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    Park Heights. Greenspring. Ranchleigh. Belzer homes yeshiva lane. Dumbarton. The community of 4200 heimishe families is growing. Chai is now less frum oriented and more old age oriented. Director is MO. The best idea is to come for a Shabbos and walk around.

    in reply to: Brisk #1556361
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    Brisk learns Kodshim.

    in reply to: Anyone With Info On Sanz Chassidus? #1556165
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    Unfortunately you can now buy pre-made eggs and onion. Takes all of the fun (and risk) out of it.

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    TOP – the prices are going up in part because the Chassidishe Kollel and other people are moving in. Rabbi Tesser and others have established new young vibrant shul’s. The neighborhood was on the edge of decline only a few years ago. That being said you can still buy houses in Park Heights for under $180k. Brand new houses on Fords lane are $250k. On the other side of the community the houses are more like 350-450 you should come to Baltimore now, buy up a lot of property, and get in on the ground floor. The only directions at property values are going is up! Don’t forget that we have for ambulances with Hatzolah. A solid Eruv etc.

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    Midwest 2 +1
    I could not have said it better myself.

    in reply to: Baltimores chassidish community is growing by leaps and bounds!!!! #1554169
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    Yes Baltimore has chassidishe shechita.

    in reply to: Anyone With Info On Sanz Chassidus? #1553369
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    Why not go to a Tzanzer tisch? Also you should make eggs and onion for Shabbos day seuda, at the table.

    in reply to: confused #1537233
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    The kid was 100% correct. It doesn’t matter who says it – if it is true then be Mekabel. Adults get insulted when a kid gives them Mussar? Why? One reason – ga’avah. I am pretty sure that this guy who “happened to HAVE to check his phone” would have had the exact same response to any adult who told him to put it away. Smart phones are a sickness and their addiction is bad. Admit it and get help.

    in reply to: Looking for post high school yeshiva advice #1535325
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    TJ – Tiferes Yerushalayim / Rabbi Greenwald’s Yeshiva in Bayit V’Gan.

    in reply to: How do you keep your children interested @ the Shabbos Seuda #1534181
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    Words adding up to 7 in Mispar koton, in order of the seuda; Ner, Yayin, Challah, Dag, Maran, Bazar, Kugel (spelled chaseir). That’s at least 7 things.

    “He for example thinks one should eat Chulent at Melava Malka instead of the minhag Hamakon of Pizza (Because there is some “Holiness” of Chulent over Pizza)” – see Gemora Shabbos 119b I believe – the story of the egla tilsa – lechatchila one should eat freshly cooked bosor for Melava Malka (and wash).

    in reply to: How do you keep your children interested @ the Shabbos Seuda #1531714
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    Nobody sane will eat ptcha – thousands of people eat it and enjoy it. You might not. I don’t. That doesn’t make them insane.

    Having a food at the table that literaly makes you nauseous does not make a good seudah – incorrect. I despise liver but since my family and guests enjoy it, we serve it. Instead of being selfish and self centered maybe think more broadly.

    I see this argument is going nowhere and I don’t want to prolong the pain so I will refer those interested to the sources cited and for those who will zoom and eat nontraditional foods, I hope you enjoy your Shabbos too.

    in reply to: How do you keep your children interested @ the Shabbos Seuda #1531677
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    I don’t think speeding through the Seudos is a good idea or solution. The Seudos are there for our pleasure. If we don’t get pleasure from them, it’s us that is the problem – not the seuda. The Shabbos Seudos are supposed to be a 5 or 7 course meal. Fit for a King. Would the President zoom through his State Dinner so he can catch a ball game? Of course not. Shabbos in Baltimore must be different that in these places where people are dissatisfied with their Seudos. You all are welcome to come visit and enjoy.

    in reply to: How do you keep your children interested @ the Shabbos Seuda #1531674
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    I believe that it is the parent’s responsibility to steer the conversation towards “Shabbosdige” conversation – Parsha, Hashkofa – and not areas that are “Chol” or could easily lead to Loshon Hora. The Gemora clearly says “Lo Yehei diburecha b’Shabbos k’diburecha b’Chol (your speech should be different on Shabbos than weekdays). Indeed many Sefardim and others have a ta’anas dibbur on Shabbos and avoid all non-essential speech. This is codified in the Shulchan Oruch. Yes it’s a challenge but what the kids learn when they are young they mimic when they grow up. I heard that the Malachim don’t sing on Shabbos – that is left to the Yidden. So we should also sing a lot and there are wonderful participatory zemiros. On the issue of traditional foods, yes we can also serve foods the oilom likes but the foods we already eat are there for a reason. See the Shabbos Secrets book by Miezels. Many add up to 7 in mispar koton Gematria. As is usual in Yiddishkeit, the minhogim are there for a reason and to just discard them for our own reasons would be a mistake of tragic proportions.

    in reply to: How do you keep your children interested @ the Shabbos Seuda #1531649
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    OK the OP is obviously asking a serious question and isn’t getting straight answers. That’s so sad. Why don’t we take it seriously? Especially such a very important topic. How many of us actually enjoy the entire Shabbos seuda? I have been accused of schlepping out the Seudos and I may be guilty. But we do pack it full of games, Torah and zemiros. There are many resources in English and (even more) in Hebrew. First you can subscribe to many weekly Divrei Torah by email such as Rav Biderman and Meoros HaTzaddikim. They include stories which keep everyone interested. Shabbos Tisch is in pamphlet or Sefer form. Check the Feldheims website or Eichlers for English or Hebrew Shabbos stories. Rabbi Brull put out some great books with interesting stories of chesed. “4 Your Shabbos Table” and “Emes V’Emuna” are very good. In Hebrew I find the Rav Yitzchak Zilberstien seforim great – Aleinu LeShabeyach (also in English). His most user friendly IMHO is in Maaseh SheYayo form, called “Meah Shearim”

    in reply to: Meshulachim #1519678
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    Part of me wants to meet Joseph in the same room as the other CR personalities. Just to see the interactions.

    in reply to: Meshulachim #1519403
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    Baltimore pays $15 a day I believe.

    in reply to: shadchanim in America #1516603
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    Contact American shadchanim in Israel through the Mir. Rav Elefant knows many. Chanoch Teller used to do shadchanus also. The best shidduch is through friends anyways.

    in reply to: besamim that really smells #1513077
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    Fresh or dried out Hadassim work well.
    Go to Etz Bakbukim Kibbutz in Israel and buy a cured lemon in a bottle. The smell lasts for years.
    Buy a container of Besomim from the supermarket – Ner Mitzvah and others sell cloves.
    My favorite is to buy whole cinnamon sticks and crush them up.
    I actually know a few people who have no sense of smell and cannot say the Brocha on Besomim so we should appreciate what we have and use it well.

    in reply to: Questions for the experts #1510331
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    Why do I waste my time on inane posts like this one?

    in reply to: Shadchanus #1509700
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    There is a normative amount in each community.
    The Minhag in Yerushalayim – I have heard – was to give 1/3 of the shadchan gelt after the engagement, 1/3 after the Chuppah and 1/3 after the first child was born. Makes a lot of sense.
    Shadchan of course stands for “Sheker Dover, Kesef Notel”

    in reply to: Alarm clock shabbos #1509336
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    “The problem is hashmoas kol”

    – *A* problem is hashoas Kol but I doubt it can be heard outside. Another problem may be the Rav Moshe peak on using timers on Shabbos

    “And how will you turn it off?”

    – it used to be that almost all alarm clocks turn off after a minute. They still sell them.

    in reply to: Alarm clock shabbos #1509326
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    Rav Moshe

    in reply to: Yeshiva of waterbury #1509089
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    Rabbi Gluck in Monsey meets with boys and advises them on a wide range of Yeshiva options.

    in reply to: What if I don't want to buy back the chometz from the goy? #1501942
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    I’m not sure why Joseph doesn’t just learn Gemora Pesachim and the Shulchan Aruch etc. I think he’s just trying to start a conversation. Everyone agrees that the whole mechiras chometz is a halachic trick. It is truly a ha’ar’oma. Bitul b’alma sagi – from a Torah perspective Bitul is sufficient. All the rest is d’Rabbonon. Don’t forget that we also rent the part of the house / business that the chometz is contained in.

    in reply to: Challenge: Help Me Find an Intriguing Hagaddah #1495468
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    Rav Weinberg ZTZ”L from Ner Israel allegedly said it’s a Mitzvah d’Oraisa to buy a new Haggodah yearly as it is mekayem v’higadita l’vincha. We have a large collection – you are looking only for English or also easy Hebrew? Dubno Maggid mishaps? Stories?

    in reply to: How Careful Must We Be When Eating Out With A Hechsher #1491804
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    Star K has always required a mashgiach tmidi, although many Hechseirim do not. It’s not perfect but Star K also requires that the kitchen be locked and that the Mashgiach have the only key. The more failsafes built in the better.

    in reply to: He’s Hot, She’s Cold; Windows Open or Closed? #1483139
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    “It is nice to agree with yourself, is it not?”

    If there is anonymity then there is anonymity.
    If there is not, YWN might as well say so.

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    sweet fake cream sauce herring like shtiglitz.

    Why knock it? Some people love it. Also honey mustard.

    in reply to: How Was Vashti Killed? #1476701
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    Joseph:

    You are saying she was bumped off?

    in reply to: Single Malt Scotch #1473377
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    “I see idolaters everywhere”

    Uhhhh. Not sure what to say. Maybe read the Chazal that all avodah Zoran was uprooted and no longer exists?

    in reply to: Single Malt Scotch #1473339
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    idolater’s scotch – is this Purim Torah? So soon? Drink enough of any intoxicating beverage and bad things can happen. Chas v’shalom.

    in reply to: Single Malt Scotch #1473295
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    ” Why rely on a probably obsolete hazakah that a product is inherently kosher, when we can get the same product with certification from a proper kashrus agency.”

    Because it’s not the same product. Unlike Kosher wines, Kosher whiskey is not yet, unfortunately, even close to the quality of the non-hechshered brands.

    in reply to: Trief Recipe #1472421
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    Sushi: yes, it is included in “anything.”
    The Gemora says that noone eats raw fish but they do eat raw meat but as nowadays most people eat sushi, it is included. I personally eat deep fried sushi including banana sushi.

    in reply to: Trief Recipe #1472401
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    Chulent obviously predates whatever GHT is referencing by hundreds and thousands of years.

    in reply to: Trief Recipe #1472375
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    “You believe the Chazal means that if someone failed to eat General Tso’s Chicken or Chinese food in his life, he’ll be punished in Shamayim?”

    Yes. He / she must try it at least one time in their life (according to whatever shechita they hold).

    in reply to: Trief Recipe #1472327
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    Talmud Yerushalmi Kiddushin 48b

    in reply to: Trief Recipe #1472325
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    “Will people who fail to go bungee jumping have to give din v’cheshbon for that failure?”

    I’m sure you know the answer already as it is a well known ma’amer of Chazal I am quoting. It refers, I believe, to eating. Not jumping.

    in reply to: Trief Recipe #1471983
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    Chazal say that one who fails to try something permissible will face din v’cheshbon.

    in reply to: Clones In Halacha #1470772
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    Logically, any human with nishmas Chaim has a Neshoma. One question here is birth. Another may be yerusha. And Shidduchim may be a problem.

    in reply to: chillul hashem when praying? #1470343
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    I was on a plane and a “minyan” of Yidden actually blocked people who were IN the bathrooms from leaving. Huge chillul Hashem. Oh – they were frum women in the bathroom!

    in reply to: Jokes #1467566
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    Lasker: this is not a joke (Why did the shevotim circumcise the people of Shechem? When they are Jews no one cares.). It is pshat in the Parsha said by the Kli Yakar.

    in reply to: Blue Money #1467138
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    CTL: “they are offering to serve you a meal on their terms and you accept by placing your order…forming a meeting of the minds and a contract for goods/services.”

    Classic contract of adhesion.

    in reply to: The Outrageous Video #1466358
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    I think MDD1 is referring not to Rav Yehuda (who would get it to rain after only taking off one shoe) but rather to Adda Bar Abba who ripped off a non-tznius piece of clothing from upon a woman he thought was Jewish.

    in reply to: @Chabad Shluchah Please Explain Why Davening To/Betten a Rebbe is Okay #1465240
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    Toi – you don’t learn basic Gemora? there is a machlokes if neshomos know what is going on down here. I believe Brochos 18b. Also learn Derech Hashem about the olam haneshamos

    in reply to: Late Weddings: why do they get so late? #1463977
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    I’m glad to see that TLIK has become more polite, issued a semi-retraction and admitted the deep and holy sources of the Chassidishe minhogim. Whether the original language used was trash talk or not can be debated but I see we are heading in the right direction. I actually agree that many things are shlepped out too long and I’m happy to end this conversation. My comments were never aimed at TLIK but rather for the benefit of the CR oilom for balance. Looking forward to Adar and it’s Brocha for the Yidden.

    in reply to: Late Weddings: why do they get so late? #1463595
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    Question isn’t how my post was allowed. It’s how this was allowed: “chassidishe chasunahs … ritual … drone on … no one listening…”

    TLIK wasn’t paying attention to the Chosson weeping and doing Teshuva – which is very much the point and if it takes 5 or 10 or 20 minutes – so what? We are human not robots.

    How about this ad hominum attack on a Heilige minhag:

    “MItzvah tantz … drone on… eulogies.”. This is OK?

    ” I fail to see this as meaningful at all.”. OK so you are unlearned- instead-of learning you trash others.

    “obscene … cavorting as if engaged in some exalted exercise …”

    Then the last paragraph doesn’t qualify itself as being applicable to non-Chassidishe chasunahs, which is false and misleading.

    If someone doesn’t understand or appreciate something then maybe the problem is with them. My point is – why make fun or be hurtful?

    in reply to: Late Weddings: why do they get so late? #1462864
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    “The Little I Know” indeed knows very little.
    Demeaning the minhogim of Chassidim – in crass, rude terminology – reveals that TLIK is a bor. In the CR, TLIK is a bor bi’rishus Harabbim. I don’t envy it’s oilam Habah.

    in reply to: RV Rental NY to Orlando – One Way & Month Long #1456223
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    Mazal Tov on the celebration. Make sure they go to Niagara Falls. I’ve looked into renting an RV before and there are many options. none appear inexpensive. Cruiseamerica dot com and rvshare dot com are two options. There are many campgrounds that have water, electric and sewer hookups, and they may be able to find rest stops with them as well.

    in reply to: Yisroel or Yisrael #1454322
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    Chassidim pronounce most patach as an “oo” sound so it would be “Yisruel”

    in reply to: Refusing to take a get. #1453313
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    Disillusioned; Joseph is talking about a case where the husband is forced to give a Get, not a case where the marriage is annulled (which is extremely rare).

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