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  • in reply to: AP Exams #936545

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    I took a number of AP exams that were accepted as more than a year and a half’s worth of credit at a highly regarded major public research university in the USA. That was a significant money savings. When researching different colleges, look up their AP credit acceptance policy; many provide credit, others allow you to skip prerequisites, and still others do both.

    in reply to: Selling a Sefer to a Non-Orthodox "Synagogue" #910351

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    If a real Sofer (i.e. Orthodox) wrote a Sefer Torah for them, something I cannot understand how they can justify in the first place, I would certainly hope he pasuls it during the writing from it being a real Sefer, as the recipients will undoubtedly mistreat it in many cruel ways.

    Of all the things that non-Orthodox synagogues do that don’t conform to halacha, they tend to be very good about maintaining the kavod of a sefer torah. We shouldn’t assume that they will “mistreat it in many cruel ways” just because other things they do are not correct. To the contrary, many of these congregations are very makpid to show proper kavod to their sifrei torah. Furthermore, as regards to why a sofer would write a sefer torah for a non-Orthodox congregation, consider this: The congregants in such a shul are going to not be fulfilling many mitzvos in shul, and almost certainly will not be fulfilling many mitzvos outside of shul. Shouldn’t the sofer make it possible for them to hear leyning from a kosher sefer torah? Or is it our job to deprive other Jews of the opportunity to do mitzvos just because they associate with organizations of which we don’t approve?

    in reply to: Do you have separate glasses for dairy? #900531

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    When I saw this thread I thought it was going to be about the shaila about stirring your coffee (with milk) and your chicken soup with different sides of the same pair of glasses.


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    Or we will get a heimishe company to make in vitro meat from a properly shechted, kosher animal, and go on living as before.

    in reply to: taking goyishe tunes #882043

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    How about etz chayim hi that many shuls sing? The second half of the tune from the 1960s movie Les Bicyclettes de Belsize sounds an awful lot like it.

    in reply to: Best & Worst Grade School Memories #977554

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    Worst: 2nd grade teacher accusing me of “pencil problems” (I kept losing pencils–what kid doesn’t?), and causing me to cry about it.

    Best: getting to play Stratego during recess when the weather was bad.

    in reply to: Jews forced off Jet Blue Flight #916215

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    I agree with your general point that the airline’s action was legitimate. A technical point, however: It IS a security violation to allow a passenger’s checked bags to travel without him or her.

    in reply to: Hiccuping means someone is talking about you? #859264

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    I always heard that it was that if your ears tingled, then someone was talking about us. I think that this was invented to discourage kids from saying lashon hora, so that they would think that the person about whom they were speaking would know.

    in reply to: Must a Baal Teshuva Remarry? #812751

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    What I have heard is that the problem is not just in the actual giving of the ring, but in the eidim. It is unlikely that there will be eidim at a Conservative or Reform wedding that will meet Orthodox standards. However, that doesn’t mean that they NEED to get remarried; they probably can continue living together the way they were before. What is the nafka mina of living together having had a Conservative wedding and living together having had an Orthodox wedding?

    in reply to: us universities advice sought #812516

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    If he wants to get out of the New York area, there is a strong frum community at the University of Maryland, College Park (just outside Washington, DC). If he wants to learn part of the day he can learn at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington. UMCP has an all-you-can-eat kosher dining hall, several minyanim daily. Because it’s a large university, the academic offerings and departments are much broader than at Touro or YU. It’s not for everyone, though; it is a public university, and with that comes a certain reputation, which will certainly be mitigated if he lives off-campus. But if he wants to get “the college experience,” he will certainly get it at UMCP.

    in reply to: Old Souls? #781551

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    I had a well-known Rav tell me that I had an “old neshama.” What that means for me, an 18-year-old, I don’t know.

    in reply to: Tunes in Davening #778046

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    I don’t have Igrot Moshe handy at the moment, but from this website: http://www.chaburas.org/repeat.html it seems like it is OC 2:22

    in reply to: Tunes in Davening #778042

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    I happen to love tunes in davening. Rav Moshe has a teshuva on this in which he says it isn’t proper to repeat words in davening, but that “Chazzanim will be chazzanim,” i.e. that if a chazzan repeats words, it’s not the end of the world. Incidentally, there is one instance in which you are supposed to remove the chazzan if he repeats a word, and that is if he repeats the word “Modim” in “Modim Anachnu Lach,” because to say “Modim Modim” would be to imply that we were agknowledging multiple gods chas veshalom.

    in reply to: Whats Your Favorite Food? #769921

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    citrus fruit, especially oranges and clementines

    in reply to: For Men & Women Only #766217

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    @haleivi: No. We’re not going to argue.

    in reply to: Tehillim for Chaya Sara bas Chava Breindel #803075

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    I’ll do 31-35

    in reply to: The Sefiras Ha'Omar game!! #949163

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    Blackjack!

    in reply to: Whats Your Favorite Food? #769866

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    citrus fruit: oranges, tangerines, and clementines

    in reply to: Techeiles 🔵❎🐌☑️🐟 #1057442

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    Full disclosure: I wear Murex Trunculus techelet

    in reply to: Techeiles 🔵❎🐌☑️🐟 #1057440

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    A very good overview of the techelet written by the organization that makes the murex trunculus techelet can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/techelet

    in reply to: Techeiles 🔵❎🐌☑️🐟 #1057424

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    The Radzyners and Breslov wear a different color of techelet than the religious zionists: theirs is made from a squid, which was researched by the Radzyner Rebbe, Gershon Henoch Leiner in the 1800s. Later, in the early 1900s, Rav Yisroel Herzog, who was the chief Rabbi of Ireland, decided that the techelet comes from the Murex Trunculus snail. Even today, you can see people wearing both colors, which are visibly different. The Murex Trunculus techelet is considerably more expensive.

    in reply to: Techeiles 🔵❎🐌☑️🐟 #1057413

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    In my experience I have seen many religious zionists wear techelet, while yeshivish people generally do not. Interestingly, Rav Pinchas Sheinberg, who wears many pairs of tzitzit tied in different ways, in order to make sure that he is wearing a pair that is tied the correct way, does not wear any pairs of techelet.

    in reply to: The shakes #756559

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    I would ask your doctor if it really worries you.

    in reply to: Post Here to Add/Change Your Subtitle #1198963

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    mod can my subtitle be “Nutmegger”?

    in reply to: "Yalili" Music Video #880160

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    @Shticky: I think they are referring to the fact that Ashkenazim refer to Rachel Imeinu as “Mama Rochel,” while Sephardim refer to her as “Rachel Imeinu.”

    in reply to: Yelling and Screaming in Learning #743361

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    The thing to remember is this: Why are you arguing? If you are arguing because you want to find the truth, then yelling and screaming may help. If you are arguing because you want to be right, then all the yelling and screaming in the world won’t help you; you need to reevaluate your learning.

    in reply to: Halachos of Eruv – Disqualifications #740153

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    @ Pashuteh Yid

    Often the wire does go directly over the top of the pole. Sometimes, however it does not; instead, it goes on the side of the pole or on the crossbar. Therefore, in order to create tzuros ha’pesach, you need to have a lechi that comes directly underneath the wire. An excellent sefer on this is Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhoffer’s “The Contemporary Eruv: Eruvin in Major Metropolitan Areas”.

    in reply to: If I had it all to do over, I'd do _______________ for Parnasa #729506

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    As someone who as not yet embarked on a working career, I am watching this thread with great interest. Those of you who dislike your current field, what aspects of your careers do you dislike, and what advice can you give someone who is just starting out?

    in reply to: Constructive – Snow Ideas #722401

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    @TMB: Be careful; he might declare that everybody is responsible for shoveling their portion of the street the next time there is a snowstorm!

    in reply to: failing the driving test #943984

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    I actually live in Connecticut so I took it at the DMV in New Britain. Basically I got failed because of the new (as of July) Blocking-the-box law. The inspector was sarcastic about it too, which rubbed it in. But thanks for your stories–I am feeling much better.

    in reply to: failing the driving test #943973

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    Aupushatayid: I learned from my mother, but now I’m going to take a driving lesson I think so an instructor can point out my faults, which I’m sure I inherited from my mother. 🙂

    in reply to: Seforim to Sell #716728

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    Agudas Achim Congregation in West Hartford, CT is losing its library because the high school that has rented space for many years is now moving to its own building and taking all of the seforim. It would be a great help to our kehilla to be able to rebuild our library in this way. Please contact me at engelalber@yahoo.com

    in reply to: Whats your typical menu Shabbos night and day? #933573

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    Does anybody make gefilte fish from scratch anymore? We tried it once and it did not turn out well (it had bad flavor). What spice should we try?

    in reply to: Frozen Broccoli and Halacha (insects) #699952

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    Sacrilege: When the bugs are whole they cannot be batil b’shishim. Once they are not whole anymore (blended), then they can be considered nullified.

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