Are Kollel Folks Better Jews Than The Rest Of us?

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    zahavasdad
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    A grad student earning doctoral degrees usually is required to teach courses or run labs at the university, so they are working. Most Kollel people do not give shiurim or teach at yeshivas younger students

    #1174529

    Sam2
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    DY: It was in response to your claim that “but I don’t think long term learners are a huge percentage of the frum population.”

    #1174530

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
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    I know; I was kidding.

    I wasn’t talking about E.Y., where there’s an entirely different dynamic because of the draft.

    #1174531

    Joseph
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    OP: Yes, Kollel folks are society’s cream of the crop.

    #1174532

    squeak
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    Avram – forgive me, but it was pretty obvious that you were trying to engineer someone into setting you up for your coup de grace, and I was pretty disappointed in your hand once you played it. You are way off topic if you believe that we are talking about the generic US welfare program receipient in this conversation. They typically are driving old pickup trucks not lexuses. This conversation is about unzerer welfare receipients, who by and large live upper middle class lifestyles made possible by having discovered the absolute best possible way to maximize benefits and have succeeded tremendously, with a great deal of “credit” due to entire organizations dedicated to this goal.

    When you see a kollel guy/wife pull out an EBT card and then load the groceries into a lexus, you have a lot more information than if it were a random person you observed doing the same thing. I don’t think I used the word lazy, but you know that the kollel guy made an active choice to take benefits rather than contribute economically to society, and seems to be rewarded for doing so to a greater extent than someone who does his best to earn his own way. If you can’t see how that can drive an average person crazy, then you are not nearly as level headed as your years of posting here indicate.

    #1174533

    squeak
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    Avram – if government benefits are to be thought of as an insurance safety net rather than tzedakah, then there is tremendous unaddressed moral hazard in the design. The equivalent example is someone who burns down his own house to get insurance money. Charity is a safety net, but it is not insurance.

    Entitlement benefits are charity that you dont have to beg for.

    #1174534

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
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    I don’t think this was talking about unzerer.

    Bring Back Shame

    Avram, was this what you were referring to?

    Squeak, did you mean to reply to this thread?

    http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/government-programs-are-not-tzedakah

    #1174535

    screwdriverdelight
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    On a different thread I pointed out that there were 0ver 200 posts in one week. This thread joined that rank.

    #1174536

    Avram in MD
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    squeak,

    it was pretty obvious that you were trying to engineer someone into setting you up for your coup de grace,

    No, I was interested specifically in zahavadad’s answer, but since I won’t get one, I used yours as a proxy.

    and I was pretty disappointed in your hand once you played it.

    Well it’s a good thing I don’t exist to satisfy you.

    You are way off topic if you believe that we are talking about the generic US welfare program receipient in this conversation. They typically are driving old pickup trucks not lexuses.

    You obviously don’t interact with typical recipients. Poor purchasing decisions are extremely common among all Americans, impoverished included. And I don’t really believe the Lexus shpiel anyway; zahavasdad made that one up and I was just asking him a question on it.

    This conversation is about unzerer welfare receipients, who by and large live upper middle class lifestyles made possible by having discovered the absolute best possible way to maximize benefits and have succeeded tremendously, with a great deal of “credit” due to entire organizations dedicated to this goal.

    You may want the conversation to be about your fictitious Welfare Queens, but it is not. Reagan’s Welfare Queen bogeymen were engaged in illegal activities, e.g., being eight people (identity fraud) as he said, not legal recipients, which I am addressing alone. I do not think it is possible to truly live an upper middle class lifestyle and be on assistance simultaneously and legally. Sorry, but your unzerer is an enforcement problem, not a problem with the assistance.

    I don’t think I used the word lazy

    No, but it was strongly implied.

    If you can’t see how that can drive an average person crazy, then you are not nearly as level headed as your years of posting here indicate.

    There’s a difference between understanding that an average person would be driven crazy by it, and why that is so, and even feeling that way myself at times (which I do), and accepting it as a correct and valid response.

    Disclaimer: wrote this response very quickly with little proofing.

    #1174537

    Avram in MD
    Participant

    squeak,

    The equivalent example is someone who burns down his own house to get insurance money. Charity is a safety net, but it is not insurance.

    Fine, poor choice of analogy on my part. Have a good Shabbos.

    #1174538

    Avram in MD
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    DaasYochid,

    I don’t think this was talking about unzerer.

    Correct. I am referring to legally entitled recipients of government aid.

    Bring Back Shame

    Avram, was this what you were referring to?

    Yes, that thread has factored heavily into my responses to this thread and the one in which I was OP.

    #1174539

    squeak
    Participant

    With kollel being the thread title and the focus of everyone else’s comments, you can see how it was an honest mistake not to realize that one guy was not deliberately arguing about some larger group.

    #1174540

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    I don’t know… I mean, coming from someone with precognitive abilities…

    🙂

    #1174541

    squeak
    Participant

    Ouch

    #1174542

    Mammele
    Participant

    Maybe it’s time the mods come clean?

    #1174543

    squeaky clean

    #1174544

    Chortkov
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    Bump.

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