April 2, 2012 6:14 pm at 6:14 pm #602767shmoelMember
True or False?April 2, 2012 7:29 pm at 7:29 pm #865435TheGoqParticipant
Shmoel how about a translation so we can all answer the question.April 2, 2012 7:33 pm at 7:33 pm #865436soliekMember
depends on the yidApril 2, 2012 8:27 pm at 8:27 pm #865437yitayningwutParticipant
It’s a matter of perspective. Everything can be “shver” if you have that outlook in life.April 2, 2012 8:29 pm at 8:29 pm #865438yungerman1Participant
True or false, that is a terrible statement to make, and has caused many people to abandon yiddishkeit.April 2, 2012 8:37 pm at 8:37 pm #865439a maminParticipant
There are many Rabbonim who say that statement brought down hundreds of people from Yiddishkeit!! It’s all how you look at things…..April 2, 2012 9:23 pm at 9:23 pm #865440smartcookieMember
Some of the most difficult things in Yiddishkeit, are so great and beautiful.April 2, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm #865441ChachamParticipant
maybe it is shver but it is shvigger to be a goyApril 2, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm #865442Rav TuvParticipant
Mein shver zein a Yid echet. 🙂April 3, 2012 6:14 pm at 6:14 pm #865443BaalHaboozeParticipant
Chacham- LOL 😉
Rabbi Chaim Shmuelevitz zt”l , former Mirrer Rosh yeshiva, once quipped , that though it perhaps might be shver tzu zein a yid, but that’s because people want to live a gashmiusdig leiben.
Who said we should dedicate our lives to physical pleasures? If we wouldn’t indulge so much into the mishigassin of the world to be so involved in cars/houses/gadgets/sheitels/clothes/money etc, and be more “into” ruchniyusdig things, you’ll discover that life isn’t that bad after all….?April 3, 2012 6:47 pm at 6:47 pm #865444AinOhdMilvadoParticipant
That is an expression you should NEVER say, especially not in earshot of your children!!!
Tragically, many parents say it ALL the time in front of their kids as they are growing up, – and then they wonder WHY their kid decided to go off the derech!!!
What kid (OR ADULT) wants to live on a derech he’s been taught his whole life is shver?!?
What kids SHOULD BE hearing all the time is -IT’S GREAT TO BE A YID! IT’S A JOY to be a Yid! We are so fortunate to be Yidden!!! – AND… it can’t just be words, it’s what needs to be SEEN in the home!April 3, 2012 8:46 pm at 8:46 pm #865445mytakeMember
“Shmoel how about a translation so we can all answer the question.”
Siz shver tzu tzein ah Yide = It’s hard to be a Yid.
And….FALSE!! It’s a challenge sometimes, but not “shver”. And the difference is that “shver” has a negative connotation, it’s associated with hard in the burdensome, painful sense.
A “challenge”, however, is usually more of a pleasurable engagement even though it isn’t necessarily easy.April 3, 2012 9:49 pm at 9:49 pm #865446Bar Bay RavParticipant
I once heard “Siz shver tzu zein a halbe yid” but it’s not shver to be a whole yid.
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