New York City Reopens Under Phase One On Monday

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The Big Apple will enter Phase One of reopening Monday amid the coronavirus — with retail shops set to start curbside or in-store pickup service as construction and manufacturing rev up again.

“It’s a big day for New York City,’’ Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday, adding that the Apple “has met all the [health] metrics,’’ including the one involving its number of new infections, which dropped to 781 cases, or around 1 percent of those tested, Saturday — the lowest rate since March 16.

The city’s subways should be at 95 percent of their pre-pandemic service by Monday to help get people around, officials have said. Masks are required and will be handed out to straphangers as needed, although ridership is expected to be no more than 15 percent of its usual level.

Read more at THE NY POST.

{Matzav.com}

8 COMMENTS

  1. Let us fervently hope that, Im Yirtza Hashem, we can now say, “Boruch Hashem,” that we have finally reached here what will be the beginning of the end of a very long — an excessively very long — destructive journey. And now we will be headed back to a straight life, witf, of course, Be’as Goel Tzedek, Bimhayra B’Yamaynu, Amein!

  2. Let us fervently hope that, Im Yirtza Hashem, we can now say, “Boruch Hashem,” that we have finally reached here what will be the beginning of the end of a very long — an excessively very long — destructive journey. And now we will be headed back to a straight life, with, of course, Be’as Goel Tzedek, Bimhayra B’Yamaynu, Amein!

  3. Being now near the end of this journey, we should look back over it. B’Ezras Hashem, to begin to do that, I would like to first say a parable:

    One day, an old good friend calls you. He relates that with his company downsizing, he lost his job and has had no income for the last several months and was thus forced to use up all his savings to get by. He has now come to settle in your town and make a new life. As he has no monetary resources though, he is unable to put down the large initial minimum sums needed to purchase a house or to even rent an apartment.

    So, he tells you that he needs a place to stay for about three weeks to give him time to find a job; then, with a solid income, he will be able to get his own place.

    So, wanting to do Tzedaka and Hachnossas Orchim, you happily invite him in, putting your house at his service. At first, everything is great as you and he spend spend many hours chatting about the old times and what happened since. He heavily praises your nice home, your fine furniture, and your exquisite art collection. However, his job-hunting-expedition is getting a pretty slow start. He explains, that, of course, he must first “plan out” his “strategy” and then write up a resume. You offer him your computer to work on his resume, but the only “work” he does on it are computer games! Each morning you give him the local newspaper, which you open to the “Help Wanted” section, but he never looks at it and, instead, turns to the sports and comic pages.

    You excitedly inform him of a new company that just opened in town and needs many kinds of employees; you further relate that several of your friends got great jobs there with good pay and not-overly-long-hours. He though, claims that, that company is not a good one and its work is not what he likes. You reply about more people who were hired and insist that he at least check it out. So, he goes there but then claims that they coldly rejected his application. So, you call someone in Personnel whom you know, and he tells you that a counselor had tried to interview your friend, but he was very rude to her and refused to give her basic information about himself.

    By now, it is long past the “three weeks” that your friend initially requested; it is more like eight weeks going into nine and ten! Throughout this time, as mentioned above, he is hogging your computer with his leisure games. He is also tying up your phone with endless calls — not to local businesses but — to his own friends. He is eating up almost all the foodstuffs in your refrigerator and leaving huge messes all over. As he rarely leaves the house, you need to stay at home with him through the day, putting your own business on hold.

    Then, one evening, he drops a bombshell: he reveals that his former company is planning to open a branch office in your town and install him as the manager. It is THIS prestigious position of branch office manager that is his goal, and until that occurs, which will not be for at least another six or seven months, he is not budging from your house!!

    On top of this, you discover that your friend’s former company never “downsized”; instead, he and a few of his cronies were caught in a huge embezzlement scheme. As it did not want the scandal to blow out into the open, the company — which itself is a very corrupt operation — is (behind the scenes actually keeping him on the payroll and) quietly moving him and his crew to this new office in your town.

    So, by now, it is more than glaringly clear that, all along, your so-called “friend” never intended to look for any job, most of what he told you were outright lies, and this situation of his had nothing to do with any Tzedaka or Chesed, as, instead, it was just a mean scam to, Chas V’Shalom, suck you out dry!!

    (Im Yirtza Hashem, to be continued)

  4. (Continuation of story)

    OK, I said the Moshel – the parable; now, what is the Nimshal – what is the parable referring to?

    We were all told that there is this new gravely dangerous virus, called “Coronavirus” that “somehow” seeped out of a meat market in the Wuhan section of China. It is severely contagious, and a person carrying it will not even know that he is carrying it — and further spreading it — until a couple of weeks later when the illness starts coming out in him. The disease, called “Covid-19,” is quite deadly, with each day bringing reports of increasing numbers of deaths, Lo Alaynu.

    As the epidemic, now a pandemic, spread devastation through countries of Europe and, sooner than later reached our American shores, our governments “took action.” To try to stop the virus from spreading even further, they declared that people must not be near each other! Yes, for three weeks, do not gather together; do not even go out! “Stay in Place!” “Lockdown!”

    We all well remember how, in response, we all readily and happily agreed to this. All our Gedolay Torah leaders emphatically instructed us that, as we well know, our Torah HaK’dosha clearly declares that we absolutely must avoid any possible threat to human life. So, for example, just like Hashem commands us to, pray to Him B’Tzibbur – in a congregation, in this situation of Pikuach Nefesh – of a possible threat to human life, He commands us to NOT pray to Him B’Tzibbur – in a congregation, and, instead, to pray to Him B’Yichidus – individually.

    The lockdown program was vigorously promoted from other angles too. The director of the website “NaturalNews,” a scholarly scientist named Mike Adams, gave a brilliant analogy. During World War II, when our nation was in the fight for its life — and, really, the whole world’s life — against the evil German-Japanese-Axis assault, our government asked everyone, for example, to please donate whatever leftover materials they had, for these supplies were greatly needed to make the numerous items needed to fight a war: Tents, uniforms, stretchers, tanks, planes, guns, etc. Famous photos of the war show children thus carrying old rubber tires and scrape metal pieces to designated government depots.

    So, Mr. Adams exclaimed that here, in our fight now for our lives against this dangerous virus, our government is not asking us to “donate” anything; instead, it is really asking us to “do nothing”! Just stay home; do not go out! So, we certainly should be able to gladly do that!

    (Im Yirtza Hashem, to be continued)

  5. (B’Ezras Hashem, continuation of story)

    As we were gladly locking ourselves down though, many items began to emerge that were — to use the super cliché: “very interesting.”

    Of this grave disease, the fearful frightening line that we were being told was that there was no known cure for it, at least not yet. However, numerous sources more and more reported about that there absolutely ARE — many — cures for this disease, and a lot of them are staring us right in the face:

    Probably a big number one cure is to stop eating junk food!! A large portion of the modern diet is comprised of endless arrays of sodas and cookies and candies and crackers and cakes and even cereals that are literally saturated with all kinds of harmful synthetic colorings and flavorings and preservatives and stabilizers. Even what are the “food” parts of their ingredients, wheat, corn, oats, rice, potatoes, milk, cheese, cocoa, and sugar,* are so heavily ultra-of-ultra-processed & refined that the amount of nourishment that is still left in them is close to absolute zero. (* The common artificial sugar “substitutes” of “NutraSweet” and “Splenda” are of the most horrific harmful poisons ever formed by the hands of man; any confection containing them is of an infinitely worse hyper-junk-food-realm.)

    Even with “good” foods, pure wheat, pure oats, plain potatoes, pure rice, corn-on-the-cob, peas, carrots, cucumbers, celery, and other fresh vegetables and fresh fruits, there needs to be the realization that, today, they are all grown in the ways of modern agriculture. Growth-in-modern-agriculture has two main features:

    1.) The seeds of the plants are Genetically Engineered, which means that their DNA is changed to give certain different characteristics; they are thus called “GMO’s” – “Genetically Modified Organisms.” This changing the structure of their very essence wreaks their nourishing qualities and reformats them to actually be newly formed toxins.

    2.) The ground they are planted in and the plants themselves are heavily drenched with excessive amounts of numerous synthetic chemicals to ward off insects and weeds. These chemicals, called “pesticides,” are also of the most horrific harmful poisons ever formed by man; they are made TO KILL life!! The claim of the pesticide industry that they harm only bugs but not people, is blatantly false. The further claim of the industry that “by the time (the food) gets to you,” the pesticides have been washed off is also profoundly deceptive. For these massively strong poisons are purposely designed to NOT easily wash away but to remain in place; furthermore, they are not only on the surface of the food but seep through the food’s entire thickness.

    So, if almost everyone is continually ingesting residues of these deadly poisons that are clearly documented that they “cause C——,” is it surprising at all that vast numbers of people today are beset with C——??????? If almost all of everyone’s sustenance is food that is depleted of almost all its nourishing qualities, is it surprising at all that vast numbers of people today have physiologies that are not strong. And, with physiology and resistance that is quite weak, is it surprising at all that they are often hit with all kinds of Strep infections and ear infections and Pneumonia infections and, yes, Covid-19 infections???????

    I elaborated on this point at great length because it is really crucial to the entire issue. For a moment, please try to imagine that all these “bad things” did not exist; that is right, not even ONE MOLECULE of poison is around!!

    So, in such a world, for example, an orange will be an orange, with only all its wonderful nourishing qualities that Hashem puts in it. A cucumber will be a cucumber, with only all its wonderful nourishing qualities that Hashem puts in it. A chicken will be a chicken, with only all its wonderful nourishing qualities that Hashem puts in it. A brisket of beef will be a brisket of beef, with only all its wonderful nourishing qualities that Hashem puts in it.

    So, what everyone will be eating will be good wholesome nourishing nutrient filled meals. And, if what everyone is eating is good and wholesome, it is quite reasonable to expect that, to a large extent, THEIR HEALTH too will be good and wholesome. Of course, not all illnesses and illness situations would be eradicated. However, MUCH OF the severity of the terrible deadly diseases currently plaguing the world, including: C——, this Covid-19, ear infections, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, ADHD & other mental problems, would be very greatly lessened and in many instances, even completely non-existent.

    Of course, this good scenario will, Im Yirtza Hashem, be the scenario of the wonderful life after Bee’as Goel Tzedek, Bimhayra B’Yamaynu, Amein!! Until then though, it looks like, very unfortunately, the current not-so-good scenario will be the scenario.

    So, in all the countless calls and requests and directives and executive orders and strict regulations for “Lockdowns” and “Stay-in-Place” and “6-Feet Social Distancing,” there was NOT EVEN ONE suggestion for people to try to eat a little better!! On the contrary, we can well assume that during the endless days of being locked down and tightly cooped up in their homes, people ended up eating huge amounts more of the cookies and candies in their kitchen draws & cupboards than they would have had they been out of their houses at work or at school or at the park.

    (Im Yirtza Hashem, to be continued)

  6. (B’Ezras Hashem, continuation of story)

    As we were gladly locking ourselves down though, many items began to emerge that were — to use the super cliché: “very interesting.”

    Of this grave disease, the fearful frightening line that we were being told was that there was no known cure or treatment for it, at least not yet. However, numerous sources more and more reported about that there absolutely ARE — many — treatments and even cures for this disease, and a lot of them are staring us right in the face:

    Probably a big number one treatment is to stop eating junk food. A large portion of the modern diet is comprised of endless arrays of sodas and cookies and candies and crackers and cakes and even cereals that are literally saturated with all kinds of harmful synthetic colorings and flavorings and preservatives and stabilizers. Even what are the “food” parts of their ingredients, (wheat, corn, oats, rice, potatoes, milk, cheese, cocoa, and sugar,*) are so heavily ultra-of-ultra-processed & refined that the amount of nourishment that is still left in them is close to absolute zero. (* As very bad as refined sugar is, the artificial sweeteners of “NutraSweet” and “Splenda” are infinitely worse. They are not “foods” at all by any stretch of imagination; instead, they are totally synthetically created chemicals that are extremely terrible poisons.)

    So, if a major part of people’s sustenance is comprised of items that do not give any sustenance, it is understandable that their physical functioning is going to be weak, not strong. So, with their physiology, and specifically, their immunity being weak, it is further understandable that they will be more vulnerable to being hit by various harmful pathogens of Strep Infections and Ear Infections and Pneumonia Infections AND this current Covid-19 Infection.

    By sharp contrast, if people could be eating truly good wholesome nourishing meals, it is quite reasonable to expect that, to a large extent, THEIR HEALTH TOO will be good and wholesome. Of course, good diets alone are not going to eradicate all illness problems. However, good diets can GREATLY LESSEN the severity of this terrible Covid-19 problem and greatly lessen the severity of many other serious diseases plaguing the world: C——-, Bacterial Infections, Strokes, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, ADHD & other mental problems.

    So, with the Covid-19 crises, in all the countless calls and requests and directives and executive orders and strict regulations for “Lockdowns” and “Stay-in-Place” and “6-Feet Social Distancing,” there was NOT EVEN ONE suggestion for people to try to eat a little better!! On the contrary, we can well assume that during the endless days of being locked down and tightly cooped up in their homes, children especially ended up eating huge amounts more of the cookies and candies in their kitchen draws & cupboards than they would have had they been out of their houses at school or at the park.

    (Im Yirtza Hashem, to be continued)

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