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November 8, 2023 1:37 pm at 1:37 pm in reply to: Zelensky is jewish and so is kamala harris’ stepdaughter #2238005
say no to crack
compared to other places in usa, cleveland has affordable housing and jewish education (and people from cleveland are much nicer than other jewish areas in usa) but if you cannot make it in jerusalem, you wont find it easier in cleveland. unless you have an advanced degree, there are no jobs at all in cleveland.
Yussel: after the war. you cannot change horses in midstream.
Goldilocks: I agree. Can we stop talking about the Nazis? In fact, we need to stop teaching the Holocaust to children. All they need to know is Hashem.October 19, 2023 12:16 am at 12:16 am in reply to: Israel and Palestinians trade blame for hospital explosion #2232809
With the support the Arab and liberal world has demonstrated for Hamas over the past week it is now clear that we are looking at pure evil in the face. Amalek. Hamas is Gaza and Gaza is Hamas. There are no civilians in Gaza, only terrorists, mothers of terrorists and future terrorists.
OP makes a valid point, of course. Hamas are pure liars. They literally recorded their pogrom and had the audacity to come on tv the following day and claim they did not kill any civilians. Propping up Hamas lies as a valid view point is the material support of terrorism, a federal crime for which Talib and Omar must face the mandatory minimum: life in prison.
is there any way we can get a listing of which starbucks uses this union? maybe we can avoid those specific ones.
I am not sure why conversations about whether Jews were treated decently in Muslims lands always turns into a debate about how much worse the European persecution was. Both of these statements are true:
1) Jews were treated terribly by their Muslim rulers.
2) Jews were treated much, much worse in Europe.
And while I admonished those that need to make the comparison, I will add that an argument can be made that Europe also treated its Jews better than Muslim rulers. In Europe, Jews would go through phases where they were loved and cherished by their rulers. Poland adopted special laws to attract and protect Jews. “Paradisus Judaeorum.” Of course, it never ended well and the untold suffering eventually unleashed on the Jews is unrivaled.
akuperma: you are wrong that in the Muslims there were no forced conversions. there is a large jewish community on long island ny that are decendants of anuseh mashad. forced conversions under the threat and actual imposition of death was common.June 30, 2023 11:37 am at 11:37 am in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2204634
Moshe kapoyer: many people who reject modern lubavitch recognize the gadlus is rabbi schneerson. There is no stira.June 30, 2023 12:29 am at 12:29 am in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2204550
5ish I am afraid you are not aware of how far outside machane yisroel the lubavitch have fallen. Those few who would permit their children to marry lubavitch are dwindling. Fewer and fewer other yidden would daven in chabad institutions. This is happening across all streams of Judaism. I don’t think I’ve agreed with a single post avira has ever posted on cr but I ageee with everything he wrote here. Crown Heights, we have a problem.June 28, 2023 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2203743
I obviously cannot speak for anyone else but as for myself, it is the entire Lubavitchers belief system that is dramatic, tragic and fascinating. In my view, so much of Chabad today closely resembles early Christianity and makes me wonder what religion Lubavitchers really practice. It is not a simple machlokes over whether or not you follow shitta a or shitta b but rather a much broader question in my mind whether Lubavitch is even still considered within Machane Yisroel or whether they have formed a new religion. The rebbe question is only the largest symptoms of this and gets the most attention. What makes this harder is the fact that so many Lubavitchers I know do not subscribe to the mainstream Lubavitch views so how can I throw out the entire movement. Also, in my mind, Chabad was so close to perfecting Judiasm before they introduced these crazy ideas I feel like if we can only get back to the way it was we can have a perfect Judiasm. I still go to the Ohel as often as I can. Besach Hakol, i obsess over Lubavitch because it is fascinating, dramatic and tragic at the same time.
minor editJune 20, 2023 10:59 am at 10:59 am in reply to: Explanation on Chiddushei HaRim on parashas Shelach #2201509
My own thoughts:
The Chidushei HaRim and the Sfas Emes do not contradict. The Chidushe HaRim is explaining what Moshe wanted to find out and the Sfas Emes explains what he ended up finding. I think Pshat in the Chidushei HaRim is that Moshe wanted to know if all of the effort that Avraham Avinu put into teaching all the inhabitants of the land about HKBH was passed down to future generations (which would make a war against such righteous people difficult to win since they had the zchus of Avraham Avinu’s teaching) or if they had abandoned what Avraham Avinu spread in that land all those centuries ago.
As for the Kedushas Levi, I do not think he is saying the same thing. He is saying that although the Jews wanted to explore Israel for its physical beauty and resources, Moshe wanted the spies (and eventually all of the Yiddin) to feel spiritually connected to the land that Hashem promised them and hoped that the spies will feel the Mitzvah of Kum Vehithalech Baartez when they got to Israel thereby trying to convert the spies’ physical desire into a spiritual one.
אַל יַעֲלֶה עַל הַלֵּב שֶׁבִּימוֹת הַמָּשִׁיחַ יִבָּטֵל דּבָר מִמִּנְהָגוֹ שֶׁל עוֹלָם. אוֹ יִהְיֶה שָׁם חִדּוּשׁ בְּמַעֲשֵׂה בְּרֵאשִׁית
אָמְרוּ חֲכָמִים אֵין בֵּין הָעוֹלָם הַזֶּה לִימוֹת הַמָּשִׁיחַ אֶלָּא שִׁעְבּוּד מַלְכֻיּוֹת בִּלְבַד.
לֹא נִתְאַוּוּ הַחֲכָמִים וְהַנְּבִיאִים יְמוֹת הַמָּשִׁיחַ. לֹא כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּשְׁלְטוּ עַל כָּל הָעוֹלָם. וְלֹא כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּרְדּוּ בָּעַכּוּ”ם. וְלֹא כְּדֵי שֶׁיְּנַשְּׂאוּ אוֹתָם הָעַמִּים. וְלֹא כְּדֵי לֶאֱכל וְלִשְׁתּוֹת וְלִשְׂמֹחַ. אֶלָּא כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּהְיוּ פְּנוּיִין בַּתּוֹרָה וְחָכְמָתָהּ. וְלֹא יִהְיֶה לָהֶם נוֹגֵשׂ וּמְבַטֵּל.April 17, 2023 11:08 am at 11:08 am in reply to: Mass shootings, and non mass shootings, must stop. #2181530
doom777: if the government goes bad your guns cant help you.
The second amendment needs to be abolished. At bare minimum, if someone wants a gun he or she needs to take a course, pass an in-person test, have a background check and get insurance. Like getting a drivers license. There also needs to be strict vicarious liability for gun owners like we have for car owners. This is the bare minimum we need.
I agree with SquareRoot – it is anti Jewish to be a kofeh tova and the essence of a Jew to have Hakaras Hatov and Donald Trump deserves a tremendous amount of hakaras hatov. (And Obama also deserves it and BH I have never seen a Yid daven for Obama to suffer). I have always maintained that the best President for the Jews was Trump and a distance but still second place finisher is Obama.
I disagree on the point that Trump bears no responsibility for inflation – of course he does. The handouts started under him. He always talks about the market V that he created post Covid. Well that V caused this inflation.
As for the indictment, I do not understand what was illegal.
It is not illegal to have an affair. It is not illegal to pay off the zona. Some have couched this as follows: he took the payment as a business expense when it was not. I do not believe he is being charged with any tax violations and I am certain he would have been had he evaded taxes. Some have said that the payments amount to a campaign contribution which he should have disclosed. Why does not a person have to disclose campaign contributions to his own campaign? I understand that we need to know which special interests, corporations or countries are making campaign contributions but we all assume that a person use as much and as liittle of his own money on his campaign and it ill not change the influence a person has on himself.
Everyone should be chilled by the idea that a county prosecutor can go after a Federal official and leading candidate for petty crimes. What will stop some county prosecutor in Iowa, Idaho or South Dakota from going after a leading Democrat for petty offenses?
The whole thing looks un-American and wrong both to Trump supporters and to other Republicans, Independents and many Democrats. The American people are not stupid, they can see what is really happening.
I take issue with the statement by @someday that Israel had Shmad up 1 million people. We know that Jews living in USA, France, South America left Yiddishkeit at significantly higher rates than those in Israel. In USA, 10% or fewer remained frum and the rest intermarried and are gone. Same is true everywhere else. They are never coming back. They are gone for good. In Israel for every yid that left observance you have 5 yiddin who are chozen btshuva and very very few are intermarried and gone. They are all there still to be chozer btshuva sooner or later.
This is not a defense of the Israeli policies over the years but statistically, a Yid had a much better chance remaining a Yid in Israel over any where else.
coffee addict: are you sure the rioters were not just using the reforms as a pretext to protest losing the elections? if that was the case, no amount of hasbara would have been enough.
jackk: israel is a country of the jews so every jew has the right to meddle (to a certain extent) in the affairs of israel. obviously non-israelis cannot make the place unhabitable with their meddling – but all jews should have some say.
akuperma: what you say about the telavivians being the engine of the economy is true but only because they boxed out the rest of the society who the telavivians see as sub-citizens. As for the army, the telavivians do not serve in combat roles. They go to the army and serve in the choir or sit at some desk. the national religious, the russians and the druze are the combat soldiers.
There is a famous joke about a European Yid who came home from shul crying and depressed. His wife asked him “whats wrong?” He said, “the Rabbi said Moshiach is coming and we will all go to Israel. But what will be of our farm and our chickens and our cow?” She says, “Don’t cry. We are maminim bnei maminim. Hashem saved us from Lavan and Paroh and Amalek and Sisra and Yuvun, Hashem will also save us from Moshiach.”
Jack: one of the things about trump that bothers me the most is that he demands absolute loyalty but offers zero loyalty. What he did to Cohen is disgusting. But we all know that had he committed an actual crime, he would have prosecuted for that crime and not for this nonsense. I’m not even sure why paying hush money to cover an alleged affair -as immoral and gross it might be – is illegal. We all know this is a political witch hunt and we should all be against political witch hunts no matter how gross the target may seem to us.
My personal feelings about Trump (mixed feelings) are irrelevant to the issue at hand. Democrats were so worked up about the “lock her up” chants and whined about the fact that locking up your political opponents is so un-American. But they knew and we all knew that Trump was never serious about locking her up. But the Democrats have spent every second trying to drag this man into prison for the terrible crime of entering politics. We all know that had he never entered politics, Bragg wouldn’t have cared about Daniels. So this makes Democrats hypocrites for behaving in a way they decried and it makes them evil for hunting down people with an opposing viewpoint. Contrary to CT’s defense that political parties lack the jurisdiction to carry out prosecutions, Tish James ran on the platform that she will use her position to prosecute Trump. Before she even knew for what.
Not that it matters at all but I voted for Obama twice. I am definitely not MAGA. On many social issues I am far-left. But you need to call a spade, a spade. This isn’t Bill Clinton’s Democrat party and its not even Obama’s. What we have today is a Democrat party that is quickly spiraling into a Nordic-style socialist, oppressive, regulatory, Big-Brother (and by the way, anti-Jewish) party.
Jack: he was joking about it and the democrats actually did it making democrats not only hypocrites but evil people.
I think it is unwise and improper to debate the minim and give them a platform by which they can spew their emunos tfeilos. Don’t debate them, ignore them. They are not within machane yisroel and do not deserve the platform or attention.March 9, 2023 4:15 am at 4:15 am in reply to: Murdaugh Verdict – Circumstantial Evidence without Motive #2172016
Jackk: rmo are cow beitzim. There’s a whole section of shulchan aruch how to eat them. They are not eiver min hachai.March 8, 2023 5:12 pm at 5:12 pm in reply to: Murdaugh Verdict – Circumstantial Evidence without Motive #2171964
UJM: Ever Min Hachai is not applicable to crickets (see Tosefta Maseches Trumos, Perek Tes). Also, crickets in Walmart are being sold as animal food (for frogs and other pets) not for humans. Also, see Harambam Hilchos Rotzeach Perek Daled, Halacha Ches where he brings the halacha of beis din killing someone indirectly so long as they establish his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.March 7, 2023 1:33 pm at 1:33 pm in reply to: Murdaugh Verdict – Circumstantial Evidence without Motive #2171771
I have not followed this trial too closely but I agree with ujm 100% on his sentiment towards the justice system. Although it is better here than practically anywhere else.
I think you should all research the names Gershom Scholem and Martin Buber and then come back here and opine on neo-chassidis.
sidyid: this can only bother you this much if your “friend” is actually your husband.
I love the mitzvah so much I practice all year for Purim.
**standing ovation**February 3, 2023 11:44 am at 11:44 am in reply to: Lessons Learned from the False Arrest of the Innocent Tzadik in Flatbush #2162236
Eddiee: you wrote: With regard to Shemen Akum, it is still assur. they were only matir it for that year.
You are wrong.
perhaps youre confusing the fact that r’ yehuda first batled it for his dor and then his grandson batled it completely?February 1, 2023 5:17 pm at 5:17 pm in reply to: Lessons Learned from the False Arrest of the Innocent Tzadik in Flatbush #2161654
ujm: i agree with you that this man did nothing wrong and I have every reason to believe he is a complete tzaddik. i have a lot of problem with our justice system, believe me, but I strongly believe that in this case, even without a camera, he would have been exonerated quickly and granted bail. But I am not sure. Unfortunately, mistakes happen and often times the consequence is not fair at all. I am not sure we can create a perfect system that is mistake free.
As for the hanhaga, I want to be clear: the tznius issue is obviously real and is halacha, in fact a deoriasa. but the tznius issue is a problem whether you are passing between women, behind women, on the side of women. it is specifically with regard to the witchcraft/impure issue of passing between two women, palm trees, pigs, dogs – which is not a halacha – that certainly the hamon am’s sensitives need to be accounted for. in other words, i am very machmir on both ve’ahatva lereicha kamocha as it applies to offended women in this case and the issues of avoda zara/emunos tfeilos that apply here as well.February 1, 2023 2:06 pm at 2:06 pm in reply to: Lessons Learned from the False Arrest of the Innocent Tzadik in Flatbush #2161599
eddiee: i already pointed out that most poskim disagree. furthermore, you are incorrect, we find that the sensibilities of the oilam at large is taken into account when decided hanhagos, as was with (1) the gzeira against eating meat after the beis hamikdash was destroyed or (2) the gzeira prohibiting oil of nuchrim, these gzeiros were batteled by the hamon am.February 1, 2023 8:20 am at 8:20 am in reply to: Lessons Learned from the False Arrest of the Innocent Tzadik in Flatbush #2161470
Ujm: I think you are (purposely) missing my point. You point to the six seconds as if that fact exonerates the man. My point is that the six seconds tells us nothing because that is how long an actual abduction takes. What exonerates him isn’t the six seconds you keep pointing to but the fact that he is innocent as shown in the video.
As for second point, it has nothing to do with my wife to your mother. Here is the kitzur, in full, unredacted:
יש ליזהר שלא ילך איש בין שתי נשים, ולא בין שני כלבים או שני חזירים, וכן לא יניחו האנשים שתלך ביניהם אשה או כלב או חזיר
Now read this to any frum, yeshivish, chareidi woman. ALL such women will always have one of the following two reactions, she will either tell you she is offended or she will lie to you.January 31, 2023 1:29 pm at 1:29 pm in reply to: Lessons Learned from the False Arrest of the Innocent Tzadik in Flatbush #2161220
There is one lesson for me here. If you watch the video, there were a number of adult men he could have asked to help him, but he did not. It seems to me that he did not ask an adult because he was afraid of the reaction, the ridicule and disdain he would face. He realized the only person who will not judge him is the child. And the lesson I take for myself is that we should be more tolerant of others’ hanhagos. I do not practice this hanhaga but I shouldn’t make someone who does feel uncomfortable. We should be more accepting of other people’s minhugim even if they seem foreign to us.January 31, 2023 11:15 am at 11:15 am in reply to: Lessons Learned from the False Arrest of the Innocent Tzadik in Flatbush #2161113
ujm: i am not sure why the six seconds here and the six second there matter to you so much. How long do you think an actual abduction takes? As for the mesira, are you upset the mom called the cops in this case or would you also be against leiby kletzky’s parents calling the cops? are you against “mesira” in general or do you think that in this case there was no need to call the cops?January 31, 2023 9:19 am at 9:19 am in reply to: Lessons Learned from the False Arrest of the Innocent Tzadik in Flatbush #2161043
To call the practice against walking between two women a Halacha is a misnomer. It is not brought down in any of the classic Halacha sources (rosh tur shulchan Aruch rambam). In fact the practice comes from the belief in witchcraft as the Gemoro says psachim 111 :”הני תרי נשי דיתבן בפרשת דרכים, חדא בהאי גיסא דשבילא וחדא באידך גיסא, ומכוונן אפייהו להדדי – ודאי בכשפים עסיקן. מאי תקנתיה? אי איכא דירכא אחרינא – ליזיל בה, ואי ליכא דירכא אחרינא, אי איכא איניש אחרינא בהדיה – נינקטו לידייהו בהדי הדדי וניחלפו, ואי ליכא איניש אחרינא…”.
At best it’s a hanhaga tova. Most Poskim file this information where they put other outdated hanhagos like zugos.
Some achronim bring it (as does the Zohar). This is how the kitzur says it:
יש ליזהר שלא ילך איש בין שתי נשים, ולא בין שני כלבים או שני חזירים, וכן לא יניחו האנשים שתלך ביניהם אשה או כלב או חזיר.
Please read that to your wife and mother and come back here and tell us her reaction to the kitzur.
Leave the mother alone. She did what she needed to do as a mother. I would rather live in a society where mothers protect their children and occasionally make mistakes than in a society where mothers have to think five times before calling the police. It was the police’s job to investigate before making an arrest and they failed to do so and it was the DA’s job to review the footage before bringing charges. The mother did her job as a mother.
Avira: but humans can destroy the world, there is no real question about that. We can use nuclear weapons, for example. The only real question is whether we are.
Zushy, ALL the phones being sold at the target store are filtered – all of them – they just do not have the right hechsher.
Thank you, ujm. I am familiar with the ran. The ran can be teiched as saying that non-jewish governments cannot tax jews in israel but jewish governments may. According to Avira, Rav Chaim was speaking specifically about this current government. How can I see this letter from Rav Chaim?
Our response is: ledidi, the passuk tells us in bereishis 8:22 that Hashem will control the climate for eternity but ledidaichu, at least be moideh to the fact that science tells us that the world is billions of years old and has always had hot streaks and cold streaks, hot climates and ice ages, many of which happened long before humans were even present so what makes you think that all of those climate changes over the millions and millions of years were natural and humans had no power to cause it or prevent it but THIS one is different?
Avira: can you please point me to the source for this:
Rav chaim kanievsky clearly wrote that israel, as an illegitimate state, has no right to impose taxes on its citizens.
AAQ: I don’t know that he was really racist i think he was just saying it because someone told him its how to get out of jury duty. also, if i remember correctly he said i was once assaulted by a person of the same race as the defendant and that is why i cannot be impartial. he didnt stam say he was a racist – and the judge still punished him for it.
my point is that in practice, in ny, a judge may come down on you if you use racist.
CTLAWYER: i am familiar with a yeshiva bochir called for jury duty recently who said he was a racist and the judge was very upset with him for saying that and told him to return to the jury pool and sit there until the week was over even though every other juror that gets dismissed goes home.
you can argue moshe rabbeinu was an ethical orthodox jew. the gemoro in maseches nedarim says that when he married tzipora, moshe rabbeinu made a neder to stay in midyan and had to do hataras nedurim (hatara done by Hashem himself) in order to be able to go back to mitzrayim, later on. but once he satisfied his orthodox obligation as far as hilchos nedarim are concerned and he did his hataras nedurim he STILL went back to yisro to get his permission to go back to mitzrayim because that was the ETHICAL thing to do even though his halachic limitations were already addressed by the hataras nedarim. Ethical orthodoxy.
I dont know how to measure level of depravity or torture but if you look at sheer numbers, the holocaust alone outnumbered all those killed in muslim countries, like ujm says.
that isnt to say that things were even decent under Muslim rule like akuperma implies – at times they were just as awful but never on the same scale.
and anyone who believes that the creation of israel caused the muslims to hate the jews is simply ignorant. jews in muslims were continuously subject to pogroms and forced conversions – in the middle ages and into the late 1800s as Historian points out – but again – never on the scale experienced in europe – but definitely not caused by israel.
Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.
scientists tell us that the world is billions of years old and has always been in a constant state of flux. It gets hotter, its gets colder. We go through heat ages and ice ages. I suppose we are now trending up. The real question for scientists is: what makes you think that the millions and millions years of climate change was natural and out of our control but this most recent one is not?
jackk: the democrats have been calling for santos to resign which will allow the democrat governor to put in a replacement which will probably be zimmerman. sorry but democrats are trying to overturn an election.
i dont think the voters cared whether or not he was Jewish they didnt want Zimmerman, his opponent and they wanted a Republican. I wish Democrats (and Republicans) just learned for once to respect the outcome of an election instead of trying to get losses overturned.