Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear By Ted Merwin, Part-Time Associate Professor of Religion, Dickinson College and first published on theconversation.com.Editor’s Note: Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.Yom Kippur 2018 will begin this evening (at sundown), September 18th and ends in the evening (sundown) of Wednesday, September 19th.It was the bag of Fritos that gave me away. As a secular Jewish kid whose family did not belong to a synagogue, I did not think twice about riding my bike to the convenience store around the corner during the afternoon of Yom Kippur.I knew that it was a solemn holiday when observant Jews do not eat or drink. But my public school was closed for the holiday, and there was little to do.As luck would have it, as I came back around the corner, I nearly ran over a schoolmate who was walking on the sidewalk. I lived in a predominantly Jewish suburb of New York and was conscious that although I wasn’t fasting, he almost certainly was. The bag of corn chips that I was carrying betrayed me as a traitor to my faith.Years later, as a scholar and author of “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli,” I came to understand why the Jewish practice of abstaining from food on Yom Kippur is so out of step with the rest of Jewish tradition.In both its religious and cultural guises, Judaism has always revolved around food.Eating as a pleasure of lifeIn ancient times, Jewish priests, known as “cohanim”, sacrificed bulls, rams, and lambs on the altar inside the courtyard of the Temple in Jerusalem, symbolically sharing a banquet with God.After the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in A.D. 70 and Jews were dispersed throughout the Mediterranean basin, food remained a Jewish preoccupation. Because the kosher laws restricted what Jews could put in their mouths, much of every day was spent figuring out what and how to eat.In 20th-century America, the Jewish delicatessen, with its fatty, garlicky fare, became on par with the synagogue as a communal gathering place.The worldly emphasis of Judaism has, since ancient times, recognized eating as an essential pleasure of life. A passage in the Jerusalem Talmud states that Jews will be called to account in the afterlife if they have not taken advantage of opportunities to eat well.Food, according to historian Hasia Diner, “gave meaning to Jewish life.” As the old joke goes, most Jewish holidays can be summed up by a simple formula,“They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat!”Yom Kippur as a holiday of inversionBut not the Day of Atonement, which is a ritual rehearsal of one’s own death by refusing the demands of the body.Day of Atonement. Isidor KaufmannIn Hebrew, Yom Kippur is connected linguistically to Purim, the springtime holiday of masks and merrymaking. But one could well ask: How is the most mournful day of the Jewish year comparable to the most raucous and ribald one?On Purim, Jews drink alcohol, don disguises and feast on pastries. The element of masquerade, it has been said, makes it the one day of the year when Jews pretend to be other than Jewish.Not eating on Yom Kippur similarly inverts the normal pattern of Jewish life. It is by abstaining from eating that Jews connect both to God and to their fellow Jews.A symbol of rebellion?For secular Jews, there is no better way to rebel against religious Judaism than to dine publicly on Yom Kippur.In 1888, a group of anarchist Jews in London rented a hall in the city’s East End, where most of the Jews lived, and organized a Yom Kippur Ball with “anti-religious lectures, music, and refreshments.”Over the next couple of decades, similar celebrations sprouted up in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, and Montreal, often triggering protests. Indeed, when Herrick Brothers Restaurant on the Lower East Side of New York decided to remain open on Yom Kippur in 1898, they unwittingly exposed their clientele to violence. Patrons were physically attacked by other Jews on their way to synagogue.For starving victims of the Nazis, every day was Yom Kippur.In a famous passage in Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel’s nonfiction masterpiece, “Night,” the author, who was imprisoned in Auschwitz and Buchenwald, recalls deliberately eating on Yom Kippur as a “symbol of rebellion, of protest against Him,” for His silence and inaction in the face of the Nazi genocide.“Deep inside me,” he writes, “I felt a great void opening” – not only a physical one, but a spiritual one as well.A new traditionNowadays, most Jews who do not fast on Yom Kippur are simply not part of a community of Jews who participate in synagogue life. Conversely, many non-Jews who are domestic partners of Jews do fast on Yom Kippur.But whether or not one fasts on Yom Kippur, the tradition has developed over just the last few decades, according to scholar Nora Rubel, of a lavish, festive meal at the conclusion of the fast.For many Jews, as historian Jenna Weissman Joselit has noted, the break-fast meal is the most important aspect of Yom Kippur, in ways that outshine the religious elements of the day.Breaking the fast in pop cultureIn American popular culture, Jewish characters are often shown breaking the fast – while it is still daylight – with flagrantly non-kosher foods.In Woody Allen’s 1987 film comedy, “Radio Days,” set in Brooklyn during the Great Depression, a Jewish family is so infuriated that their Communist Jewish next-door neighbor (played by Larry David) is eating and playing music on Yom Kippur that they fantasize about burning down his house. But then the uncle (played by Josh Mostel) goes next door and ends up not only eating pork chops and clams but being indoctrinated with Marxist ideology to boot.In a 2015 episode of “Broad City,” Abbi and Ilana down bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches, while in the inaugural episode of the Canadian Internet series “YidLife Crisis,” which debuted in 2014, Yom Kippur finds Chaimie and Leizer in a restaurant consuming poutine – french fries with cheese curds and gravy.Breaking the fast.The break-fast mealIn real life, the menu for the break-fast meal typically mirrors that of a Sunday brunch: bagels, cream cheese, smoked fish, noodle kugel (casserole), and rugelach (jam-filled pastries).However, it may also include dishes from the host’s ethnic Jewish origins. Eastern European Jews traditionally dine on kreplach – dumplings stuffed with calves’ brains or chicken livers, Iraqi Jews drink sweetened almond milk flavored with cardamom and Moroccan Jews enjoy harira – lamb, legume and lemon soup – a dish that was borrowed from Muslim neighbors who were breaking the fast of Ramadan.Whatever is on the menu, Jews eat with a vengeance to conclude the holiday, restoring them to the fullness of not just their stomachs but of their very Jewish identities. TAGSDay of Atonementtheconversation.comYom Kippur Previous articleApopka charity receives award from Orlando Regional Realtor AssociationNext articleApopka Police Department Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! 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News UpdatesArrange Meal During Ugadi, Sri Rama Navami, Teach Orphanage Children”: Telangana HC Imposes Condition In A Contempt Case Sparsh Upadhyay25 April 2021 7:13 AMShare This – xThe Telangana High Court recently directed the District Collector, Nalgonda to spend two hours every week teaching the children of an orphanage for a period of six months in a contempt appeal matter.The bench of Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy also directed District Supply Officer (retired) to arrange a sumptuous meal for the residents an orphanage on the occasions of Ugadi and Sri Rama Navami. Condition imposed on District Collector, Nalgonda The Court had asked the Government Pleader if the appellant/ District Collector, Nalgonda would be willing to contribute his time to a good cause within the district in which is was presently serving, for this court to consider setting aside the sentence imposed on him by virtue of the impugned order. Submitting an affidavit the Appellant had stated that he was willing to go an extra mile to enrol girl children in schools in the Revenue District of Miryalguda, where the enrolment had fallen drastically. However, the Court observed that this was a part of the official duties expected to be discharged by him and thus, the same couldn’t be treated as a personal contribution. Consequently, the Court asked him to to spend two hours every week teaching the children of an orphanage situated within the Nalgonda District, where he is residing, for a period of six months. The Court further directed Principal District Judge, Nalgonda District to take note of the time spent at the orphanage by the appellant, certify the same, and then submit a Report to the court at the end of six months i.e., on or before 30th October 2021. With this, the apology tendered by the appellant in C.A.No.12 of 2017 was accepted subject to the condition imposed. Condition imposed on District Supply Officer (retired) It was informed to the Court that the appellant/ District Supply Officer had since superannuated in August, 2019 and was presently residing in Hyderabad. It was also stated that she was is ready and willing to visit an orphanage and contribute to it in some manner and thus, the Court deemed it appropriate to direct the appellant,”To identify an orphanage within the radius of 10 Kms from her residence and arrange a sumptuous meal for the residents of the said orphanage on the auspicious occasions of Ugadi on 13.04.2021 and Sri Rama Navami on 21.04.2021.” Further, the Court directed the in-charge of the orphanage to certify that a meal had been hosted by the appellant for all the children of the orphanage on 13th April 2021 and 21st April 2021 to filed by the appellant on an affidavit, on or before 28th April 2021. With this, the apology tendered by the appellant was accepted while cautioning her to be more careful in the future. The instant appeals were accordingly closed.In related news, the Telangana High Court last week directed a Government officer to feed at least 20 people during the Iftar period, on a daily basis for a period of one week so as to avoid penalty imposed on him in contempt of a court case.The bench of Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy, was hearing a contempt appeal filed by an Excise Deputy Commissioner, Syed Yasin Quereshi.Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsChief Justice Hima Kohli Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy Contempt Case Telangana HC Telangana High Court Next Story
With four separate investigations under way after the explosion at the Corusfacility in Port Talbot last year, could pressure to cut costs haveinadvertently compromised health and safety at the plant? Nick Paton reportsWhen furnace number five at the Corus steel plant in Port Talbot expl-odedon 8 November 2001, eye- witnesses spoke of flames shooting hundreds of feetinto the air. Others recounted feeling the heat from the blast on their faces,while workers told on-scene reporters of other fires that had to beextinguished and the black smoke that billowed around the site. “We are so used to seeing the flames and the smoke, but this wastotally different – it was just a mass of flames in- between the houses,”a nurse living near the plant told the BBC. The explosion killed three workmen and injured 15, five of them critically.It is expected to be some months yet before it is clear what caused theaccident. But the explosion is a tragedy for the families of the workers, thetown – which is reliant on the industry – and also for Corus, formerly known asBritish Steel before its merger with Dutch rival Koninklijke Hoogovens. Despite a number of high-profile setbacks – notably the explosion in 2000 atits Llanwern plant that left a worker with a fractured spine and led to arecord £300,000 fine in November – Corus generally has a good safety record inan industry that has to deal with many risk factors in the workplace. Corus hasdescribed the Port Talbot accident as “unprecedented”. The only other accident remotely like it happened in Lake Michigan, Chicago,nearly 40 years ago, when five workers died and 19 were injured. Since the Port Talbot explosion, four investigations have started. The leadinvestigation is being carried out by the South Wales Police, with the Healthand Safety Executive (HSE), Corus and the main trade union, the Iron and SteelTrades Confederation (ISTC), carrying out their own investigations. It is still too early to say with any certainty what was behind the blast infurnace number five. What is clear, however, is that just before the explosion,staff were working to control the temperature within the furnace, as what Corusdescribes as “an abnormality in the operating temperature” had beennoticed. This would have involved using water to quench some of the heatinside. Other operations were carrying on as usual, with workers drilling throughthe clay plug at the side of the furnace and tapping the molten materialinside, a procedure that happens many times a day. There was also a team ofcontractors carrying out maintenance work on some of the surrounding pipes.These three factors meant more workers than usual were in the vicinity of thefurnace. Furnace number five weighs about 1,000 tonnes and it is estimated there wasabout 2,000 tonnes of solid material and liquid iron inside it, known asburden. The force of the blast separated the furnace about a third of the wayup, at the point where there is a joint that allows natural expansion andcontraction, creating a gap of a few inches. This allowed a combination of ash,slag, molten iron and ore to pour out. Following the blast, the furnace settledback, closing the gap, but landing slightly off-centre on its hearth. The furnace floor is enclosed on three sides by steel sheeting. This wasbadly damaged, with a hole blown through one side, as was some of the pipework.Of the three workers who died, Steven Galsworthy, 25, and Andrew Hutin, 20,were killed at the scene, while colleague Len Radford, 53, died later inhospital. The furnace will, inevitably, be at the centre of the health and safetyinvestigations. But investigators have had to wait weeks for it to cool down toa point where it is stable and fully accessible. A controlled operation to coolthe furnace began at the end of November and was only completed recently. Investigators are now raking out the contents of the furnace and want to getinside to take a closer look at what went wrong. A remote-controlled camerawill initially be sent inside to assess the damage followed by, if it is safe,the investigators themselves. “The examination of the scene will take quite a while. It will takemonths rather than weeks,” says Mike Cosman, the HSE’s head of operationsfor Wales and the West. Computer manual records, maintenance logs and otherdocumentary evidence will be closely investigated and key workers interviewed,he adds. Issues such as what workplace precautions were in place and what safetymanagement systems there were will be examined. The adequacy of resourcing willalso come under the spotlight. In 2001, Corus cut 6,000 jobs in England andWales and reported half-year pre-tax losses of £230m in September. The ISTC hasraised concerns that, among the job losses, Corus has got rid of many healthand safety representatives. “It has lost a lot of people with a lot of experience who have beenwell trained in health and safety issues,” says Robert Sneddon, researchofficer for health and safety at the ISTC. The company also has a culture of long hours and, while directors mayemphasise health and safety, the message does not always filter down toregional and local manager level, he argues. Another issue of concern to the union is the drift towards multi-skillingamong workers, with fears that employees are not being trained adequately tocope with the extra responsibilities. The union complains its safetyrepresentatives are not involved enough in helping to implement companyinitiatives. But the HSE’s Cosman is careful to steer clear of suggestions that the tougheconomic environment faced by the company could have been a contributoryfactor. Demanning does not, in itself, make a plant less safe, he says.Sometimes it means maintenance becomes a higher priority. “The danger inthese circumstances is there are plenty of people who will try to jump on thebandwagon. This will be a properly analysed investigation based on data notgossip and innuendo,” he says. And Jack MacLachlan, manufacturing director for Corus Strip Products UK,stresses health and safety is, and has always been, the number one priority atthe plant. “Our target is to have zero accidents,” he says.”Safety is not compromised in any way at all in relation to the economicconditions. We have made that very clear.” The furnace, built in 1959, was not old in terms of the industry and hadbeen subject to an ongoing 12-month safety review. It was relined in 1989, headds. One of the key health and safety thrusts at the plant has been to integrateprotocols into day-to-day processes, to make them second nature, argues healthand safety manager Steven Pearce. He and his colleagues have been working toimprove behavioural aspects, giving individuals more responsibility for whatthey do, engaging chemicals giant DuPont as an adviser on this issue. The working environment, the competence of workers and the behaviour andculture of employees are the three key health and safety factors that need tobe addressed, he adds. In the Welsh Assembly, First Minister Rhodri Morgan is under pressure frommembers worried about the company’s safety record. Just days after the blast,Morgan was forced to reassure the assembly that no abnormal maintenance workhad been carried out on the furnace before the explosion. He said there had been no molten metal break-outs at the plant since 1994and the furnace had been regularly checked. This did not stop mutterings amongsome assembly members that the safety of the furnace had been a ‘talking point’among workers for weeks before the blast – something the company denies. According to MacLachlan, the company has bent over backwards to assuagethese concerns, bringing assembly members to the plant and explaining, as faras they can, what happened and what they are now doing. “Their concerns have been dealt with,” he insists. Nevertheless, some local MPs remain unconvinced. Earlier this year,Conservative MP Alun Cairns urged workers and their families, who had concernsabout safety at the plant, to come forward and voice them. While the four investigations are primarily looking at health and safetyissues, getting the plant back to full operational capacity will also throw upsome other health issues, suggests the HSE’s Cosman. Dangers from heat and dustinhalation and possibly exposure to asbestos as a result of the clean-upoperation must be considered, as must musculo-skeletal injuries associated withmaking heavy items safe. The HR effort has largely been focused on two areas, counselling forworkers, their families and those who have been injured or bereaved and keepingemployees informed about what is going on. In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, the company appointed employeesto act as go-betweens between the company and the bereaved families and theworkers in hospital, helping with issues such as accommodation and finances andoffering support. This has now been extended to others exposed to the incident.Counsellors have also been working with individual workers and groups ofemployees. The company, for instance, stopped work at the adjoining furnace when thefunerals of the three men took place. “The blast furnace community is aclose one,” says MacLachlan. Beyond this, however, the company declines to comment on what HR processeswere put in place to deal with an explosion such as this and its aftermath,arguing it is better to wait for the outcome of the investigations. But a spokesman confirms its HR approach has been “multi-faceted”.Any lessons or recommendations that come out of the investigations into theevents at Corus will not only be applied to Corus, but to the industry as awhole, adds McLachlan. “That is imperative.” For the ISTC, the key lesson to learn is the need to get away from a”them and us” approach to health and safety. “Both the company and the unions have to work at health and safety. Ithas to be everyone’s business,” says Sneddon. “The traditionalculture in the company has always been one of ‘it will never happen to me’.This needs to change dramatically,” he adds. One sign of the company’s confidence that it can put the terrible events of8 November behind it, was the announcement last month that it intends todemolish and rebuild the severely damaged furnace. It is expected it will comeback on stream in January 2003. Despite its misgivings over Corus’ attitudes towards safety, the ISTC haswelcomed the announcement. “It is good news, we welcome it,” says aspokesman. “While nothing is going to take away the cloud that has affected thewhole community since the accident, there is some speculation – which we don’tbelieve – that the future of the plant was at risk because of this accident.Corus has shown it is prepared to safeguard the future of the plant,” hesays. The Port Talbot plant employs 3,000 people out of a community of 51,400. Itdominates the town. Whether they like it or not and whatever the dangers, thepeople of Port Talbot need the plant as the town’s only other main industriesare chemicals and oil-processing. The tight-knit Welsh community will no doubt be relieved their jobs havebeen secured for the foreseeable future. But they will also want to know,before blast furnace number five reopens for business, that the lessons thatcontributed to the disaster last year have been well and truly learned. Safety historyCompared to just 20 years ago, healthand safety in the steel industry has improved dramatically. According to theISTC’s Sneddon, who worked at the Ravenscraig steelworks in the early 1980s,the majority of plants today are much safer places in which to work.The union’s figures point to safety having improveddramatically across the industry in the past four years, with accident claimsnearly halving, from 13 per 1,000 members to between 7.4 and 7.5 per 1,000members. Fanning the flamesOn 12 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
In a statement, Common Ground said: “Is this what is needed at the University of Oxford – a project led by someone pushing to ‘moderate our post-imperial guilt’ – when Oxford continues to memorialise celebrating slave-owners such as Christopher Codrington and imperialists such as Cecil Rhodes, and when Oxford continues to fail to act to address current-day racism, as demonstrated by the fact that nearly 1 in 3 Oxford colleges failed to admit a single black British student in the last year?”Since Common Ground’s statement, further information has been released about the nature of the project.The McDonald Centre, the University organisation which announced the project, has stated that it was formed in response to the widespread consensus that “‘empire’ is imperialist; imperialism is wicked; and empire is therefore unethical. Nothing of interest remains to be explored.”It stresses that the ethics of empires is mixed, pointing out how the the British Empire “suppressed the Atlantic and African slave-trades after 1833, granted black Africans the vote in Cape Colony seventeen years before the United States granted it to African Americans, and offered the only centre of armed resistance to European fascism between May 1940 and June 1941”.The project is scheduled to run over five years and include five different workshops. The first workshop, ‘Ethics and Empire: The Ancient Period’, has already taken place in July.The themes of the workshop will progress chronologically, with the the series culminating by considering post-colonial critiques of imperialism. A central question in all the workshops will be: “How well did empire’s critics or supporters actually understand the historical phenomenon?”Dan Iley-Williamson – a Queens college politics lecturer and Labour City Councillor – described Biggar as an “ardent apologist for colonialism”.He attacked the University’s response, telling Cherwell: “Colonialism has no respectable defence. It has ignorant apologists and it has racist apologists.“If the University cared about amplifying the voices of the marginalised, it wouldn’t give a platform to the likes of Biggar. It would support groups like Rhodes Must Fall, Common Ground, and others who challenge the glorification of Europe’s colonial past.”Professor Biggar did not respond to a request for comment. Oxford University has defended a professor after student campaigners accused him of using a “racist trope” to “whitewash” the history of empire.Common Ground condemned Nigel Biggar’s “historical amnesia” towards British imperialism, questioning his suitability to lead the recently launched ‘Ethics and Empire’ project.But an Oxford spokesperson has now hit back at the charge, stating that the University supports “academic freedom of speech”, and that the history of empire is a “complex topic” that must be considered “from a variety of perspectives”.They said: “This is a valid, evidence-led academic project and Professor Biggar, who is an internationally-recognised authority on the ethics of empire, is an entirely suitable person to lead it.”Writing in The Times on November 30, Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Christ Church, published an article entitled ‘Don’t feel guilty about our colonial history’.While admitting that inexcusable atrocities were overseen by the British Empire, he claimed it left a legacy in other countries which many people value. He emphasised the “goods of security and the rule of law” that British colonialism brought, which he claimed gave imperial rule “popular legitimacy”.On Thursday, Common Ground Oxford released a public statement denouncing Biggar’s views.They stated his implication that pre-colonial societies had no political order was a “hackneyed and fictional trope”.Highlighting his call to “moderate our post-imperial guilt” as being the most dangerous, they claim it would make Britain feel it had a “right to meddle in other countries’ affairs”.Further concerns were raised at Biggar’s co-leading of a project on ‘Ethics and Empire’, with an aim “to measure apologies and critiques of empire against historical data from antiquity to modernity across the globe”.
HOBOKEN–According to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, they are currently investigating a suspicious incident and potential scam that took place on Wednesday June 14 at about 9:45 a.m. in the area of Seventh and Hudson streets.The caller stated two “well spoken Hispanic males” rang her doorbell and advised her that they were present to fix the washer and dryer. The caller advised them that she didn’t own a washer and dryer and they left. The caller observed the males entering a white pickup truck possible a Ford F150 with a metallic type storage box in the bed of the pick up attached to the rear cab. Prior to driving away, the caller found their actions to be suspect, as they did not approach any other buildings in search of the washer or dryer they were allegedly there to repair. × The caller described the males as wearing dark blue shirts, cargo shorts and both clean shaven.The Police Department is investigating the matter and asks anyone with additional information or incidents of similar circumstances to contact the Hoboken Police Department’s Investigations Division Detective Anthony Olivera at (201)420-3051, (201) 420 2100, or email at [email protected] police department is “investigating the incident which may or may not be criminal in nature, however please be aware of this incident in the event you are approached in the same manner.”