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Why are men looking at women other than their wives long enough to measure their skirt lengths?
Not sure how anyone should not know about the strict vaccine mandates here any more than they would not know about the strict gun laws here.
Please if you are not vaccinated, boycott New York City. It will help our economy and our health.
“Many epidemiologists believe the vaccine is weakening the immune system”
Nonsense. By definition the vaccines strengthen the immune system. That is how vaccines work!
Israel would be endangering Jewish lives to open its borders now.
“You were nowhere as magnanimous in regards to the sexual harassments allegation of Judges Thomas and Kavanaugh or Roy Moore, you sure were not “reserving judgement” in those cases.”
I challenge you to cite a post, here or anywhere, that backs up your claim on this issue.
“Charlie Hall and the rest would be saying”
If you can find an example of my attacking Trump because of the sexual abuse allegations against him, please cite. I did attack him for paying hush money to his porn star mistress, which he copped to. The real surprise was that most of the Coffee Room saw nothing wrong with that.
“There are often ad hoc minyanim occurring in various places within the airport itself.”
There is an actual shul in the international terminal.
“usually even two d’rabbanans is assur”
Correct. There is room to be meikel in the case of two safek’s — two doubts — but indeed usually two derabbanans are asur. However, in this case, there is no derabbanan, there is a minhag.
“If is most certainly assur to own chometz on erev Pesach after chatzos mid’oraisa.”
That is indeed the halachah but as all of us who have just finished tractate Pesachim know, that was not a unanimous opinion.
“Why doesn’t kitniyos before chatzos have the status of 2 derabanons which is most probably permitted.”
Al pi halachah kitniyot is mutar both deoraita and derabbanan. It is a minhag. And what constitutes kitniyot isn’t even clear. The Rema has a list but we don’t seem to follow him.
“Is there any Rav that permits k on Erev Pesach for Ashkies after the zman?”
Yes. Prominent rav in response to a direct shilah from me. But since the rav has not published this I can’t out him.
” but we acquired this minhag”
Never suggested dropping it, unless you move to a Sefardi community and need to abide by its minhagim. (Halachah actually requires that.)
“That would raise a concern.”
Not a concern today, though. Monoculture agriculture. Rice isn’t a real concern either; while rice can be grown in dry fields all commercially available rice today comes from flooded fields. Any contamination with chametz grains for either would come in the processing, not from the growing.
I always eat kitniyot on Erev Pesach. Even for seuda shlishit!
If you read the history of the 17th Amendment you will learn that the impetus for it was the state legislatures themselves. They were tired of having their elections nationalized. They were very close to getting an Article V Convention when Congress finally gave in and sent them the 17th Amendment for ratification, which occurred quickly.
“No Democratic Party”
No Democrat Party. Idiot Republicans keep using that term.
“Robert Byrd was a member of the Klan and a U.S. senator.”
Ed Jackson was a KKK member and Governor of Indiana. Clarence Morley was a KKK member and Governor of Colorado. Both were Republicans. Calvin Coolidge openly sought KKK support in 1924. William Howard Taft and Herbert Hoover actively tried to purge the Republican Party of Black’s, particularly in the South, and largely succeeded, in something called the “lily white movement”. Rutherford B. Hayes ended Reconstruction and allowed Jim Crow to proceed unabated. Not until 1936 would the Republican Party finally stop the racism, but it instead turned to anti-Semitism in the lead up to World War II. A miracle happened in 1940 when it nominated lifelong Democrat Wendell Willkie for President and endorsed Civil Rights but that ended in 1964 for good. Richard Nixon, who as late as 1960 had a good civil rights record, welcomed the racists into the Republican Party whom the Democrats had expelled. The last good thing a Republican president did for civil rights was when Nixon appointed Lewis Powell to the Supreme Court. Powell, an otherwise conservative corporate lawyer, was loved by Virginia civil rights activists. Lewis Powell was a Democrat, the last person to be nominates to the Supreme Court by a President of the opposite Party.
There were exceptions. My great grandfather was a big Republican activist in Kentucky a century ago. He helped to get Edwin Morrow elected Governor in 1919. Morrow got the legislature to enact an anti-lynching law, and he sent the National Guard to Lexington to prevent a lynching. The National Guard opened fire on the lynch mob, killing a number of them. That of course ended Morrow’s political career. 🙁
Republican apologists for their party’s terrible recent civil rights record rarely admit the party’s history. Only from 1940 to 1960 was it superior to the Democrats.
Read the clinical trial results. There has not been as dramatic a reduction on mortality of any medical intervention in over half a century. That is true for the Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J vaccines. Get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible. There are no really good treatments (hydroxychloroquine has been absolutely proven to be useless).
” I don’t see 40 pro-China or pro-Russia senators”
Well there were over 120 members of the House of Representatives who voted to overturn a Presidential election. So while we arent at 40 percent yet there are indeed a lot of folks who are doing the work of Putin.
“Should the Supreme Court be abolished because how the Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott?”
No, but the Constitution was amended to overturn that decision and Congress increased the size of the court to help to make sure that there would never again be such a horrible decision. Note that one of the justices in the majority, John Archibald Campbell, would commit treason against the United States, joining the Confederacy.
“the history of the Democrat party is tied to racism. Learn some American history.”
There is not and has never been a Democrat Party in the United States. You need to learn some American history.
Furthermore the Democratic Party expelled its racists in the 1960s and 1970s. The Republican Party embraced them with open arms. Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush all opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which was unquestionably good for Jews. Like I said, learn some American history.
“opinions of modern orthodox posters who don’t hold of daas torah”
I am reminded of the old joke that we modern orthodox don’t hold of Daas Torah because Rav Soloveitchik z’tz’l told us not to.
“you need to get up the entire Elul for Selichot”
In the minhag of the Spanish and Portuguese synagogues, which is what we all really should be folliowing here in America because they were the only congregations for over 140 years, they recite Selichot 2x/day for all of Elul.
“she has a voice and and opinion in how the USA deals with Israel.”
And I have a voice and will continue to bash her until she changes her voice and opinion.
The problem is the dual loyalty canard that Trump and Omar spouted. It has also been used to target Catholics.
Jews who try to sabotage the State of Israel are rashaim no matter what they do in other areas of observance.
“your perception that Trump encouraged anti-Semitism”
Trump definitely encouraged anti-Semitism. That is not my perception, that is fact.
He endorsed a neo-Nazi, Paul Nehlen, in a congressional primary. That even a single Jew could support Trump after that shows that Trump Jews have interests other than those of the Jewish people as primary.
He came before the Republican Jewish Coalition and spouted meme after meme. Quotes: “Is there anybody that doesn’t renegotiate deals in this room? This room negotiates them – perhaps more than any other room I’ve ever spoken in.” and “You’re not gonna support me because I don’t want your money. You want to control your politicians, that’s fine.” At a later Republican Jewish Coaltion event he would refer to Benjamin Netanyahu as “your prime minister”. (Well I wish we did have Netanyahu as the US head of government rather than Trump, as Netanyahu has about 40 more IQ points and did a great job on COVID-19, unlike the venal Trump.} These are exactly the same memes for which Ilhan Omar correctly gets called out for anti-Semitism. Anyone calling out Omar but supporting Trump is a hypocrite whose interest is other than fighting anti-Semitism.
Trump said that “very fine people” marched with Nazis in Charlottesville. Absolutely no excuse for that. Unequivocably condemning Nazis should be the easist political position to take, but Trump had to make it like he was looking to get supporters on both sides. (Note that both David Duke and Louis Farrakhan had supported Trump in 2016. Three hatemongers — all birds of a feather.)
Trump isn’t the kind of anti-Semite who would ever shoot up a synagogue. No Trump supporter has ever done that. But he is the kind of anti-Semite who fans the flames of hate, including anti-Semitism, and that is what most of Europe was like in the 19th century. The 20th century followed.
“implications in the Tur and Shulchan Aruch that only those steeped and habituated in Chassidus”
The Tur and Shulchan Aruch long preceded Chasidus.
“we compromise and place it slented”
Most Sefardi/Mizrachi Jews place it vertically.
“For religious assemblies, both small and large, having a place to gather for worship and carry out other religious activities is fundamental.”
That acutally isn’t true al pi halachah.
“Nothing makes it look like you encourage anti-semitism more than having jewish grandchildren and supporting the jewish state.”
Both Trump and Biden have Jewish grandchildren. Trump spouts old anti-Semitic Jewish memes that he clearly believes, even though he doesn’t seem to personally hate Jews. But Mussolini didn’t personally hate Jews, either. Trump also says nice things about anti-Semites, and even lies about them at times, such as when he claimed that he didn’t know who David Duke is. Biden doesn’t spout anti-Semitic memes, period.
“his approach to an imperfect market”
This is actually proof for the absolute brilliance of Chazal. They inderstood 1500 years ago that markets are imperfect. Too many right wing Jews today don’t understand what Chazal did, which is a proof for yeridot hadorot.
“I don’t think the Torah’s economic system is compatible to ours.”
Correct. It requires a much more generous welfare state. And certain things we take for granted today like interest on loans, limited liability corporations. securitization of debt, bankruptcy, the cancellation of debts at death, caveat emptor on purchases (except for real estate), and freehold land tenure do not exist in the Torah’s system.
Maybe it is good that Bernie Sanders is an unlearned Jew. Could you imagine what he would be like if he discovered that the Torah does not permit corporations at all?
“The Torah demands the same tax percentage from all income brackets.”
The Rabbis changed that. See Yerushalmi Peah Perek Chet. There is no fixed percentage given for the mandatory contributions for support of the poor.
“Mashiach will be here long before the Earth has a chance to “climate change” to anything significant.”
It is already significant. Where is Mashiach?
“They are about redistributing wealth. And controlling people. Neither of which are Torah concepts.”
Actually they are very much Torah concepts, at least if you get your Torah through Moshe Rabbeinu rather than Ayn Rand. See the numerous agricultural tithes, the mandatory charity contributions that the Rabbis instituted to replace them when we ceased to be an agricutural people (and which were instituted in the diaspora as well as in Eretz Yisrael). Also see regarding business conduct the requirements for honesty and transparency, fair treatment of workers, fair competition, and prohibition of charging or paying interest. And note that you can get flogged and get your property confiscated if you decide that you don’t like your wealth being redistributed or yourself being controlled. Chazan and Rambam talk about this extensively, and in great detail. Regarding business conduct the Torah is arguably to the left of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Haven’t been to Arizona in 30 years but I did see people carrying openly then. One turned out to be an off duty police officer outside of his area of jurisdiction.
Arizona’s homicide rate in 2019 was 83% higher than New York’s, and in the first 11 months of 2020 the homicide rate in Phoenix was 120% higher than New York City’s.
Interesting historical trivia: The Scottish Militia Act was the last piece of legislation every to be vetoed by a British Monarch. In theory they still have that power but they have not used it in 312 years.
“the constitution is clear”
Actually it is pretty clear that it does NOT provide for an individual right to own a firearm, only for a right to organize militias. The historical background is that in 1708, Queen Anne Stuart vetoed the Scottish Militia Act in order to prevent Scots from joining a rebellion in opposition to the Act of Union. Basically, the Second Amendment was about being able to overthrow the government. No less a figure than the late Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote that the idea that there was an individual right to own firearms was nonsense. Unfortunately far right extremists have taken over the Supeme Court and we pay for that with lives.
The two sets of tefillin from over two thousand years ago at Qumran did not follow either Rashi or Rabbeinu Tam, and differed from each other.
Maybe any of the 24 possible orderings is actually kosher d’oraita.
“Did we filter water 100 years ago”
No. The system opened in 1842. Gedolim drank unfiltered water for over 150 years.
Regarding restaurant impurities,
That’s a lot of hate.
Sen Dianne Feinstein may or may not be halachically Jewish. Her mother, who had some Jewish ancestry but practiced Christianity, sent Dianne to Catholic schools!
Having to figure out these things is whay I never want to be a rabbi.
Bruno Kreisky was Austria, not President of Austria. Chancellor is a much more powerful position. First sociailst Chancellor post WW2. And a bitter enemy of the State of Israel. We don’t need Jews like him in power.
“His grandchildren are Jewish.”
Joe Biden has Jewish grandkids, too. All three of his children who lived to adulthood married Jews.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is also halachically Jewish, but was raised as a Christian.
Violent anti-Semites are quaking in their boots. A new sheriff just arrived in town!
“Why has Harris been speaking to world leaders recently and not Biden?”
Last week, Biden called European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and President Alejandro Giammattei Falla of Guatemala. The previous week he called President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi of Iraq. The previous week he called Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, and the week before that President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, and President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea. Before that he called Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Emmanuel Macron of France, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
It took me much longer to type all that than it did to to find that information, all of which is on whitehouse dot gov.
Again we see the incredible arrogance of the Biden haters in spewing easily debunked motzi shem ra. They think nobody will catch their lies.
“another one who thinks covid has a brain.”
It is called natural selection. No brain required. Would that it weren’t true — we would not have to worry about antibiotic resistent bacteria either. 🙁
I’ve known numerous gun nut Democrats. My wife’s family are far left and love their guns. Go to Vermont and you will find that a lot of Bernie Sanders supporters are armed to the teeth. (Proud Boys better not try anything up there in the mountains.) I’ve been to Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Alaska and I’ve never seen anyone other than a hunter or a law enforcement officer open carrying; I’ve seen it a lot in Vermont. Oh and you have never needed a permit to carry in Vermont.
Just looked at some election district by election district results. Biden carried every election district in Riverdale, Teaneck, Passaic, Skokie, and Toco Hills, usually by pretty big margins. The idea that orthodox Jews are automatically Trump supporters is not backed up by data. Still waiting on California data.
Never in the past 40 years would I have thought I would see a Democratic Congress vote to spend $2.75 billion on aid to non-public schools, and to have every single Republican vote against it. It has been almost a half century since there has been significant Democratic support for aid to non-public schools in large number.
“it isn’t Moral!”
Taxes are not only mutar they are mandated by the Torah and the Rabbis. See what Rambam says about what happens to people who don’t pay their taxes.
There was no inflation with Trump’s huge tax cut for the wealthy. Or the larger first COVID relief bill. Or the much larger printing of money by the Fed to prop up the stock market. It is about time normal folks get some benefit from the printing of money.
The child tax credit has long been a Republican priority. But when a Democrat proposes it the Republicans all vote against it. The Republicans have no principles.