Truthful Tuesday — Holidays

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. Frank is changing things up a bit on this Truthful Tuesday prompt. Instead of asking us specific questions, he is giving us a topic and asking us to discuss it. This week’s topic is “holidays.” Frank wants to know…

Whatever holidays you may celebrate this time of year, how ready for them are you?

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, along comes Omicron. While Omicron sounds like it should be the name of a high tech company or the latest Android operating system, it’s actually the name of the latest coronavirus variant. Omicron is supposed to be highly contagious and because it’s so new, scientists don’t know how effectively the current batch of COVID-19 vaccines work on Omicron. So much for holiday plans.

Our extended family is a mixed bag of Christian, Jewish, and atheist, so we celebrate both Christmas and Chanukah. Chanukah this year is already underway and our plan was to have our kids and grandkids over to our house this coming Sunday for a Chanukah get together. And we were all planning to get together again around Christmas at two holiday gatherings, one at the home of our daughter’s significant other’s parents and the other at the home of our daughter-in-law’s parents.

This Sunday’s Chanukah party has been postponed until we know that our jabs (and we’ve all gotten our boosters) are effective against Omicron. Hopefully, by the time the Christmas gatherings come around, we’ll know whether the vaccines we’ve all gotten will keep us safe against the latest variant.

We thought, up until this past week, that we were safe and ready. And we had planned for the holiday season accordingly. Now everything is sort of up in the air.

Welcome to life in the second decade of the 21st century.

20 thoughts on “Truthful Tuesday — Holidays

  1. Paula Light November 30, 2021 / 10:24 am

    Sad. I’ve been ignoring omicron since I’ve had 3 jabs, but who knows? I hope you get to see your fam!

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  2. Sadje November 30, 2021 / 5:52 pm

    Things are very uncertain! I hope that by Christmas they know if the vaccine is effective against the new variant or not.

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      • mosckerr January 16, 2022 / 1:58 am An Abundance of Peace

        First Order of business … the Xtian perversion of the Bible which translates the Name revealed @ the revelation of the Torah @ Sinai — which Xtianity rejected, comparable to the Jewish rejection of JeZeus the mamzer son of Mary, an extension of the Pantheon of the Greek Gods on Mount Olympus, the brother of Hercules – another bastard son of Zeus. Xtianity simply adores its tumah religious rhetoric. Xtians simply delight in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit religious narishkeit (Yiddish for non sense).

        For 2000+ years the Jewish people have not simply rejected this false messiah imaginary man, we have vocally denounced this Greek mythology as a Greek myth dolled up in Jewish garments. Xtians across Europe and Russia reacted with fury, they slandered and murdered Jews at the drop of a hat, based upon blood libel pretexts and other such lame excuses to justify the slaughter of Jewish stateless refugee populations scattered across Europe, Poland and the Ukraine. The education of Xtians in their “faith” of love compares to how pigs wallow in mud.

        The Torah instructs mussar (A term which no Xtian ever heard of, poor ignorant fools. Mussar defines the Hebrew word prophesy); by and through the sh’itta\methodology known as משל\נמשל. Bible believing Xtians, it never occurs to them of the necessity, to learn Hebrew and Aramaic, poor ignorant fools. Doctors of Theology and totally ignorant of the language of the Hebrew T’NaCH. Can’t get more pathetic than that. Yet these alien foreigners, they always jabber about God this … and God that; they exalt themselves in the absolute shame of their ignorance. Mussar means instruction. But Xtians do not know mussar because – impossible to educate STUPID.

        Besides confusing, as did the new testament authors touching the difference between Logic with Law; Law with Torah Commandments … that religion of abomination perverted their bible by creating it in their own image. The Xtian translators expunged the revelation of the Name, as revealed in the 1st Commandment at Sinai; these ignorant fools usually confuse the 2nd Commandment with the first. In point of fact, that tumah religion of avodah zarah, it no more accepted the revelation of the Torah at Sinai than did the Gods Moloch & Baal, the Hindu Gods or Allah. Fools, the theology of Monotheism violates the 2nd Commandment of Sinai – not to worship other Gods.

        טפש-פשט, an idiotic-literal reading of the printed word. Words quite often contain multiple meanings. Xtians in their evil simplicity read their bibles on the level of small children. Forty days after the Revelation of the 1st Commandment of Sinai, the Name of HaShem, Israel confused a golden calf as the God that took them out of Egypt … the God who split the Sea of Reeds?! Mussar means nothing to religious Goyim because – simply not possible to educate stupid. If stupid could receive education, it would not remain stupid. In 2000+ years Xtians, every man woman and child, remain always stupid.

        Their religion arouses their emotions; Xtians just adore their Easter passion plays, together with their blood libels and pogroms which resulted in 2000+ years – as the established faith of Europeans – in the Shoah: the systematic starvation, torture, and murder of 75% of European Jewry. Even their own new testament condemns them: “by their fruits you shall know them”.

        Fools. The Torah defines the meaning of the term “love” through the mitzva of kre’a shma. This Torah commandment (commandments not the same thing as halachic “LAW”), defines the meaning of love as taking responsibility for Life or Death\\Blessed or Cursed. Any parent knows that the damage caused by small children – the parent accepts responsibility for the damages inflicted, and not the child. Even non Jewish law recognizes the distinction between a minor and an adult. Love does not exist where ever a person does not embrace the responsibility to behave with justice with sworn allies; post American and French revolutions these “allies” took the name of “citizens”. The term brit, does not mean covenant but rather alliance. To cut a brit entails swearing an oath in the Name revealed in the 1st Commandment at Sinai. From this Name derives the term רוח הקודש, the Xtian bibles translated it as ‘Holy Spirit’.

        Translating abstract & exceptionally profound visions of revelation into simple words … just cannot educate Stupid. רוח הקודש refers to the revelation of the Oral Torah 13 middot logic system which the church has systematically denied, comparable to the Nazi attempt to exterminate all the Jews of Europe. This huge Shoah trauma means next to nothing to Xtians, comparable to the genocide of the Armenians amounts next to nothing to the average Joe-Blow Turk. The wicked, like a whore who attends church on Sunday, they simply possess no shame.

        Stupid in similar vein cannot make subtle distinctions between like and like; stupid does not possess understanding…and wisdom – how much more so. Stupid has a passion to worship words; it simplifies faith unto silly pictures. Forty days after the revelation of the Name of HaSem, (that Name no where found in any Xtian bible translation, that Name – the 1st Commandment at Sinai), Aaron erred and replaced the word אלהים for the רוח הקודש Name which breaths רוח הקודש middot\attributes into the clay which caused Adam to live as a Man. Very difficult to employ words to describe colors in the rainbow; the words red, green, and blue, mean nothing to a person born blind. The Name of HaShem, it took the revelation of the רוח הקודש 13 middot to define the meaning of the revelation of that Name, first revealed 80 days prior. The Talmud describes this revelation as doing the mitzvot לשמה.

        The Torah instructs mussar through משל\נמשל, the mussar language employed by the Torah, the metaphor of the golden calf. The Torah speaks in the language of Aggaditah and not in the language which describes events which physically happened in history. To understand the משל language of the Torah requires making the necessary נמשל דיוקים. The word דיוק, means logical inference. The Ramban in his introduction to his Torah commentary made a רמז\hint to this most basic and essential kabbalah through his משל of black fire on white fire – language. Printed letters and the surrounding space between the letters. The ancient wisdom which defines Chinese silk-screen artwork. The difference between reading,,, and learning a page of T’NaCH or Talmud … the difference between oil and water. Small children can read books. Mussar instructs wise Men who can make the required נמשל דיוקים.

        Next Order of buisness. The Hebrew T’NaCH does not contain Chapters and Verses. The latter innovation of the Church, it up-rooted the Order of Sugiot by which the Oral Torah revelation of the Name interprets the intent of prophetic mussar commandments. This fundamental error, it prevents all later generations of Xtians to learn the bible with understanding. Understanding – meaning the ability to discern subtle distinctions. Like from like, compares to parents who can immediately discern between their identical twins. The church corruption of the bibles for ever condemned all generations thereafter with an inability to learn based upon understanding the bible. Hence the fruits of church preached morality, the attempted Shoah extermination of European Jewry in less than 4 years by all Europeans and Allies either by acts of commission or omission. When a Cossack rapes a Jewish woman and a priest sits and watches the crime, and does nothing because he’s not Jewish — both criminals — equally guilty.

        Logic stands upon Order. How a person organizes thoughts determines if he can למשל, correctly solve a math problem correctly or incorrectly. The perversion of the Hebrew T’NaCH, organized into chapters and verses produced horrific consequences. Jewish rabbinical authorities refer to this crime as ירידת הדורות, “the diminution of the generations”; the intellectual inferiority of subsequent, and contemporary Torah scholarship and spirituality in comparison to that attained by earlier generations. The publication of the Rambam code of halachah, it compares to the error of early Church authorities, when they expunged the Order of sugiot.

        Rabbi Yechuda in the opening Mishna of גיטין acknowledged the curse of g’lut Jewry, even in 210 CE, the year he published the Mishna, g’lut Jewry had lost the wisdom to do mitzvot לשמה. This opening Mishna therein taught the rabbinic concept of ירידת הדורות. Jews who study both Talmud and T’NaCH have no awareness of the Order of sugiot, than do Xtian church Officialdom who up-rooted this basic Order of organization, something like sentence structure and paragraphs, from the Hebrew T’NaCH. After the Rambam published his halachic codification on the Talmud, all subsequent Torah scholarship radically degenerated.

        Jews ceased to learn by way of bringing comparative precedents of Primary sources, like as learned the Baali Tosafot. Instead they became addicted to drugs: learning with secondary and tertiary source material – much later commentaries. Learning with far removed commentaries compares to organizing halachah into codes organized into simple subjects. Students stopped developing the skills which a חכם requires to know how to compare a Case study with similar precedents of the same era. Jews ceased to discern between logic and halachah. Hence the curse of ירידת הדורות.

        Jews just like Goyim, only more so. When the church fathers perverted and corrupted the Hebrew T’NaCH with their arbitrarily imposed Chapter/Verse system, all Xtians born thereafter suffered a tremendous handicap when they in their turn attempted to learn from corrupt and perverted bibles.

        Compare what you wrote:
        [[[“””Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security. Jeremiah 33:6 ESV

        You have to back up and read that the Chaldeans are attacking Jerusalem, the people have given in to wickedness and angered God, He allows this, but this is the promise He makes of restoration, prosperity and security.

        We just studied sin in September and it has consequences. In the Old Testament people were still very pagan and violent, not really unlike now to some extent. When the people turned from God into idolatry and left His ways, or whatever the case, they suffered but He promised to restore them. People wonder why God allows things? I can tell you.

        It is because of disobedience, it is because of sin and turning from Him, it is to draw you to Him or back to Him, to let your faith grow, to test you and strengthen you and some is just plain spiritual warfare, remember, those people depended on sacrifices and Jesus is our perfect one, the Spirit only came upon those people at times, we have Him indwelling us and can listen and obey Him at any time.”””]]]

        The sugia which contains your cherry picked verse: ירמיה לג:ד-ט. Upon what scales of judgment does Israel stand, which determines the Rule of g’lut or geulah\exile or redemption? Justice, meaning the righteous compensation to persons who suffer damages by others, either due to accident or with intent. Israel left the slavery and oppression of Egypt with the purpose to inherit the oath sworn lands to rule these conquered lands of Canaan with justice. A summation of the entire T’NaCH, Talmud, Midrashim, and Siddur in one sentence.

        A precedent by which to make a depth analysis to gauge the mussar k’vanna of the prophetic rebuke ירמיה כב:יח-יט. Rulers who govern through torture oppression theft & murder, history does not remember their memory with favor. The responsibility of the bless\curse brit faith stands upon the יסוד of justice alone. Rabbi Akiva saw a fox leave from the destroyed Holy of Holies, the Sages wept while he laughed. The sages asked him, Akiva! Why do you laugh? He responded the fox revealed the curse of the Torah! דיוק just as down must have its opposing up, and right must have its opposite left, so too g’lut must have geulah, and therefore Rabbi Akiva laughed. HaShem took Israel out of the oppression of Egypt. Based upon the oath sworn to Avram, before he had any birth born children, that his future born seed would endure g’lut\exile in a foreign land. HaShem swore to give to the chosen Cohen seed of Avram the oath sworn lands as an eternal inheritance. This brit has not ceased or changed throughout all the generations of the chosen seed of Avraham, like the stars in the heavens for multitude.

        Now the דרך\\way/sh’itta\method by which the Gemarah “learns” a Case\Rule Mishna, this דרך of learning bases itself upon the precedent of how the Sages learned the T’NaCH Primary sources of the masoret\tradition/faith. Therefore, the sugia compared to your sugia … difficulty\answer – the sh’itta\style whereby the Gemarah learns each and every Case\Rule Mishna equally applies to the precedent whereby a comparison made to another sugia contrasts the anger of HaShem with the seige of Jerusalem by the Babylonians ie ירמיה לג:ד-ט.

        Does the sugia ירמיה כב:יח-יט more closely match as a sharp contrast or ירמיה כב:יג-יז? Shall cross reference with other prophetic sources. By bringing a comparative sugia and there after bringing a closer sugia which more closely instructs the k’vanna of the prophet(s) mussar touching the distinction between g’lut vs geulah. Let us learn by comparing the possibility of two possible precedents, learned in the order of “close” and “closer”. ישעיה כא:א-ח, opposed by ישיעה ז:יח-כ?

        To shave a man’s beard represents a disgrace during that time period. The art of comparing possible precedents whereby later generation struggle to learn and understand the mussar which the prophets command all generations of bnai brit — the chosen Cohen seed of Avraham — has nothing what so ever to do with foreign Creeds, theologies, doctrines or dogmatism. Herein differentiates the brit Torah faith from the avodah zarah practiced by Xtianity and Islam.


  3. Marleen November 30, 2021 / 6:52 pm

    I’d already, before Thanksgiving, bought more presents than I had the entire season in recent years before Covid-19. As for “the holidays” (which are largely not holy days but traditions), I said, when I was courteously warned by my daughter-in-law ahead of Thanksgiving that most of her family is stupid and not vaccinated and not wearing masks (although I don’t think she mentioned that latter part), that “I didn’t go through the hell of being vaccinated to act like a pussy foot.” She very much appreciated that. (I also have anti-virals handy.) Now, all that said, I still need to firm up some plans. I’m not worried about it.

    Addendum: gifts aren’t necessary. People should enjoy what they can and not feel any obligation about presents.

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    • Marleen December 1, 2021 / 10:37 am

      One of the presenters I most often listen to (John Campbell) was on this show as a guest (and is a friend of the two regulars), as Dr. Patrick is a guest on this episode (from a couple months ago).

      COVID Vaccine Myths, Questions, and Rumors with Rhonda Patrick and Roger Seheult

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      • Marleen December 1, 2021 / 11:59 am

        Here is John Campbell. He apparently thinks “SAGE” is an obvious reference; I’ll be back to address that.

        SAGE omicron leak · under an hour ago

        Based on the symptoms, I might have had “Omicron” on Sunday and Monday. It was like a mild flu (or like a “two day” hangover as somone said). Or it might’ve actually been flu. I haven’t been vaccinated for flu this season. My experience with getting shots for flu the last two years were 1) 2019 I got the flu about a month later anyway; 2) 2020 the shot absolutely immediately gave me the illness (in a worse version than what I felt like this past Sunday and Monday).

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        • Marleen December 1, 2021 / 12:20 pm

          Dejavu… this is from the end of August 2020.

          Quote: A leaked government report suggests a “reasonable worst case scenario” of 85,000 deaths across the UK this winter due to Covid-19. The document also says while more restrictions could be re-introduced, schools would likely remain open.

          But it says the report “is a scenario, not a prediction” and the data are subject to “significant uncertainty”.

          However some are critical of the modelling and say some of it is already out of date.


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            • Marleen December 10, 2021 / 2:42 pm

              Err, Trevor Noah “Anti-Vax”?! Can’t We Question Big Pharma??! · 4 hours ago


        • Marleen December 2, 2021 / 1:44 pm

          Omicron… case report from SA
          143K views · 9 hours ago

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          • Marleen December 11, 2021 / 11:37 am

            ‘He Wants To Deny The Reality Of What He Said, What He Did!’: Ron Johnson [per] Fauci On Senate Floor 828K views · 2 days ago


            • Marleen December 11, 2021 / 11:40 am

              Here’s a shorter clip, specifically addressing HIV and the pneumonia associated with it and other immune deficiency situations.


  4. Terveen Gill December 1, 2021 / 4:05 am

    This seems endless. But the point is how deadly is it. If it’s simply contagious and causes mild symptoms, then it’s like the flu. But then, anything related to Covid will continue to scare for a long time.

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    • Fandango December 1, 2021 / 7:19 am

      True. Hopefully it’s more like the flu.

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  5. Marleen December 4, 2021 / 3:53 pm

    Need for vaccine aspiration confirmed [again], why is this not being done · 1 day ago

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  6. Carol anne January 11, 2022 / 3:12 pm

    Welcome to the life where get togethers are now ruined! I hate omicron! What a mess!

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