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  • in reply to: Looking for a Post Israel Yeshiva #1576314

    Phil
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    “If it’s full time and not BMG, it’s a waste of time.”

    1,

    Your comment is a waste of time. What are you, another Joseph-persona with nothing better to do than troll and spew divisiveness? Moshe wants a place for himself that’s smaller than BMG; don’t post if you can’t make a constructive suggestion.

    in reply to: Hasidic Secular Education #1576169

    Phil
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    Joseph,

    You love bringing sources from the Rambam and Pirkei Avos in order to criticize others but you’re so reluctant to confirm that you’re not guilty of the same. Why is that?

    Do you learn at least 8 hours per day? Do you live on bread, salt and water in a tiny apartment?

    in reply to: Hasidic Secular Education #1576064

    Phil
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    Joseph,

    How many hours do you actually spend learning every day and how do you fit the 3 wives and 27 children you claim to have into a tiny apartment?

    in reply to: Hasidic Secular Education #1576031

    Phil
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    “The Rambam writes that a typical Baal Habayis works 3 hours a day and learns 8. This is what a “working person” is. Three hours a day. 8 hours learning.”

    Joseph,

    You love to admonish others and noted the number of “waking hours in a day” but do you learn for at least eight hours on a daily basis? If you think the vast amount of time you waste trolling the web in your various persona is learning, then you’re deluding yourself.

    in reply to: Going on Vacation without a Minyan #1571211

    Phil
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    1,

    Posing questions on this site elicits fake halacha from Joseph. Ask your LOR and find one if you don’t have one.

    in reply to: $15 an Hour Minimum Wage #1567743

    Phil
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    Truth,

    My company and many others in the U.S. have hired veterans by the tens of thousands. They’re paid much more than $15 per hour because we owe it to them and they’re worth it. One thing I don’t do for the greater good of the country is paint job-creators as rich and greedy, then lecture them about their lack of moral responsibility. How about you? What have you done for your country, aside from criticizing it on the web?

    in reply to: $15 an Hour Minimum Wage #1567558

    Phil
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    Truth,

    Sure, just like you’re parroting class warfare screed from “International Socialist Review”. So now you advocate raising the minimum wage on behalf of veterans? They have and deserve preferential hiring status in U.S. government employment and many U.S. companies go out of their way to hire them. Veterans are disciplined, skilled and dedicated employees but I have no idea what relevance your quotes from the U.K. have to the subject at hand. Do you know anything at all about the U.S. economy or are you just quoting from anti-Semite Jeremy Corbyn’s website?

    in reply to: $15 an Hour Minimum Wage #1567448

    Phil
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    JJ2020,

    Nowhere in the Constitution is there a guarantee that everyone will earn a minimum salary of $30K per year. It shouldn’t be an employers responsibility to pay that much to menial workers, many of whom couldn’t be bothered to finish public high school, aren’t qualified to do anything else and make zero effort to better themselves. There are plenty of Walmart employees who started out by sweeping floors, worked hard and eventually became store mangers. If you don’t like it, then find a minimum wage worker and pay them out of your own pocket but don’t lecture hard working, job-creating business owners about their supposed moral obligations.

    in reply to: $15 an Hour Minimum Wage #1567234

    Phil
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    Truth,

    It was JJ2020 who posted, “The real issue is the rich business owners don’t want to pay people enough to live and the workers want o earn enough to live” which is typical communist tripe. There are very few businesses, especially service-related, that can afford to increase the wages of their menial employees by 50%-100%.

    in reply to: Should teachers/rebbis get a full time salary? #1567276

    Phil
    Participant

    CTRebbe,

    I appreciate your correcting me on smaller communities; please list those that are suffering from lack of qualified rabbeim.

    in reply to: Should teachers/rebbis get a full time salary? #1567238

    Phil
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    “RY23: Yeshivos run more on donations than on tuition. Businesses don’t run on donations altogether.”

    Joseph,

    While that may be true for many communities, I’m aware of at least one community where the majority of the school budgets are covered by tuition. They don’t have donors with deep pockets so the heavy burden is placed squarely on the shoulders of the parents.

    in reply to: Should teachers/rebbis get a full time salary? #1567050

    Phil
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    CTRebbe,

    First of all, heartfelt thanks for your dedication to our children!

    Large metropolitan communities certainly have a much easier time of attracting hundreds of applicants. However, I’ve been told that due to the large number of kollel graduates seeking positions as rabbeim, many are willing to consider relocating to smaller communities as well.

    in reply to: $15 an Hour Minimum Wage #1566987

    Phil
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    JJ2020,

    I presented a very simple example to demonstrate that government-mandated wage increases don’t automatically translate to a higher standard of living for all. You can lecture a “good business owber” about innovation, negotiation, “track margines” and “all kinds of stuff” but success ultimately comes down to profit. Increasing wages by 50%-100% will seriously eat into that profit and have undesired consequences. It’s obvious that you and the other proponents start with the premise that business owners are “rich and greedy” and need to be punished for exploiting the working class. That’s not capitalism, that’s communism and we all know what a successful economic model that turned out to be.

    in reply to: Should teachers/rebbis get a full time salary? #1566995

    Phil
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    Joseph,

    “All those rebbeim should be given raises so that they are no longer poor. The raise must be big enough to take them out of poverty and make them unqualified for welfare, food stamps, medicaid, etc.”

    Pray tell, where do you propose finding the tens of millions of dollars it would take to essentially double rabbeim’s salaries? I can also tell you from having served on the board of a cheder that every opening for a rebbe position attracts literally hundreds of resumes, many from highly qualified applicants. I’ve checked and this is the case all over the country so it’s not all that hard to find excellent rabbeim.

    in reply to: $15 an Hour Minimum Wage #1566454

    Phil
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    “The real issue is the rich business owners don’t want to pay people enough to live and the workers want o earn enough to live.”

    JJ2020,

    Perhaps you were raised in Communist Russia but Americans go into business and employ workers to make a profit. Let’s take the simple example of a “rich and greedy” business owner who has an annual budget of $60K to pay three menial workers at $10 per hour. Now the very generous federal government mandates that he pay his menial workers $15 per hour, what do you think is going to happen? He’s not going to eat the additional $30K or price his product out of the market. He’s going to fire one employee and make the other two work harder for their “living wage”.

    The very generous federal government really taught that “rich and greedy” owner a lesson for having the nerve to open a business, didn’t they?


    Phil
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    “The Chofetz Chaim and the Ribnitzer Rebbe, to take two recent examples that come to mind, married young never married women when they were in their old age.”

    Joseph,

    You’re mistaken, the Chofetz Chaim’s second wife was previously married, as it states in his will from 1926:

    “The one who is the overseer of my business dealings is the son-in-law of my wife. His name is Harav Reb Hillel the son of Rav Moshe Zalman Ginzburg.”

    I believe the Ribnitzer Rebbetzin had also been previously married.

    in reply to: Shidduch crisis affecting bochurim #1543976

    Phil
    Participant

    WB,

    As I posted earlier, if you are on a solid growth track that you’ve established for yourself and not being setup with girls who are compatible with your goals and personality, you may want to speak with your Rabbeim to determine the reason. They may advise you to modify your track, or your presentation or the shadchanim you are working with. Rest assured, there are plenty of wonderful girls from equally wonderful families who are looking for a solid, working bochur such as yourself!

    in reply to: Shidduch crisis affecting bochurim #1543995

    Phil
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    WB,

    Have you spoken to your Rabbeim for advice and do the shadchanim you use really understand working bochurim? Also, while I’m sure you daven with a minyan and learn daily, do people know it? I’m not advocating doing so merely for show, but if your regular place is a small shteibel, you may consider frequenting a bigger place where you’re more visible. That way, people will see how solid you are and hopefully keep you in mind. May you find your match very soon!

    in reply to: Psak by Gedolei Yisroel on Reporting #1543554

    Phil
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    Joseph,

    Psak on reporting what? If you’re trying to fool anyone into thinking that this decades-old document is about reporting abusers to the police, this may be your lowest piece of trolling yet. Gedolim such as Hagaon R. Chaim Kanievsky, Shlita, have stated unambiguously on video that abusers should be reported to the authorities.

    Perhaps you don’t care very much about your own children (was it 27 at the last count?), probably because they’re as fake as the “halacha” you spew, but the rest of us do. Go troll about something harmless, or better yet, go learn for a change!

    in reply to: Marrying for the Money #1540643

    Phil
    Participant

    Joseph,

    Are your three wives no longer supporting you in the manner to which you’ve become accustomed?

    in reply to: being Niftar Al Kiddush Hashem #1539535

    Phil
    Participant

    Judaism is not a death-oriented religion but a life-oriented one. As the Gemara tells us, it is much more difficult to live an entire life Al Kiddush Hashem than it is to die in that manner. We don’t get to choose how we leave this world but we do get to choose how we live in this world. While a Jew must be prepared to die Al Kiddush Hashem, there is no source that says we must hope for it. R. Akiva’s famous statement was made about himself and there are a number of fascinating explanations as to why.

    in reply to: Online college classes for Yeshiva bocher #1539523

    Phil
    Participant

    Frum,

    Midwest2 makes some excellent points about law careers but if your son decides to proceed, he should take courses in LSAT prep and writing. Don’t pay any attention to 5ish’s condescending comments. Unless he’s volunteering to support your son until “later”, he has no right to dictate how he spends his summer vacation. If more fathers took their parenting as seriously as you do, the financial situation wouldn’t be so bleak for so many. Hatzlacha!

    in reply to: Shidduch crisis affecting bochurim #1537446

    Phil
    Participant

    WB,

    I’m not trying to start WW-III but the term “Shidduch Crisis” usually refers to eligible girls waiting by the phone hoping for a date, since most eligible bochurim don’t seem to have to. You’re twenty-three and have been dating for two years. If you are on a solid growth track that you’ve established for yourself and not being setup with girls who are compatible with your goals and personality, you may want to speak with your Rabbeim to determine the reason. They may advise you to modify your track, or your presentation or the shadchanim you are working with. Rest assured, there are plenty of wonderful girls from equally wonderful families who are looking for a solid, working bochur such as yourself!

    in reply to: Shidduch crisis affecting bochurim #1537278

    Phil
    Participant

    RebYidd,

    Joseph claims to be married to three women and have twenty-seven children but I find it hard to believe that he’s ever been married at all. His preposterous claims give insight into his psyche.

    in reply to: Kedusha #1534233

    Phil
    Participant

    Joseph,

    Things must be pretty crowded inside your head with all of those pretend wives and children.

    in reply to: Kedusha #1534205

    Phil
    Participant

    “Multiple wives, multiple wives, multiple wives.”

    Joseph,

    You do have this strange obsession with the topic and you even claim to be married to three women. At times, it’s hard to believe that you’re married at all.


    Phil
    Participant

    “So you “don’t buy” it, Midwest. So what. This isn’t an issue for you to decide or to buy.”

    Joseph,

    Being nasty, for a change? The CR is a place for anyone to express their opinion, even the ridiculously myopic opinions that you usually espouse. You can continue to keep your head in the sand but Rabbonim and Roshei Yeshiva are on full view talking on smart phones at many a wedding.

    in reply to: moving US embassy #1521684

    Phil
    Participant

    Beee,

    It varies. The holy Rabbanim of Neturei Karta are in deep mourning and reaching out to comfort Arab terrorists and murderers. The Agudah Moetzes is in favor of it; see:

    http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/israel-news/1520798/statement-of-agudath-israel-of-america-regarding-the-opening-of-the-united-states-embassy-in-jerusalem.html

    in reply to: Proposing on a first date #1521558

    Phil
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    Joseph,

    If you’re trolling, you really need to find a better use of your time. If not, you need some serious help and shouldn’t be meeting women. But I’m not saying anything that hasn’t been said before.

    in reply to: Meshulachim #1519883

    Phil
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    Daas,

    They’re not allowed to. Joseph is always criticizing Jews for not adopting various Chassidic practices so I’m wondering why he’s so against secular court, a favorite venue of Chassidishe Rebbes.

    in reply to: Meshulachim #1519811

    Phil
    Participant

    “But halachicly except in very exceptional cases, as noted, the Goyim do not have jurisdiction to judge Yidden. Even if they assert they do with their laws.”

    Joseph,

    So why then do Chassidishe Rebbes drag each other into secular court?

    in reply to: Meshulachim #1519729

    Phil
    Participant

    Joseph,

    Please explain why certain notable Chassidim, whom you feel all Jews should emulate, fight their succession disagreements out in secular court.

    in reply to: Meshulachim #1519523

    Phil
    Participant

    Baltimore,

    The sad fact of galus is that sometimes the only way to protect communities from criminals within, is for justice to be administered through the secular courts. Case in point, a number of years ago, the Rabbonim in your community signed a public letter stating that they were not in any position to protect the community from abusers and that if someone had good reason to believe that a person was an abuser, they were obligated to report them to the authorities. This admission came after years of the Rabbonim ineffectively handling this issue, with very tragic results. Similar cases within MO, Yeshivish and Chassidish communities were only effectively dealt with by the secular justice system. Unfortunately, too many abusers and crooks know how to manipulate Batei Din and frum sympathies to further their own nefarious misdeeds.

    If Joseph wants to give away all his money for this type of “pidyon shvuyim” and invite these “victims” to stay in his basement, that’s his business. However, he’s a troll and no authority on Halacha, secular law, or anything else for that matter, so you should be asking someone who is.

    in reply to: Moetzes gdolai hatora forbids smartphone NOW WHAT?!?! #1518516

    Phil
    Participant

    Joseph,

    Even if this unsinged letter is authentic, the Moetzes of E”Y can certainly rule for that country but until the Moetzes of America issues a similar letter for this country and they absolutely won’t, it has no bearing on Jews here. I have personally witnessed enough Rabbeim, Rabbonim and even Roshei Yeshiva in the U.S. on smartphones to know that it won’t change anything. And no, I’m not going to encourage your nastiness by naming them.

    in reply to: I have a BTL, now what can I do? #1514581

    Phil
    Participant

    wonder,

    There are a number of master’s degree programs you can consider, such as Computer Science (i.e., Cyber-security). A graduate degree will definitely help you stand out from the crowd and employers won’t care that your bachelor’s is in “liberal arts”. On the contrary, you can present it as having trained you in logic and critical thinking. You’ll almost certainly need to take some relevant math and IT prerequisite courses before they’ll admit you. There are also master’s degree programs in Education that work in a similar manner.

    Another very popular option is to study very hard for the LSAT and score very high on it, which can get you accepted into a very good law school. The only deficit that people who do so feel they have is in writing, so you may want to work on those skills before actually starting law school.

    Hopefully, your BTL is at least regionally accredited and not just state accredited, which will make more options available to you.

    Hatzlacha!

    in reply to: Wife Driving or Husband Driving? #1504759

    Phil
    Participant

    In non-Chasidic, yeshiva communities in the U.S., there is no objection whatsoever to women driving. Of course, a few people like Joseph decry this reality as immoral and think everyone should pretend to be Chassidim, but who cares?

    in reply to: Chilul Hashem #1497827

    Phil
    Participant

    “The Posek was Rav Elyashiv”

    Joseph,

    I don’t believe that you personally asked Rav Elyashiv, zt”l a question about this matter, to which he actually told you to berate and embarrass another Jew publicly. If this is what you are claiming then I am flat out calling you a liar.

    Moreover, your constant twisting of halacha into a weapon to hurt and divide Jews has made you into a rasha. All of the behaviors that you advocate against other Jews you will only bring upon yourself.

    in reply to: Chilul Hashem #1497747

    Phil
    Participant

    Joseph,

    I take no issue with the halacha but question it’s application nowadays. No contemporary posek will permit someone to berate and embarrass another Jew publicly. Yet, nothing seems to make you more animated than the thought of such behavior and even physical violence against other Jews.

    You can’t even name the posek whom you claim told you to act this way. It’s just more of your spouting fake halacha.

    in reply to: Chilul Hashem #1497637

    Phil
    Participant

    Joseph,

    Again, the Chafetz Chaim never behaved with the cruelty you are trying to encourage in others. Which posek told you to embarrass and berate another Jew publicly?

    in reply to: Chilul Hashem #1497581

    Phil
    Participant

    Joseph,

    There a countless examples of the Chafetz Chaim lovingly and tearfully guiding people to act properly. Please cite a single example of the Chafetz Chaim publicly berating and embarrassing anyone to convince them to do what is right. No Rav in his right mind would tell anyone to act in such a manner nowadays. Yet, you are insisting that any Jew can make the determination as to who is a rasha or kofer and act this way.

    Seriously, dude, what is wrong with you?

    in reply to: Chilul Hashem #1497485

    Phil
    Participant

    “Chazal, the Rambam and the Chofetz Chaim all had confidence in the everyday Yid to make these determinations to be mekayim this Mitzvah.

    OK everyone, please make sure that as soon as you get to Shul this Shabbos, you publicly embarrass anyone you consider to be a rasha or kofer! Don’t waste the Rav’s time by first asking him, just go right ahead and start berating!

    This is what HKB”H wants from us and will hasten our redemption, right Joseph?

    in reply to: Eating Gebroks on Pesach #1492077

    Phil
    Participant

    less,

    1. Kitniyos contained in a box of processed food that has reliable hashgacha that it contains no chametz. Why is that assur?
    For the same reason that Ashkenazim do not triple-check and eat rice on Pesach. The Poskim chose to restrict consumption of these foods and their derivatives, rather than permit them to be consumed with careful checking. Aside from the Beis Yosef, whom Sefardim rely upon.

    2. Are peanuts , beans or mustard seeds ground into flour or grown near chametz? If not, why are they kitniyos?
    They most certainly were and in many cases still are. In addition to these two reasons, the Ba’al HaTanya added that kitniyos, when cooked, is very similar in appearance to the five grains when cooked. Which is a reason why corn is considered to be kitniyos, yet according to the overwhelming majority of opinions, potatoes are not.

    in reply to: Eating Gebroks on Pesach #1491941

    Phil
    Participant

    less,

    You are correct, kitniyos themselves are not and can’t ever become chametz; therefore, as just one example, they don’t have to be destroyed or sold before Pesach. Hundred of years ago, the Poskim of were quite aware of this fact but (aside from the Beis Yosef) enacted that neither kitniyos nor their derivatives may be consumed on Pesach. This is because kitniyos are generally grown, harvested, stored or processed in proximity with the five grains and therefore may become contaminated with them. In addition, their flours can resemble that of the five grains and might therefore be confused with them. Once this restriction was adopted, an Ashkenazic Jew may not opt out of it, despite any conjecture that the circumstances surrounding kitniyos have changed, which they haven’t.

    in reply to: Hawking is dead #1490930

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    “This is because Hawking’s life work in pseudo-science is strongly focused on pure kefira such as black holes, big bangs, the supposed “origin of the universe” and junk science like that.”

    Joseph,

    Black holes are a reality and have been photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope. R. Aryeh Kaplan, zt”l, wrote, based on numerous sources, that the Torah’s account of creation is compatible with having originated from a Big Bang. Hawking may have spouted a great deal of theoretical nonsense and been a heretic but black holes and the Big Bang aren’t in and of themselves heresy.

    in reply to: Chofeitz Chayim about Moshiach #1486959

    Phil
    Participant

    Where exactly did the Chofetz Chaim, zt”l, write that WWII would start 25 years after WWI and that WWIII would occur 75 years later? In 1930, R. Schwab, zt”l heard him say that he saw a destruction coming even more terrible than WWI but he never wrote or said anything more specific than that. The Biur Halacha was clearly his expressed hope, not his prediction.

    in reply to: Marriage? #1486682

    Phil
    Participant

    “Now that i come to think of it, having a “degree” and a “plan” and being broke, is just so much better than having an actual job that brings in enough cash to support.”

    Actually, it might be better to start with a degree and a plan over an actual job that brings in enough cash for now. The reason being that the right degree can help land a job that brings in enough cash now as well as in the future when living expenses are much higher. A non-professional job that doesn’t require a degree might not have the same earning potential.

    As far as cost of living, it most certainly depends on where a family lives but $35K-$40K to start with seems like a good ball park figure. Five years down the road could mean three kids and by the time ten years passes there could be at least six. At that point tuition becomes a big budget item and you might need at least $100K in many communities.

    in reply to: Becoming More Wealthy, Becoming Less Frum #1485962

    Phil
    Participant

    Joseph,

    That’s hogwash. Evidence? Nobody knows OOTY’s real story, just as nobody knows yours. For all we know, you’re both trolls, or even the same troll, living in your mother’s basement. Stop using this forum to constantly make critical statements about entire segments of Jews you don’t even know.

    in reply to: Becoming More Wealthy, Becoming Less Frum #1484923

    Phil
    Participant

    Joseph,

    That’s hogwash. Untold numbers also went OTD after being attracted to Bundism, Socialism, Communism and assimilation, which seemed to provide a way out of the crushing poverty of Jewish life in Europe.


    Phil
    Participant

    less,

    Correct. I also know of an actual situation where this happened to a well known Rosh Kollel. After attempting to reason with his neighbor, he was adviseded by his Posek to get an immediate stop work order until the matter could be settled, hopefully by Beis Din. The reasoning was that allowing construction to proceed would only cause the other party to become more stubborn due to the increasing costs invested. Every situation is different but Joseph’s blanket statement that a stop work order constitutes mesira is only more of his usual fake halacha.

    Edited by request


    Phil
    Participant

    “It most certainly is mesira to get a government stop order.”

    Joseph,

    You’re not a posek, lawyer or expert in any subject. You occasionally repeat a bit of information from Rabbi Miller tapes and you constantly express disdain for any kind of secular study. Yet, you make emphatic halachic pronouncements about real-world situations and criticize people without any real knowledge or sources. Does spouting fake Halacha make you feel superior?

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