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I was told that there is supposed to be some Hebrew letters on a
memorial grave marker/headstone. We are planning a headstone for my
deceased mother; can you help me with this?
I am sorry to hear about your loss. I offer you the traditional condolences given to mourners: "May G‑d console you, together with all mourners of Zion and Jerusalem."
Most likely, the letters you are referring to are .ת.נ.צ.ב.ה. It is
customary, but not obligatory, to put these letters on the bottom of a
monument. These letters are an acronym for the Hebrew words תהא נפשו/ה
צרורה בצרור החיים (t'hay nafsho/ah tzrurah b'tzror hachaim), "May his/her soul be bound up in the bond of life." This paraphrases the words that Abigail told King David (I Samuel 25:29): "But my lord's soul shall be bound in the bond of life with the L-rd your G‑d."
You can still catch Omicron, even if you've already had COVID-19 - study
If you’ve had coronavirus, you can get it again. According to the current report and previous studies, the variant seems to be able to evade more easily than any previous immunity achieved.
The numbers are going up and more and more people are getting infected with the contagious Omicron strain. A report on the risk of getting coronavirus again shows that no one is really immune to the new variant. Here are the numbers.A little over a month since it appeared, scientists are still learning the true risks of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus. The latest report from the COVID response team at the Imperial College London indicates that the risk of reinfection from the new version is 5.4 times higher than with the Delta strain.A previous study estimated that having had COVID provided 85% protection for six months against being infected with the Delta variant. In the current report, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, the protection against Omicron is only 19%.Top Articles By JPostRead More
Professor Neil Ferguson from the Imperial College stated to the press that this study shows that Omicron can definitely evade previous immunity achieved by infection or vaccination. This level of immune evasion means that Omicron poses a crucial and immediate threat to public health.The team also examined the risk of infection from a version of Omicron in people with two doses of the vaccine and in those who also received the booster. Data collected by the UK Health Security Agency and the National Health Service between November 29 and December 11 in people who received the standard vaccine shows effectiveness against symptomatic coronavirus appears to be 20% at most. After the booster, effectiveness rises to between 55 to 80%.
A woman wears a protective mask during the coronavirus pandemic (credit: TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY)Prof. Azra Ghani, also from Imperial, said that "quantifying reinfection risk and vaccine effectiveness against Omicron is essential for modelling the likely future trajectory of the Omicron wave and the potential impact of vaccination and other public health interventions." The study also indicates that there is no major difference in the severity of the disease between Delta and Omicron but researchers stressed that the data is limited, especially regarding hospitalization rates.Researchers stated that the study results are clear. If you’ve had coronavirus, you can get it again. According to the current report and previous studies, the variant seems to be able to evade more easily than any previous immunity achieved.
They conclude that the vaccine provides a safe and effective way to increase immunity to COVID-19, especially for the Omicron variant, without getting sick. It’s important to get the booster shot, especially now, as this study shows that three doses provide much better protection against the variant than just two vaccines.
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Oldest person in the world dies at the age of 135
If her age is accurate, 135-year old Almihan Seyiti of China would be the oldest person in recorded history.
A woman who was thought to have been 135-years old passed away on Thursday.
If her age is accurate, Almihan Seyiti would be the oldest person in recorded history, the Daily Mail reported.
elderly woman from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in Western
China claimed that she was born on June 25, 1886, making her officially
the oldest ever known human.
But her age has not been verified by independent investigators, including researchers from Guinness World Records.
during the Qing dynasty, the last Chinese imperial era, Seyiti was
officially presented with the title as the country’s oldest living
person in 2013 by the China Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
The government announced on Saturday that Seyiti had died “peacefully” on December 16 surrounded by family members.
After marrying in 1903, she adopted a boy and a girl. Her husband died in 1976.
lived to see six generations of descendants. When she died, she had 43
living grandchildren and 43 living great-grandchildren.
Nuer, her grandson and caretaker, said that she was in good health
before she passed away. He added that she would wake up every day at 10
a.m. and spend the day listening to music before going to bed at 11 p.m.
“When hearing music from the radio before sleep, her feet would move along with the rhythm,” he said.
Seyiti, of Komuxerik in Shule county of Kashgar prefecture, has a
government issued identification card that listed her year of birth as
1886, questions have arisen because of lacklustre record keeping during
Komuxerik has been labelled a “longevity town” due to an unusually large number of residents over 90-years old.
A Box of Cash, a Secret Donor and a Big Lift for Some N.Y.C. Students
he returned to teaching in-person this semester, Vinod Menon, a physics
professor at City College of New York in Harlem, finally looked through
a pile of office mail and found a cardboard box the size of a toaster.
box, heavy enough to warrant $90 in postage for priority U.S. mail, was
addressed to “Chairman, Physics Department” — his title.
it was a token of thanks from a former student, Dr. Menon thought, as
he inspected the package, which was postmarked Nov. 10, 2020. It had
been sitting for more than nine months, first in the campus mailroom and
then in the physics office.
For Dr. Menon, 49, who specializes
in nano- and microphotonics, an exciting moment usually comes in a
campus laboratory with some breakthrough in the exploration of the way
light interacts with matter on a quantum level.
the matter contained in the cardboard box gave him quite a charge. It
was full of $50 and $100 bills bundled in paper bands, totaling
An enclosed letter to Dr.
Menon explained that the cash was a donation meant to help needy physics
and math students at City College.
was a complete shock — I know a lot of academics and I’ve never heard
of anything like this,” he said. “I didn’t know if the college accepted
cash, so I didn’t know if they’d keep it.”
letter explained the donor’s motivations. “Assuming that you are bit
curious as to why I am doing this, the reason is straightforward,” wrote
the donor, who said he or she “long ago” took advantage of the
“excellent educational opportunity” of attending both Stuyvesant High
School and earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics at City
College, which helped lead to “a long, productive, immensely rewarding”
The note was unsigned, and the name on the return address, Kyle Paisley, was not listed as a graduate in the college’s records.
College has benefited from larger donations. It has raised $17.2
million in funds since the beginning of the fiscal year in July.
Dr. Menon said the gift’s value was less about the dollar amount and
more about “a testament to what the physics department has been
providing all these years.”
that since the annual tuition at City College is $7,500, the donation
would go much further than at an expensive private institution in
both at the college and the entire CUNY system, could not recall a
similar type of donation. “Kyle Paisley” seemed to be a phony name, said
Chief Pat Morena, who heads the Department of Public Safety at City
College, the founding school in the city’s 25-college public university
system, the largest public urban university system in the country.
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“Who gets $180,000 sent to them in currency, and the person who’s sending it is anonymous?” he asked.
notable was that the donation was earmarked for the physics department,
which has had a long and distinguished history. In 1921, Albert
Einstein gave one of his earliest U.S. lectures there, and the department has long punched above its weight, with three of its alumni becoming Nobel laureates in physics.
the coronavirus pandemic snarling mail delivery on campus, the
unobtrusive box probably sat for months in the college’s main mailroom
like “a regular, everyday package” and was finally taken with other
accumulated parcels to Dr. Menon’s office, most likely in March, said
Robin Cruz, who runs the mailroom.
Dr. Menon had been teaching remotely since March 2020. He conducted
research in a lab across campus from his chairman’s office and did not
check his office mail until late summer.
crazy that it just sat in the mailroom, or even that it was sent by
mail — the person trusted the system so much,” said Dr. Menon, who was
leery of even touching the money when he opened the box.
money was “treated like evidence” and stored in a safe in the public
safety office, whose officials contacted federal authorities “to see if
it was possible that this was proceeds from criminal activity,” Chief
Based on information on
the bands bundling the cash, federal agents determined that it had been
withdrawn from several banks in Maryland in recent years and was not
connected to criminal activity, the chief said.
The address on the package, an actual house in Pensacola, Fla., did not lead to anyone connected to the donation.
from the federal postal inspector’s office were unable to obtain video
of the package being sent. So after a monthlong investigation, the
authorities told college officials that the donor’s identification
“really was untraceable,” Chief Morena said.
With that, CUNY’s Board of Trustees was cleared to formally vote to accept the gift at its meeting on Dec. 13.
They did so with giddy elation.
is absolutely astonishing, $180,000 in cash in a box,” said the board’s
chairman, William C. Thompson, in introducing the vote.
by a board member if this was a first, CUNY’s chancellor, Félix V.
Matos Rodríguez, said, “Clearly in a box, I think it’s a first.”
board member, Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, said, “We have to bronze that
box and put it in a display case as the most generous gift.”
praised school officials for following procedure: “They were like, ‘We
are not sending this back — we will do all the due diligence
Dr. Menon said the money
would have an outsize impact for the department, which would put it
toward funding two full tuition scholarships each year for more than a
decade. In the spirit of the donation, he said, the fellowship would
require the students to “give back in some way,” perhaps by peer
professor, who emigrated from India in 1996, has studied and conducted
research at public universities and private institutions, including
Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
offers to teach at elite schools, Dr. Menon said he has remained at
City College largely because of its commitment to offering an affordable
education to a diverse body of students, many of them immigrants. Many
of his students come from families who have never attended college, and
many have never been inside a laboratory, he said.
“The impact factor of teaching here is much higher,” he said. “It’s a place where you can elevate somebody.”
Gold Rings, Ancient Coins and Early Christian Art Found in Shipwrecks Off Israel's Coast
Israel Antiquities Authority discovered the two shipwrecks, separated by nearly 1,000 years, off the coast of Caesarea
A gold ring engraved with the figure of the Good Shepherd discovered off the coast of Caesarea.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
archaeologists have discovered a treasure trove of Roman and Mamluk
artifacts from two ancient shipwrecks that sank off the coast of the
ancient port city of Caesarea nearly a thousand years apart, the Israel
Antiquities Authority announced on Wednesday.
to the authority, the treasure — which includes a horde of gold coins, a
gold ring engraved with the figure of the Good Shepherd, a well-known
symbol of Jesus in early Christian art, and a bronze figurine in the
form of an eagle, symbolizing Roman rule — was found scattered four
meters (13 feet) down on the sea floor near the remains of the ships’
ships, which have been dated to approximately 1,700 and 600 years ago,
respectively, “were probably anchored nearby and were wrecked by a
storm,” said Jacob Sharvit and Dror Planer of the Israel Antiquities
Authority’s Marine Archaeology Unit.
may have been anchored offshore after getting into difficulty, or
fearing stormy weather, because sailors knew well that mooring in
shallow, open water outside a port is dangerous and prone to disaster,"
finds included a figurine of a Roman pantomimus in a comic mask;
numerous bronze bells intended among other things to ward off evil
spirits; and pottery vessels, as well as including dozens of large
bronze nails, lead pipes from a bilge pump, and a large iron anchor
special note, the Antiquities Authority said, were personal effects
found in the wreckage, including the Good Shepherd ring, “a thick,
octagonal gold ring set with a green gemstone carved with the figure of a
young shepherd boy,” and a “gemma ring” containing a red gemstone
featuring a carving of a lyre, the ancient instrument which the Bible
says David played to help sooth King Saul.
are extremely vulnerable, which is why the Israel Antiquities Authority
conducts underwater surveys to locate, monitor and salvage any
antiquities,” he said, urging people to report any ancient finds they
may come across while engaged in water sports.
You have a blistering headache. Your body aches. You’ve
developed a cough. You’re sneezing. But you test negative on an antigen
test. Do you have COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2?
Or the flu?
It’s a stressful dilemma and an increasingly common
question. Flu season is upon us. Omicron is upon us. If you have a
COVID-19 vaccine, your immune system will kick in faster to fight the
virus. That’s when you start feeling sick.
You isolate for at least 5 full days — day zero being the
first day of symptoms — because that’s the responsible thing to do. Yet
you still have your sense of taste and smell, but you know that doesn’t
mean you don’t have COVID-19.
A COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot
help reduce the risk of severe symptoms, and hospitalization, studies
suggest. If this is what omicron feels like with a vaccine, you may be thanking your lucky stars that you got your shots.
the omicron variant sweeps across the world, and flu season takes hold,
how can you tell the difference between COVID-19 and the flu? The truth
is unless you finally get a positive COVID-19 antigen test, it’s almost
impossible to tell.
COVID-19 and flu symptoms are practically the same
why it’s tough: Both COVID-19 and flu may result in fever, coughing,
shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throat, runny or
stuffy nose, body aches, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, change in or
loss of taste or smell.
The CDC says a loss or change in taste or smell is more
common in COVID-19, but it’s not a precondition for having omicron, the
highly transmittable variant that’s blazing a trail across schools,
workplaces and family gatherings.
One sign you could have
COVID-19 rather than the flu: A persistent dry cough, and shortness of
breath or difficulty breathing are two symptoms that could point to
COVID-19, especially if you were exposed to someone who tested positive.
It’s a Catch 22. The flu and
COVID-19 have near identical symptoms. Despite all the guidelines
helping people to distinguish between the two, a positive rapid antigen
test is still the only surefire way of knowing which illness you have.
But here’s the rub: Tests are not one and done. If you have COVID-19 and have symptoms, you may still test negative on antigen tests for days. What’s more, your immune system, helped by a vaccine, may actually defeat the virus.
Repeatedly testing negative with COVID-19 or flu symptoms
lies the silver lining to feeling ill. Early in the pandemic, our
immune systems fought the coronavirus and we felt ill. Without any
preexisting immunity we likely had a large amount of virus in our
systems by the time we felt rotten.
Vaccines were a game changer. Michael Mina, an epidemiologist, says feeling sick can be a good thing. Vaccines help our immune system to more quickly recognize and fight the virus, and that makes us feel sick — not necessarily the virus load.
said you can be symptomatic and pre-infectious, infectious,
post-infectious or never infectious. “Symptoms don’t = contagious
virus,” he wrote on Twitter. “This is literally a reflection of the fact that vaccines are doing their job!”
why we feel horrible even when we’re negative. “We recognize the virus
quickly after it lands in us, we develop symptoms, we kind of fight it
off, then it often eventually wins, and grows fast AFTER
immunity/symptoms started,” he added.
“Thus, if you are
symptomatic and negative — although it means you’re probably not
contagious at that moment, be very very cautious,” Mina adds.
“Quarantine even if possible and test the next morning or that night.
(Sometimes even longer.)”
Emily Landon, executive medical
director for infection prevention and control at University of Chicago
Medicine, told UChicago News in a Q&A that antigen tests detect COVID-19 when people have a higher amount of virus in their system.
‘A negative antigen test doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t contagious.’
— Emily Landon, executive medical director for infection prevention and control at UChicago Medicine
“But a negative antigen test doesn’t necessarily mean you
aren’t contagious. If someone has COVID-19, but hasn’t yet reached the
test’s threshold of viral particles, they may still test negative with
an antigen test but positive on a PCR.”
PCR tests, which amplify the genetic material,
are mostly carried out at hospitals and other testing facilities.
“They’re able to detect smaller quantities of the virus and detect them
sooner (and for more time) than antigen tests,” Landon added.
And then there is the elephant in the room, as outlined in a small and, thus far, non-peer reviewed study published Wednesday, which compared rapid antigen tests with those more sensitive PCR tests.
research looked at 30 fully vaccinated workers in Los Angeles, New
York, and San Francisco who were tested daily last month, using both
nasal antigen and saliva PCR tests. A high, but unspecified number, had
The results were concerning, particularly as
millions of people rely on at-home antigen tests. “Most omicron cases
were infectious for several days before being detectable by rapid
antigen tests,” the researchers concluded.
In fact, it took
approximately three days from the first positive PCR test to detect the
virus that causes COVID-19 with a standard antigen test. As a result,
four participants spread the virus before discovering they were
Isolate and test with symptoms. But when do you exit isolation?
do you interpret those rapid tests? One red line is negative, while two
red lines means positive. A stronger second red line likely means
you’re at your most infectious. A lighter red line means you’re at the
beginning or end of your infection.
When and how you exit isolation has just gotten trickier. The CDC is maintaining its position
on its isolation policy, instructing people who had symptoms and who
have access to a test to take one before exiting isolation. But it does not require it.
if you are less contagious after your symptoms have alleviated, the
CDC’s critics argue that this creates another gray area of confusion,
and puts the onus on the individual to make decisions that are best left
up to public-health officials.
The CDC’s explanation:
“The majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of
illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the
2-3 days after.” That, however, was before omicron spread like wildfire.
stance has divided public opinion, and frustrated some epidemiologists.
Many public-health advocates say it’s safer to get that negative
antigen test before going out into the world. For his part, Mina called the CDC guidelines “reckless.”