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  • 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.

    in reply to: Hebrew Calendar Resynchronization #931390
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    zahavasdad – The first day of Spring is only April 4 according to Tekufas Shmuel, which is know to be inaccurate, as is discussed at length in the Rishonim and Achronim. The calendar doesn’t use Tekufas Shmuel.

    Obviously you do understand that the Tekufas Nissan is exactly when it is, as it is a physical phenomena. There cannot be a different first day of Spring according to the Jewish Calendar.

    This year Pesach is March 26, and is still after the accurate Tekufah.

    in reply to: Hebrew Calendar Resynchronization #931385
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    old man is correct, as the Levush says that the 247 year cycle is not exact, and does not repeat itself precisely. The Biur Halacha (Siman 428) lists the years were the Tur’s calendar is not exact, and the corrections.

    The loss of a day every hundred years is not related at all to the calendar. The calendar is based on Tekufas Rav Ada, which is only slightly off (as mentioned by zahavasdad). For Tal U’matar we use Tekufas Shmuel, which is indeed off by 3 days every 400 years.

    in reply to: Vacation days for yeshiva children #953362
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    I thankfully send my kids to a school that didn’t discontinue mid-winter vacation – they never had it. 3 days off during the winter – Sunday of Chanukah, Purim and Shushan Purim.

    They also never extended sessions on Sunday – they always had a full day of Limudei Kodesh on Sunday.

    I am happy I don’t have your issues.

    in reply to: Chassidic Shul with Late Mincha #932919
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    old man – In regards to calling those who say that in the Middle East Tzais is 72 after the visible shkiyah “ridiculous” and “logically untenable”, please don’t forget that the Mechaber clearly states that Tzais is 72 minutes after the sun is not visible (OC 261:2).

    Since he lived in Eretz Yisroel, I hesitate to call his opinion “ridiculous” or “logically untenable”.

    in reply to: Chassidic Shul with Late Mincha #932915
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    old man – Yhank you for the reply. In actuality what you are saying is not universal. Yes, what you are saying is the shittah of the Minchas Kohen (which was the prevalent minhag in Germany and Hungary), that all the calculations are calculated backwards from the actual tzeis hachochavim.

    There were however shittos that used a fixed sunset and 72 minutes after sunset, regardless of the visual stars. This was the prevelant minhag in Galicia, and is followed today by Satmar, Belz, Klausenberg, and others. By the way, the simple reading of the Mechaber in Shulchan Aruch seems to follow this view.

    in reply to: Chassidic Shul with Late Mincha #932911
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    old man – The “first” shkiah, or Tchilas Shkiah, according to Rabbeinu Tam is sunset. From where do you see otherwise?

    in reply to: Chassidic Shul with Late Mincha #932908
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    Aaron Chaim – There are no places, Chassidish or not, that do melocho after the shkiah. I don’t know where you get this that there are chasidish places that are mekabel shabbos after the first shkiah (I assume you are referring to doing melachah, not davening Kabbolas Shabbos).

    This has been the case since at least World War I. Even before WWII, there were virtually no kehillos left that were meikil like Rabeinu Tam in regards to Kabbolas Shabbos.

    (There are exceptions in the case of a a baby born bein hashmoshos Erev Shabbos, depending on which Chassidus, whether a bris is made the following Shabbos or not).

    in reply to: Chassidic Shul with Late Mincha #932905
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    There is nothing Chassidish about following this Shitta. This was the accepted opinion among all of Ashkenazic Jewry for hundreds of years (see a detailed list in Sefer Yisroel V’Hazmanim).

    By the way in Breuer’s in Washington Heights the daily minyan for Mincha is after Shkiah! I don’t think they are very Chassidish.

    in reply to: MBD greatest hits #920154
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    Best Yiddish – Mekoman shel Zevachim, Close second – Paroh in Mitzrayim

    Best English – Just One Shabbos

    Best Hebrew Slow – Perok

    Best Hebrew Fast – None

    in reply to: "Dating Early" Kol Koreh- Who's missing? #918360
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    Kiryas Yoel is the poorest city because income is calculated on a per capita basis. If you divide the total income earned among the 70% of the city which are children and don’t have income, of course you’ll have the poorest city.

    Poorest city just means the city with the largest percentage of children ka”h.

    in reply to: Planning a Bas Mitzvah – Ideas #917308
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    Just make a Bas Mitzvah the way it was always done. It is way below your budget – you’ll even have $400 to spare.

    in reply to: Sefer for a Couple to Learn? #900280
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    I think any of R’ Shimshon Pincus ZT”l’s seforim would be perfect

    in reply to: Need more comfortable Yom Kippur shoes #898134
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    Wolf – try imagining what it feels like by the Amud. (By the way after a while your feet don’t hurt, because you don’t feel them anymore)

    in reply to: Yonah in Navi #898143
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    All 5 megillos are in K’Suvim (Esther, Rus, Koheles, Shir HaShirim, and Eichah), and Yonah is not a megillah.

    in reply to: What's the going rate for a lulav and esrog in NY? #897908
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    Between $10 and $300 for a set, and everything in between. Depending on what and where.

    (It’s kind of like asking the going rate for a diamond on 47th Street.)

    in reply to: Satmar Rav on rice #896701
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    If I remember the story correctly, it was the Satmar Rav, but it wasn’t in a DP camp. It was after he was released from Bergen Belsen on the Kastner Train and arrived in Switzerland.

    in reply to: daf yomi #893139
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    rocker – On Kol Haloshon there are shiurim from Rabbi Dovid Grossman. I think it fits into what you are looking for exactly. It is in English, clear, and doesn’t go beyond the pashut pshat in the Gemara.

    in reply to: Litvishe Gedolim respecting Chasiddishe Gedolim #894147
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    Anyone who can put the Chasam Sofer in a list of “Gedolim from Lita” is obviously quite clueless.

    in reply to: Kosher food in Niagara Falls #1188932
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    I was in Niagara in early July, and they were both open. It was still quiet, as more people come later in the season. I am sure they are open now in August, especially it being bein hazmanim.

    I didn’t eat at the meat restaurant (I know they were open because it is right next to the daily minyan). The pizza shop was okay. I went there once during my stay.

    in reply to: How Many Total Daf Are There? #889387
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    The answer is that they changed which print of Mesechta Shekalim is used (which is the only mesechta of Yerushalmi in the cycle).

    The original cycle used the Slavita print. It was subsequently changed to the now standard Vilna print which is longer, as there are more meforshim on each page.

    in reply to: Why are US Jews all opposed to the Affordable Care Act? #881490
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    The reason frum jews are against Obamacare is for two simple reasons.

    1. We are pretty smart and we see the fallacies in the law and realize that it won’t work. Insurance premiums in New York have already gone up almost 100% since ObamaCare was passed.

    2. We all know family and friends in Canada or the UK, and see how socialized medicine is a disaster.

    in reply to: Black hat #877089
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    lakewhut – not sure what Mishan Berurah you are reading. It is pretty clear that he means a hat besides a yarmulka.

    Your assumption that not everyone wore a yarmulke in Europe is completely incorrect.

    in reply to: Enough with the yiddish already #878242
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    chgoachdus – In Boro Park most of the advertising literature and posters were in Yiddish.

    in reply to: I have a problem with internet filters.(And I'm frum) #878402
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    You have some old misconceptions about filters. Most current filters, for example K9 and OpenDNS, have many different categories to allow and disallow. The types of sites you are referring to can be easily allowed, while still block almost all the filth on the internet.

    I love seeing all the reasons people have to not have filters. It seems that the Yetzer Horah is hard at work feeding misinformation and misconceptions.

    in reply to: Mixed Seating #877029
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    The Maharshal says is Yam Shel Shlomo that if there is mixed seating by a wedding or sheva brachos you do not say “Shehasimcha B’Meono” because the shechina is most definitely not taking part in such a gathering.

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    midwesterner – The Rambam is Hilchos Kiddush Hachodesh explains how the calculation of the molad is calculated from Brias Haolam (this is one of the reasons why Rav Schwab ZT”L was chozer, because according to his calculation the cheshbon of the molad wouldn’t fit).

    It does indeed appear from the Rambam’s method of calculation that there was a continuous use of the years since Brias HaOlam, regardless if this count was used in every day use (where minyan shtaros was used).

    in reply to: shomer nigia #901548
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    menucha12 – There was never a time that the concept of shomer negiah and covering hair didn’t exist. Because you didn’t hear about it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It is standard halacha and always existed.

    It’s almost like someone who didn’t grow up frum saying “When did this Shabbos thing start, it didn’t exist when I was growing up?”

    in reply to: Shaving Erev shabbos mochor chodesh #869543
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    The Chazon Ish held that all these heteirim during sefirah to take a haircut on Friday (for example when Lag Baomer comes out on Sunday) shouldn’t apply to shaving.

    The whole reason is because of Kovod Shabbos, and he said the best Kovod Shabbos is to have a beard for Shabbos!

    in reply to: Taking tefillin off with left hand. #868230
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    In order to deal with sam4321’s issue, I propose the following:

    Let’s create a new minhag that we all switch several times a year. How about every time they change the clock? Just like we are supposed to change the batteries in our smoke detectors, we will all change which hand we use to take off tefillin.

    We can even make a mishaberach in shul the week before for all those that will participate, and then we can make a kiddush afterwards.

    The only question that I have is, will we say tachanun on “switching day”?

    in reply to: OMG THERES NEVER ANYTHING TO EAT ON PESACH!!! #863006
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    I always feel that there is nothing to eat BEFORE Pesach. Not a scrap of anything to eat at home!

    in reply to: BMG's Freezer #862872
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    bpt- Just to clear up your erroneous assumption, I left Lakewood about 12 years ago, and I have been working hard since. I am actually the one who is too busy working to normally read the CR. So, no I don’t take my wife and father in law to be fools.

    I don’t know what is wrong with stating the obvious that one learns better when they are not involved in the Shidduch market, or when they are a Chosson, or when they have a wife and family at home.

    If you have a Yeshiva where people stay for many years, wouldn’t you want their first few months to be without any distractions?

    in reply to: BMG's Freezer #862864
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    My first 3 1/2 months in Lakewood (when I was in the “Freezer”) were my best months of learning in my 5 years Lakewood.

    Case closed.

    in reply to: Rabbeinu Tam's Later Shkia and Shabbos (and Mincha) #857077
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    besalel – very interesting, the accepted psak for hundreds of years and the opinion of the majority of Rishonim and early Achronim (The Shulchan Aruch and Rama included) caused jews for generations to be mechalelei shabbos and they were no better than unaffiliated jews.

    I guess we have witnessed over the past 150 years the largest Baal Teshuva movement in history.

    in reply to: Rabbeinu Tam's Later Shkia and Shabbos (and Mincha) #857069
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    ItcheSrulik – The common practice to daven Mincha after Shkiah and maariv before 72 minutes, is done for the most part completely Lehalachah.

    It is done based on the Minchas Kohen’s shittah in Rabbeinu Tam, which was followed in Hungary (not in Galicia), that did not hold of 72 minutes. Rather Tzeis is based on 3 small stars, and the bein hashmoshos beginning 14 minutes before that. Therefore if you assume that Tzeis in NY is about 50 minuts after Shkiah, you can daven Mincha 30 minutes after Shkiah and maariv afterwards 50 minutes after Shkiah. In addition, the Maharam Shick holds that you can daven Minchah during Bein hashmoshos, and this psak was widely accepted in Hungary.

    For those who hold with a strict Fixed 72 minutes (Satmar, Klausenberg, etc.) daven Mincha at approximately 45 minutes after Shkiah with Maariv following at 72.

    in reply to: Eating before Shacharis dilemma #948551
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    Is the Alos you calculated based on degrees or fixed 72 minutes. I imagine it is degrees, in which case you might be able to be meikil to use Fixed 72 degrees, which in the Arctic circle could make a significant difference.

    in reply to: Speaking Yiddish #851778
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    “machloikes-inducing language” – Translation: I don’t understand Yiddish and I feel uncomfortable hearing people speak Yiddish since I don’t understand it, so everyone please stop speaking Yiddish.

    in reply to: Bar Mitzvah idea – save money and way better #851323
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    First of all, who says that a Bar Mitzvah is a celebration for the boy and not for the parents?

    Imma613 – In most yeshivas in Lakewood and Boro Park the boys do not come to the seudah. There are a number of reasons. First, the boys end up staying late and don’t function well in class the next day. When you have the entire class not functioning it doesn’t work. Try then to imagine 2-3 bar mitzvahs a week.

    Second, the boys can and do get rowdy, and sometimes turn a nice Yiddishe Simcha into a wild birthday party.

    in reply to: Health insurance for large families with decent income #850568
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    From irs.gov Publication 502:

    How Much of the Expenses Can You Deduct?

    You can deduct on Schedule A (Form 1040) only the amount of your medical and dental expenses that is more than 7.5% of your AGI (Form 1040, line 38).

    in reply to: Health insurance for large families with decent income #850564
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    A heimishe mom – You can only deduct the amount above 7.5%, not the full amount.

    I personally can vouch for CHP. You can make a pretty good salary and still be easily eligible. For our b’h large families, the fact that the per child premium is capped at 3 children is a tremendous savings. It it truly a pleasure having no copays and no deductibles, which is what I had with my old insurance which costed a fortune in premiums.

    in reply to: mg"a #845945
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    Better question – Why are people not makpid on the Mogen Avrohom’s zman for Krias Shema which is M’Deoraisa, and would never be maikil like the GR’A on Erev Pesach for Sof Zman Achilas Chometz – which is only M’Derabanan?

    You would think that someone who ate chometz after the MG”A zman on Erev Pesach was a shaigetz.

    in reply to: Crisp Restaurant -Under CUP K Supervision #1091133
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    See how many restaurants under this hashgocho are open on Shabbos and decide for yourself

    in reply to: Anyone ever hear of a Simchat Bat? #834678
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    A vort is a new simcha in the following sence. Until 30 years ago, people made a Tenoyim with a seudah, which is something discussed numerous times in the seforim and halacha.

    For some reason we dropped the idea of writing Tenoyim (in American Litvishe circles), and had to rename the party as a “vort”.

    Have a tenoyim is still the norm among Chassidim, as well as by Litveshe in Eretz Yisroel.

    in reply to: Anyone ever hear of a Simchat Bat? #834614
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    Contrary to what many commentators have said, no where in Shulchan Aruch does it say that you make a Shehechayanu when you have a baby girl. The Mishna Berura says his own chiddush that you do make a Shehechayanu when you see the girl the first time, as it is no different than not seeing a friend for 30 days. However, most poskim disagree and advise not to make a bracha.

    Upon the birth of a son, the bracha is HaTov VeHameitiv, which is said upon hearing about the birth, not seeing the baby.

    in reply to: Going to Israel for a Yeshiva/Seminary #825470
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    “Dont be surprised if she gets drunk once.” – Astrix, thank you for proving the point that so many of us have been saying.

    Keep your daughters home! You’ll save $20,000 and have a better daughter (contrary to the hype).

    in reply to: Why Do the Women Get the Better Shmorg?! #820837
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    deiyezooger – actually about 10 years after shanah reshonah the wives start to send plates over again.

    Except, that they only send plates of salad . . .

    in reply to: Parsha Question (Only serious answers need apply) #819834
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    I always thought to say that it seems that animals before the mabul were of higher intelligence than the animals after the mabul (for example, the Nachash by the Eitz HaDaas, the issue of eating animals before the mabul, and the fact that they were meZaveg with other minim).

    Therefore at this last time before the animals went into the teivah, the Torah calls them Ish VeIshto, to denote the final point when animals were on this higher level.

    Maybe there was even a concept of “ish VeIsha” among animals before the mabul?

    in reply to: Difficult Parsha to Lein #898623
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    Don’t mean to go off topic slightly, but which parshios do you all think is the hardest to lein in terms of preparation? I have always found the following difficult to lein:

    Vayetzei, Vaera, Tazria. Any others?

    in reply to: Difficult Parsha to Lein #898620
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    Never found it that hard, you have to concentrate on the opening Reviei, and all flows well from there. I actually find the hardest part to lein at a normal pace, I am so used to going fast on Simchas Torah to speed everything along on the 8th, 9th, 10th time around.

    yungerman1 – You remind me of a funny story, when I was a kid I once heard a baal korei mistakenly do the Taanis yud gimmel midos on Shabbos Chol HaMoed! You would be shocked how many people followed and said the yud gimmel middos out loud!

    in reply to: hashkofa help! #812428
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    I heard a shiur from Rav Belsky on this gemara.

    His pshat was that the machlokes was if the sun goes around the earth (Chachmei Umos HaOlam) or if the earth rotates daily (Chachmei Yisroel). Of course, we now know that the Chachmei Yisroel are indeed correct.

    What the gemara means that the sun goes above the Rakiah according to the Chachmei Yisroel, is that if the earth is rotating, nightime occurs when the earth rotates away from the sun. So the sun is “on top” of the sky, because we are below.

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