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  • in reply to: Can someone explain a "Halachic will" and how it works #1092127
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    The problem is that secular wills – by their rules – take effect – Li’achar Misah. And at that point, the dinim of yerusha take effect – So a regular secular will violates the dinim of yerusha.

    in reply to: My baby will be a gadol #1206841
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    Zeh Hakoton, Gadol Yih’yeh!

    in reply to: So who here has actually been in the IDF? #1040473
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    i did the taharah on klinghoffer

    in reply to: Traumatizing Children with Horrific Tales #1006134
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    I was very traumatized, as a child, by some of the classic scary stories. At least one of them still bothers me. Please do not read them or tell them to your children.

    in reply to: Should kids have locks on their bedroom doors? #1002538
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    whats_in_a_name I agree with you. It is far more important to convey to children that we trust them

    in reply to: Anyone know a good dentist? #972980
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    Marc Sadowsky DDS

    1134 E 29th St

    Brooklyn, NY 11210

    (718) 258-2462

    in reply to: Restaurants #966290
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    In the 70’s I worked as a waiter in catskill hotels. The owners were makpid that the waiters were fed hotel food.

    in reply to: Pride Minyan #958627
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    The only reason that they have this desire is because they do not accept Torah. see Ibn Ezra on Lo Sachmod

    in reply to: Ahavas Chinam (cringe) #948110
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    on the ball I agree with you. See Seforno in Devorim that Love is an emotion that depends on how good I think someone is.

    To Love someone “chinum” is abdicating this responsibility.

    in reply to: The Big LieŚTzedokoh Solicitation by Mail #948225
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    Perhaps it is appropriate to tell the story of R Yaakov Kamanetzky coming to America. He originally came as a Meshulach for the Slabodka Yeshiva. He was given a pile of cards by the yeshiva’s office in NYC which had the name, address and “last year’s donation” for each person who he was to approach.

    When a donor gave him a check, he asked why the donor had reduced his donation from the previous year. The donor became angry and showed R’ Yaakov his cancelled check from the previous year – which was not the amount listed on the card.

    At that point, R Yaakov returned to the office and quit – he would not be part of a dishonest operation.

    in reply to: Very interesting KashaŚMakas Choshech #942202
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    Mivaksheyemes The Netziv is against those miforshim that say only Shevet Levi didn’t work.

    Why do you say that? The Netziv says that Shevet Levi didn’t work. I am not aware of anyone who argues with that chazal.

    It also is kineged hasvarah to say that none of the 4/5 wanted to leave their homes.

    Which “svara” are you referring to? It seems pretty logical to me that people who have good jobs, nice homes, and are assimilated into a society to the extent of doing their avoda zara and not doing bris mila, would want to stay in their “kushy” position.

    Besides, all this happened before Matan Torah – before their was the concept of aveiros.

    There were many avairos before Matan Torah. Why do you think that there were none?

    You can’t say that the 4/5 were worse than all the other nations that rejected Hashem and the Torah yet they weren’t killed!

    I didn’t say it. The great Gadol BaTorah – who only said things that he had aboslute proofs to from the Torah and from chazal – the Great Netziv said this – because he had absolute proofs to it. Perhaps spend a few thousand hours studying his pairush on the Haggadah with all of his proofs before you criticize his writings?

    in reply to: Very interesting KashaŚMakas Choshech #942200
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    HaLeiVi

    I saw a Rishon who says that before Kabolas Hatorah, the world was all one people.

    The act of Kabolas HaTorah by Bnai Yisrael, combined by the refusal of the Amim to be mekabel the Torah, divided us into two different peoples.

    In this context, the Netziv writes that part of the refusal of the 4/5 to go out, was a rejection of the Torah.

    in reply to: Very interesting KashaŚMakas Choshech #942195
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    Mivaksheyemes “1)The Netziv answers why hashem killed them but we need to understand why in the world so many people didn’t want to be freed from slavery. It also doesn’t answer why 80 percent of klal yisreol being killed isn’t a huge tragedy.”

    The Netziv writes that the 4/5 who didn’t want to go out – did not do Avodas Perach. They had nice jobs and nice homes and just had to pay taxes to Pharaoh. This is why they wanted to stay.

    in reply to: Very interesting KashaŚMakas Choshech #942182
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    Mivaksheyemes

    The Netziv answers both of your questions:

    1. In Avodim Hoyinu: the words “biyod chazoko” refers to the fact that the 4/5 did not want to go out – so Hashem had to kill them so that he could take “Binai Yisrael” out.

    2. It is only our acceptance of Avodas Hashem that created a Hashgocho Peratis for Bnai Yisrael – which resulted in Hashem interfering with the history of nations for our benefit. All of the occurances in history which resulted in the freeing of slaves, was a result of this “hashgocho peratis” which resulted from yetziyas mitzrayim. If this had not happened, then we would still have been slaves.

    in reply to: Questions on Yoreh Deah, Choshen Mishpat #931134
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    isn’t the lid made out of glass?

    in reply to: Purim Shtick for teachers to do on students #1059786
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    Please forgive me for tempering the conversation: Do Rebbes and Morahs want to teach children that the “Lesson” of Purim is that is is sometimes OK and even a Mitzvah to do “shtick”????

    in reply to: Popa's pizza, by aurora77 #1115166
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    Hello aurora77

    Here is the recipe for the chicago pizza dough that you requested:

    Ingredients

    1/4 ounce active dry yeast ( 2 1/4 tsps); 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water; 1 teaspoon sugar; 3 1/4 cups unbleached bread flour, plus more for dusting; 1/2 cup medium-grind yellow cornmeal; 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt; 1/2 cup olive oil,

    Directions

    1.dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup of the warm water. Add sugar and 1/4 cup of the flour and mix; Add the remaining 1 cup warm water and 3 cups flour, the cornmeal, salt, and 1/2 cup olive oil.

    mix the dough, with dough hook soft and elastic, 10 to 12 minutes.

    Lightly oil a large bowl. Add the dough and turn to coat on all sides.

    Cover the bowl with plastic wrap

    Set the bowl in the frig overnight or better – over shabbos.

    Press the dough into your deep dish cast iron pan until it comes 2 inches up the sides and is even on the bottom and at the corners of the pan.

    now you are ready to fill it:

    Fry a nice large onion in olive oil with a nice half of a green pepper- both of them chopped nicely

    Remove it from the fire and add it to:

    1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, well drained; 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce; 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 1/4 teaspoon each garlic powder, dried oregano, and pepper

    Put 1/2 inch mozzarella cheese into the pan =on the dough.

    Then put the mix of sauce above on top of the cheese

    then put layers of fresh basil, fresh spinach; fresh sliced mushrooms; another layer of mozzarella cheese

    then sprinkle parmesean cheese on top; then sprinkle sliced black olives

    bake at 425 for 30 minutes or 35 mins

    remove from oven and wait 5 mins.

    then remove from pan and cool for 30 minutes; then enjoy ­čÖé

    in reply to: Should kids have locks on their bedroom doors? #1002514
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    A lock is a way of informing someone where he/she does not belong without permission. (ala Rabbi Hochberg)

    in reply to: Should kids have locks on their bedroom doors? #1002513
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    A lock is a way of informing someone where he/she does not belong without permission. (ala Rabbi Hochberg)

    in reply to: Chanukah Presents for Rebbes #913120
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    Re: Sonei Mantanos Yichyeh: I wish that I were on the madreaiga to hate the presents. but that has nothing to do with the parents or the children.

    Re: the difficulty in giving a present to rabeiim: I really don’t need their presents or their money – but when the boys come in to school and describe their vacation trips…. There is someting wrong!

    in reply to: 5 YEAR SON HITING FATHER #900755
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    If a 5 year old child his his father, this is a clear sign that the parents need parenting classes [Daas Torah ones]. Something is wrong in the way he is being brought up.

    in reply to: Is there a way to tell if a girl will be a competent wife and mother #896752
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    Buy yourself a 10-Cow Wife

    in reply to: Portly Guys #862545
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    I used to be a portly until I started jogging again. I went into a men’s store and asked to see their portly suits. The salesman told me that they didn’t call their suits with larger waists “portly”. They called them “Flagship” lol

    in reply to: In this thread we criticize Popa. By Popa. #849350
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    YW Moderator-42 Look at the Medrash. It seems that Devorah became raised up by her mitzvos. Perhaps she also was an am ho’aretz prior to the mitzvos.

    in reply to: Who is reponsible? #849052
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    In Halacha there is no avairo to fail to wear a seatbelt except for the factor of Dina D’Malchusa.

    The Chovos Halevavos in Shaar HaBitachon says that there is only a chiyuv hishtadlus for shmira for a hezek matzui. And getting into an accident where someone gets hurt is not a hezek matzui.

    As far as Dina D’Malchusa, the obligation and fine is imposed by the state on the driver. He is the one who the secular law targets with the responsibility to ensure that his passengers are wearing seatbelts.

    I don’t see how the person who was not wearing the seatbelt did an avlah. Against whom? The driver? How does he have a responsibility to the driver. The state mandates that the driver make a condition of being a passenger that they wear seatbelts. The only obligation that I see is on the driver to make a condition on the passenger that he wear the belt or leave. I agree with coffee addict.

    in reply to: mg"a #845939
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    I assume that your question is that we poskin that Shma is D’Orayos and that therefore sofek D’Orayso Lechumra.

    That being said, R’ Moshe writes that the Chofetz Chaim poskined like the Gra [and that the Gra poskined like the Gra].

    The Chazon Ish also poskined that we can rely L’chatchilo like the Gra.

    So perhaps the real question is why the Chazon Ish, the Chofetz Chaim and R’ Moshe did not think that this was a sofek and poskined L’Chatchilo like the Gra.

    R’Aharon Kotler and the Steipler were makpid on the zman of the Mogen Avrohom. Do you think it is a problem for people who rely on the psak of the Chofetz Chaim, R’ Moshe, and the Chazon Ish?

    in reply to: Your children are like you #843387
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    Remember the ad on TV: the father took his son fishing. He started to smoke. so his son did too. Children do what they see their fathers do.

    in reply to: Making yourself a Rebbe #842178
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    Maybe the first issue is “What is a Rebbe?” Maybe the first issue is “What is Torah?”

    If you can grant that Torah is only what we can “prove” Hashem said, then a Rebbe has to fit that definition: Someone who helps you to know what Hashem says by means of “proving it”. I don’t mean to suggest that this is the only factor – there are many others – but perhaps the starting point is that Torah is not a “guessing game”.

    in reply to: Increase in OTD Children… are made to feel like second-class citizens, #839727
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    In my observations, the majority of OTD children are the result of seemingly frum, but really “OTD parents”. To a lesser extent, they are the result of OTD rebbes.

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    Chazal tell us that “Derech Eretz kadma l’Torah. Therefore, if a person wants to begin to work on Middos, he/she must first begin to work on Derech Eretz

    in reply to: CMV: Any suggestions? #830488
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    CMV is cito megala virus – i don’t the spelling – i have it – the majority of americans have it – when a carrier’s immune system is healthy, he has no problems. when my immune system is weak, then it can arrise and cause me a very difficult problem. if u have it, try to limit protein intake and keep strong. b’hatzlocho

    in reply to: Mmmmmm Scotch. #823534
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    Hmmm. Do you “hold of” R’ Moshe Feinstein’s three teshuvos?

    in reply to: Self Esteem Books #851658
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    sure, it helped me alot many years ago

    it is based on the beginning of chovos halevavos, shaar ha’hachno’o

    in reply to: Mussar Book #814770
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    mdd

    where does he explain avodah hatemima or dvaikus?

    in reply to: Mussar Book #814766
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    gezuntheit

    Too many basic concepts that he talks about that most people don’t know what he means by them, ie. chadidus, avodah temimah, dvaikus….

    in reply to: Self Esteem Books #851656
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    “Let us make man” is great

    in reply to: Mussar Book #814751
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    best mussar book is messilas yesharim – but you need a rebbe to teach you how to read it – otherwise it does not resinate.

    in reply to: investing in gold #814341
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    Someone told me the the hedge funds are selling off their holdings in gold because they believe that gold is going to go down significantly.

    in reply to: Only ONE Photograph of the Chofetz Chaim?? #812940
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    My rebbe knew the Chofetz Chaim well and told me that the Chofetz Chaim did not have payis [contrary to the popular picture/painting]

    in reply to: need advice on refinancing mortgage #811865
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    If you can refi at a lower rate, then I would do so regardless of your other concerns.

    in reply to: Gematria 350? #812005
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    IF you take the gematria of coca cola and subract the gematria of caffeine, you will get the gematria of seven-up ­čÖé

    in reply to: Rosh Hashana davening #810697
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    R’ Yisroel Salanter did not come to shul one year for Kol Nidrei. After davening, it was discovered that he had passed a house and heard a baby crying incessantly. He knocked on the door to inquire whether everything was alright and no-one came to the door. So he entered the house and found the baby left alone while the parents went to shul.

    R’ Yisroel picked up the baby and held it until the parents came home. Apparently, R Yisroel felt that in that situation, holding the baby was more “spiritually uplifting” than going to Kol Nidrei.

    The most spiritually uplifting thing that we can do is what Hashem wants us to do in a given situation.

    in reply to: maaser money #809730
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    The Chofetz Chaim in Ahavas Chesed writes that the main giving of Maaser should be to help support people who are preparing to teach Torah.

    in reply to: Am I the oldest person in the CR. Anyone else nearly 50 #810395
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    Although it should be said that Aristotle was mi’gayer bisof yomov and retracted all of his books of apikorsus.

    It should also be noted that Aristotle was really Jewish – from shevet Dan – he just didn’t know it.

    in reply to: Am I the oldest person in the CR. Anyone else nearly 50 #810394
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    “Permission has been given to every human being, if he wants he can turn onto the road of Am’Ho’aretz’os and be a Am’Ho’Aretz like Aristotle”. [sort of the Rambam Hilchos Teshuva(5:1-2)]

    in reply to: Gedolim #808900
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    metro: and doesn’t tour the USA to try to convince people that he is a “gadol”?

    in reply to: Negative date! #809280
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    Imeich anochi bitzarah

    in reply to: Am I the oldest person in the CR. Anyone else nearly 50 #810392
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    Why do you think that 50 is “old”?

    in reply to: Relationship advice! #1049260
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    Dear Dr. Feif: Since we know that everything that a person does to another person is caused by Hashem, and we are obligated to be “melamed zechus on the person who causes us any harm”, how can anyone ever have a real relationship with another person? You will never know whether you are relating to the “real person” or to the actions or words that Hashem sent to you via that person despite his/her desires to relate to you differently.

    in reply to: Gedolim #808897
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    What happened to choosing a Gadol because of his “mesorah” and his level of Talmid Chochom and then accepting what he says regardless of whether I agree with him or not?

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