolutely unchanged.

Although the convicted federal felon Christopher St Lawrence is not running the town anymore, I see little difference, as I never really thought he ran the town anyway, his puppet masters did, and they didn’t go anywhere and they did not change their mind or morals.

The Five Town Supervisors “summit” months ago was really pushed for and put on by one town, Ramapo. It was Ramapo that begged us to attend, and it was also Ramapo who quickly ignored our unanimous feedback given at that summit to stop the overbuilding.

I ask that everyone speak about Ramapo for what it is.

Ramapo is a crooked town, run by crooked people, who lie to us.

 

 

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