While some Jews in London marked Tisha b’Av on Tuesday by lamenting the burning of the Holy Temples on that day some two millennia ago, other London Jews watched as their city burned amid widespread rioting.
Unknown vandals broke into the synagogue on the island of Corfu and burned books two centuries old as well as kipot and tallitot. The break-in occurred at approximately dawn Tuesday, the second day of Passover. Firemen arrived within minutes and prevented the fire from spreading after being alerted by a police patrol car that was stationed in the front of the synagogue.
The fire raging in northern Israel was still out of control as the sun set on Friday, with 42 people reported dead.
The Power Plate features a vibrating platform that oscillates 30 to 50 times per second. Each time, it stimulates the nervous system and creates a reflex in the body that causes the muscles to contract. The Power Plate Web site lists dozens of college and professional sports teams as using vibration training in their regimens.
Until burn survivor Wendy (not her real name) met makeup artist Maurice Stein a decade ago, she dreaded leaving her house. Before a gas stove explosion almost burned her alive in 1987, she had been a 23-year-old cocktail waitress with long, blonde hair and blue eyes, and generated plenty of attention from the opposite sex.
However, the fire from the explosion incinerated her hands, nose, ears and eyelids and left her face an unrecognizable mask of colors and scars. When the hospital nurses allowed her to look in the mirror, "I screamed and cried," she said. "I looked like a monster."
When she finally left the hospital nine months later, people stared at her when she ventured out, and cosmetics didn't help. Her old Clinique foundation slipped off the scars and thicker makeup looked waxy.
"I was desperate to find someone to help me," Wendy said.