Why I got vaccinated

I became a dietitian because of my love for food. Food nourishes our bodies and provides us the energy to do our everyday activities. The taste of our favorite foods adds to our enjoyment in life. There is also a social aspect to food which is so important. People enjoy meals more when socializing with others and sharing the experience together.

As a dietitian at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, I have seen so many residents miss out on this important aspect of eating over the past few months. We were forced to stop communal dining and meals were served in individual rooms to contain the spread of the virus. As important as this was in saving lives, it came at a price. Loneliness, decrease in intake and overall decline in quality of life, just to name a few.

The other day, while visiting a resident during lunch in her room, she looked out of her window and saw an 18 wheeler truck driving down the road. “That must be the truck bringing us the vaccine! “ she said, tears in her eyes. “I need them to be bringing us the vaccine!”

Now, when someone asks me why I got vaccinated, I think of her and say: Because I can!

I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to bring us one step closer to ending this pandemic and I’m looking forward to following it up with the second dose in three weeks.

There is a blessing to be said when one feels like they were part of something incredible which benefits many people together. What better time than now to say the blessing of Ha’tov V’hamativ.

Looking forward to a bright future.

Gabi Moskowitz, RD

We know what’s holding up the vaccines 

In last week’s Jewish Standard, Rabbi Boteach asks: “Where is the vaccine?”

You’ve got to be kidding me, rabbi.

You ask: “Is Coca-Cola really a more competent distributor, with greater resources, than the United States government?”

When the U.S. government is led by a failed con-man, absolutely!

Or is your yarmulked rabbinic head so far up the presidential tuches that you haven’t noticed that the president refused to use his authority under the Defense Production Act to speed the way for the vaccine?

Or that the covid committee headed by the vice president — who himself helped an AIDS epidemic blossom when he was in governor of Indiana because he put his fundamentalist religious beliefs ahead of commonsense public health measures — has done near diddleysquat, even as White House political commissars blocked the Center for Disease Control from dispensing health advice from its doctors and scientists?

As Talking Points Memo reported on December 22, “the Trump administration is promising widespread availability of the vaccine in early 2021 — without having crafted a coherent plan to make that happen.”

As Ashish K. Jha, a physician, health policy researcher and the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, wrote in the Washington Post on December 31, “Vaccination is going slowly because nobody is in charge.”

Thank God, the American government will turn over a new leaf on January 20, despite the continuing, and unparalleled, obstruction of the present administration.

Perhaps it’s time for the Jewish Standard to consider turning over a new leaf too.

Because after reading this latest deliberately and malevolently, though not uncharacteristically, ignorant piece by the failed Republican congressional candidate and former Englewood resident, I can’t help but want to speak to the manager of this otherwise excellent newspaper.

Where is the vaccine?

That’s indeed a question worthy of analysis, which a rabbi blinded by partisan bias and Adelson donations can’t possibly hope to answer.

So why give him the space to ask the question?

As we’re learning the hard way, misinformation is a disease that costs lives. Letting ignorant Trumpists prattle has a real world cost. Sadly, “America’s rabbi” is part of the problem. Ending his column would make the Jewish Standard part of the cure.

Think about it.

Jack Katz

Credit Trump with the Abraham Accords

I read with interest your cover story, “Looking back at 10 heartwarming Jewish stories” (January 1). I found it quite strange that out of nine stories that mentioned a name or a group, there was one that did not. Namely, the Abraham Accords. There was absolutely no mention of the person who brought these accords to fruition. It was as if the Middle East peace arrangements between Israel and decade sworn enemies came about ex nihilo. It was as if the great military victories of the Chasmanoim happened by themselves. A glaring omission? I think not! Truly, your lack of due credit is shameful.

Herbert Burack

Remembering RBG

As a colleague of Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Rutgers Law School in Newark for several years in the early 1970s, I appreciated your article about the university’s naming a building after her (January 1). It is an especially appropriate way to honor RBG’s legacy, since her work on gender equity began at Rutgers and mirrored the law school’s long and continuing commitment to equality and social justice.

Just one small quibble—although the article correctly indicated that RBG was on the Rutgers Law faculty from 1963 until 1972, it later stated that she had been at the law school for five, rather than nine, years. That aside, I’ve found recent issues of the NJ Jewish News to be interesting, informative and well done. Keep it up.

Paul Tractenberg
West Orange

The Uighurs and the Jews

Thank you so much for “British Chief Rabbi speaks out on the plight of Uighur Muslims in China” (December 25). Chinese political repression of both the large Muslim and miniscule Jewish populations is becoming something that cannot and should not be ignored. There are about 1,000 people in Kaifeng, China, claiming Jewish heritage. Do we realize that the Chinese government does not recognize the Jewish religion as legitimate?

Once again thank you for your article and may Hashem bless British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis for his activism on this issue.

Linda Rutta

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