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  • in reply to: “Frum” female singers on YouTube #2112058
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    You what this sounds like to me? Like Barry Freundel complaining that the women in the mikveh were not being tzanua. Why the aitch are you looking, man? An ehrlich yid knows what he should be avoiding – including all of youtube.

    The productions are by women and for women and you are not invited to participate. Stay in your own lane, brother.

    in reply to: “Frum” female singers on YouTube #2111237
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    The idea here is that women don’t live in a man’s world. Rather, men and women share this world and need to learn how to give each other the privacy and respect so that each gender has an opportunity to enjoy it.

    Women like to remember the good times they had at a wedding and they like listening (and creating) music and would like to participate in these healthy kosher activities without being encroached upon by men. So if men would kindly give women the privacy and respect we can share this planet without abusing each other’s rights.

    in reply to: Monkeypox — The new AIDS #2109359
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    Mesora from rabbi Miller. That’s rich. Rabbi Miller was a very nice pulpit, young Israel rabbi.

    in reply to: Monkeypox — The new AIDS #2109225
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    ujm: i think you’re making my point. Of course there is some absolute emes in what the tosfos YT says – we believe that because who TYT were – but how are we supposed to digest this truth? Talking in shul is bad. Kibalti. Talking in shul formed a straight line to children being slaughtered in cold blood in front of the parents? What?

    Mishkav Zachor appears a whole lot worse in Hashem’s eyes than talking in shul but monkeypox does not compare in any way at all with the horrors of Tach VeTat.

    So is there any real, constructive, point in this exercise?

    If the point here is to recognize that there is a boreh olam and he is mashgiach and he rewards and punishes, i understand the point – but any attempt to oversimplify Hashem’s cause and effect seems like a waste of my time.

    in reply to: Monkeypox — The new AIDS #2109108
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    I am not convinced that ascribing motives to Hashem’s actions is a healthy activity. There is no question that Hashem wants us to act in a certain way and not act in a certain way and we also believe with complete emunah that Hashem rewards and punishes – but how can one be so pretentious as to draw a straight line from A to B and say Hashem did A because of B?

    And when Hashem zeros in and punishes very specific babies r”l with Tay-Sachs who is he angry at?

    Oy Lanu Miyom HaDin – when we see Magefa in the city we ALL need to examine our ways and look to improve ourselves first.

    in reply to: Ywn is it really “yeshiva” world news #2106964
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    moish26: even if your tafkid was not to be a writer, there is value in being able to express yourself in the written word. not everyone is a Shakespeare or need be one, but everyone should be able to deliver his thoughts in writing. the fact that you do not value literacy is an indictment of the education you received (not something you should personally take as an insult).

    in reply to: Ywn is it really “yeshiva” world news #2106790
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    Moish26, I don’t disagree with your sentiment, but your syntax plays very well into the hands of YAFED.

    in reply to: Inefficient and Sketchy Non Profits / Tzedaka organizations #2105540
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    According to public filings released in 2021, in 2018, one well known tzedaka reported revenue of $65.6 million and expenses of $59.8 million. Are we ok with this?

    in reply to: Inefficient and Sketchy Non Profits / Tzedaka organizations #2104647
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    There was one organization whose mission was to lower yeshiva education costs but since they came to power, yeshiva tuition has increased significantly.

    in reply to: Neo Orthodoxy #2103460
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    Neo Hasidism is a movement that began in the 1960’s among the conservative movement. it has nothing to do with rabbi weinberger. also, calling rabbi weinberger by the term”of yeshiva university” is a bit of a misnomer. Rabbi Weinberger is no more “of YU” than Rav Shimon Shkop.

    in reply to: Herzog’s column #2094385
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    Yserbius: herzog is an avowed anti-frum leftist? do you have any evidence of that? the truth is, an overwhelming majority of israelis are either observant or traditionalists who share the same love and respect for the torah. it is but a tiny fraction that have subscribed to the lieberman/meretz world view.

    in reply to: Slavery — The Torah True Way (with Reb HaLeiVi) #2093239
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    I dont think it is not really possible, halachaclly, to acquire an eved nowadays, as it requires the eved’s participation; see, e.g, (יורה דעה רס״ז:ט׳) and (יורה דעה רס״ז:ד׳) and while there may have been a time in history, long ago, where there may have been some benefit to being an eved (as r eliezer alludes to in his post), in today’s society it is so repugnant that no one will ever cooperate.

    in reply to: Sensible gun laws #2092319
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    I agree wholeheartedly with OP. We should pass strict gun control laws AND every school must have an armed guard. Gun laws will not have an immediate impact but will help in the long run. Guards are needed NOW.

    in reply to: Flag Parade and Our Jewish Values #2092313
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    harry yid: your logic falls apart the moment you recognize you will never tell a jew not to wear a yarmulke anywhere and you agree all humans should have freedom of expression everywhere but for some reason you believe the only person in the universe who does not enjoy the freedom of expression is the jew expressing jewish identity in israel. shame on those who appease the aggressor.

    in reply to: Every Yids a safek mamzer #2091001
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    Menachem: I appreciate your brief demonstration on why european-style yeshiva learning misses the mark. don’t lose your head.

    in reply to: WHY DO LITVOCKS ALWAYS SAY TACHNUN?? #2090353
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    Because Mitzvah Gedola Lihyos Besimcha. The Litvish are never happy so they are oyver this mitzvah so they need to reprent by saying tachnun which makes them sad because theyre saying tachnun. Its a vicious cycle.

    DISCLAIMER: This post is a joke that plays on popular stereotypes and is not meant literally.

    in reply to: 13 years in a cave #2088206
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    in reply to: Is zelensky jewish? #2066639
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    The gemoro in a number of places (like tamid 29a) say that chazal exaggerated about things. The rambam in הקדמתו לפרק חלק talks about the important role guzma plays in divrei chazal.

    yayin stam is mederbunun so sufek derabunun lekoola is the general rule but i would agree that as a mumar his yayin is passul even if he was a jew.

    in reply to: Ukraine Fundraisers #2065656
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    lakewhut: arent the native jews the same jews we complain about taking advantage of israel’s law of return? i may be completely wrong but that is the general sense i have always had. and which jews are being helped by the appeals we see? the natives or the transplants?

    in reply to: Ukraine Fundraisers #2065621
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    ubiq: for me a refugee is someone who was born and lived in a place which for some reason becomes uninhabitable. As far as I can see, these people left Crown Heights and Kfar Chabad to resettle a Jewish population in the Ukraine – one that did not exist from the time WWII ended and until these people got there. So its not exactly the same, in my view. They put themselves in harms way for no obvious reason and now need money for what? To get back to crown heights and kfar chabad?

    in reply to: Ukraine Fundraisers #2065403
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    Quite frankly, I had no idea CHABAD was resettling the Ukraine and I still have no idea why. Before I give anyone any money I want to know what I’m gods name were you doing there.

    in reply to: Simple Solution #2065330
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    i’ll admit i am a novice to this dispute and am learning as we go but I really have a hard time understanding any of OP’s points. Ukraine made a political decision to align itself with the western world. no one in the western world and no one in ukraine was an actual physical threat to russia. russia could have given ukraine a better deal than the west and tried to win their favor. instead, it decided to erase the country from the face of the world. how is that not a war crime? the only excuse i heard from the russians is that “well ukraine is not really a free, independent country anyway. it should be part of russia anyway.” that sounds like literal crazy speak. its like if mexico opened war on the usa because of texas.

    in reply to: Why Whoopi Goldberg’s asserion was hurtful #2057383
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    avram: maybe she meant that there are other evils in this world besides white v black. not that white/white evil is lesser than black/white evil. If there was any priors with whoopie and anti-semitism (like if it was AOC who said such a thing or Ilan Omhar) then I get why everyone would rightfully assume the statement is designed to minimize the atrocity but why do we assume whoopie meant it that way?

    i think this whole tumhult exposed a very simple fact: there is no such thing as race. it is a made up word that people use to divide and hate on one another. race cannot be the pigmentation of the skin because Moroccans, african americans and dominicans all run the same color but are three different races. how are indians and chinese both of the same race – asian? it makes no sense. there is no such as thing as race and i wish people would stop using the word. i know i long ago refused to answer any questions anywhere on race. as a child, already. i never imagined that “sex/gender” would get eliminated before race.

    in reply to: Not thanking God #2053246
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    The article did not bother me and actually touched upon a point I feel strongly abouit. I think we in the Orthodox world have to be more vocal about the fact that unaffiliated American Jews or those who are Reform (and probably Conservative, too) are not actually Jewish. We need to treat them and consider them non-Jews – unless there is evidence to the contrary.

    The fact is, most Americans who consider themselves Jewish (but are not Orthodox) are not the child of a Jewish mother. They may have a Jewish relative or they may have a relative who converted into Judaism under a non-orthodox “conversion” but that is about it.

    And long gone are the days that non-orthodox Jews had something, anything, Jewish about them. A majority do not believe in God (and that goes for their rabbis, too). They don’t care about kosher, pesach, nothing. The last vestige of Judaism they held on to was Israel but that is not the case any more, either.

    So to recap, they were not born Jewish, they do not believe in Judaism (or any religion for that matter) and have no connection to Israel. In what way are they Jewish? The answer is, they are not.

    So thankfully intermarriage is diluting these people – more and more every year – but the time has come to stop looking at them as Jews, at all.

    Now, I do not hate them in any way. I am delighted the rabbi and his congregation were saved. Unlike R’ Avigdor Miller who says he hated reformed, I do not. But I do not hate people just because they are not Jewish. They are not Jewish. Full stop.

    God willing, if more Jews take this approach, we can stop hearing about “Jews for [insert liberal/anti-Torah phrase here]”, women of the wall, etc. We can stop hearing about these goyim masquerading as Jews and supporting all sorts of anti-Jewish and anti-religion causes.

    I wish them nothing but the best, as goyim. We do not need them and do not want them. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

    in reply to: What Steps Will the Charedi World Take to Try to Prevent Abuse #2050763
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    user176, i am somewhat offended by the idea that the parents of victims are to blame. and even more than the abuser? come on, man.

    ujm: a little tricky since sharing links us forbidden. Maybe you can do a google search for “Eida Hachareidis Bans All Chaim Walder’s Books” and look for the blog entry dated june 17, 2021.

    in reply to: What Steps Will the Charedi World Take to Try to Prevent Abuse #2050664
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    It is interesting to note that the Edia Charedis Yerushalayim banned Walder books about six months before the allegations about him came to light in a written publication. The reason for the ban at that time was very murky. Something to do with the fact that he writes in a goyishe style. I really do wonder now whether the Eida was privy to the allegations and were doing what they thought was best to remove him from his position of power.

    in reply to: Vaccine Mandates #2050247
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    AviraDeArah: I meant in children. Flu is more dangerous, hospitalizes more, kills more.

    Ubiquitin: ive long ago been a supporter of legalizing marijuana. I don’t know if you are doing covid mandates any favor by defending them with marijuana laws that society today recognizes was a giant mistake.

    Yankel der ganaf: you’re missing the point. i am pro-vax. I got vaxxed, my parents are vaxxed and my children are vaxxed. the point is if someone wants to be an idiot and not vaccinate thats their problem. they might die but that is the choice they made. why should it bother me or you.

    in reply to: Vaccine Mandates #2050209
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    ubiquitin: i think the point is that there seems to be no single rule. for example, it is much more important, for children’s safety, that every child get vaccinated against the flu every year – yet society has long ago accepted that we can’t force parents to do that. why is it that when it comes to covid, all societal norms, morals and ethics have gone out the window without any real debate on the issue? higzimu.

    in reply to: My Poasts/Comments are not getting Approved. #2046049
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    “2 – Loshon Hara will not be tolerated at all. We are not and will not become Lashon Hara central (keep this in mind when starting a thread).”

    Now, I don’t care who you are: that’s funny right there.

    in reply to: “Frum” therapist #2046041
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    the little i know: i loved your response.

    in reply to: Political Bechira Chofshis #2045211
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    Republican: DeSantis and then Haley
    Democratic: Tulsi Gabbard

    in reply to: Ashkenazic Trauma #2034560
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    absurd. come on, man.

    in reply to: Lev Tahor Proclamation #2032852
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    I would need some more evidence of authenticity including proof of chain of custody. A few questions: the letter is dated April 17, 2019. How did it come to light now? (mendy said he left the cult in 2018) In the recording the woman is telling us they were commanded to slaughter the children. The letter seems to suggest poisoning. When was the recording made?

    An actual news article looking to inform the public would have included some of these facts.

    I am not looking to defend Lev Tahor but i would like to know more before reaching any conclusions. We know that one individual at the head of the hunt of lev tahor also called the goy from lebanon/texas a hezbollah terrorist and we now know that this was not true. Can we hold up a second before we rush to judgment? This letter could very well be authentic and if it is, there are no words to describe the evil and horror but can we just make sure that it is, please?

    in reply to: The most unexpected place where you met yid. #2031118
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    Common saychel: I’m pretty sure you can inn hike that stretch.

    in reply to: The most unexpected place where you met yid. #2030332
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    common saychel: was he thru hiking? i always wondered if its possible to thru hike the at as a frum jew.

    in reply to: Music…Better? Worse? #2026342
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    ujm: there is no evidence of that at all.

    in reply to: Music…Better? Worse? #2026272
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    anonymo usJew hit the nail the head. I will add this: all music you hear today evolved from other music. ALL. no exceptions. full stop.

    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?

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