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  • in reply to: Otzar HaCochma vs. HebrewBooks vs. Bar-Ilan #1988195
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    3 completely different products.

    Otzar Hachochma – Over 100,000 seforim, including most new and current seforim. Basically a complete Otzar Haseforim at your fingertips. They are in their original tzuras hadaf, with a very decent search engine. Expensive, though it is on sale during Shavua HaSefer.

    Bar Ilan – Only about 2000 seforim. All digital (not tzuras hadaf), but fully searchable and hyperlinked. Perfect for research and cross referencing. Primary focus on on Halacha, with most Tshuva Seforim included. Since its digital, easy to cut and paste. Catered to a different market than Otzar Hachochma. Cheapr than Otzar Hachochma, and there are occasional good deals.

    HebrewBooks – Poor man’s Otzar Hachochma. Mostly older prints and the search engine is pretty weak. Free.

    in reply to: Seeking recommendations for sleepover camp for 10th-grade boy #1967071
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    Your son is in 10th Grade and you know nothing about camps “at all”? Where has he been every summer until now, in a closet? Don’t mean to be rude, but most boys have been in camp since at least 5th Grade.

    Where are his friends going? Most boys want to go with their friends. (Unless in this closet you have had him locked up in he has no friends.)

    in reply to: Working Bochurim Shidduchim Corona #1928203
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    I don’t understand the OP’s premise. What does Covid have to do with anything? Which Bochurim are no longer learning full time because of Covid? All Yeshivos that I know of are operating at full capacity as normal? Must be in some alternate universe.

    in reply to: Bungalow Colonies #1875285
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    “Most owner-occupied clusters of summer homes are already seeing arrivals from the city.” Already? Most people who own summer homes have been going up for two months already.

    in reply to: Guidelines from R Moshe Shternbuch for porch minyanim #1850721
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    You wouldn’t find it on YWN. It doesn’t fit in with this site’s agenda.

    in reply to: Garlic for Coronavirus #1843117
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    Garlic works great to prevent Covid19. It encourages social distancing!

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    Misleading? Did you really think that the Philadelphia Rosh Yeshiva has nothing better to do with his time than to write articles for publication?

    Should we now ban any two people with the same name, as it may be misleading?

    in reply to: Keeping the Siyum Hashas Sacred. #1796666
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    lowerourtuition11210: “Is this pure Torah event or a massive fundraising event? It can’t be both.” The last siyum already proved it can be.

    If anything, the last Siyum proved that it CANNOT be both. OP is completely correct. My first Siyum was 1990 as well, and the description desrcibed what we all felt. My last Siyum was my last one. I have no intention to go to this one, for the reasons given by the OP.

    Look forward to attending the Dirshu siyum instead.

    in reply to: Private Mikva for Men #1790604
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    I find it interesting that so many people are looking for private mikvahs (i.e. women’s mikvah) for the men, when at the same time on Erev Yom Kippur many mens’ mikvahs in places like Boro Park open up to the women (in the morning) to accommodate the crowd.

    in reply to: Yiddish at Siyum hashas #1746322
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    CTRebbe – If you think that 50% of attendees of the Siyum Hashas don’t understand Yiddish, you are quite mistaken.

    I agree that the Chassidim are under represented at the Siyum HaShas. Having almost all the speeches in Yiddish, is only going to make them have less of a reason to attend.

    No one said that the majority of Jews speak Yiddish. Obviously, we are referring to Orthodox Jews, particularly those in the tri state area that would make the bulk of the attendees. Yes, it is fair to day that the VAST majority of those understand Yiddish.

    To be honest, I don’t care one way or another. I have no intention of attending. I plan on going to the Dirshu siyum, where my guess is that almost all of the speeches will be in Yiddish, with no complaints.

    in reply to: Yiddish at Siyum hashas #1744705
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    @frumguy33 – Here is the list of speakers from last Siyum HaShas:

    Eli Kleinman – English
    SY Rechnitz – English
    Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky – English (much to the consternation of talmidim, such as myself)
    Novomisker Rebbe – Mostly English
    Rav Dovid Olewski – Yiddish
    Rav Malkile Kotler – Yiddish
    Rav Yissochor Frand – English
    Jay Schottenstein – English
    Rav Yitzchok Scheiner – English
    Rav Yaakov Hillel – English
    Rav Lau – English

    As I said two Yiddish speeches, out of 11.

    in reply to: Yiddish at Siyum hashas #1744156
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    As I recall, there were almost no Yiddish speeches at the last Siyum. I if recall there was one, maybe two. No offense to the OP, but there were many more people offended by the lack of Yiddish than those somehow “insulted” by one or two speeches.

    Yabia Omer – I know that you believe that the “VAST majority of American Jews do NOT understand Yiddish”. This is a frum event in the NY area, and I would venture to say that the majority do understand Yiddish. Just simply add up all the people in Boro Park, Williamsburg, Monsey, Monroe, and the vast majority of Lakewood.

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    As someone who has friends from both groups, the premise is beyond ludicrous. I would even go out on a limb and argue that Chassidim have happier marriages. (I am not Chassidish.)

    in reply to: Is the Yeshiva Community Wrong? #1615069
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    oiyveyismear – Exactly the Chet pf Adam Harishon according to the Meforshim. Adam Harishon’s logic was if I increase the power of my Yetzer Harah and I overcome, I will be better off.

    We daven every day “Lo liydei nisayon”

    in reply to: Minhag Overrides General Halacha #1491800
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    The OP specifically referred to minhagim that have a clear basis in Halacha, which are the vast majority of minhagim. Of course, such minhagim should continue to be followed irrespective of what is stated in Mishna Berura. If I am not mistaken there is a story with the Chofetz Chaim himself who did something contrary to what he wrote in MB, and when asked he said that that he was doing as his father did.

    in reply to: When Did People Start Eating Shmura Maztos The Entire Pesach? #1487589
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    In Europe most people ate non Shmurah Matzah (except for the sedorim). I heard from someone old enough to remember that in Munkatch there were 7 Matzah Bakeries. 2 were Shmurah and 5 were not. All were hand matzos, of course. (A concept that no longer exists, hand non-shmurah matzah.)

    in reply to: Does a reform rabbi do anything other than attend funerals? #1160993
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    I once asked a Reform woman, who is very active in her “temple”, what her Rabbi does all day (and they make huge salaries).

    The answer I got: “I wonder that all the time…”

    in reply to: Giving a name that's not a name #1094843
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    There is the famous story of the person who told Rav Chaim Kanievsky that his daughter’s name was “Shira”. Rav Chaim said that is not a name, and he must change it!

    When asked where he got the name from, the father answered that she was born the week of Shabbos Shira, to which Rav Chaim answered “If she was born the week of Parshas Parah, would you call her Parah?”

    in reply to: Over Night Kugel……… SOS……….. #1114812
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    moshe kapoyer – The first secret is that you need to be Hungarian. IF you are not, don’t even bother. It’s something in the genes.

    in reply to: New Chovevei "Rabbi" is as Orthodox as His Wife #1021959
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    Haggai Resnikoff learned for two years at Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati at Ein Tzurim before majoring in history at the University of California in Berkeley. Following graduation from Berkeley he spent several years in Israel doing graduate coursework in the Hebrew University Talmud department and learning in various batei midrash in Jerusalem. He came to Chovevei after spending a year as a Judaic Studies teacher at Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito, California. During his tenure at Chovevei Haggai had internships at Congregation Beth Sholom in Potomac, Maryland, Congregation Beth David in West Hartford, Connecticut, and Abraham Joshua Heschel High School in Manhattan as well as taking part in the JOIN Community Organizing Fellowship. He is married to Maya Resnikoff, a chaplain and educator with ordination from JTS. Haggai is interested in modern halakhic issues and their overlap with academic textual issues. He is enthusiastic about martial arts, cooking, and English literature.

    in reply to: Cost of going to the country #1021773
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    lopman23 – I take it that you do not live in Brooklyn. It is not a luxury item for kids to be able to run around freely for a portion of the year.

    I’m sure you know that tuition boards in Brooklyn do not have an issue with money spent on the country, at the expense of tuition, as it is clearly not a luxury but a necessity.

    If you have an issue with summer expenses, it should be with summer camps…

    in reply to: Dihydrogen Monoxide #1019377
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    If you inhale Dihydrogen Monoxide it can be fatal.

    in reply to: Chasuna after Lag Baomer #1012657
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    There is a mekor, and the accepted minhag has always been not to make weddings after Lag B’Omer regardless of which “half” of sefirah one holds of. The Taz brings this down, and says the reason is because of the Crusades that happened this time of year.

    in reply to: Announcing Pregnancy #972820
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    Here’s my opinion (based on personal experience):

    First child – tell parents right away. They are sitting on eggshells. See above comments mentioning Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s opinion

    Subsequent children – tell parents as soon as the doctor confirms all is well. Saying this unfortunately from experience.

    Regarding people other than parents, there is no reason to announce. They’ll figure it out eventually. Your siblings will have heard within 30 seconds of you telling your parents (even if you tell them not to say…)

    in reply to: Why Do People Speak This Way? #1008324
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    Why don’t you question why the syntax of Modern Hebrew is European, not Hebrew?

    It’s the same reason. People use the syntax of their first language.

    in reply to: The Cost of Being Orthodox #960377
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    As someone who pays 5 tuitions, plus camps, I wish my biggest worry was the cost of the mikvah Friday afternoon.

    In Boro Park it costs $3.00.

    in reply to: Pesach Sheni!!! WOOT WOOT! More Matzah. #948192
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    “It’s a nickname for Shana” – which of course is itself a nickname for Shoshana.

    And of course Shoshana is a translation from the Yiddish name Raizel.

    Sounds more like Revii, not Sheini.

    in reply to: Yeshivas with High School Dorms #947871
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    KolMevaser – I’m sure you must have other criteria other than a dorm. The types of yeshivas in your opening list are so varied.

    BTW, some of the obvious ones are missing: Philadelphia and Riverdale.

    in reply to: Who's going to be wearing blue and white tomorrow? #943840
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    I’m happy that I live in a neighborhood that there is no discussion at all of Yom H’Atzmaut. Its just a regular day like all others. Regular clothes, regular davening, etc.

    I’m sure my kids have never even heard of it.

    in reply to: Girls' Names #948065
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    writesoul – It is not a taste issue. Frankly, I think its an anti-Yiddish issue. For hundreds of years these were the standard names for girls. Now everyone feels the need for “Hebrew” names, and convert all the Fraidas to Aliza, Gittel to Tova, Golda to Zahava, etc. or, to use names from Tanach that no one used for 3000 years.

    You think that our great grandparents didn’t know the names from Tanach? Ask anyone over 70 if they new anyone growing up named Michal, Yael, or Avigayil.

    in reply to: Girls' Names #948062
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    yanki613 – I’m sorry to hear that you think that traditional jewish names are strange. They are fairly common names where I come from.

    Chaviva and Ahuva are much stranger names to me.

    in reply to: Girls' Names #948053
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    What’s wrong with nice regular Jewish names, like Gittel, Golda, Hinda, Raizel, Fraida, Blima, Faiga, etc?

    Where do you all find such strange names?

    in reply to: Bar Mitzvah date? #938918
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    YehudaTzvi – That Shabbos the leining will be Parshas Mikeitz (maftir will be Chanukah kriah). During all of Chanukah we read the leining of Chanukah every day. So that Thursday, the first day of Chanukah, we read Chanukah kriah, not parshas Mikeitz.

    in reply to: For Pesach: Chocolate Mousse Cake #936086
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    Any recipes for us traditional folks, who don’t use the exotic ingredients in all the recipes you are posting?

    in reply to: Colored Shirts #985689
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    apushatayid – I didn’t know it was against the Torah to wear a white shirt.

    Popa – I didn’t know that. I’ve never bought a blue shirt. You do realize, that if everyone starting wearing blue shirts they wouldn’t go on sale either

    in reply to: Colored Shirts #985686
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    Do blue shirts cost less than white shirts? Whether you agree or not, white shirts are standard attire in the yeshiva world. Those that wear blue shirts are making a statement of not conforming.

    As they say, in Rome do as the Romans.

    in reply to: Shulchan OrechSeder Seuda #934822
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    crdle – “with the no roasting prpoblem how does everyone serve meats and baked chicken?” – They don’t

    talmud – Look in Mishna Berura 476a – we do not eat oven roasted, even if it was first cooked in a pot.

    in reply to: Vayakhel-Pekudei #934419
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    Vayakhel-Pekudei are separate next year. (As a general rule, it is usually separate in a Leap Year, and together in a regular year.)

    in reply to: Why Do We Date Like We Do? #934654
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    What is “Modern Orthodox Machmir”?

    I have a feeling that the “Chumras” are straightforward halacha. Someone enlighten me.

    in reply to: Why Do We Date Like We Do? #934634
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    I think the OP is mistaken, as are many of the replies. Shidduchim were always done the way the Chassidim do it (there is nothing “Chassidish” about that method). There always was a Shadchan, checking information, etc. No “mixers”.

    We have tried for some reason to “adapt” the old way to the American “dating” system, and have the mess that we have. The blame should be put on the “dating” part, not the Shadchanim or the information part. That part hasn’t changed.

    Unfortunately the MO crowd thinks that things are supposed to be the way “it used to be” in America 60 years ago. Those who now a little history outside the mess that was Orthodoxy in America before the War, know otherwise.

    in reply to: Software to Slow Down Shiur Speed #959409
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    Torah613Torah – I agree with you most are too slow. I actually listen on an iPod/iPhone to Shas Illuminated in 2x speed. Perfect!

    By the way. if you want to adjust the speed on an iPod, it needs to be a Podcast, not a song. You can change the settings in iTunes.

    in reply to: Same-Day Mezuzah Checking in Boro Park #933285
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    Almost any sofer in Boro Park will do same day checking, not only for mezuzos but for tefillin too.

    in reply to: No Thanks for Your Mishloach Manos! #1009920
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    rebdoniel – “I don’t like eating things made in private kitchens; I don’t know how clean people are and I don’t know their kashrut standards (similarly, I would expect people to feel the same about me).”

    Trust me, after reading your Pesach post, your expectations would be very correct!

    in reply to: Mitzvah Tanz – Shabbos? #932872
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    Another reason is said, that the badchan is reminding everyone that they are wearing their Shabbos clothing, and they shouldn’t leave money in their pockets and forget to take it out before Shabbos.

    The solution is to give the money to the badchan, so you won’t have any problem!

    in reply to: Pesach Done Affordably #932804
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    “I see more and more people only eating the Hand Made Shumrah for the entire 8 days. That stuff is at least $10 a Lbs”

    $10 a pound? Please sign me up! Last year I paid $24.00/lb.

    in reply to: Pesach Done Affordably #932802
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    mods – can you please remove this misinformation post. If the best the OP can do is quote some Rabbi who would not be accepted by anyone in the “Yeshiva World”, then it doesn’t belong here.

    This Rabbi was one of the rabbis involved with “ordaining” “Rabba” Sara Hurwitz. Enough said.

    in reply to: Hebrew Calendar Resynchronization #931402
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    FriendInFlatbush – Unfortunately your gross oversimplification is not correct. As zahavasdad stated the Solar Leap year is to correct the roughly 1/4 day extra every year. No connection at all to the Jewish calendar, and only corrects itself, not the missing days in the 19 year cycle.

    Rosh Chodesh Adar Rishon always has two days, it does not vary. The only months that vary are Cheshvan and Kislev (i.e. Rosh Chodesh Kislev and Teves).

    in reply to: Hebrew Calendar Resynchronization #931398
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    old man – I appreciate the compliment, especially after the discussion about Rabeinu Tam on the other thread.

    in reply to: Mitzvah Tantz? #1208135
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    apushatayid – Trust me the badchan gets paid a nice fee, he is not living of your tip. $5 – $10 is more than enough.

    Enjoy your first Mitzvah tantz – you’ll see its not as bad as your Litvishe friends make it out to be. You might even come to agree to those of us who know that bringing the Kallah in to the men’s side during dancing is significantly less tzniyusdik.

    in reply to: Mitzvah Tantz? #1208128
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    Yserbius123/benignuman – By a Chupas Niddah, there is no Mitzvah Tantz between the Chosson and Kallah at all. Yes, it is very embarrassing!

    That is why in more heimish and chassidishe circles additional precautions are taken to ensure it doesn’t happen. V’Hamyvin Yavin.

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