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  • 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).

    in reply to: Could we have dinosaurs if we wanted them? #1453226

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    curious: evolution / Hashem-guided changes – what’s the difference? Have you done any serious research on this? Rabbi Gottlieb books / lectures? Did you go read the Tiferes Yisroel? He was ecstatic when they found dinosaur bones because FINALLY the Medrash that says the world was created / destroyed, created / destroyed 364 times, now makes sense.

    in reply to: Could we have dinosaurs if we wanted them? #1453083

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    I apologize. The Mammoth was not a dinosaur and did not live during the Mesozoic era when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Mammoths were actually a member of the Eliphantidae family.

    in reply to: Could we have dinosaurs if we wanted them? #1453044

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    I don’t understand why people are not taking the question seriously. If we have dinosaur DNA (or a preserved wooly mammoth in ice) we could clone them. The trick would be the surrogate mother (elephants have been suggested). For those interested, the Tiferes Yisroel on mishnayos has, after Sanhedrin, a fascinating piece on dinosaur bones (which were discovered during his time) and in particular Wooley Mammoths (discovered in Baltimore!).

    in reply to: CDC/FDA alert on romaine lettuce #1444219

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    Ban or recall / warning?

    in reply to: Single State Solution for Israel #1443992

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    “but Hareidim dropped out of politics after Jacob Israel de Haan was murdered and currently only worry about survival and bits of patronage.”

    So hateful. I see Hareidim in politics in every country where they live. Making positive change. Akuperma is, however, an armchair critic who does nothing.

    in reply to: Single State Solution for Israel #1443850

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    how could it be the best solution for Israel if the non-Jewish population could eventually outnumber the Jewish population?

    in reply to: Parsha question- old age? #1442580

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    Ibn Ezra (to Gen. 46:27) argues that Yocheved was not in fact born when they entered Egypt, but some time later, so that she bore Moshe at a normal age.

    However, Ramban (ibid. v. 15) sharply disagrees with him (he goes so far as to use the semi-derogatory expression יוצק זהב רותח בפי החכם הזה!), and points out that since (a) Yocheved was the literal daughter of Levi (as per Num. 26:59), (b) 130 years passed from when they came to Egypt until Moshe was born, and (c) Levi was a grown man (in his forties) when they came down to Egypt – then there had to have been some kind of miracle here: either Levi fathered Yocheved, or Yocheved bore Moshe, at a very advanced age.

    So he goes on to distinguish between miracles that Hashem performs (as sort of “standard operating procedure”) to help righteous people or to destroy the wicked, which are not generally described explicitly in Tanach, versus those that are foretold by a prophet or an angel sent by G-d. Sarah’s being able to bear children at 90 – and this, after decades of infertility – is a miracle of the latter type; Yocheved’s bearing Moshe at 130 is of the former, and so it needn’t be described in the Torah.

    in reply to: Beis Hamikdash #1440294

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    I’m not aware that the begadim have to be made exactly as they were previously. The Gemora discusses them in great detail and the Temple Institute people have spent a tremendous amount of time and energy to do it right. You should contact them with specific questions.

    in reply to: Beis Hamikdash #1440287

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    It is a retaining wall for the Har HaBayis. The Beis HaMikdash stood on the Har Habayis. Just Google “map of har Habayis” and you will see the rough placement

    in reply to: Beis Hamikdash #1440266

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    Temple Institute(מכון המקדש) seems genuine. Their website and 3D tour of the Mikdash are spectacular. If you haven’t visited their Old City location, it is well worth it. They have made actual keilim as well as clothing for the Kohanim and give Kohen training classes.

    in reply to: Socks #1436377

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    “Modal” socks are unbelievably soft. Unfortunately they don’t last too long.

    in reply to: Explaining to girls that only boys light the Chanukah Menorah #1430271

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    אומרת הגמרא במסכת שבת (כג.) : “אשה ודאי מדליקה, דאמר רבי יהושע בן לוי: נשים חייבות בנר חנוכה, שאף הן היו באותו הנס”, כלומר: מדין הגמרא משמע שאשה ודאי חייבת בהדלקת נר חנוכה. בהמשך מציינת הגמרא שאשה מוציאה את בעלה ידי חובה אם הוא אינו שב לביתו. כך פוסק גם השלחן ערוך (או”ח תרע”ה ג’): “אשה מדלקת נר חנוכה, שאף היא חייבת בה” ומוסיף המגן אברהם (שם ד’) שהכוונה שאשה יכולה אף להדליק עבור כל בני ביתה ולהוציאם ידי חובה , ע”פ הדין בגמרא.
    יש מחלוקת בין האשכנזים לספרדים לגבי כמות החנוכיות שמדליקים למנהג המהדרין מן המהדרין המוזכר בגמרא. הספרדים הולכים בשיטת השלחן ערוך ע”פ התוספות (סימן תרע”א ב’) שמדליקים חנוכיה אחת בלבד עבור כל בני הבית.
    האשכנזים לעומת זאת הולכים בשיטת הרמ”א ע”פ הרמב”ם שלמנהג המהדרין מן המהדרין צריך כל אחד מבני הבית להדליק חנוכיה בפני עצמו. לשיטה זו לכאורה, אין סיבה לחלק בין איש לאשה וגם אשה חייבת כמובא בגמרא לעיל. אף על פי כן, פסק המשנה ברורה (תרע”א סק”ט), שאשה נשואה אינה כלולה בהידור של נר לכל אחד ואחד כיוון שאשתו כגופו ולכן אינה מדליקה נרות.
    זאת ועוד, המשנה ברורה (סימן תרע”ה סק”ט) מציין שלמנהג האשכנזים שכל אחד מבני הבית מדליקים, לא נהגו נשים להדליק נרות (ואפילו רווקות) מאחר והן טפילות לגברים, וזו לשונו: “… ועיין בתשובת עולת שמואל סימן ק”ה דלדידן שמדליקין כל אחד בפני עצמו מכל מקום אשה אינה צריכה להדליק דהויין רק טפילות לאנשים ואם רוצים להדליק מברכות דהוי כשאר מצוות עשה שהזמן גרמא דיכולות לברך”. טעמים נוספים ניתנו לכך שנשים לא נהגו להדליק נרות, כגון טעמו של החתם סופר שמאחר ועיקר המצווה הוא להדליק נרות “על פתח ביתו מבחוץ” ומאחר ו”כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה”, אין שייכות לנשים במצווה זו.

    in reply to: Explaining to girls that only boys light the Chanukah Menorah #1430173

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    I consider myself Chareidi and my daughters light menorah.

    in reply to: Artscroll Shas – English vs. Hebrew editions #1430053

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    How about everyone goes and learns Gemora (or Chumash or Nach or Medrash) instead of continuing to argue?

    in reply to: The Chumrah Song #1427898

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    I know of the Chumra song, Aveira songwriter, lose for Autism and an exercise one. Each is a masterpiece.

    in reply to: Question I don’t know the answer to :) 🤔 #1425828

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    This should read: “Question to which I do not know the answer” – otherwise “to” is a dangling modifier and we frown upon those.

    in reply to: Please prove me wrong #1423056

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    Why does it seem that “Lightbright” has way too much time on her hands? She seems to start seemingly inane discussions about random topics. Perhaps reading some hashkofa would be a better use of her time?

    in reply to: Door to Door Tzedakah #1421936

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    The Aguda / Rav Heinemann Teuda is laminated. It also has time / light sensitive labels embedded under the laminating That slowly turn color and show you when it is expired. Meshulachim are allowed to come once per year. They don’t all come evenly spread throughout the year. They sort of bunch together. And ish mipi ish more come every year. I’m sire NY gets tons more than us but Baltimore is known for a phenomenon: everyone opens their door and gives something, even if it’s not a lot. I heard that in one week a standard meshulach can bring in $2-3k. And the drivers are forced by Rav Heinemann to take only 25% not 33%.

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