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Joshua Cypess
+ Your AuthorsArchive @JoshuaCypess PhD social scientist & Orthodox Rabbi. We're all in this together. He/him. #BlackLivesMatter #Steelers #Mets #Resist Aug. 15, 2021 6 min read

57.01/ Week fifty-seven, Aug. 14-20, 2021, thread begins here.

Week 56 thread below.

57.02/ 2 comments about Rav Willig's shiur for Shoftim 5781:
(1) He explicitly endorses Rav Twersky's position for combatting the virus and that's awesome! 
(2) Him citing Rav Bleich to defend Zechariah ben Avkulous is [chef's kiss]

57.03/ From May 2020, one of my references to ZbA (as I should refer to him) and how I use him as an archetype.

57.03b/ Some of my other references to ZbA, the quintessential cowardly leader who protects his own position & believes he's preserving a system yet whose inaction leads to its collapse:

57.04/ We just returned from a 4 day family vacation - post-COVID waves 1-3, pre-Delta madness - in the Hudson River Valley. What did I miss in the meantime? [Hand to earpiece] OK, there's some crazy noodle fracas and I'm supposed to attack Biden to appear bipartisan. Gotcha.

57.05/ I'm not a pulpit rabbi right now nor a posek but I'm an expert in medical ethics & halakha and there is no halakhic exemption for refusing vaccines outside of valid medical advice. Halakha DEMANDS every life-protecting procedure & esp. for actions that save others' health.

57.05b/ OTOH here's a posek (who also appears to have stepped out of central casting for "Charedi Rosh Yeshiva") and he determines that anti-maskers (and I'd assume kal v'chomer anti-vax) are violating the "biblical commandment against committing murder." 

57.06/ I knew it! Average body temperature is more like 97.5 not 98.6 (which came about it an era when more people had chronic conditions and/or before vaccines zapped away major pandemics)
h.t. @acypess 

57.07/ Very cool: the Atkinson Hyperlegible Font "named after Braille Institute founder, J. Robert Atkinson.... focuses on letterform distinction to increase character recognition, ultimately improving readability.... free for anyone to use!" 

57.08/ My kids have learned to ask me very precisely worded questions because any ambiguity will inadvertently trigger a 5 to 30 minute lecture for what should be a 30 second answer #LifeSkillsParentingWin

57.09a/ I read so many people on here warning everyone with frantic doom scenarios. Some advice from personal experience: you get nearly zero credit when you're right and when you're wrong you get labeled a Chicken Little and that ruins any chance of being taken seriously.

57.09b/ You may need to manage all the doom images in your mind, but there's a real cost to your reputation. To avoid this fate: if you really feel you can see the future, then you'll be ready with prepped plans for when people finally realize you're right 

57.10/ The eternal conundrum for self-employed white-collar worker.

57.11/ It's #Elul so I actually appreciate stories of evil, selfish people getting measure-for-measure punishment for spreading their deadly words like this guy Walsh. Parker's right: teshuva can start by changing your ways even before any confession.

57.12/ Comparison btw. the 2021 #Mets & 2020 #Steelers is getting eerie. Both teams were riding first place until a sudden & seemingly inescapable collapse. Injuries hollowing out a single position. I just hope DeGrom doesn't go out like Pouncey/DeCastro.

57.13/ How I reconcile the "who's worse GWB or DJT dilemma": DJT was an anti-president who never intended to perpetuate the office nor Democracy itself (as seen by leading an armed insurrection against the Constitutional order). GWB intended to be POTUS.

57.14/ [Going through my single posts during my vacation]

It's always the people you most expect:

with this follow-up

57.15/ This is excellent content.

(Context: It's rare to have the #Tishrei holidays be Tuesday-Wednesday. Last time was 2008! It's probably the worst schedule for those with jobs in the secular world. Anyway, it's a great picture for memeing)

57.16/ So, so cold. But so good.

57.17/ Genius move.

(And very helpful for the Tues-Wed. holiday problem mentioned above)

57.18/ Biden has often been giving the right messages.

When people criticize "The Demz!" for bad communication, they should check to see if it's a problem of "Nancy & Joe" or the MSM which refuses to broadcast helpful info in favor of click-bait outrages.

57.19/ The #Shmita year is almost upon us. Here's a link for Rabbi David Marcus's “Shmittah 5782: A Practical Guide”: .


57.20/ The "botched AFG" narrative foisted via the MSM's both-sides ideology must be seen in context of GOP seditious sabotage of the USPS & anti-mask/vax policies to maim kids & destroy public schools. GOP actively undermines the US so Biden gets blamed.

57.21/ Great quote by my daughter here (extemporaneous too, she's so smart/good):

“Doing chesed is really important because it’s necessary for society to help people in need. If no one helped anyone then we wouldn’t have a society left.” 

57.22/ It's gratifying to see a corrupt abuser get punished for one of the most laughably egregious scams to give himself a job since Dick Cheney (who should be next). Consolation prize for Richards: 'question' for next season's Jeopardy (Category: Karma)

57.23/ For men who're looking for ways to improve in #Elul to get into the Book of Life, this is a good mitzvah to take on.

I do try to be the guy who calls out misogyny, but know - like any good mitzvah - it's 'good trouble.' No pain no gain.

57.24/ The phrase "Men's Rights" should be considered as hateful, violent, and evil as "White P*wer." It's one of the prongs of the 14 w*rds: turning women into objects. That the GOP gladly gave these vile people such power is typical and contemptable.

57.25/ This thread about why the Press is harder on the Democrats - b/c it's a given to the MSM that Ds care & have ethics - is a dynamic found in many asymmetrical conflicts between a lawful & unlawful group. I could call it the Amalek Accusation Fallacy.

57.26/ As I said about the purposeful GOP sabotage in 57.20 - why they are banning life-saving measures for kids/schools & launching what @AstroKatie described as a "DDoS attack on the entire US hospital system" - is also what they did in AFG. See thread:

57.27/ I'm going to toivel this - easy enough to change "pastor" to "rabbi" - and dub this as a very good pulpit-ready joke.

57.28/ The famed "last Jew in AFG" prefers to endure the bloodthirsty Taliban b/c he is a get-refuser who, if he went to Israel, would be forced to free his wife. This spiteful monster should be the picture in our mind of how loathsome get-refusers are.

57.29/ There are many ugly laws in #KiTetze and while I prefer to think that in practice most/all would/will be nerfed the way "Ben Sorer u-Moreh" was (San. 71b), see also my rebbe Rav Lichtenstein zl's superlative article here: 

57.30/ There actually is a silent majority - a Biden coalition, as it were - that is slow to anger and stir to action but the murderous madness of the GOP is recklessly overt & an eruption of popular anger like we saw in June 2020 feels inevitable.

57.31/ This is key: wearing a mask is how you protect others even when you're vaccinated. That's why I'm wearing it again in shul: because there are so many kids under 12! So if I'm asked "are you scared of COVID?" My answer: yes, scared of killing you.

57.32/ Yes! With full FDA approval, I'm led to believe, the vaccine can be easily mandated in work places and schools. Let's go! Jab, shoot, inject, whatever verb you want. We need this! 

57.33/ OK, Shabbas is starting - yet again - 10 minutes earlier than last week. Be careful everyone, stay safe and have a #ShabbatShalom


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