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  • in reply to: How girls are causing the shidduch crisis! #1833158

    Avi K
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    Syag, you need a remedial reading course. The O.P. dos have a similar hashkafa to the girls in question. If you would not be a baal gaava about your minhagim you would not hear a rant. Chumrot are supposed to be kept to yourself. In fact, Rav Abramsky ceased to hear the Megilla read on the 15th (in deference to Rav Tukachinsky’s opinion regardiing samuch v’nireh in the New City of Jerusalem) when someone told an acquaintance outside the immediate family.

    in reply to: How girls are causing the shidduch crisis! #1833019

    Avi K
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    CA,
    1. Who say that she will have to watch TV in their home?
    2. Maybe they will. However, who says that her chumrot trump honoring in-laws or getting married (women are obligated in shevet)? Maybe a man who is looking for good middot and common sense will not be interested in them. They can then keep company with their mirrors. “Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is the frummest of them all?”
    3. What about people who are makpid on bein adam l’chaveiro but not on chalav Yisrael or glatt (BTW, some say that the there is too much “glatt” on the market for all of it to be what was once considered glatt_) vs. those who are the opposite? What about the kashrut status of their money?

    in reply to: Wedding Costs….In Law Chutzpah #1833015

    Avi K
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    CTL, you are a literalist? Do you believe that “an eye for an eye” means lex talionis? What about Common Law terms such as “effective” and “constructive” (I had a professor who called them “weasel words”). BTW, Aharon Barak ruled that a contract should be interpreted according to its “soul” (= what he considered to be its goal). This caused a great stir and apparently it has been overruled. See also “Literal or Contextual? What is the Correct Approach to Contractual Interpretation?” on the Oxford Business Law blog.

    in reply to: Wedding Costs….In Law Chutzpah #1831711

    Avi K
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    In Halacha a precedent requires three instances. As for whether or not a grandparent should pay, it sepends on local custom as well as the parents’ means. I know someone who pays his grandchildren’s day school tuitions. He is a retired college professor and his wife is a retired teacher plus they own rental property in NYS while their kids are just getting by.

    in reply to: The constant protests in eretz yisroel need to be addressed. #1831705

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    With their fighting spirit they should be in IDF combat units.

    in reply to: Why do you support trump #1830383

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    Recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Supporting annexation of settlements. Getting tough with the Fakestinians. Appointing conservative judges.

    in reply to: Are public displays of Frum support of Trump a safe thing? #1825365

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    Even if you support some Democrat you will be hated. The Jews in the Civil Rights Movement were booted out as whiteys. Then came the NYC school dispute where Jewish teachers and administrators were fired from a black school and a violently antisemitic poem was read on a black radio station (interestingly, the reader, Julius Lester, converted to Judaism after discovering that he had a Jewish grandfather and now sang in a shul).

    in reply to: Why do many people in Lakewood drive way to fast? #1825364

    Avi K
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    Yaapchik, maybe they on their way to fast for their sins. They remind me of the cohen who stabbed another cohen so that he could do terumat hadeshen (Yoma 23a).

    in reply to: A Third of Israeli Youth Don’t Enlist in the IDF #1824710

    Avi K
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    Rav Eliezer Melamed recently wrote an essay on serving in the IDF. It appears on Arutz 7 English site under the title “Claims against IDF service”.

    in reply to: A rebbe iz Atzmus uMahus vos hot zich areingeshtelt in a guf #1824707

    Avi K
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    Saying that Hashem is mitlabesh in the Rebbe sounds very much like another religion. you then bring it down and seem to just say that Hashem inspires the Rebbe. Do I understand you correctly?

    in reply to: A rebbe iz Atzmus uMahus vos hot zich areingeshtelt in a guf #1824116

    Avi K
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    Chossid,
    1. The fact is that right in Crown Heights there are Yechis. There is also a group in Tzefat that davens to his picture.
    2. I ran the quote through a Google translator. If the translation is accurate he only said that the Rebbe is the spiritual leader of the Chassidim. This is a far cry from those who say that he is the embodiment of Gd in this world. Even saying that he is Mashiach and will have a second coming is extremely problematic for obvious reasons. In fact, after he died the Jews for Yushki put a full-page ad in the NY Times with his picture and the caption “Right Idea. Wrong Person”. To be fair, chabad.org talks about Mashiach as coming in the future.

    in reply to: A rebbe iz Atzmus uMahus vos hot zich areingeshtelt in a guf #1823751

    Avi K
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    Chossid, while one learns the Troah of the greats of previous times (and thus we say “says”) they are not here to give guidance to the generation. Rather we go by the judges in our times. As no living person is at the helm there is no captain and anyone can claim to be a Chabadnik or Breslover. In contrast, when the Rebbe was alive he pushed out at least one person who crossed the line. Of course, if you hold seances …

    in reply to: A rebbe iz Atzmus uMahus vos hot zich areingeshtelt in a guf #1823492

    Avi K
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    The problem with Chabad (and Breslov) is that it is a chassidut without a rebbe. That is like a ship without a captain. Anyone can claim to be Chabad or Breslov or both (yes, there are such people). The “official” Chabadniks never talk like this. they even say “the Rebbe zatsal”.

    in reply to: Has anyone here ever fostered a kitten? #1823493

    Avi K
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    Ten times nine lives equal a ninety year commitment.

    in reply to: MO Daf Yomi #1822520

    Avi K
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    RE, that what a few hundred years ago. Even one hundred years ago the situation began to change. Thus, bot the Chafetz Chaim and the Imrei Emmet approved of Bet Yaakov. As I previously posted, Rav Soloveichik approved. Rav Shimshon Rafael Hirsch wrote “The fact is that while women are not to be exposed to specialized Torah study or theoretical knowledge of the Law, which are reserved for the Jewish man, such understanding of our sacred literature as can teach the fear of the Lord and the conscientious fulfillment of our duty, and all such knowledge as is essential to the adequate execution of our tasks should indeed form part of the mental and spiritual training not only of our sons, but of our daughters as well. (The Hirsch Siddur, 122)”. In our day, this might certainly include wider areas than he envisioned. In fat, there have always been talmidot chachamim. Beruria bested her husband Rabbi Meir (Berachot 10a). The Maharshal’s grandmother was a rosh yeshiva and poseket. Rav Mordechai Eliahu’s grandmother bested the Kaf haChaim in Halacha.

    in reply to: MO Daf Yomi #1822080

    Avi K
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    RE, it doesn’t say not.

    in reply to: Are there (intelligent) yidden on other plants? #1822079

    Avi K
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    Is a Sephardi a Yid?

    in reply to: MO Daf Yomi #1821548

    Avi K
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    Milhouse, so what do you think id the reason? Suppose there is a gathering to which anyone can come but for whatever reason it is clear that only as few will actually come. Now suppose that someone sends invitations to everyone in the phone book with a Jewish-sounding name. Would the former require a mechitza but the latter not? BTW, as I posted, he only says that there should be a mechitza lechatchila but adds that if people will not come otherwise it need not be cancelled.

    in reply to: MO Daf Yomi #1821368

    Avi K
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    Milhouse, actually he wrote that if one or two women come to a shiva house the men can daven there without a mechiutza. He did say what you said about a derasha but only lechatchila (OC 8:11). I still don;t undertstand what difference an invitation made. Maybe he thought that since the derasha was meant for kiruv purposes the women might not dress properly. One could say that כלל הציבור means that the general public would come.

    BTW, I asked a rav who is a talmid of Rav Soloveichik and he said that RS’s motzaei Shabbat shiurim in Boston had mixed seating. He did say that when Rav Schachter came to speak at his shul he said that he “preferred” separate seating but did not say that there should be a mechitza.

    in reply to: MO Daf Yomi #1821019

    Avi K
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    Milhouse, I read his teshuva on weddings and he does not say that there. If you cannot come up with a quote I will assume that it does not exist. In fact, there is no reason why an invitation should make a difference. Here is the quote from his teshuva on weddings. BTW, the Levush says in the Likutim that in his day they already had mixed seating and says that they were used to being around women in business so it was no big deal.

    in reply to: MO Daf Yomi #1820920

    Avi K
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    Milhouse, where does he say that an invitation is required? BMG, he only says that regarding tefilla and at a מקום קיבוץ, which he does not define (he explicitly says that weddings do not even require separate seating and all of his children had mixed-seating weddings).

    in reply to: MO Daf Yomi #1819686

    Avi K
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    Rav Soloveichik not only allowed women to learn Gemara but inaugurated the bet midrash at Stern College. He reasoned that today women have high-level secular educations so they need similar Torah education. This was really just a continuation of Bet Yaakov, which was also a big chiddush when it started. Whether it is permissible or not to have a mixed shiur is a question for a posek. Most of the shiurim at the OU Israel Center are mixed so I presume that there are those who allow it. In some communities there is separate seating with or without a mechitza.


    Avi K
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    It beats breaking the window, releasing the emergency brake and pushing it out. Once someone blocked the main path *there was a roundabout way) from my apartment to the main road. I wrote in large letters בור ברשות הרבים ע’ בבא קמא דף כח עמ’ א and put the paper under his windshield wipers. End of problem.

    in reply to: Jewish view on brittish elections #1816482

    Avi K
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    RR44,
    1. Are you saying that German Jews should not have opposed Hitler ym”s in the last few elections in Weimar Germany? As for leaving the country, polls already stated that. They also said that Hitler would not do everything he said once he was a leader as happens with many politicians.
    2. Actually, Rav Chaim Ozer and the Brisker Rav lived in what was then eastern Poland. At first it was under Soviet occupation. The former died before the German attack (which was actually Hitler’s first unbelievable mistake, the second being declaring war on the US). The fact that many gedolim were tragically wrong about not leaving is another discussion.
    3. I can think of several past and present leaders who are not outspoken antisemites or even closet antisemites. Trump. Reagan. LBJ. JFK. Macron. Thatcher.

    Joseph, what about trolls?

    in reply to: Yiddish at Siyum hashas #1816479

    Avi K
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    CTRebbe, am I correct in assuming that the last half percent understand neither English nor Yiddish?

    in reply to: Why can’t we log in on a CR any more? #1815758

    Avi K
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    Meno, you probably just did not log out the previous time.

    in reply to: Anti-Semitism Rise #1815375

    Avi K
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    The Meshech Chochma says that if Jews think that Berlin (or NY or Monsey or Lakewood) is their Jerusalem a great storm will come to uproot them.

    in reply to: Non-Jewish books #1813948

    Avi K
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    Rambam says explicitly in his introduction to Shemoneh Perakim that he learned from non-Jewish writings. There is wisdom among the other nations. Sometimes they even say more or lessthe same as rabbinic sources. For example, John Adams said that the US Constitution is only appropriate for a religious and moral people, The Netziv says in He’emek Devar that the mitzva to appoint a king was conditioned on the people asking for one because some generations need a king and some need a republican form of government. Great minds really do think alike.

    L’havdil

    in reply to: What are you doing this year on nittle nacht? #1813947

    Avi K
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    The reason for the minhag was that Jews were too poor to have many sefarim in their homes and it was dangerous to be outside at night. The first part no longer applies. The second applies every night in Brooklyn.

    in reply to: Non-Jewish books #1813576

    Avi K
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    CS, what are Torah values? What about a book that accepts the scientific theory of the age the universe and resolves the apparent conflict with Torah? As for novels, their interpretation is up for grabs. Once Agnon (what about his books or Shalom Aleichem’s?) was asked what he meant by something he wrote. He referred the questioner to a well-known literary critic. What about a non-Jewish book about someone overcoming obstacles?

    in reply to: What is the OTD situation in E.Y., how does it compare to the US? #1812862

    Avi K
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    Lakewhut, on the contrary, a very large percentage of Israelis are “traditional” which often means kiddush and hamotzi on Shabbat followed by TV/going to a soccer game, keeping kosher and even taharat hamishpacha. As for measuring OTD, in the RZ sector, in particular on settlements, many young people stay in the community and play by the rules in public while doing what they want in private. Do they count as OTDs?

    in reply to: No more excuses #1811868

    Avi K
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    K, when did Hashem tell you that? Ramban says that it is a Torah obligation in our time.

    in reply to: After the NJ shooting, what’s now? #1811831

    Avi K
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    How about coming home to Israel or at least starting to plan? That is the biggest avodat Hashem and includes everything else. According to Ramban all your avoda in Chul is onky practice.

    in reply to: Calling 311 on someone blocking your driveway is mesira #1811491

    Avi K
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    Joseph, it’s referring to someone whose objects are blocking your property. In any case, there is no issue of mesira in a democracy. It is a partnership of all of the citizens, both Jews and non-Jews. Even in authoritarian regimes t is permitted to turn over someone who is a public nuisance.

    in reply to: Calling 311 on someone blocking your driveway is mesira #1811368

    Avi K
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    RD, even you know that he is Jewish you can do anything legal to clear away his car. According to Halacha you can break his window, release the brake and push it away. The Gemara discusses this on Baba Kama 28a (daf koach).

    in reply to: No more excuses #1811040

    Avi K
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    Dor, on the contrary. If the pols are correct, he is just about the only one who can prevent another one and another one. Unless, of course, enough frum Jews make aliya to tip the election. Each (approximately) 37,200 is worth one Knesset seat.

    in reply to: Controversial opinion (T) #1808382

    Avi K
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    RE,
    1. Shaul did not prohibit it. Hashem prohibited it – and Shaul violated orders.
    2. The order to Shaul was a one-time mitzva.
    2. Who says that that was the reason?
    4. Not all of the enemies were Amalekites. Many were opportunists.

    in reply to: Do Animals Have Personality? #1808038

    Avi K
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    SpiderJerusalem, you have it backwards. Dogs and cats are honest. Pigs are hypocrits. They put their feet forward in a pretence that they are kosher. In fact, there is a Yiddish expression for a hypocrit “pigs have kosher feet”.

    in reply to: Controversial opinion (T) #1807071

    Avi K
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    K, you are correct. Only a gadol like Rav Kook can say it – and part of being a gadol is being an original thinker. Chazal say it regarding the אשת יפת תואר. We also see at the end of Megillat Esther it is noted that the Jews did not take booty. Yet in the Chumash it is clear that it was permitted.

    in reply to: Controversial opinion (T) #1806987

    Avi K
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    K, as a matter of fact, Rav Kook says that many things the Torah permitted were only meant to be temporary measures to ameliorate conditions which were too ingrained to be prohibited immediately or for emergency situations. Chazal, in fact, say that a man should not marry off his minor daughter. Tosafot explains that it was done in their time because of special conditions. Among these were the אשת יפת תואר and slavery. Similarly, in the time before the social safety net selling one’s daughter was a way to get her out of poverty where the father could not support her. Thus, whether or not it is wrong is subjective.


    Avi K
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    RD, who gave you a heter to read that publication? The fact of the matter is that many olim from Russia (in Russia, BTW, a Russian, that is to say his ID card lists him a “Russki” is someone who is ethnically Russian whereas a Jew is listed as a Yevrei – Hebrew) are Chareidim or RZ.

    in reply to: Why does my son’s Rebbi have a smartphone ? #1806248

    Avi K
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    Eliezer, what does that have to do with anything here? As for the subject of the thread, there are many rabbanim who use WhatsApp and SMS to answer questions. There is a Shabbat pamphlet here in Israel that features a WhatsApp advice column by a rav.

    in reply to: Why does my son’s Rebbi have a smartphone ? #1806120

    Avi K
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    Mod, I did not write all. I just asked about those who do. If that is smearing this whole thread is smearing.

    in reply to: Why does my son’s Rebbi have a smartphone ? #1805792

    Avi K
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    The Rebbe has a smartphone because he is smart. So fare as “domeh l’malach” is concerned, the Chatam Sofer says that just as a malach does not advance the rebbe gives up his advancement to teach.

    Smearing a population of klei kodesh based of a very minority group’s misbehavior is more about personal bias than truth. 

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    in reply to: Edah Haredit and Satmar #1803293

    Avi K
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    The EH is mainly Hungarian Yerushalmi Chassidim but there are different factions. There is even a Sephardic Eida Chareidit. There is a Wikipedia article in Hebrew if you are interested.

    in reply to: Havara or Havoroh #1801628

    Avi K
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    ZSK, why stop there? It is obvious that the tzaddi was originally pronounced as a hard “s” as in Arabic. The word in the Gemara for “stadium” is אצטדיון with the alef being added because our ancestors could not pronounce a sheva nach at the beginning of a word. One of the Baalei Tosafot is רבי אליעזר ממץ. In French it is pronounced “Messe”. In the neighboring German dialect, however, it is pronounced “Mets”. Apparently migration eastward caused Ashkenazim to change their pronunciation.

    in reply to: Havara or Havoroh #1801292

    Avi K
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    It is natural for language to have pronunciation differences. For example, “cancel” is pronounced “concel” in some places. Moreover, pronunciation of Hebrew was influenced by local languages. In the case of tav/sav it is apparently a hardening or softening of thav (which is the Yemenite pronunciation). We see, in fact, that this is the transliteration in Latin letters (e.h. Ruth). As for kamatz and patach, it is clear that the original difference was slight as Rabbenu Bachye warns against pronouncing them identically. It seems that some groups exaggerated the difference to avoid this whereas others gave up (although Rav Ovadia, Rav Kassin and others say that knowledgeable Sephardim differentiate).

    in reply to: Logical Marriage #1799229

    Avi K
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    Only if you are a Vulcan.

    in reply to: Worst US Presidents #1799011

    Avi K
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    Charlie, wrong. The quotas for Germany and Austria were far from filled. However, the Breckinridge Long ym”s sent instructions to throw up every possible bureaucratic obstacle.

    GRATEFULBLAC. JFK admitted that he was at fault. If so many people are the subject of conspiracy theories one could also say that he was doing many things right. However, he was a failure in the sense that he could not get bills through Congress. It took wheeler-dealer LBJ to do that. BTW, LBJ was a cynical, crooked politician. He won a Congressional election with more votes than registered voters. He also said in private about the Civil rights Act of 1964 that “now the n—–s will vote Democratic for 200 years”. On the other hand, he saved many Jews during the Thirties. Some say that his maternal great=grandparents were Jewish, which, of course, would have made him halachically Jewish.

    in reply to: Worst US Presidents #1798733

    Avi K
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    Yserbius, Grant did teshuva. He offered Joseph Seligman the Treasury Department. If Seligman had accepted he would have been the first Jewish cabinet member. Grant also was the first President to attend a synagogue dedication and expressed regret for his expulsion of Jews during the Civil War. However, he did not know how to choose people and was surrounded by corrupt individuals.

    Benignuman, on the other hand Wilson appointed the first Supreme Court Justice (Brandeis) over blatant antisemitic objections – he also appointed the first Jewish professors to Princeton. He also explicitly denigrated the Constitution, and especially the system of checks and balances, and fostered the administrative state. BTW, Lincoln also refused to listen to Chief Justice Roger Taney in Ex Parte Merryman and even wrote a letter telling him that it would have been a violation of his (Lincoln’s) oath of office to comply.

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