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March 15, 2023 1:31 pm at 1:31 pm in reply to: How to do teshuva for breaking shabbos? #2174050
AAQ, whatever respect I had for you is gone. Mental health is no joke, and, because of attitudes like yours, people can be reluctant to get help for themselves or a child. My grandson has Asperger Syndrome. His parents recognized the signs very early, fought hard to get him therapy ( the earlier the most beneficial) and B”h he’s made great strides. Two of her friends ignored the symptoms in their kids because they didn’t want to ruin the siblings shudduchimMarch 15, 2023 11:23 am at 11:23 am in reply to: Teen Violence in Lakewood #2173940
Ujm, please cite your studies reflecting the attitudes of roshei yeshiva and parents regarding R Kotlers psak on secular studies. It’s only my opinion, but I doubt if many out of Lakewood parents have detailed knowledge of R Kotler’s life, let alone his psaks and positionsMarch 14, 2023 8:59 pm at 8:59 pm in reply to: How to do teshuva for breaking shabbos? #2173820
I agree with Avira. True teshuvah is achieved when, placed in the same situation, the action is not repeated. However, since he genuinely is having an attack, he must repeat the action, which is not an avairah.March 12, 2023 11:57 am at 11:57 am in reply to: Silicon Valley bank and the economy crashing #2172844
Sam Klein, it’s people like you who are prime sources of antisemitism. In your view, every tragedy in the world is our fault. Covid killed millions, but to the Sam Kliens of the world, it was our fault. Somehow the failure of of a bank was not due to poor decisions and practices, but our fault. We’re the Turkish earthquakes also our fault?March 11, 2023 8:05 pm at 8:05 pm in reply to: Teen Violence in Lakewood #2172642
Ujm, the basis for your claim?March 6, 2023 7:29 pm at 7:29 pm in reply to: Teen Violence in Lakewood #2171659
Darchei Torah in Far Rockaway long ago recognized that a full time commitment to learning was not for every boy . Instead of forcing them to sit , bored, making believe and resenting being there, Rabbi Bender opened a trade school. They learn carpentry, plumbing electrical and other trades, while also learning part time. The boys end up being financial supporters of both their own family and Darchei Torah.March 6, 2023 7:52 am at 7:52 am in reply to: Rabbeim- ditch the drink #2171426
Well, for one, ujm keeps advocating getting stoned drunk. In addition, both of you seem to have a view that every drunk is a happy, gleeful drunk, full of merriment. Haven’t you heard of, or experienced a nasty, mean drunk? Just ask any woman or child beaten up by a nasty drunk. What is your proof that all rebbeim are pleasant drunks.
With regard to the bochrim, until about 60 years ago, few had access to cars and there was less of an issue of driving drunk from rebbe to rebbe. Today, will a drunk rebbe, serving alcohol to his students, recognize inebriation ,or ask how much they’ve already drunk? Most teens can’t handle alcohol and don’t recognize the warning signs until it’s too late. And, I believe that in New York, anyone illegally serving alcohol to minors, or drunk 18 yr kids is legally responsible for damages incurred in a car accident.February 15, 2023 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm in reply to: Aliens/UFO/Extraterrestrial Beings #2166416
Coffee addict, I have no idea what the gedolim said about the earthquake or the attacks. What I suspect is that anyone who rushes in and publicly purports to know the cause by definition is not a gadol.February 12, 2023 9:31 am at 9:31 am in reply to: The עולם השקר #2165095
Avira, ujm, and of course, people never lie. Eyewitness testimony is known to be unreliable.February 7, 2023 8:06 am at 8:06 am in reply to: Shame on EVERY Democrat – re Islamist-bigot Ilhan Omar #2163238
CT, you don’t paint with a broad brush but many police are bigots and criminals. Pure socialistic countries ( Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, Soviet Union ) tend not to be Democratic.February 6, 2023 1:34 am at 1:34 am in reply to: Shame on EVERY Democrat – re Islamist-bigot Ilhan Omar #2162730
CT lawyer, please explain how Omar’s constituents are entitled to a seat on the Foriegn Relations Committee? She is still on other committees. Her extreme anti-Israel bias makes her membership on that Committee inappropriate.February 1, 2023 7:53 pm at 7:53 pm in reply to: How to Reduce the Cost of Getting Married #2161777
Maybe the goyim have a better idea. Many couples pay for their own weddings.January 31, 2023 9:25 am at 9:25 am in reply to: Lessons Learned from the False Arrest of the Innocent Tzadik in Flatbush #2161051
Ujm, who called 911 and the Shomrim?January 18, 2023 8:32 pm at 8:32 pm in reply to: Quick Quote from Rabbi Emanuel Feldman #2157598
Avira, you missed and avoided my point. I clearly referenced someone from the time of bayis rishon when sacrifices were no longer allowed outside of Jerusalem. What prayers did they say when they put on tefillin? You didn’t address my point about the Samaritan “Torah” . They copied it from us and wrote it using paleohebrew . Calling the alphabet paleohebrew is not apikorsisJanuary 18, 2023 10:25 am at 10:25 am in reply to: Quick Quote from Rabbi Emanuel Feldman #2157423
Avira, not only has the application of halacha changed, our religion has undergone massive change in the past
One example is divorce. Originally, a man could divorce his wife unilaterally;now she must agree.
If Jew ( an anachronism ) from the early years of the first Bais Hamikdosh were to come back to life now, he wouldn’t recognize we call Judaism. In his tim e:
1. There were no shuls
2. There were no siddurs
3. There were no religious rituals outside of Jerusalem
4. He wouldn’t be able to read the Torah. Until the Babylonian
Exile, Hebrew was written in Paleo-Hebrew script, not the
Aramaic block letters that Ezra introduced. The Samaritans,
brought into Israel by the Assyrians , copied our Sefer Torah
and theirs is still written in Paleo-Hebrew.
There is a lot moreJanuary 15, 2023 8:40 pm at 8:40 pm in reply to: Ethical Orthodoxy #2156597
Ujm,Avira then why do Torah institutions respect and honor individuals who earn their wealth through unethical/illegal means? I won’t name the examples. My friends shul has two prominent frum members currently serving prison terms for embezzlement, as is the former treasurer of a five towns shul. A close friend is a lawyer and many of his clients were frum clients who were victimized civilly by other frum JewsJanuary 15, 2023 8:39 pm at 8:39 pm in reply to: The Rich and Community Standards #2156592
Because money always talks. You’re surprised?January 15, 2023 1:07 pm at 1:07 pm in reply to: Jews Who Lived Under Muslim Rule #2156488
For much of the middle ages Jews had a good life in Europe. Often their biggest protector was the local bishop IJanuary 15, 2023 1:07 pm at 1:07 pm in reply to: Have Seminaries outlived their purpose? #2156490
How many families can afford the $25,000 cost , on top of the other children’s tuition? Remember, no discount on airfare , other expenses or the tuition. What is deficient in the prior 12 years of education that makes ay seminary year necessary? If anything, the girls in seminary are living in a bubble that won’t be there when they come homeJanuary 12, 2023 1:37 am at 1:37 am in reply to: Quick Quote from Rabbi Emanuel Feldman #2155743
Nomesorah, as far as Rabbi Feldman is concerned , it’s a moot point as Beth Jacob was never a Conservative synogogue, despite R Eliezer’s mistaken and repeated assertionsJanuary 10, 2023 1:32 pm at 1:32 pm in reply to: Dental Insurance #2155294
Israel has the same dentistry deal as BudapestJanuary 9, 2023 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm in reply to: Quick Quote from Rabbi Emanuel Feldman #2155162
Please look at your original post. You said he converted his congregation, not just some conservative congregants.
And, nomesorah, didn’t Rav Moshe issue a psak forbidding Orthodox rabbis from taking Conservative pulpits?January 9, 2023 2:18 pm at 2:18 pm in reply to: Quick Quote from Rabbi Emanuel Feldman #2155042
R Elezer, I think you owe Rabbi Feldman an apology for implying he took a pulpit in a conservative synogogueJanuary 8, 2023 9:17 am at 9:17 am in reply to: Quick Quote from Rabbi Emanuel Feldman #2154721
R eliezer, Beth Jacob was never Conservative. It was founded 1943 as an Orthodox breakaway from an existing Orthodox shul that they felt was drifting Conservative ( which it eventually became).
Rabbi Feldman’s humor was one of the tools he used, in his 39 years, to grow Beth Jacob from that small start to a community large enough ( over 500 families ) to support day schools, boys yeshivas, girls yeshivas ( both thru high school ) and a kollel.December 25, 2022 10:37 am at 10:37 am in reply to: Derech HaLimud of the Vilna Gaon #2151298
The chassidim were used simply as an example, because it was a large scale example of discarding of minhagim, mesora and nusach.
The concept of minhag and mesora was more applicable in 1700″s and prior. People rarely left the village they were born in and the cohesiveness promoted the maintenance of the minhagim and mesora. However , the rise of chassidus, the haskala, massive pogroms and emigration have led to mixing of populations and the difficulty of most people have in identifying their mesora and minhagimDecember 24, 2022 7:12 pm at 7:12 pm in reply to: Should all Yidden know Hebrew? #2151143
The rabbis in my yeshiva ketana routinely beat us ( no patching) up . I’m talking punching, slapping and kicking. It inspired neither learning nor respect but did inspire FEAR .December 24, 2022 7:11 pm at 7:11 pm in reply to: Derech HaLimud of the Vilna Gaon #2151142
It’s amazing how excuses are found to justify positions. Minhagim and mesora are sacred, except of course for when the Chassidim discarded centuries of minhagim, mesora and nusach.December 22, 2022 6:26 pm at 6:26 pm in reply to: Derech HaLimud of the Vilna Gaon #2150989
So in this case apparently mesorah doesn’t countDecember 5, 2022 9:33 am at 9:33 am in reply to: Important Advice for Jews #2144847
Avira, unfortunately it’s no longer 2020. BTW, the attacker had 8 previous arrests , coffee addict, no jail time.December 4, 2022 8:47 pm at 8:47 pm in reply to: Important Advice for Jews #2144755
Avira, I won’t ride the subway anymore because of the crime and violence. A rider on his way home from work this past weekend was sitting and minding his own business when a deranged man walked up to him, punched him in the face and opened a wound requiring 8 stitches . The mentally ill and homeless roaming the streets and the subway assault anybody, Jewish or notDecember 4, 2022 8:01 pm at 8:01 pm in reply to: Important Advice for Jews #2144741
Avira, not a day goes by in NYC where there aren’t numerous violent attacks and shooting .November 24, 2022 2:40 pm at 2:40 pm in reply to: Pandemic amnesty #2142080
Jack, while I’m not interested in bridges, you’re being naive. The nursing homes had patients who, by definition, had low resistance to infections. They weren’t set up to isolate their patients from the covid patients. They begged the NYS Dept of Health for prep time. Instead, the DOH, under pressure from the GNYHA, issued a March 26 directive that not only mandated that the transfers be accepted, the homes were forbidden to administer covid tests prior to admission. The directive was rescinded in May but the damage had been done.November 23, 2022 1:29 pm at 1:29 pm in reply to: Pandemic amnesty #2141843
Jack, you really shouldn’t make unsupported sweeping statements. I know at least 1 Hatzala person who contracted covid by treating/transporting a covid patient. The person who transported me. I’m sure there were others.
By the way, how would you handle Andrew Cuimo? One of his biggest financial supporters was the Greater NY Hospital Association ( GNYHA ). They are the primary lobbyist for Downstate voluntary not for profit hospitals . The hospitals were filling up with covid patients who couldn’t be discharged. The problem? Hospitals don’t get paid by the day, but by the discharge so, as long as the beds stayed occupied, hospitals couldn’t bill n or admit new patients . The GNYHA came up with a solution. Prevail upon Cuomo to force nursing homes to accept the patients as transfers, whether they had covid or not. Despite protests that they weren’t set up for it and that their residents would be at great risk, Cuomo made it happen.
To noone’s great surprise, thousands of unnecessary deaths ensuedNovember 15, 2022 3:19 pm at 3:19 pm in reply to: Pandemic amnesty #2138509
It’s interesting that people are parsing dry coughs but noone has responded to Cuomo’s clear guilt regarding the nursing home deaths ( while being praised by the media for his handling of the pandemic).November 14, 2022 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm in reply to: Pandemic amnesty #2137996
Gov DeSantis was excoriated for keeping schools and businesses open. Turns out he was right.
Does Gov Cuomo deserve a pardon after needlessly causing thousands of deaths in nursing homes by forcing homes not prepared for it to accept transfers from hospitals. He forbade nursing homes from testing the transfers. Almost as bad, children and spouses of the survivors were forbidden to visit.
To my mind, I’ve the best proof that, unlike other vaccines, the Covid vaccines don’t prevent transmission or reinvention. I’ve been double vaccinated and double boosted, yet the hospital waiting room ( I’m not the patient ) I’m sitting in still requires me to wear a mask.October 25, 2022 4:24 pm at 4:24 pm in reply to: Is YU officially a modern-Orthodox institution? #2132396
To Avira et al,
Do you actually believe that LGB etc people don’t currently exist the yeshivish world? They exist but in the closet.October 25, 2022 4:24 pm at 4:24 pm in reply to: More Bar than Mitzvah #2132395
The Alte Heim was a mythical place where every Jew was a Torah Scholar, even the ignorant onesOctober 4, 2022 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm in reply to: Respecting Differences #2129418
Avira, your world is so black and white, no shades of gray. The 2 milion+ Eastern European Jews who ignored Daas Torah and emigrated before the 1920’s restrictions survived the Holocaust. Hundreds of thousands more frum Jews who followed Daas Torah in the new Soviet Union were lost as yeshivas and shuls were closec and rabbis,mohelim, community leaders and teachers were murdered. In the Holocaust itself, countless frum Jews were murdered, including Gedolim.
How does this fit into your narrative?
P.S. the Jews of the early middle ages didn’t intermingle but that didnt prevent the Crusader massacres , blood libels and frequent expulsionsSeptember 29, 2022 7:13 pm at 7:13 pm in reply to: 5t vs Teaneck- what’s better? #2128538
You wouldn’t know it was Aseres yimai teshuva the way people are badmouuthing all MOSeptember 14, 2022 1:59 pm at 1:59 pm in reply to: Russia is losing the war in Ukraine #2124547
One major problem with the Russian military , that dates back to to the Soviets, is the lack of non commissioned officers.
In the US Army., nco’s ( sergeants and corporals ) are trained to recognize when circumstances affect their orders and to make adjustments on the fly. When Russian advances stall, only senior officers can make changes. This requires them to get close to the front and has already led to a number of generals being killed.September 14, 2022 9:42 am at 9:42 am in reply to: Shidduchem in 2022 #2124476
Aaq, while many attempts have been made, takanot have virtually never been adhered to.September 12, 2022 5:06 pm at 5:06 pm in reply to: Shidduchem in 2022 #2123715
Jewish12345 made some very good points. We’ve never had a mesora of every man sitting and learnng full time, and for very good and practical reasons. In prewar Europe there were no social service networks ; if you didn’t work you didn’t eat. Only those who showed the ability to be talmedai chachomim, poskim and rabbinical leaders were supported by the community; everyone else had to work . The current phenomena didnt begin until 50 years ago , when the baby boomer generation, having been allowed to go to all the professional schools, had become wealthy enough to support theirs sons in yeshiva .September 12, 2022 7:48 am at 7:48 am in reply to: Bar Mitzva Party #2123530
Not for me. You’re the one harking back to East European mesorah. BTW, the lack of extravagance was largely due to a lack of resources . You can’t spend what you don’t have.September 11, 2022 8:52 pm at 8:52 pm in reply to: Bar Mitzva Party #2123448
Avira, if you’re going to hold by mesorah, then our mesorah is to have weddings erev Shabbos!August 28, 2022 6:41 pm at 6:41 pm in reply to: Hospital Wait Times #2119261
Ujm and 2cents, let me be clear. Yrm reffered to homeless and elderly checking into hospitals for free room and board.
I agree that anyone can walk into an ER and must be triaged ( assessed for illness/injury). However, you won’t be admitted unless the condition warrants it. If a Medicare patient falls and fractures a hip, and, mris etc determine that surgery is not needed, only bed rest, Medicare will deny that patient’s admission.
In addition an ER is not a bakery. People don’t get treated in the order they arrive, but by how seriously sick or injured they are. You could be number 5 when you arrive but number 14 three hours later.
One more note. If you’ve been sick since Monday, don’t be surprised if your insurance co refuses to pay for your outpatient visit on Thursday. Why? Because it’s not an emergency. The ER is obligated to treat you, but an ER is the most expensive place to seek outpatient care and the ins will say you had several days to seek out your dr or an urgicare centerAugust 26, 2022 7:36 am at 7:36 am in reply to: Hospital Wait Times #2118725
A homeless/elderly person cannot simply check into a hospital unless they have a condition that warrants it. The hospital won’t get paid.August 23, 2022 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm in reply to: No torah no jewish state #2117899
Ive been told that the oaths are no longer valid , for 2 reasons:
1. Our obedience to the oaths was conditional upon how the goyim treated us. The Holocaust negated the oaths
2. A world body, t h e United Nations, voted to give us our land backAugust 22, 2022 10:54 am at 10:54 am in reply to: No torah no jewish state #2117259
Akuperma et al,
You and others seem to have the idea that , absent the State of Israel , Torah Judaism was fine. Prior to WW2, North America was viewed ,correctly, as the treife medina and Western Europe was no better. However, their Eastern European bastion was showing enormous cracks. Starting in the 1880’s and accelerating in the 20th century, more and more young frum Jews were abandoning the shtetl for big cities and the US. Worse, they were abandoning religion for all of the isms ( socialism, Zionism, anarchism, communism, atheism) and the trend greatly accelerated in the 1930’s. On top of that, with Stalin’s crackdowns, millions of Russian Jews were lost spiritually.August 17, 2022 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm in reply to: 1914/1939 2.0 #2116014
Yungermans. You repeatedly state that Hashem saves us. Can you then explain the Crusades, the Holocaust, Khmelnitsky, the hundreds of thousands of Jews killedin WW1?August 16, 2022 2:02 pm at 2:02 pm in reply to: Julius & Ethel Rosenberg & Donald Trump #2115648
A lot of people are coming to alot of conclusions about Trump’s guilt without any concrete knowledge. After 5 years of blockbuster media headlines ( Russia Russia Russia ) all claiming to finally being the one to bring down Trump only to fade into nothingness when the facts finally came to light, little wonder that, outside of this blog, the media has such little credibility with Americans. If Trump is actually guilty, how ineffective is the FBI that they still can’t prove it. Remember Adam Schiff repeatedly claiming he had incontrovertible proof of Trump’s guilt but somehow never presented it during the first impeachment? And , as a member of the Jan 6th committee I’m supposed to believe what he says now?