Charles Short

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  • in reply to: Hagel and Obama #917707

    I did not know Cham and Yefes were blessed to become the most powerful people in the world like benei Avroham.

    in reply to: Dealing with an Atheist "Convert" #917641

    Trying to escape physical laws is almost symmetric with trying to escape moral laws.

    What is it with Indium Tin Oxide and Light?

    in reply to: Tent City #917046

    The Israelites were homeless for 40 years!

    in reply to: Tent City #917041

    Could I pitch a tent there and walk to a yeshiva and study?

    in reply to: Convert Becoming A Rabbi #1151551

    Or is the fact that a convert’s father fathered his child with a non-jewish woman create a lack of zchus avos for 3-4 generations?

    in reply to: Convert Becoming A Rabbi #1151550

    Does a ger who was ben Esav lose Zchus Avos when he converts or do only ben Dovid and the Kohanim have this Zchus Avos?

    in reply to: Convert Becoming A Rabbi #1151540

    What is a convert supposed to be sincere about?

    in reply to: Muttar for a Rabbi to discuss the awful shooting on Shabbos? #913261

    In my arrogant opinion, the natural inclination for a Jew is rachmanus and chesed. That is why Jews typically fail certain mitzvot which require the suppression of this natural inclination.

    in reply to: Muttar for a Rabbi to discuss the awful shooting on Shabbos? #913248

    Did Jews die in the shooting?

    in reply to: White House petition! #913123

    I think this goes by the name of “John Birch” society.

    in reply to: Soferim Business #910821

    Oh so the way I see it then, when purchasing a sefer you are relinquishing a quantum of idolatry to effect the performance of the mitzvah of writing a sefer, not to acquire a physical object per se.

    in reply to: Gerim needs a place to learn #911087

    I heard that it was forbidden for a goy to study Torah and goyyim should be encouraged to get jobs not to study Torah which belongs to Jews only.

    in reply to: Gerim needs a place to learn #911023

    Hello abc12345, I was once a prospective ger, I studied intensely for about 5 years and continued to be rejected by Orthodox rabbis. Now I understand that conversion may be appropriate for some people, but it was not appropriate for me. Its good that you recognize that other religions which proselytize are false and wrong; but this recognition does imply that you are required to convert to Judaism.

    Before you will be accepted into a charitable Yeshiva, I think you basically have to have converted already. If you can pay tuition, the options are better for you.

    Are you male or female?

    Why do you want to convert?

    Where do you live now?

    What sort of skills do you have to earn a living?

    in reply to: Noachide law #907008

    The Torah is perfect, just and refined. Its your interpretation that I called crude.

    in reply to: Noachide law #907004

    So N’s obligation to C remains unchanged by unforeseeable supervening actors. This is different from what I remember contracts class teaching.


    Where the supervening circumstances have so changed by the time of performance of a promise, that to compel the parties to perform the promise under conditions so altered, would require them o do something, which in fact they had never agreed to do. This is called the frustration of contract.

    The doctrine of frustration arises from the coming into existence of facts not within the contemplation of the parties, beyond the control of parties.

    The four instances where this doctrine is applied are:

    d)Loss of skill


    Glad I promised to uphold U.S. law not crude Noachide law on this issue..

    in reply to: Stoning of an adulterers #903555

    Yeah, keep all the mitsvot! Good luck with that.

    in reply to: Hacker Shul #903774

    from urban dictionary

    hack 639 up, 152 down


    1. To program a computer in a clever, virtuosic, and wizardly manner. Ordinary computer jockeys merely write programs; hacking is the domain of digital poets. Hacking is a subtle and arguably mystical art, equal parts wit and technical ability, that is rarely appreciated by non-hackers. See hacker.

    in reply to: Stoning of an adulterers #903551

    Adams: go ahead crush the skull of an adulterer with a big rock. Its a mitzvah and will bring you closer to haShem, who will judge you with the same degree of judgment you met on the adulterer.

    in reply to: Hacker Shul #903771

    The term hacking is derived from a group MIT engineers who liked to figure things out by hacking on them, i.e. trying the obvious and not so obvious permutations of an interface and seeing what happens. Sometimes this is picking a lock to see how it works, or overflowing the buffers of a computer program to see whether it is secure. There are hackers with different ‘hats.’ I’m not proposing breaking any commercial laws, but I’m not 100% familiar with Chosen Mishpat etc., so it would be helpful to have some who is nearby.

    My start-up idea is conceptually presented at and I’d like to use it as a subtle vehicle for promoting Noachide laws. (But not as a religion per se.)

    The ‘internet’ issue would require some liberalism, but that is part of motive: keep the internet in ‘hacker shul’ and out of the home. Avoid hacking while alone, its dangerous.

    in reply to: Debate Thoughts #898591

    I think the idea is this:

    So [Mitt] told all the words of the [Republicans] to the people who were asking for a [bigger government] from [for the people] [big government] who will reign over you: [it] will take your sons and appoint them to [foreign war]. 12 And [it will corrupt] for [itself] commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to [serve itself]. 13 [Your daughter will serve the government bureaucrats] 14 [It will increases taxes on] the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to [government] servants. 15 [It] will take the [40%] of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to [the officers of war] and to [government bureaucrats]. 16 [It] will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your [capital], and put them to [its own] work. 17 [It] will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be [its] slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry out because of your [bigger government]

    in reply to: Post-fasting tips #1186001

    Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream.

    in reply to: Beni Yishma'el #898065

    According to wikipedia; The highest concentration of Cohen Modal Haplotype outside of Jewish Kohanim is amongst Yemenites. There is no reported data on Saudi Arabia ( I e-mailed a Saudi University about this a few months ago but did not get a reply.) Assuming Jewish Kohanim have authentic tradition, all descendants of Abraham will have a Cohen Modal Haplotype; as do the Samaritan Israelites. However, 95% of (non-Cohen) Jews do not have the CMH and are thus children of Converts.

    I think it is highly unlikely that a blood descendant of Abraham would totally accept Judaism without receiving it through patrilineal sources.

    in reply to: Jewish Judges on Secular Court #897074

    “It is emphatically the province and duty of the Judicial Department to say what the law is.” – Marbury v. Madison. So there is no conflict for a frum Judge because as a judge he can decide the case however he sees fit. (Subject of course political ramifications that might follow.) On the other hand, enforcing a court order decided by a gentile judge might create a conflict for a frum Officer. At least that is how I see it.

    in reply to: How does one define a rasha? #978507

    If you willfully try to nullify one of the 613 commandments, e.g. continuously pray to a false god about rebuilding a city defiled by idolatry within the last yovel period, then you might be a rasha.

    in reply to: Never Daven With A Minyan – Why Force Your Chumra On Others? #891691

    measure for measure. -Shakespeare

    in reply to: Divorced Kohanim #891821

    This question presumes it is somehow “not a problem” for the Kohen who has never been married; but regardless, something about reality always makes the woman you can’t marry so very interesting.

    in reply to: Can you make a siyum if you learned in English? #1017712

    Am I the only person who thinks it would be cooler if 2711 different groups were formed, maybe even 2711 tables in Jerusalem whereby the entire Shas could be studied every day. While this may betray some concept of Jewish unity in specifics; it would reinforce the unity and connection of principles and if you were so interested you might want to speak with someone who had just studied a particular page that your page brought to mind and you could look them up through the table(group).

    in reply to: Can anyone explain going to Uman? #890133

    Chabad, Breslov, or Church = being nice and happy and whatever.

    in reply to: Is every other Woman on Zoloft? #837980

    On one hand I’m tempted to condemn the psychiatric profession in the harshest possible way. On the other hand, I’m tempted to take psychiatric medicine to help me deal with this world. I’ve studied this so much; even a formal medical school class; that I’m tempted to think I know something. And that something is that not even the best doctors know anything abut what they are doing. The brain is too complex to fathom. I think there are a lot of parallels with incense on the altar of gold in the synthesis, metabolic processing, and monetary reward of these drugs.

    in reply to: inferiority complex/speriority complex #826538

    Psychology is a false religion.

    in reply to: Working with Non Jews #823156

    Thanks for the clarification, though the answer is beyond my expertise.

    in reply to: Working with Non Jews #823149

    Why are you working with Non Jews?

    in reply to: What time do you daven? #823115


    I keep the Avraham Greenbaum “sweetest hour” book at my beside and it directs that Tikkun Rochel is “only recited on days when Tachanun is said.” Sometimes I wake up spontaneously during the midnight watch and figure I have nothing better to do than to recite the Tikkun, but this practice is irregular and an infrequent occurrence and not a habit.

    in reply to: What time do you daven? #823099

    If there is no Minyan peer pressure it may be more difficult to be consistent. I woke up for Tikkun Chatzot today but then went back to sleep and ending up late for a dilligent Shacharis at sunrise.

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