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December 16, 2020 10:14 am at 10:14 am in reply to: The fat lady has sung #1929103
The problem with you always Trumpers is expressed in your last statement. You attribute all sorts of abilities to Trump, that arent true.
I still remember the guys who would say, every time Trump did something dumb, that its all a ploy and he is doing it because he understands the media and blah blah.
I also wanted Trump to win, I think he is a better man and has, by far, done better things than what i expect from biden.
But I do take a certain solace in his loss. Apparently, acting like an insufferable jerk, arrogant and childish, is still distasteful to the American public. Irrespective of the other parties, less-visible flaws.
And to the point you bring in your comment, I am all for waiting and seeing, yet I would note that every INDEPENDANT, HERETOFORE REASONABLE individual have all disregarded Trumps challenge to the results. These include as prominent as Bill Barr, and other TRUMP APPOINTED judges. You cannot go on yelling foul without a shred of CREDIBLE evidence. You would be no better than democrats asserting russian collusion.
At this point, the continuation of the “stop the steal” movement can only be described as “less than rational”. I will have none of it.July 19, 2020 2:32 pm at 2:32 pm in reply to: YWN forums/ coffee room. MY OPINION, WOULD LIKE TO HEAR OTHERS #1883638
Thank You for calling attention to this.
I have actually recently put in a topic and was eagerly awaiting a response, and BH it was generally ok.
However there came those who began spouting accusations at others and some of it unfortunately got ugly.
Its very sad.
One point I want to make,
When you talk pompously and in a denigrating manner about someones opinion, even if you have not called him any names you are over on Lashon hara, and “ona’ah”.
I must admit that I too have failed in that regard. And I would like to ask anyone I may have hurt for forgiveness.July 13, 2020 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm in reply to: Do our eyes tell us what happened to GEORGE FLOYD #1881986
Treyvon martin was not shot because he “looked” like he might kill someone. Thats disingenuous.
Yes he was FOLLOWED because he “looked” suspicious.
He was shot after attacking the security guard, bashing his head in, and trying to take his weapon.
This is all documented. You disagree?July 13, 2020 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm in reply to: Do our eyes tell us what happened to GEORGE FLOYD #1881985
Your would be correct. To think someone dying while in a choke-hold actually died from other causes is not the most logically conclusive implication*.
The point I make though, is that it is reasonable to assume, I believe, that he WAS NOT IN A CHOKEHOLD ALTOGETHER.
(*I word it specifically that way, being cognizant of the halacha that a BD would not give a death penalty to someone in exactly the case you mention. Because if there is a possibility then a BD wont be dan L’misah. However that is due to V’hitzilu ha’eida, and that definitely isnt the law in our case).July 13, 2020 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm in reply to: Do our eyes tell us what happened to GEORGE FLOYD #1881979
Whatever you think about this, it would be worth it to consider that no one here is ok with anyone killing or hurting others, not cops to civilians and not civilian s to cop. We are simply trying to debate the facts as civil people who want the right thing done.
You should keep that in mind before you blast others. Its just simply not right.
You arent helping anyone or anyone’s agenda, including your own, by being vicious.July 13, 2020 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm in reply to: Do our eyes tell us what happened to GEORGE FLOYD #1881978
You state that the trachea can be blocked when pressed from the side of the neck is simply conjecture on your part. I challenge you to find one such example.
It may be that you are right, but where do you get that assertion from?
I think it is reasonable to say that it ISNT possible. I think that as long as one does not break/disconnect any part of the neck, then unless there is pressure directly on the trachea, there is no inhibition of airflow.
Someone here compared it to a necktie, but that isnt accurate, as a necktie tied too tight would be putting pressure on the actual trachea.July 12, 2020 9:15 pm at 9:15 pm in reply to: Do our eyes tell us what happened to GEORGE FLOYD #1881607
OK, Got it.
Yet I still think the dots arent connected.
You ask if I believe Floyd would have died if the cop didnt have his knee on his neck, The answer to that is it doesnt make a difference what I think. It makes a difference what is reasonable.
So if we are to ask “is it reasonable to think that Mr. Floyd would have died without the cops knee at his neck”? I think it is reasonable. Do we not hear of many stories of people dying from taking drugs?
Now the question is is it reasonable that he died from the pressure the cop placed on his neck? Well thats the question we are trying to discuss here.
What we all agree to here, and I am not reffering to you now, but all of the people who are nipping at each other in these comments, is that a murderer should get punished, and a victim should have his justice.
The only difference is how we see the relevant facts.
We are trying to put the possibilities out there in an honest and intelligent way.
No one here is condoning murder, or even making light of it.
And surely no one should condemn a man for murder without asking all questions with appropriate gravity.July 12, 2020 8:24 pm at 8:24 pm in reply to: Do our eyes tell us what happened to GEORGE FLOYD #1881609
The front of Mr. Floyds neck was not pressed on the ground.
The side was.
Hence the question, can pressing the side of the neck constrict the airway, even if the trachea itself isnt being pushed against anything.
As a reminder to @Ubiq and @n0mesorah,
The initial and official report by the city’s medical examiner concluded that he DID NOT die from asphyxiation. While I can surely understand that the examiner may be biased. I can also understand if we are biased to believe so.
Sometimes we are so horrified at what we see that we seek to find the source of evil and destroy it. that is a very emotional time. Therefore we have to give ourselves time to rethink things from a clear perspective.July 12, 2020 5:13 pm at 5:13 pm in reply to: Do our eyes tell us what happened to GEORGE FLOYD #1881575
Did you get a chance to see the video?
It does not appear that his neck was pressed against the ground. (a very difficult thing indeed if you think about it, like was his head so tilted upwards that the bottom of his neck was on the ground? where did his chin go?) His head was actually turned sideways with no pressure on the trachea. Making his claim of “I cant Breathe” pretty unbelievable.
Now, I CAN fathom that if enough pressure is put on the side of the neck it may restrict the breathing, thats why i said i have to try it again. Because although i did try it, I saw the video again and see the position was a little different than what i tried.
However the point is, before you “gird your loins to fight the moral fight” realize that we arent fighting here, we are trying to figure this out to the best of our knowledge.July 12, 2020 3:39 pm at 3:39 pm in reply to: Do our eyes tell us what happened to GEORGE FLOYD #1881567
There have been some interesting responses here that clarify the issue.
Your response however missed the point. The question is how kneeling stops the breathing, as the trachea is exposed in the front of the neck, not the back.
The answers that DO work are the ones that explain that the asphyxiation was due to the blood flow being restricted, not the difficulty breathing.
Again you answer the question “does a knee to the back of the neck stop someones breathing” ? You answered YES. On what basis? there doesn’t seem to pressure on the trachea!
Did You try it? i did.
I also asked if we can tell how hard he was kneeling.
The explanation of that question is as follows: Being that it doesnt seem that kneeling on the back of the neck restricts breathing, and yet at the same time the victim was calling out that he couldnt breath, perhaps it makes sense that if one is kneeling, even on the back of the neck, hard enough, then it can affect the trachea even though it is being protected by the spine. And we would have to say that even without the spine breaking, there is enough pressure , somehow, on the trachea to cause difficulty breathing. The question then is though, how can WE gauge how hard the officer was kneeling that we are able to accuse him of such?July 12, 2020 3:36 pm at 3:36 pm in reply to: Do our eyes tell us what happened to GEORGE FLOYD #1881570
Well your not doing a good job of providing reasoning for what you “pointed out”.
And no one is saying that being intoxicated is a reason to get killed, you know that too, and therefore your comment is disingenuous. Thats not very nice.July 6, 2020 5:47 pm at 5:47 pm in reply to: Hypocrisy thy name is Left #1880183
I think Law and order has to do with standing for law and order. not deciding it.June 28, 2020 8:47 pm at 8:47 pm in reply to: ywn singing a different tune? #1877523
Well, after The virus killed hundreds of yidden, can you say that YWN was wrong?
All the obituaries printed in the frum publications including hamodia and yated, not enough for you?
Now, however, many have a false sense of security. It may be argued that the virus made its rounds through our community, which is why so many of us can be plasma doners, and so most of us seem to not have adverse affects to the lack of mitigation.
However, for other communities, where it did not make its rounds because of implemented mitigation practices, there is now a resurgence of cases.
Anyway, the issue with deblastio is the double standards and hypocrisy, not the content.June 8, 2020 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm in reply to: Defunding Police #1869406
yep, man viciously beating woman… therapist steps in “how does this make you feel”?
crowd control by private firms? oh gosh, why? will THEY be better trained/unarmed?June 8, 2020 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm in reply to: The “New Normal” for Shul During the Yamim Noraim #1869405
heres this as an example, In the beginning of this virus the cdc stated that corona spreads through surface contact and not through inhaling, (remember all the “masks are so that you should not touch your face garbage?) now they list that as unlikely and they list as likely, airborne particles.
BTW that is the reason for the reversal on the recommendation to wear masks.June 1, 2020 6:53 pm at 6:53 pm in reply to: Protesting the Protesters #1866647
Joseph you are 100% right.
If they are so afraid of corona killing people than all these protesters are murderers right? So how do you protest murder with murder?
Goes to show that no one REALLY thinks coronavirus is that dangerous. Exactly Josephs point
Joseph isnt saying he’s against the protests, he’s bringing a point about the people who were angry before (De Blastio for example)June 1, 2020 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm in reply to: George Floyd #1866648
Probably most people who dont care didnt see the video.
Did you see the video? there was no excuse for that. No matter the fancy linguistic acrobatics that anyone will attempt. Unless theres a HUGE missing piece here, that was murderMarch 19, 2020 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm in reply to: Coronavirus versus the Seasonal Flu #1841217
in wuhan it was 1% because they locked everyone in their housesMarch 19, 2020 7:52 am at 7:52 am in reply to: Coronavirus versus the Seasonal Flu #1840877
well, being that the coronavirus spreads so much faster and is less detectable, the ability for it to spread is much more dangerous than the flu.
now, since with the numbers you’ve put up here it shows how only 1 percent of people infected with flu end up hospitalized, while when looking at Italy for example, where they didnt get on their game fast, the rate of severe infections is at about 8%, we can clearly see that rachmana litzlan this virus is potentially much more serious than the flu.March 1, 2020 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm in reply to: navigating narcissism #1836710
ha. is she a good friend? then probably not narcissistic.
btw, you shouldnt take random tests,[was it administered, or she found it somewhere, like a book or online?]
I have tried, when i was younger to take online iq tests, i varied from over 147 to 93. um, i stuck with the 147.March 1, 2020 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm in reply to: Dare to be great #1836709
so when you are out in the Serengeti, and you realize your tour jeep and fellow explorers have left you behind, and you hear the [not too] distant growl of a lion, the cackle of a hyena, and hiss of a rattlesnake? Thats feeling vulnerable.
Its neither a bad or good thing, it just is.
Just KiddingFebruary 24, 2020 6:21 am at 6:21 am in reply to: mashiach ben yosef #1834806
when you start seeing the lights….February 20, 2020 2:00 pm at 2:00 pm in reply to: If you vote democrat #1833656
R’ Tzvi Pesach Frank
The Shita that allows for abbortion is based on a tosefos. R’ Moshe held it to be Retzicha, and as the Posek Hador in america that became the accepted view, but there are many cholkim. There are even Rabbanim, who are mainstream for the Yeshiva Velt, who matir in certain cases, following R’ T P Franks opinion…
For the cholkim on R’ Moshe, it still is assur, just not retzicha which allows for heterim in certain circumstances much more so than R’ Moshe.
R’ Mordechai becher has a nice shiur on this….February 14, 2020 12:57 am at 12:57 am in reply to: The top two dems are either a sodomite, or a communist #1831667
Yes I believe that a sodomite is worlds worse than a man who has relations with someone who’s not his wife. Whats your standard for measure?February 13, 2020 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm in reply to: Why was trump impeached??? #1831635
you missed the point of his question, namely that he was accused of interfering in an election that will never have happened. A real “Schroedingers cat” of a crime no?
Furthermore you missed the entire argument regarding his acquittal. Everyone agrees he asked for a favor “first” question was if its impeachable or is proof of quid… neither of which can be answered by reading the transcript.February 13, 2020 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm in reply to: Why was trump impeached??? #1831634
He was impeached [allegedly] for attempting to use his position to solicit personal favors.February 13, 2020 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm in reply to: Why was trump impeached??? #1831633
@Kluger, Catch was actually calling out the dems on it if I understood correctlyFebruary 13, 2020 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm in reply to: Why was trump impeached??? #1831632
i am no fan of trump, actually, i am. I dont support his personality though and what he’s done, but his oafish sincerity and his win by all means attitude are a benefit in a political climate of save-your-own skinism.
I did not vote for trump because of his mannerisms and history, but do plan on voting for him in the upcoming election because of his policies that are in line with what i believe in. Including economy, Israel, border security, and much of foreign policy.
The dems have not been mature enough to look at the bright side and ignore the idiocy. Because they dont see a bright side, they hate his policies.
So they decided to impeach him, from day 1. There are recordings we all heard.
You charge it as upholding their check on the executive branch, yet they have consistently proven that they have a PERSONAL vendetta against the president.
And lastly, you write how he abused power and obstructed. 1 playing hardball with money was the practice of many a president including hussein Obama with the israelis, it is only abuse of power if its no ones interest other than his, but for a legitimate investigation, which is what an investigation of bidens actions seems to be, it isnt abuse of power. 2 obstruction is only illegal if its illegal [simple no?] but without a court order that he must comply with the subpoenas, he doesnt have to, and therefore its not obstruction see?February 13, 2020 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm in reply to: Why was trump impeached??? #1831637
“I have said before on YWN that Trump succeeded in making Biden unelectable by the Democrats. He reminds them of Hillary and her investigations too much . Though all of the investigations went nowhere, it still was a dark spot on her”
I was not aware of any comprehensive investigations into either of them for what theive been accused of, maybe you can point me in the right direction. The recommendation of “extremely careless but not criminal” just doesnt seem finished no?February 9, 2020 2:36 pm at 2:36 pm in reply to: shreds of decency #1830225
I’m sorry if i miss any points in responding to your q, as i dont have time to follow the whole thread, i would also say that the little i saw form kluger was something i would agree with, I think he puts forth a very strong argument, however to say it in my own words..
I did not vote for trump, I couldnt stand the guy, and those who are his fans still irk me till today. However, with all the lying and everything else, He delivers. And his heart is in the right place.
I cannot say the same for any democrat, maybe they do have the right ideas, but if its ok to hand one mans earnings to another what does that say about you?
BUT YOU ASK ABOUT REPUBLICANS, and to that the answer is, I am not pro republican, I’m pro people who attempt to do the right thing, so show me who they are and i’ll vote. So you’ll offer cruz, pence, and romney [yes i meant that], The problem with that is they arent willing to get dirty in a fight, for whatever the reason. I think that its similar to a situation we had as Klal Yisroel, Lehavdil elef havdalos, With Yiftach, who was not the greatest of The Yidden [though surely he was great] yet chachomim saw that he had the ability to be the one to lead Klal Yisroel at that time, so they chose him. [CH”vsh, to even compare Yiftach to Trump, that isnt my intention, my intention is to show however that sometimes in a society, you take an effective leader over a ‘most virtuous’ one.] I therefore dont let silly mannerisms bother me, After all, manners are not the be all and end all of what a person is. Far from it.February 7, 2020 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm in reply to: shreds of decency #1829803
I try not to think about it, cause its awkward to burst out laughing in public.February 7, 2020 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm in reply to: shreds of decency #1829806
your a step away from the plate on this swing buddy. Most people here [seemingly] who support trump do so DESPITE his despicable mannerisms. [myself included]. And we think the Dems stick out their split hooves but in reality are really swine. In other words, the Dems whole pitch against trump has been his behavior and how childish he is. Not his policies, they cant fight those head on, so they have this equivalency thing between upstanding individual and correct policy.
And then suddenly its over, and in one rip of a paper its clear that their whole argument of moral/intellectual superiority is shredded. just like that. THATS what we’re all saying.
Its not that the republican party can do no wrong, its that nevertheless their policies are better. But the dems have tried to equate decency with being correct on policy, and suddenly the decency dissapears… its great stuff!
And thee farmer freezeth in his place, as the sheep doth OINK! : )February 6, 2020 6:59 pm at 6:59 pm in reply to: Mitt Romney is now persona non grata #1829637
Yes, the difference is trump [arguably] broke the law going after biden while romney [arguably] upheld it.
If he did take paper clips he’d be an omer muttar… besides, is there a chiyuv livdok?
but all that is “agav churfei ta’ah”. Its irrelevant. The point is romney consistently is upstanding, even here, v’horaya, he could of voted against Trump regarding both articles, so ‘migu’….
but all that isnt nogei’a either cause he’s a soneh and cant be dayan or aid.
Now that we got that outta the way, the fact remains, that it is not possible to know his motivation. Therefore 1) it may have been honest.
2) even if it wasnt, romneys response was, as you pointed out, no different than trumps to biden, coupled with the fact that trump went after romney before for no good reason. Therefore i still consider romney upstanding, if this is a fault, its a pretty good fault.
BTW, I dont agree with romney, i dont think trump should be impeached, yet neither do i need to prescribe banality to romney for voting the way he didFebruary 6, 2020 6:53 pm at 6:53 pm in reply to: Hashkafah on watching the Super Bowl #1829640
@kluger @syag @avrom
Great job kluger, that choftz chaim is a great example of being realistic, lets face it people what joseph said is correct, people rationalize aveiros all the time, and they do it for watching stuff like the super bowl too, in fact many people who wouldnt watch a movie sometimes get sucked [ baavonoseinu harabim] into watching that too, and somehow it never gets turned off in time…
A person i know just came over to me telling me that he was horrified, that although he was aware that they were going to watch the superbowl, he took it for granted that they would shut it for the half time… long story short-they didnt, and all the people there who would never do such a thing, maybe they looked away, but ain apitruphus…….February 6, 2020 1:34 pm at 1:34 pm in reply to: Hashkafah on watching the Super Bowl #1829504
So, I am someone familiar with this Halacha. Now that i’ve introduced myself here goes.
The Mitzva of “btzedek tishpot” is not a universal rule.
By all accounts it applies to someone who you know is tzaddik who you see doing something which seems, yes seems, wrong. And we are Mechuyav in that scenario to not judge critically but to either reconcile it with a good interpretation or leave it as “i dont know”.
More so, if it is undeniable that a misdeed was committed, still we must judge favorably by saying, surely after the sin he has remorse and is not a person who sins, v’ein tzaddik b’olam …. shelo yecheta. as we know “haroeh T”CH sheasa aveira b’layla, al tiharher acharav, shebivadai asa teshuva”.
Also not an argument, is that when one sees a rasha doing something that can be either good or bad… YOU SHALL JUDGE HIM LEKAF CHOV! this is agreed by all the poskim.
The confusion revolves around a beinoni, someone [like most of us frum people] who ‘try’ to abstain from aveiros but unfortunately nevertheless fall many times. From the Pirush Meshnayos Lerambam, and from the rav, in avos, and others, it seems that there is no chiyuv to judge such a person favorably, although it is a middas chassidus to do so.
The Chafetz Chaim however, in his hilchos lashon hara, in the intro where he discusses that someone who speaks lashon hara transgresses the mitzva of betzedek tishpot, explains that this is a misreading of those aforementioned sefarim.
The Chafetz chaim puts forth a strong argument that one is MECHUYAV D’ORAYSA to judge a beinoni favorably. And he explains that the aforementioned sefarim were referring not to someone who YOU KNOW IS A BEINONI but rather to a stranger, who you do not know, and therefore dont know even if he is a beinoni, Maybe he’s a rasha?
Such a person there is no chiyuv to judge favorably. Nevertheless it is virtuous (middas chassidus) to judge him favorably.
Therefore. Being that most of us on the coffee room do not know each other, there is no chiyuv “dan Lekaf Zechus” – L’kulo alama.
Furthermore, Joseph saying that there is a tendency to rationalize aveiros isnt his own statement, but the baalei mussar, from the poskim, from the gemara, from Tanach;
“ain adam roeh nigei atzmo” , “darko shel ish yashar b’einav” ect.
and as an aside, there is a misunderstanding out there that “yiddden dont judge”.
My belief is that that idea has permeated into our psyche from the Goyim.
OF COURSE YIDDEN JUDGE! We constantly calculate and judge! its not possible not to judge, its an inherent trait that Hashem gave us for our safety!
It tells us to be wary of people that seem threatening, to not let our guard down around people with mannerisms that exude harmful intent, to not give our money to every scammer who calls us, and to not confuse a leopard for a house cat!
But we judge in a manner prescribed by the torah, allowing us to listen to our feelings but to lead with our mind. Those who say “dont judge me”…. their the ones we usually have to be most careful of.February 6, 2020 11:55 am at 11:55 am in reply to: Mitt Romney is now persona non grata #1829473
Actually he’d be considered Chachmei umos haolam, as per the rambam, for keeping the 7 laws. Chasideihem are only if their mekabel bifnei bes din.
As mentioned above, Nachrim arent mechuyav in ‘Yichud”. Hence He observes the 7 noahide laws and is from “Chachmei umos Haolam”, the same of which cannot be said for the president.
Romney is a respectable man.
And lets say its just out of spite, so he clobbered his enemy good, out of spite. Thats what you do to your enemies.
And he was not on to shakey ground either, lets remember guys “We need a favor first” is in the transcript. Its quite clear what was meant by that. There are reasons why that in itself may not actually be 1) impeachable or 2) sufficient, but thats a tough argument to make. not impossible, but surely not ‘non-debatable’.February 5, 2020 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm in reply to: Mitt Romney is now persona non grata #1829358
Does anyone really believe Trump did not pressure Zelensky to go after Biden in some way? “but we need a favor from you first”, its in the transcript. So it isnt a clear quid pro quo? there are surely “raglayim ledavar”. I dont think that in itself is under debate by anyone.
I do think that the debate is whether it is an impeachable offense, or is that considered sufficient evidence [not whether there is sufficient evidence, but whether the evidence already presented is sufficient]. Both debatable items. So Romney believes yes and yes. It seems valid to me.
[although i myself would say not, it isnt a black and white matter]February 4, 2020 7:15 pm at 7:15 pm in reply to: Hashkafah on watching the Super Bowl #1828920
Your well put, though i would clarify that the chofetz chaim in B’er mayim chaim says as such only for a person who you do not know, while still positing that its a midas chasidus to judge even him favorably.
– regarding women being more emotional, that doesnt necessarily equate with less logical, though it very well may, however in that case it behooves you to stick to logical discourse and not saunter down the path of “virtue by gender” no?
However i Happen to very much agree with a lot of what you write and always enjoy seeing how you respond to others. You come across as knowledgeable. And i find myself agreeing with you (think target story :0).
however as in the case above you responded while on afterburner and thus clarity was lost…
And just in case you do ever start to wonder, I’m a guy. Though truthfully i am still unsure about the gemarah that sais ashrei mi shebonov zecharim…..February 4, 2020 2:14 pm at 2:14 pm in reply to: Hashkafah on watching the Super Bowl #1828827
Also i take exception to your comment at syag that she is “thinking like a female” besides it being insulting as in to say that females cannot be as rational as men, it is also not an argument based on the merits of a disagreement.
Regarding the actual position that you seemingly assume, that females are less logical than males, or that males in general are smarter, i think it is a fascinating discussion. I really am interested in what the torah says about this, its a great topic for another thread. [actually it would theoretically be a great topic, save for the intense emotional and personal tone its bound to assume]. i’ll leave it to you to figure what gender i am… this is gonna be fun : )February 4, 2020 1:58 pm at 1:58 pm in reply to: Hashkafah on watching the Super Bowl #1828816
You write that there is no commandment to judge favorably? That what you meant?February 4, 2020 12:27 am at 12:27 am in reply to: Hashkafah on watching the Super Bowl #1828660
Football is cool, I used to watch the highlights. Competitive sports are exciting, and therefore fun to watch.
Thats why one would watch it.
I never have watched the superbowl though, as others mentioned, its much more a hype than a football game.
And as Joseph so succinctly put it, who gives one a heter to do aveiros once a year? It is by now well known that the half time show is full of ugliness. Ugliness that pulls, at the taavos of every yid. You wanna associate yourself with that? disgusting.
If Someone were to turn it off, that would ‘technically’ be a different cheshbon. But we all know how it goes, “i’ll turn it off when she starts singing” or only by her dancing… woops.
So my answer? There is nothing inherently assur with watching the superbowl as lomg as the pritzus can be kept out. But it is a davar megunah, being that it is so intertwined and defined by its entertainment element. Furthermore, it is clear that those who stay away are for good reason, and those who join, well, you just have to guess how sincere his “but we turned it off for the half time show” is.
1 more point, i saw someone ballyhooing about the virtues of dan lekaf zechus, you are completely missaplying that principle as do most in their chanufa of the wicked. thereby fullfilling the gemaras comment that “muttar l’hisgaros berishaim …. v’kol mi sheomer ainu, mipnei shelibo nokfo”.
I would live to take on this topic in a different thread.January 30, 2020 9:51 pm at 9:51 pm in reply to: Agudah Supports Palestinian Statehood #1827574
Agudah does, as per the opinion of all the Torah world gedolim since the Chazon Ish, support that which will make life better for the Jewish people.
That does not mean that it is better to have a Palestinian state. Rather that it is better to have a comprehensive, world accepted, plan.
One thing that the Gedolim have never supported, was Zionism. And so, we dont care if there is a Palestinian state or not, even if it is all based on lies or whatever you want to say. The point is to support that which will give Yidden the opportunity to thrive. At this junction, the most pragmatic approach is to support the deal that our president has presented.
those who espouse the idea that “israel is ours and we should not give up an inch” are, firstly, fools, and secondly, not adhering to the dictates of the Torah on this matter.January 22, 2020 11:51 am at 11:51 am in reply to: Are public displays of Frum support of Trump a safe thing? #1825115
I didnt know they consider frum jews uneducated lazy bums. i thought it was slumlord benefit stealer.January 22, 2020 11:51 am at 11:51 am in reply to: Why do many people in Lakewood drive way to fast? #1825113
Ha, you must,ve been that guy going 30 on pine where the limit is 45. (after sommerset walk toward New Hampshire).
Its confusing to newcomers, but once familiar you get the feel. Thats your answerJanuary 21, 2020 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm in reply to: Teenagers and technology #1824975
probably to late in game to try to restrict her. Only way it can work now is, as someone commented above, have a conversation with her. If you see that she is agreeable and understands the point, then putting structure in place will be effective for those times she herself is , for whatever reason, unable to follow on her own.
(now that i got the pedagogue side of me out i will confess that what i have just said may be correct, and may just as well be utter bull product. I am not a mechanech/educator and my oldest child is less than 3 years of age(=0January 19, 2020 9:14 pm at 9:14 pm in reply to: A Third of Israeli Youth Don’t Enlist in the IDF #1824234
@phil. he isnt saying that zionists are bad for claiming to be mentally ill. He is saying that their choice of whom to pursue is indicative of their intentions. Hence no reason to include that bit, as it doesnt pertain to the conversation.
if your jewish than you should follow its code of law. and in the jewish code of law [more commonly known as shukhan arukh] it states that those whose occupation is torah study are exempt from, what we would term, “community service”. So in essence, you are the one who’s entitled and believe no one can have a loftier purpose than yourself, and therefore should obviously be subject to the same standards as the common folk. [i.e. yourself].
1. you missed the point.
2. so what?
3. you really missed the point
4. putting words in peoples mouths isnt cool.
5. isnt that the same as #1? anyway, you missed the point.
6. yes. and no. depends when and who. also the rise in exemptions should match the actual statistics of MH in the state.
7. no. the one who made the mess should clean it.
news flash, it aint us who made it a vs. them issue.January 15, 2020 6:57 pm at 6:57 pm in reply to: Meir Kahane #1823255
To quote R’ Avigdor MIller, Posted on MAtzav.com not long ago
“i will not give an opinion cause i do not know him, but he was one of very few who adamantly opposed the reform and conservative agenda”.
As someone pointed out earlier, vigilant self-defense is not “violence”.
And to those who oppose him, even if he was wrong, he was a frum jew, and you may not disparrage him. Furthemore, he was a remarkable person in his avodas Hashem. It is said about him, that when he heard of an imam who woke at 5 am every day to study his book, R’ Kahane said, if he does so, surely a yid can do better. And he Started rising to at 5am to learn.
He may not have had the right hashkafa, but he was a great man! Can you say you would do the same?!January 8, 2020 9:49 pm at 9:49 pm in reply to: Guns in Shul #1821213
Answer to the post is simple.
WHERE DO WE GET THAT HAVING A GUN ISNT THE JEWISH WAY?!
I believe there is a huge misconception. This that we are taught that having a gun isnt the jewish way applies to the “vigilante” ‘take matters into my own hands’ type of way. people -Eisav- who walk around with an attitude of “if you cross me you”ll suffer my wrath”. That is “al Charbicha tichyeh”. That is EIsav.
But to obtain weapons for actual self-defense in light of a real threat, why thats an OPEN HALACHA IN SHULCHAN ARUCH THAT WE MAY CARRY WEOPONS, EVEN ON SHABBOS, TO DEFEND OURSELVES IN THE FACE OF AN ADVANCING ENEMY!
So, i think that clarifies the issue. Anyone agree? disagree?
BTW, akuperma and gadolhadora are correct that its lunacy to have untrained people with firearms, it may even become necessary to make a rule, no guns in shul unless you can prove a certain amount of training.January 6, 2020 6:17 pm at 6:17 pm in reply to: Social & Communal pressure on M’agnim? #1819523
Spot on. Nothing more to add to your statement. Its the exact truth everyone.
I actually grew up with certain members of my family helping divorced women, specifically women. After a time i began to see that most of the PROLONGED, UGLY, AND DRAWN OUT cases where the fault of the person my family member was trying to help. I was even commissioned to partake in certain ventures to “convince” the ‘rouge husband’ to give a get. And when finally meeting the relevant parties, it all became clear, that it is all completely unclear.
Hope that helps.January 5, 2020 3:57 pm at 3:57 pm in reply to: Blocking a driveway/גזל שינה. Y park on the street when you have a driveway? #1819136
Gezel Sheina is a mussar vort, its a chisaron in V’ahavta l’reiacha K’mocha. It is not actual gezel. There is no mention of “gezel sheina” in the entire gemara or shulchan aruch.
The understanding is that gezel is taking away something that belongs to someone else. Obviously sleep isnt something that is ‘being taken’. It is however a mussar vort. dont do something harmful to someone, especially when it cant be amended.