A Woman Outside Brooklyn

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  • in reply to: Greatest JEW of the Decade Award #712230

    Got to agree with A600KiloBear about Lipa. In my case, because hearing Lipa’s music makes me very happy, watching him makes me very happy, and music makes me happy. And we all need to work on happiness in this crazy world!

    In addition, I’d nominate my Rav, not only for being a superb talmid chochim and posek, but for being such an important influence to our family.

    Can’t quite remember – but someone like The Forward, or one of those secular publications, publishes a “most influential Jews” list every year (also patterned after Time Mag). Here and there they actually have a frum yid listed.

    in reply to: Facebook and Twitter #690690

    Aren’t those of us who are commenting in the CR wasting our time also?

    in reply to: Facebook and Twitter #690678

    With regard to the moderator’s comments, yes, all of what you say is true. At one time I was doing a website for a synagogue, and used to monitor activity. Surely, in your role as a moderator for a site that can spark wickedness from some realms of society, you need to know who is saying what. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if you told me that there were times people posted threats and that you’ve interacted with law enforcement. This is part and parcel of your job.

    However, I still hold by my previous statement. Anyone who knows me in real life hears the same opinions as those I spout on this and other websites, Facebook, and in my emails. The things I shop for online are no secret either, or put another way, why would I care if someone knows what I buy? Everything is 100% legal. Now if I were a criminal, then I’d be more concerned…

    in reply to: Facebook and Twitter #690674

    Jules Polonetsky, co-chairman and director at the Future of Privacy Forum think tank in Washington, praised how the process resembles the way people decide what to share in their day-to-day lives. He said putting the controls “when you need it, right there, is far better than putting it in a privacy’ orhelp’ location” somewhere on the site.

    Facebook said that until now only 15 percent to 20 percent of its users have customized their privacy settings.

    To all present and future users of Facebook, read and reread the above two paragraphs. I’m part of the 15-20% that customizes their privacy setting depending upon which “group” of people I want to either have (or NOT have) access to information, such as posted pictures or events.

    As far as the information they’re gathering on me, they don’t have anything more then I give them. Ditto every other place on the web. Don’t “tell” someone online something you wouldn’t want them to know. Common sense prevails.

    in reply to: English Music #746410

    Aside from the Jewish customers, this particular pizza shop gets a lot of Hindus. And it’s not their holiday either.

    in reply to: Facebook and Twitter #690668

    This is an interesting subject to me. My teen and 20’s children all hold very much from R’Wallerstein’s position on Facebook, and wouldn’t go near it. For me, it’s a fun, easy way to keep in touch with myriad people from various parts of my life in one shot.

    Facebook allows you to set up lists, which consist of groups of people, such as a group for your family, coworkers, friends from school, etc. Then, you can set privacy rights where, for instance, your family can see more then your coworkers. And they’re enhancing the privacy settings as well. When I post pictures (mostly old pictures that are relevant only to a small group of my [real world] friends), I set the settings on those pictures so only that group can see them, and the pictures aren’t even visible to my friends friends.

    Just like you wouldn’t tell a friend in the middle of a store “we’re going on vacation for a week tomorrow”, you have to use common sense to protect yourself. When we went to Israel, I didn’t post a word about it till I was already back in the USA. Even when I went online from Israel, no one would have known.

    Another thing I do is I don’t respond to Friend Requests unless I know who the person is, or know they’re mutual friends of people I trust. Otherwise, that’s what the “ignore” button is for.

    Although the access to so many people could push someone OTD, the person referred to above was probably headed that way anyway.

    in reply to: English Music #746408

    Getting back to the original subject, here’s something annoying. I was in a kosher pizza shop last night. They normally have CBS-FM on in the background. And what were we subjected to as we had our dinner – Xmas music, albeit not their “religious” stuff, but still, totally inappropriate. I intend to tell the owner that he really should find an alternative station during this time of year. In fact, he could have put on Nachum Segal’s show at that hour of the evening!

    in reply to: How to Greet Non-Jews During the Holiday Season #671473

    As one of only three frum (and Jewish, for that matter) people in my department, my choice of greeting is “Enjoy your holiday”.

    Fortunately, my immediate coworker is a J’s Witness, and they don’t observe Dec. 25th since they consider it a pagan holiday. So I’m off the hook with her.

    in reply to: Silver Menorahs #669061

    All I know is that I sure am glad we bought our menorah about 10 years ago for $400. Because the same one now runs $1,000+. This is a larger menorah, that we figure will become a family heirloom. But you should be able to get a medium size for about $400-$800, depending on size and where you buy it. We buy a silver from a lady outside of Bklyn who sells out of her house. Much more reasonable then the stores on 13th Ave.

    in reply to: English Music #746393

    Yes, oomis1105, right on all counts.

    in reply to: English Music #746390

    Jothar, you’re right about that. However, the post that started this thread didn’t take issue with who composed the melody, but rather, if it were secular music or not. Or at least that’s what we think chesedname meant.

    If the gripe is using secular music for a Heimeshe song, then Veroba’s songs would also fall into the same category as Piamenta and Schlock Rock, and OMG, Lipa’s early stuff. Not to mention MBD’s “Yidden”, ‘cept that the latter wouldn’t bother chesedname because it comes from a German rock song, not an English one.

    in reply to: I have a BRILLIANT idea! #669508

    Has anyone read Susie Garber’s book, “Denver Dreams”? She is a frum woman, with degrees from Columbia University in writing (she has also authored books on teaching writing skills). Which is to say that there are frum people who can write. In English, not Yeshivshe.

    in reply to: English Music #746388

    Getzel said

    I was in France in a store i heard the radio playing a song [Goiysher words] that sounded familiar

    i then realized it was Piamentas “Asher bara sason vsimcha chatan vkalla”

    Thats called HORRIBLE

    What he/she most likely heard was a song by an Australian group called “In the Land Down Under”. Piamenta took the tune and made their “Asher Bara” song.

    Using this above pretext, would you therefore ussur Gershon Veroba, who also uses secular melodies – such as the Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” becoming “I Wanna Hold My Land”, and also Lenny Solomon and Shlock Rock?

    in reply to: I have a BRILLIANT idea! #669473

    We could try something my friends and I used to do, years ago. Have one person start a story with a paragraph or so (or we could use ronrsr’s scenerio, and then each person who wants to, adds a paragraph. It’s very interesting to see how the story develops as it makes its rounds from one participant to another.

    Anyone game?

    Re Faye Kellerman – the Ritual Bath is very clean, not problematic for most frum readers. As the series continued, however, the cursing became more prevelent, and the fact that Rina is Orthodox became less significant.

    in reply to: What Newspaper / Magazine do You Read / Trust Most? #681649

    Yated for its “Noted & Quoted” because it’s a comprehensive collection of all the nonsense politicians spew.

    News? I get a bit of it here, Arutzsheva, and sometimes the Jewish Press. Eventually I get around to picking up Mishpacha just so I can keep up on the serials that everyone talks about. I used to get Time Magazine, but cancelled for obvious reasons. Once upon a time the general media supported Israel, since that was the “liberal” position. Things surely have changed.

    We used to get the NY Post, but it was too time consuming pulling out inappropriate content on a daily basis.

    in reply to: National Wholesalers Liq. Going out of business #666262

    NWL has reopenned in several locations – including the one in Queens. But I don’t see the Boro Park location listed. Personally, it was a better store when it was G & Sons. I bought a set of cookware there that I still use for Pesach.

    in reply to: An End To Accident Pictures #1021035

    You have my vote also. There are so many worthy things to have photos of – Gedolim, simchas, and so forth. Let those who, nebich, were in the accident alone. They have enough to deal with.

    in reply to: Choosing a Seminary #852750


    Sorry, I have a long name. But I’m sure all readers figured out the gist of what I was saying.

    in reply to: Choosing a Seminary #852748


    To my understanding, Rabbi Kurland started Chochmas as his answer to the BY seminaries such as Bnos Chava, BYA, Haddar – and therefore, seeks the same type girls as apply for the others.

    By the way, to our original question poster – you may also want to look into Peninim.

    in reply to: Choosing a Seminary #852746

    It’s hard to believe that it took so long to mention Afikei. OK, here’s the scoop on it – I know it well because my neice attended it.

    It’s part of the Chochmas Lev/Darchei Bineh family. It’s definitely BY hashkafa, but does take girls (especially from OOT and overseas) who did not necessarily attend BY’s (my neice did attend one in NYC). It is not at all a MO seminary, and has the same hanhala (among them, Rabbis Orleweck, Orlofsky, Lauffer, Taub) as the other two. The main difference is that the girls are more the type who like to really discuss things, instead of just read text and take everything as is. It was a wonderful group the years this girls went, and she loved it so much that she, and 15 others went back for Shana Beis.

    Please do your daughter a big favor and look into it. The girl I know who loved it said one of the key differences to her was that it didn’t feel like seminary was just an extension of high school, but rather, a whole new approach to chinuch.

    in reply to: Problem to Look at X-Mas Lights? #1204925

    Back at the beginning of this thread, someone brought up the subject of wishing goyim a “happy holiday”. Personally, since I work with them, I think it’s the appropriate greeting, and they always wish me Happy Chanukah. Surely we’re allowed to say Jesus, ever work with a hispanic fellow named (pronounced as) Haysuss?

    When he was very little, my oldest son would point at Santa decorations and ask if it were the Kohan Gadol! Don’t worry, he grew out of it.

    My husband is at Yeshiva learning tonite. We’re not Chassidish, so we don’t have that minhag.

    Not only don’t the goyim know when this dude was born, but nothing was even written about him till about 400 years after he died, right?

    in reply to: Should The CR Have Sports Threads? #831570

    Interesting that this topic came up during the Chanukah season. After all, who is it that glorified sports and invented the Olympics? The Greeks, of course.

    in reply to: Should The CR Have Sports Threads? #831561

    No one ever clarified whether this potential thread (which is a thread anyway) would be about Yidden playing sports because they need exercise and particularly among the youngsters, recreation.

    Or is it about professional sports, as in “Let’s Go Mets!”?

    I’m glad in our community we have a yeshiva little league program that allows boys in grades 3-8 to play ball on Sunday afternoons. They really need an outlet, and team sports can teach a lot about proper middos as well.

    in reply to: High School Crisis #643344

    A neighbor sends her son to cheddar in Williamsburg where there are no secular studies. She hired a tutor who teaches this boy one-one-one, and turns out this young man (he’s about 15 now) is a genius. Unfortunately, probably 90% of his class will never find out whether they are budding geniuses as well.

    One more successful dropout – Bill Gates, but from college, not HS.

    There is something completely wrong with our “system” if we’re discouraging our sons from being educated. As I’ve told my BM age sons many times, after learning all day, college level coursework will be easy. And you know something, the boys who are doing CLEPs and TTI are acing their exams, ditto those doing college online. And that’s also why some yeshiva guys have gone straight to law school with only a BTL.

    in reply to: Help Choosing a Camp #878847

    My sons, at different times, have attended Agudath (Catskills), Dora Golding (Poconos) and Mogen Av.

    We’ve also heard rumors, probably caused by that rasha Madoff’s scandals, that Mogen Av was closing. I called the office today, they said everything is fine.

    in reply to: Magazine for Yeshiva Students (Males Ages 13-18) #628061

    A brother to Yaldah because you hope to also win $100,000?

    in reply to: Screen Names #1175528

    BTW, Brooklyn19, glad you picked up on my joke, LOL. But seriously, I don’t like the idea that so many people in Brooklyn think that they are IT in terms of frumkeit and the rest of us are krum. And such famous shidduch inquiries such as “does the mother use paper plates, and/or stack dishes” seem to have come from there to the outer boros. And driving in Boro Park, ouy vey!

    in reply to: Screen Names #1175519

    Some of my favorite people live in Bklyn….

    in reply to: Screen Names #1175517

    Because I don’t live in Brooklyn, and I’m quite glad about that.

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    in reply to: Top Yeshivas #631577

    We have two sons in Chofetz Chaim in Kew Gardens Hills. This is a yeshiva that produces young men with amazing middos and a desire to give back to the K’al. It’s not surprising that so many of these guys go into kiruv and chinuch.

    The Yeshiva has several branches such as WITS in Milwaukee, Valley Torah in LA, Torah Chaim in N. Miami Beach, PTI in Vancouver, a new branch in Dallas, and, of course, in Yerushalyaim. The RY, Reb Henoch Leibowitz zt”l believed in going into communities where there was a need for greater Torah learning and starting out by building mesivtas and Beis Medrashes. The present RY, Reb Dovid Harris Shlita, founded the branch in Rochester.

    in reply to: Whats For Supper Tonight? #627726

    Wow, I’m so glad I also clicked away from the news and saw this thread. Thursday is pizza night in our house (which sometimes actually means things like tuna melts, but as long as it comes from the pizza shop and not my kitchen, I don’t care). Usually Sunday night we indulge in meat, Mon. is Shabbos leftovers, Tues. is pot luck, Wed. is pasta.

    My daughter makes a wonderful squash soup. Two peeled butternut squashes, 2 soup carrots, 2 sweet potatotes, season to taste (we like a little brown sugar), and cook till tender with water to cover. After it’s all cooked, use the immersion blender. It’s very filling and yummy!

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