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  • in reply to: COVID Vaccine and Fertility #2007875
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    ubiquin really hit it on the head. I will add the reverse also: there are virtually no studies which discuss the vaccine’s correlation to causing alzheimers. there are no studies comparing whether or not the vaccine causes muscular sclerosis or lung cancer.

    in reply to: Please explain Ivermectin #2005376
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    Orech, osteopathic medicine believes you can treat one part of the body to heal another. The discipline has been at “war” with pharmaceutical medicine about your very question over the past 150 years. It will not be resolved by a bunch of us dummies here in the coffee room.

    in reply to: Cheilek Eloak Mima’al #2002434
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    I don’t think too many non-chabadnicks interpret it as literal as you charge. The concept is kabbalistic in nature and therefore, obviously, not literal. Except for chabad and maybe some other chassidut.

    in reply to: Why can’t we TALK??? #1999647
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    Quite frankly, the unconstitutional silencing of certain point of views (e.g., anti-vax) actually hurt the sane arguments on the other side.

    Let me explain:

    First of all, it is unconstitutional. I know, I know. Twitter, Facebook are private. But when private companies have swallowed up 75%+ of the public discourse arena then constitutional protections must extend to them, as well. Its plain logic.

    More importantly, as a free society we encourage public discourse – partly because of its evolutionary ability to sift out the garbage. It does not happen right away but eventually, nonsensical arguments like those espoused by the anti-vaxxers are exposed for the utter garbage that they are. Without the dialogue, this will never happen and the garbage arguments will forever remain hidden beneath the surface waiting to trap its next victim.

    Free Speech NOW!

    in reply to: Taking bets re Israel’s government #1983045
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    we should all prepare for elections to take place around chanuka time.

    in reply to: COVID VACCINE FOR CHILDREN #1980110
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    shomershabbat: i agree 10000% with your comment.

    As for the vaccines, I do not seriously fear them for my kids but I really do not see the point of having healthy children vaccinated for a disease that does not affect healthy children. There is virtually zero risk to children from COVID and those who are at risk are getting vaccinated.

    All of my children have always been up to date on all vaccines but I just do not see any medical benefit in having healthy children vaccinated against Covid.

    Now, there may be social benefits to having the kids vaccinated and since i do not fear the vaccines I most likely will have them vaccinated if that’s the only way we can fly without masks or get into certain countries or venues but from a medical standpoint I really do not see the need at all.

    in reply to: The 5% Prime Minister #1980014
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    essmeir: avraham burg also wore a kippa. Gilad Kariv also wears a kippa. Have you forgotten about Tzvia Greenfeld? Please.

    in reply to: The 5% Prime Minister #1979481
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    Come on, if you think Yishai’s goals are any different than his father’s you are sadly mistaken. Yishai just knows how to present his platform to the public in a package more readily received. Tommy was a boor and Yishai is Hollywood. That’s the only difference. That rat-toothed punk Bennet knows this too. He simply does not care.

    I hope that after Sharon, Olmert and now Bennet/Shaked, religious Jews have learned their lesson to never trust a secular rightist. A secular rightist is either a fascist, a Xenophobe or, in the best case, a leftist in disguise. If nationalism means that much to the religious voter, they have Smotrich or Otzma to choose from. Otherwise, vote chareidi. Stop getting suckered by secular rightists.

    in reply to: The 5% Prime Minister #1979221
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    Health. In through the nose, out through the mouth. Israel always stands a chance because of hashem. There are some politicians who spit on Torah learning and many more who cherish it and as a result there is more Torah being learned today in Israel (with substantial governmental subsidy) than there ever was. Look we are all upset that rat faced bennet showed his true colors but seriously, relax. Hakol Tov veyihyeh yoter tov mizeh.

    in reply to: The 5% Prime Minister #1979102
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    tommy was the father yomach shemo. this move will only strengthen likud in the next elections.

    in reply to: Israel – acting rashly? #1973218
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    The time is as follows: the (very leftist, pro-Arab) Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the 1956 takeover of a Jewish home by Palestinians in Sheik Jara was illegal and its tenants are squatters. In response to a legal ruling, the Arabs of Shiek Jara resorted to violence and began stoning Jews from Beit Yisrael and randomly beating Yeshiva students in public. That caused a jewish organization called Lehava to come to the defense of the yeshiva boys. In response, Arabs in Al Aqsa started firing fireworks and throwing rocks from inside the mosque at jewish worshippers at the kotel below. All these videos you see of weapons explosions in Al Aqsa are arabs firing fireworks not israeli law enforcement officers. Hamas then began bombarding Israel with rockets even though it knows that it has no means of stopping retaliatory strikes. Hamas, essentially is willing to concede Arab live in Gaza in order to gain popularity in the streets.

    in reply to: Thank Biden for Helping Hamas #1973010
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    GH: your comment is way out of line. To blame Israel for having rockets fired on itself is a shameful, immoral and unethical take on what is happening there. Shame on you.

    in reply to: Rebbetzin Without A Rov? #1971841
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    ujm touched upon an important point. The Hareidi world has always recognized female rabbis (Reb’ Yemima Mizrachi, for example. the woman mentioned by yserbius, another example). We simply used the term we already had in place for the wives of Rabbis and applied it to female rabbis. Is the difference between the Hareidi world and the open orthodox world on this issue just a matter of semantics?

    in reply to: Any of the CR Dems Want to Defend Kerry? #1969024
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    From what I have read, in a public setting, Israel told Iran that Israel has run hundreds of operations in Syria. Was this information not known to anyone and everyone in the world?

    in reply to: Why liberalism is against the torah #1966021
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    catch yourself: very well said.

    in reply to: Why liberalism is against the torah #1965981
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    With respect to the death sentence, many liberals I know believe that in a world operated by the sanhedrin we can have the death penalty (once every seventy years) but in this terribly flawed justice system, the death penalty should never play a part.

    in reply to: BORSALINO VS. HATBOX #1963041
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    the beaver brand is (ironically) usually made of low quality rabbit. borsalino has a beaver line as do many others. i believe every roche is a blend of mostly beaver + some rabbit and they also do a pure beaver.

    in reply to: BORSALINO VS. HATBOX #1963016
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    The truth about hats: hats are made of a natural material – fur- so it is very hard for a company to mass produce and keep quality the same year over year. Some years, one brand may find a good fur provider and other years a different brand will have found the best provider. Therefore, brands do not matter. Instead, first you need to ask, is this beaver fur? rabbit fur? Beaver is usually better than rabbit but not all furs are the same. Feel it with your hand. Run along the felt and test its snap and thickness. I have seen gorgeous borsalinos and ugly ones. Gorgeous Roches and uglies. Same for every brand.

    in reply to: Here we go again! #1960835
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    Netanyahu has been great but having someone serve as prime minister indefinitely is not good for the country no matter how great that person is. In a country of 7.5 million Jews there is no one else that can be prime minister. Come on. Now is the time for Bibi to plan his successor.

    in reply to: Here we go again! #1960710
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    coffee addict; i think you are correct but it makes no sense. I love him and he has been great but there are other talented people in israel. he needs to be thinking about a way to end his legacy on a high and this would be the perfect way. plus he will rule for another 3-4 years. i don’t get it.

    in reply to: Here we go again! #1960653
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    This deadlock can easily be overcome. New Hope and Likud have the same exact values. The only reason New Hope exists is because of a personal problem with Netanyahu. If Netanyahu makes the following offer to New Hope; join us and I promise to never run again in another election for the rest of my life, New Hope will get what it wants: an end to the reign of King Netanyahu. You will then have a right-wing government as follows: Likud 30 + Shas 9 + Yamina 7 + UTJ 7 + New Hope 6 + Religious Zionist 6 = 65.

    Netanyahu can then “leave on his own terms” and work over the course of the next government to set up his chosen successor. New Hope would achieve its goals of ending the Netanyahu run, the people of Israel who have now voted over and over again for a right/religious government can get what they want, Lieberman will become irrelevant and disappear overnight – its a win/win/win/win.

    in reply to: Get Refusal #1957960
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    ujm: so would it be true then that when organizations and people target a person for not giving a get, what they are really doing is targeting him for being a msareiv but essentially they are permitted to target him? would it not also then be true that if, lets say, a mother of a “get refuser” is given a hazmonos beis din but she is msareiv (or is it msarevet?) beis din then the mother must suffer the same negative consequences?

    in reply to: Get Refusal #1957703
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    ujm: what if the husband refuses to go to beis din? because that is what happens in 99% of aguna cases. then how long after he refuses to go to beis din is he considered a “get refuser?” or he plays the system by agreeing to one beis din and then setting a trial date and then not showing up and arguing that he wants a different beis din (which is not even permitted by halacha). what then?

    You gave a very nice halachic explanation but it is not very practical.

    in reply to: Get Refusal #1957707
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    syag: whats more, a lot of women who first enter the world of divorce are very frightened that they will become agunas and this fear, perhaps, causes them to jump the gun so to speak, and start howling about a get, long before the time comes. ive seen that happen a lot.

    in reply to: The Golden Trump #1953053
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    CTLawyer: lets not pretend art had anything to do with the music. He was a tag along because of his golden voice. You’re quoting Paul.

    in reply to: Is Sherry Cask Scotch kosher? #1947564
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    Baltimore Maven: I havent looked at the crc article being cited here by others in a long while but i remember a footnote in it saying r’ heineman was mattir although i think in practice the star k does not allow it in order to placate the kanoyim.

    Also, I have previously heard the arguments by those who claimed that r’ moshe was not really mattir and did not find them very compelling at all. I have a longer list of those who were mattir but I only write those that it was publicized that they were mattir.

    Harambam hilchot Maachlot Asurot 11:15 is clearly mattir. The Gemoroh Avoda Zara, daf chaf tes, which he bases his ruling on also is pretty clear that it is permitted. The S”A in siman kuf lamed zayin, sif daled also is meikil.

    Gadolhadora: that is not how halacha is made.

    in reply to: Is Sherry Cask Scotch kosher? #1947297
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    according to rav moshe, rav miller, rav heineman, rav ovadia (and others) it is ok. according to rav belsky it is not ok.

    in reply to: Where is Yeshivas Kodshim of Lakewood located? #1946750
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    San Francisco.

    in reply to: terrorist coup mob unable to fly #1937464
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    charliehall: we have seen two giant assaults on our democracy this past week. a bunch of hillbillys committing the low level crime of trespass and the four largest tech corporations banding together to silence thought. Which was, in your view, poses a greater threat to (1) liberty and (2) yidden?

    in reply to: Techeiles and Bal Tosif #1934959
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    An Israeli Yid: Its funny because I know a number of american chareidi gedolim who wear tekhelet under their clothing and hide it away for the same reason R’ Belsky mentioned. I find it funny when I hear their talmidim go off the rails defending the (really nonsensical, imo) position that its assur to wear it. I do not divulge what i know in honor and reverence of the gedolim but i still find it hysterical.

    in reply to: President Trump Releases Jonathon Pollard From Parole to go to Israel #1933804
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    ujm, trump is a good man and a great president but he had nothing in the world to do with this. pollard served his full 30 years and then his full 5 years probation. i have found no evidence, anywhere, which supports your claim that it was “widely” expected that pollard’s parole was going to be extended – nor did I hear anything of that sort mentioned at any time in the past – and this is an issue that is close to my heart and which i follow closely.

    in reply to: Fastest Way To End The Pandemic #1933801
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    participant: to avoid the fine, no one will get tested and people who could have been treated early will die because they did not get tested.

    that is the shortest reason among a very long list of reasons why this may be the worst idea i ever heard of in my life to address any problem ever. The worst.

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    Abba S is right on point! I was thinking the same thing.

    OP wrote: “Time for the Trump cult to admit that it lost. Badly” – i do wish trump would stop with the stolen election nonsense BUT those people you call the “trump cult” are actually half of the population of the US and 75-80% of Jews in this country (please note, i do not consider most american jews to be jews -as they are not halachic jews nor do they have any affiliation to judaism nor do they practice any religion- hence the 75-80% number). they are not a cult. they are half of america and most of the people you associate with. they include intelligent, smart, rational, caring men and women. they are your chavrussa, your shochet, your doctor, your neighbor and your rabbi.

    Trump did not lose badly by any measure. 10,000 votes here and 10,000 there. statistically, it was a tie. it went to game 7 and biden won in extra innings. half of this country will feel like they do not have a president for the next four years just like half of this country did not have one the last four.

    OP, like many democrats and republicans alike, has a very difficult time acknowledging the strength and popularity of the other side. The failure to acknowledge the existence and legitimacy of the other side is as dangerous to the future of this country as trump’s failure to acknowledge that he lost. People like OP (and Trump, for that matter) need to stop tearing this country apart at the seams.

    in reply to: Esav and Trump, Red and Orange #1916157
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    A more appropriate analogy would be Achashverosh. A rude, self-centered clown who fell tuchis-backwards into policies that saved the jews from the anti-Semites and began the process that led to the rebuilding of yerushalayim and the temple. Maybe that’s what the definitely not blind gedolim see.

    in reply to: Vote wearing red Trump tie #1916158
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    do we also have to wear it down to our knees the way he does?

    in reply to: Better Not To Say Kaddish #1915998
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    wolf: leave it up to god to allocate where your prayers go and whom they benefit. just because you think you are saying a prayer “for such and such” does not make it so.

    in reply to: Better Not To Say Kaddish #1915960
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    ujm: there is a custom not to say kaddish before you are required to do so but it is not halacha. in fact, al pi din, kaddish is just a prayer and anyone can pray.

    wolf: it says “kol haneshama tehalel yah” that includes you.

    in reply to: character vs policy Which is more important? #1915730
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    Achashverosh had a lousy personality but his policy was good for the jews. If the story of purim happened in some enlightened western town instead of shushan there would have been a loud cry from certain segments of the jewish population to reject the assistance of such a flawed character.

    in reply to: RIGHT WING LEFT WING BLABLABLA #1914759
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    I agree. The media points to the imperfections of the candidates and labels them evil. This is true of all politicians. How many times have you heard trump or Biden or Hillary are evil? They are not evil just imperfect.

    Do you know when we will get a perfect candidate? When Mashiach comes. Until then we will always be choosing from a group of imperfect people.

    in reply to: If Trump Wins Reelection #1914445
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    Gadolhadorah: I reject this idea that we are choosing the lesser of two evils or that we did so last time. The same bogus media that sullies Trump has sullied the reputation of two long-time public servants. Yes, none of them are perfect but that does not make them evil. Trump is not evil. Biden is not evil. Hillary is not evil. I wish people would stop with this nonsense. I will be voting based on hakaras hatov principles and daas torah for an imperfect man who has done some great things. I also like the other candidate’s character and moderate approach to government and can see myself voting for him, too, if not for the aforementioned reasons.

    in reply to: Should People Test More, or Less? #1909346
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    Always_Ask_Questions: I really appreciated your post. I find it hysterical that these people who purposely stunt their science education at the fourth grade now come forward and pontificate about a brand new virus that no one knows anything about. What a bunch of funny people. Like how they don’t want to wear masks because they don’t want to look funny but the men walk around in public with white tights and a fur hat in summer with no shame. Funny people.

    That said, I would encourage 11219 and all the others to lift these gzeiros which ARE unfairly targeting MY funny people by doing a simple thing: every single person who already had the virus in March/April should go today and get tested. Not a one can be positive. You will dilute the positives and get your percentage to where they claim it needs to be in order for them to leave us alone.

    in reply to: Total misuse of the word Tikun Haolam #1905850
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    Most reform “jews” claim to be liberal, tolerant and loving of others but there is no belief system that is more the opposite of these ideals than reform’s idea that judaism is “tikkun olam.” as if the jews are the only ones who want to make the world a better place and as if you cannot be a good human unless you are a tikkun-olam-jew. There are many, many more good-hearted people trying to improve the world who are christian and muslim than there are such people who are jews. the jews do not have a copyright on being good-doers.

    I once heard r’lamm ztl explain it this way: God made a covenant with noach, avraham avinu and moshe rabbenu. With noach, applicable to all mankind: be a good person and make the world a better place; with avraham: love for the land of israel and with moshe, the torah. to be a yid, you need all three, but the first one is not exclusively jewish.

    in reply to: Jews should be voting for Ohev Yisrael #1905807
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    jack and charliehall: the quotes from the standup bit mcinnis did in israel in 2017 are not fair. he was in israel on a pro-israel comedy tour and was doing standup comedy. yes, it was beyond our tastes for humor but it did not cross the line that is accepted (letza’areinu harav) as valid in the comedy circles. Among my sins, I enjoy listening to the comedy stations on siriusxm all the time and trust me, this is par for the course. I suppose people see it as acceptable because it is in the context of someone trying to be funny and is clearly someone overexaggerating things for the sake of humor. Whatever the case, it was very clearly said tongue in cheek and when taken in context was not hate speech. Mcinnis is not an anti-Semite.

    in reply to: Cancel the remaining debates #1905792
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    tachles: i very much liked president obama but he completely undermined the arab spring which was a real opportunity for change in the middle east. instead, he empowered the muslim brotherhood and iran for no noticeable reason. while obama was a huge supporter of israel and i am grateful for it, trump goes far and above. in other words, trump can tell the difference between good and evil while president obama could not. and biden is to left of obama on foreign policy and israel (shamelessly condemning israel for building apartments in ramot and gilo, for example).

    jerusalem and the golan is tachles. UAE and Bahrain is tachles. reducing the tax burden on large families is tachles. rubashkin is tachles. justice reform is tachles. creating the best economy of my working life is tachles.

    as for the proud boys, i do not view them as a white supremist organization.

    i am, like most decent people, disturbed by trump’s strongman, bullying tactics but i will hold my nose and vote for tachles.

    in reply to: Trump Endorsing White Supremacists #1905788
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    Wallace: You have repeatedly criticized the vice president for not specifically calling out antifa and other extremist groups. Are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities, as we saw in Kenosha and as we’ve seen in Portland?

    Trump: **Sure, I’m willing to do that.**

    Wallace: Are you prepared to specifically—?

    Biden: Do it.

    Trump: I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing.

    Wallace: So what are you saying?

    Trump: I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace.

    Wallace: Well, then do it, sir.

    Biden: Say it. Do it. Say it.

    Trump: You want to call them—what do you want to call them? Give me a name. Give me a name.

    Wallace: White supremacists and—

    Trump: Who would you like me to condemn?

    Biden: Proud Boys.

    Wallace: —and Proud Boys.

    Biden: Proud Boys.

    Trump: Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what, I’ll tell you what. Somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left. Because this is not a right-wing problem. This is a left-wing problem.

    in reply to: NON CORONA TOPIC: Why would anyone voted Biden #1905786
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    lets be fair. trump was asked to denounce white supremacy and he did. he then instructed proud boys to stand down and standby. perhaps like me, trump does not view the proud boys as a white supremacy organization.

    my takeaway from last night: trump was a bully and reminded me why i dislike his personality and hope and pray none of my children look up to him as a role model. at times, i felt bad for biden who just looked like an old man being bullied. as biden spoken i learned that he is really not a very articulate person and i also began to fear putting this recovery into his hands. even more than the fear i have of trusting biden with the recovery, i began to yearn for a recovery in the hand of a trump presidency, whose strength projected poorly in general but well in when it came to the economy. I also saw trump speak enough about liberal causes, like justice reform, that assuaged my overall left-leaning politics. i began to see a vote for biden as taking a huge risk economically, in order to further liberal agendas I believe in. Sof davar, the decision on my vote, which is ultimately based on hakarat hatov, did not change.

    in reply to: NON CORONA TOPIC: Why would anyone voted Biden #1904666
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    Akuperma: I respectfully disagree with your analysis from a tax/welfare perspective for the following reasons:

    1) Child tax credit – Under prior administrations, the child tax credit was $1k per child. Under Trump it became $2k. Under the prior administration, the credit began to dissipate at an income of $150k. Under Trump it dissipates at $400k. We all know that frum families can use the child tax credit not only because of the size of frum families but also because frum families are generally at a much higher income than the general population. The direct savings to the frum world is tremendous and quite frankly the savings trickle on to the mosdos. A frum person with 7 kids and an income of $200k is putting an actual $14,000 directly into his own pocket because of Trump.

    2) Assistance: while government assistance is helpful, it is much more vital to people without a community structure. BH we have each and other and Satmar. We believe in chessed. We believe is Tzedaka. We take care of our own.

    So while there certainly will be many frum Jews who did not benefit from the Trump structure, when taken as as a whole, Trump’s tax plan fits much better with the frum community.

    in reply to: The End of the Medina #1903605
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    Hakatan: I suggest you read as much Amir Hetzroni as your stomach can tolerate. He very much holds the views that the Brisker Rav (rightfully) was thinking about when talking about the Zionists and (rightfully) abhorred. He very much stands for all the values rejected by the Torah world when Zionism was created. But he calls himself either “post Zionist” or “anti zionist.” That is because in his mind, the state of Israel represents Zionism and he is against the current values of the state of Israel.

    So if a person (Chetzroni) who subscribes, to the T, to all of the horrible things that you accuse Zionism of being, considers himself anti-Zionist because he is anti-Israel, this means that today, the State of Israel is the antitheses all of the horrible things you think of when you hear the word Zionist.

    In essence, this is yet another piece of evidence that Zionism ended when the state of Israel was created. The evidence is actually overwhelming but I am afraid that to lay it all bare is not appropriate for a Coffee Room post.

    You will not understand this post after the first read – it would be unfair of me to expect you to be able to. I suggest you read as much Hetzroni as you can and then come back and re-read this post and then you will be the first person to move to Israel – the land slowly but surely becoming more and more, every day, the land of Torah and Kedusha and Am Yisrael.

    in reply to: The End of the Medina #1903540
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    HaKatan: The Zionists were members of an organization that was started in Europe in the 1897 and ended in 1948 with the creation of the state of Israel. The organization’s stated purpose was to the create a homeland of the Jews. With the creation of the state, the purpose of the organization became moot.

    Many people who were members of this Zionist organization went on to take ruling positions in the state of Israel but most of them are now dead. There are some people, born after Zionism ended in 1948, who subscribe to the same values of this now defunct organization but they are very few in number.

    In fact, the values of the Zionists are now widely accepted, in Israel, as corrupt and disgusting. As proof, take a look at how the Israeli public views the one person who, to this day, proudly continues to proclaim these values as truths: Professor Amir Chetzroni. He is a pariah.

    Those people in power in Israel today are made up of a wide variety of Jews and non-Jews, most of them do not hold any of the same values as that organization that was established in 1897. And, despite the horrible things the Zionists envisioned for Israel, it is trending in the right direction, not only economically and socially but also religiously. The Zionists had their plans but ultimately, Hashem laughed.

    Like Hiroo Onoda, the Japanese soldier who was not told that World War 2 ended until 1974, some people never got the memo that the war against Zionism is over. We won. You can put down your weapon and instead roll up your sleeves and help the rest of us continue to make the State of Israel what Hashem wants it to be.

    in reply to: The End of the Medina #1902801
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    Someone in Monsey: The medina exists only in your own mind. The moment you recognize that you are nothing more than a modern day Hiroo Onoda, you will find peace and sanity.

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