Sunday, February 24, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
A request to the public "What I Wish People Knew About MADA Hatzolah, EMS, Firefighters, Dispatchers, & Law Enforcement"
I wish you could know what it is like to search a burning bedroom for trapped children at 3 AM, flames rolling above your head, your palms and knees burning as you crawl, the floor sagging under your weight as the kitchen below you burns.
I wish you could comprehend a husband's horror at six in the morning as I check his wife of 40 years for a pulse and find none. I start CPR anyway, hoping to bring her back, knowing intuitively it is too late...but wanting her husband and family to know everything possible was done to try to save her life.
I wish you knew the unique smell of burning insulation, the taste of soot-filled mucus, the feeling of intense heat through your turnout gear, the sound of flames crackling, the eeriness of being able to see absolutely nothing in dense smoke-sensations that I've become too familiar with.
I wish you could read my mind as I respond to a building fire. 'Is this a false alarm or a working fire? How is the building constructed? What await me? Is anyone trapped?' Or to call, 'what is hazards wrong with the patient?Is it minor or life threatening? Is the caller really in distress, or is he waiting for us with a 2x4 or a gun?'
I wish you could be in the emergency room as a doctor pronounces dead the beautiful five-year old girl that I have been trying to save during the past25 minutes, who will never go on her first date or say the words, 'I love you Mommy' again.
I wish you could know the frustration I feel in the cab of the engine or unit, the driver with his foot pressing down hard on the pedal, my arm tugging again and again at the air horn chain... as you fail to yield the right-of-way at an intersection or in traffic. When you need us, however, your first comment upon our arrival will be, 'It took you forever to get here!'
I wish you could know my thoughts as I help extricate a girl of teenage years from the remains of her automobile. 'What if this was my daughter, sister, my girlfriend or a friend? What are her parents' reaction going to be when they open the door to find a police officer with hat in hand?'
I wish you could know how it feels to walk in the back door and greet my parents or family, not having the heart to tell them that I nearly did not come back from the last call.
I wish you could know how it feels dispatching officers, firefighters and EMT's out and when we call for them and our heart drops because nobody answers back, or to hear a bone chilling 911 call of a child or wife needing assistance.
I wish you could feel the hurt as people verbally, and sometimes physically, abuse us or belittle what I do, or as they express their attitudes of 'It will never happen to me.'
I wish you could realize the physical, emotional and mental drain, missed meals, lost sleep and forgone social activities, in addition to all of the tragedy my eyes have seen.
I wish you could know the brotherhood and self-satisfaction of helping to save a life or preserving someone's property, or being able to be there in time of crisis, or creating order from total chaos.
I wish you could understand what it feels like to have a little boy tugging at your arm and asking, 'Is Mommy okay?' and not even being able to look in his eyes without tears from your own and not knowing what to say...Or have to hold back a long time friend who watches his buddy having CPR per formed on him as you take him away in the Medic Unit. You know all along that he did not have his seat belt on, a sensation that I have become too familiar with.
Unless you have lived with this kind of life, you will never truly understand or appreciate who I am, we are, or what our job really means to us... I wish you could though.
KEEP SENDING THIS ON.
APPRECIATE AND SUPPORT OUR LOCAL MADA, POLICE, VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND HATZOLAH IN OUR AREA
ONE DAY THEY MAY BE SAVING YOUR PROPERTY OR YOUR OWN LIFE.
WHEN YOU SEE THEM COMING WITH LIGHTS FLASHING, QUICKLY MOVE OUT OF THE WAY, TO THE RIGHT, THEN PRAY FOR THEM AS THEY PASS BY...
Have a safe day.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
IF YOU HAVE ANY PIECES OF FURNITURE (CLOSETS, TABLES, CHAIRS, COUCHES ETC)IN DECENT CONDITION AND/OR ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (FRIDGES, OVENS, KETTLES,TOASTERS ETC) THAT YOU NO LONGER NEED AND WOULD LIKE TO DONATE THEM TO A NEWWORTHY HOME, PLEASE CALL SUSAN AT LEMA'AN ACHAI.
THE SUCCESS OF THE GEMACH IS DEPENDENT ON YOUR DONATIONS!
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Chana Pasternak z"l Programs and Volunteers Director
Lema'an Achai, (02) 999-1553 ext. 115
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Time: Every Thursday night, 10:00-11:00 PM
Place: Mevakshei Hashem (right next door to Pizza Land, on Nachal Katlav)
Rav Chaim Kramer, Director of the Breslov Research Institute, is the author of "Through Fire and Water", "Crossing the Narrow Bridge", "Anatomy of theSoul", "This Land is My Land", and more titles, as well as annotating over 10 volumes of the English Translation of Likutei MoHaRan.
Shabbes Schedule as follows (Other than the Fri Night Oneg, all shiurim will take place at the Breslov Shul which is at Nachal Lachish 40/13, up the stairs to the left of the building):
Oneg Shabbes at the Home of the Bell Family, Nachal Lachish 13/11, 8:30 Friday Night.
Shabbes Morning: Sipurei Maasiot, Rebbe Nachman's Tales, After Kiddush, Approximately 10:15 AM. (Shacharis at 8:00 AM)
Shiur for Women in English: 3:00 PM
Likutei MoHaRan in Hebrew: During Seuda Shlishis. (Mincha 4:40 - Sorry, no accommodations for women for Seuda Shlishis).
Looking forward to seeing you all.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Addressed to “Our fellow Jews living in Eretz Yisroel (the Land of Israel) and to Jewish communities everywhere,” the proclamation continues: “The difficult situation of the Jewish community in Eretz Yisroel fills us with trepidation. Nobody knows what the new day will bring. In our sins, we see the fulfillment of the posuk [Biblical verse] "Behold Your enemies are in uproar and those who hate You have raised their heads. Against Your nation they deviously plot, and take counsel against those whom You protect." Our eyes are lifted in prayer to the Creator, that all of the goings-on in the world turn out for the good.
“From both within and without the crisis mounts. The danger threatens both body and soul. During these days, items are on agendas that could place entire populations of Jews into grave danger, G-d forbid - including those in the Holy City of Jerusalem. Further, there are constant attempts to undermine the foundations of pure education in Eretz Yisroel and to cause harm to the holiness of the Nation of Israel.
Therefore it is incumbent on us to fortify ourselves with Torah, prayer and good deeds, to awaken the mercy of Heaven.“Dear brethren, awaken and inspire yourselves to pour out prayer before the Creator of the world, that He have pity and protect His nation from all who stand up against us, that He abolish the intentions of those who hate us and nullify the plots of our enemies, and that the eyes of the misguided be opened to the realization that their path is foolishness and they should leave Hashem's nation to guard its path and faith, without hindrance or interference.
We therefore call on members of Hashem's holy nation in all the places they reside, men, women and children, to gather in tefilla [prayer] on Tuesday, Erev Rosh Chodesh Adar Rishon, 5768, to recite chapters of Psalms and the liturgy of Yom Kippur Koton .
May Hashem hear our pleas, and turn His face to us so that we may be saved with a permanent salvation soon. And let us merit to see, quickly, the redemption of Yisroel, and gaze upon the building of the Beis HaMikdosh, quickly in our days, amen.
The proclomation is signed by the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah (the hareidi-religious Council of Torah Sages), and the hareidi political parties Agudas Yisroel (Chassidic) and Degel HaTorah ("Flag of Torah”) – together the United Torah Judaism party. It was joined by the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America.