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May 12, 2013 8:58 pm at 8:58 pm in reply to: Why Can't Women Get Modern Smicha and Become Rabbis? #1071588
charliehall: “I will not dignify this insulting question with a response other than to point out that The Rav’s wife and one of his daughters both held positions of communal leadership at the Maimonides School.”
I will tell you that “other than to point out that The Rav’s wife and one of his daughters both held positions of communal leadership at the Maimonides School” is a response. Why can’t you answer the question? Would the Rov approve of such an institution? Of course not.May 12, 2013 7:02 pm at 7:02 pm in reply to: Yeshivat Maharat #953534
“I’ve been burned here because many people have no respect for hashkafot other than their own.”
“look in the mirror”
+1May 12, 2013 5:53 pm at 5:53 pm in reply to: Why are Yeshivos considered Tzedaka? #952760
Why can’t a Jewish business owner collect tzedaka for his store? If someone owns a shoe store (such as me) I can go around collecting tzedaka in order to keep my store from going under and falling into poverty. In fact, it would be the highest form of tzedaka for someone to lend or give me.
No one is forcing you to participate in these Chinese Auctions, raffles and tzedaka.May 12, 2013 5:41 pm at 5:41 pm in reply to: Yeshivat Maharat #953531
How so? Can you kindly quote something I said.
The majority of my posts have to do with giving tzedaka, maaser and monetary issues.May 12, 2013 5:31 pm at 5:31 pm in reply to: Yeshivat Maharat #953529
I want other peoples opinions which is why I posted it in the first place.May 12, 2013 4:53 pm at 4:53 pm in reply to: Yeshivat Maharat #953527
I disagree. I am not trolling. This is a very serious issue to some BTs.May 12, 2013 4:51 pm at 4:51 pm in reply to: Women wearing pants #952716
Daniel Rosen: “Lo tilbash is not wearing clothing of the opposite gender because of arayos”.
Sam2: “Pashtus is that Lo Silbash has nothing to do with Arayos.”
Sam2 is wrong. Let’s just end it there please. You made a mistake. That is fine. Let’s just move on. You spend all your time here challenging people instead of listening to people.May 12, 2013 4:43 pm at 4:43 pm in reply to: Secretly Videotaping Someone Else's Home #952771
He can’t spread lashon hara via video. But I don’t think it is assur for someone to record something if he is there in the room with the camera itself. The camera is an extension of his eyes. If he were to record while other people had thought he left the room, that is a big problem.May 12, 2013 3:43 pm at 3:43 pm in reply to: Women wearing pants #952713
“Simchas Purim be Mattir an Issur D’Oraisa?”
Because its derech tzchok.May 12, 2013 4:24 am at 4:24 am in reply to: Non-kosher Fish Oil Capsules #952763
Swallowing a capsule is considered shelo k’derech achila and may be taken by a sick person even if he is not in danger. One who has a maychush or who is in good health should consult a Rav before taking a gelatin capsule.
A posek once told me I could take it with a tissue. I didn’t because I thought that might not be so healthy, to swallow a tissue.May 12, 2013 4:20 am at 4:20 am in reply to: Women wearing pants #952706
Sam2: “The Sod Hadavar might be related to Arayos, but for Halachic purposes it really isn’t.”
That is not true Sam. That’s why lehalacha on Purim it is mutar for a man to wear woman’s clothes. It is obvious that he is not really a woman.May 12, 2013 4:15 am at 4:15 am in reply to: The Dov Lipman ResponseóControversial? #955380
Rabbi Hershel Schachter does not pick and choose. You do. You publicly support an institution named yeshivat maharat that not one gadol would ever support. yeshiva maharat is no better than conservative judaism. So at least admit what side you are on before quoting gedolim.May 12, 2013 4:00 am at 4:00 am in reply to: Women wearing pants #952705
yitayningwut: “and I honestly do not see a basis to prohibit pants for women in a society in which it is the norm.”
That is exactly my point. The only issue is arayos. If the woman is obviously a female (i.e. in a society that would recognize her as such because females wear pants) there is no issue even though she is a feminist and wants to be just like a man. As long as she is recognizable as a female there is no lo tilbash issue. There is perhaps daas yehudis issue. But to confuse the two shows a lack of understanding.May 10, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm in reply to: I just don't get it #952942
Sam2: What is basic pashtus? Is that superfluous?May 10, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm in reply to: Yeshivat Maharat #953522
Sam2: “It’s entirely possible that something like this is beneficial and somewhat necessary for the community.” Oy vey, Sam2.May 10, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm in reply to: The Dov Lipman ResponseóControversial? #955369
Oy vey Sam2, the person who says lo silbash has nothing to do with arayos. I am sorry but I cannot get into debates with specifically you due your a fundamental lack of understanding of halacha. I am not alone with this on YN. I am not trying to cause machloches. Please lets go our seperate ways.May 10, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm in reply to: Women wearing pants #952698
Sam2: “Pashtus is that Lo Silbash has nothing to do with Arayos.”
That tells me you have no fundamental understanding of halacha. I am sure you have the potential to be a talmid chacham, but for now I do not want to get into long debaates with you again. Your above statement just confirmed you have a long way to go before you are ready to start having these debates.
And who gets to determine what constitutes “wanting to be like a man”
I don’t know, that’s my point, it has nothing to do with lo tilbash.May 10, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm in reply to: Yeshivat Maharat #953518
rebdoniel: perhaps you should ask yourself instead why you would be burned.May 10, 2013 9:19 pm at 9:19 pm in reply to: The Dov Lipman ResponseóControversial? #955367
charliehall: you do not respect Rav Soloveitchik who says a women cannot be a president of a shule. So kindly do not bring up poskim that you pick and choose to follow to spread your conservative Judaism agenda.May 10, 2013 9:15 pm at 9:15 pm in reply to: Women wearing pants #952696
You guys are mixing up two different issues. Lo tilbash is not wearing clothing of the opposite gender because of arayos, it has nothing to do with a women not understanding the special role of a woman and wanting to be like a man.May 10, 2013 9:08 pm at 9:08 pm in reply to: Women wearing pants #952695
Lo tilbash there is no issue with women wearing pants. It’s an issue of daas yehudis. I personally heard this from a posek.May 10, 2013 8:14 pm at 8:14 pm in reply to: Why Can't Women Get Modern Smicha and Become Rabbis? #1071571
I said The Rov held that a women cannot be a president of a shule. Now, since the ultra left modern “orthodox” are the ones espousing such views that so blatantly conflict with the Mesorah and are the same ones that hold by Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, they are all the more foolish. No one with true yiras shamayim would even suggest such an idea.
charliehall: Don’t you repect Rov Soloveitchiks decision not to allow women to hold roles of communal leadership?May 10, 2013 5:45 pm at 5:45 pm in reply to: Maaser on wedding money when being supported #952018
“everyone must give tzadaka….You are right that you 147 cannot say he must give masser, but he must give something.”
Why? If you only have enough for your most basic needs and are living off tzedaka from your parents you are patur from maaser and tzedaka. You must take care of yourself before others. The question of the OP was not even about tzedaka but about maaser.May 10, 2013 5:18 pm at 5:18 pm in reply to: Why Can't Women Get Modern Smicha and Become Rabbis? #1071568
“They have gained their renown the way Jews – men and women – have through the centuries, not by chasing after titles and honors, but by serving Hashem, seeing needs within the Jewish community, and addressing them through writing, learning, and teaching.” +1
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“Well, I want to be a doctor, so let’s say, hypothetically, that I know everything I need to know to set up shop, but since I didn’t go to med school, I can’t get my MD- even without the title, even though I can practice medicine as well as any doctor, I’m obviously limited in what I can do with my knowledge, as nobody wants to be healed by someone who’s not an MD. “
But unlike a doctor, you do not need a degree to practice Torah learning and teaching. So if people will not listen to you it is there fault not yours. Smicha or not, you cannot psak halacha. You need a posek for that, and the Chafetz Chaim never had smicha until the end of his life when he needed it to travel.May 10, 2013 5:10 pm at 5:10 pm in reply to: Maaser on wedding money when being supported #952015
the voice of reason: Thank you for saying you think I am closer to being right but why do you think I am wrong as well?May 10, 2013 5:04 pm at 5:04 pm in reply to: Fair Trade #951995
“Many workers producing some of the staples of the Western diet — coffee, tea, chocolate and bananas (the main fair trade products) — are desperate and have no other options, so they will work all day for just enough wages to survive. As long as the workers do their job and don’t die, the corporations selling these staples profit. Since they can pay them so little, they do, because that makes them a larger profit….I would say it is not required, but it is praiseworthy and an act of chesed to buy fair trade.”
I completely agree.May 10, 2013 4:01 am at 4:01 am in reply to: Maaser on wedding money when being supported #952000
147 is completely wrong and ignorant of halacha.May 10, 2013 3:57 am at 3:57 am in reply to: Maaser on wedding money when being supported #951999
No, if you only have enough money for your basic needs you do not give maaser. You are patur. If your parents are giving you money for a specific purpose it is assur to give the money to tzedaka. You must use the money for what your parents gave it to you for.May 9, 2013 9:38 pm at 9:38 pm in reply to: Why Can't Women Get Modern Smicha and Become Rabbis? #1071565
I am specifically referring to giving women “smicha” and calling them Rabbis. True, smicha today is not halachic smicha anyway but allowing women to do bedika and calling them Rabbis and having them poskin shailos or be presidents of shules is completely different.
This thread was titled “Why Can’t Women Get Modern Smicha and Become Rabbis?”
If you want to talk about a specific different issue, why not have it on another thread. I am addressing the question of the OP.May 9, 2013 9:06 pm at 9:06 pm in reply to: Fair Trade #951990
gavra_at_work “????? ??? ??? ????? ??? ????? ?? ??? ??? ????? ???? ?????”
How does that have anything to do with what I am saying?
You quoted a gemarah that says someone who buys and sells for the same amount with no profit is not called a merchant.
That has nothing to do whatsoever with what I said. In my case, the merchant will make a profit and charge a little more to support fair wages, perhaps a little less profit also, but he obviously makes a profit. That gemerah is anything is against capitalism as it says profit cannot exceed 1/6th.May 9, 2013 8:42 pm at 8:42 pm in reply to: Why Can't Women Get Modern Smicha and Become Rabbis? #1071563
charliehall: Of course we do not need them. It is kefira. What have we done for the past 1000 years.May 9, 2013 8:28 pm at 8:28 pm in reply to: Fair Trade #951988
In other words, if you know someone is being paid $7.25 an hour for making a shoe selling for $100 would you sooner buy from someone who paid the person perhaps $20 an hour and the shoe would cost $110.May 9, 2013 7:33 pm at 7:33 pm in reply to: Poor Baal Tzedaka vs. Rich Baal Tzedaka #951862
The mitzvah of tzedaka iss a very important mitzvah. However, if you do not have money left over after your basic needs you are patur. There is no mitzvah of giving tzedaka in such a situation if it is going to cause severe stress, shalom bayis issues or if you have loans you need to pay back and just don’t.May 9, 2013 7:27 pm at 7:27 pm in reply to: Why Can't Women Get Modern Smicha and Become Rabbis? #1071560
Avi K: “1. Rav Moshe does not call them kofrim (actually it would be kofrot). He says that certain beliefs are kefira.
2. He also says that a woamn may be president of a synagogue board and, in fact, an observant woman is preferable to a non-observant man.”
So the beliefs are kefira but the people espousing them (including many men) are not kofrim? That is ridiculous.
I said The Rov held that a women cannot be a president of a shule. Now, since the ultra left modern “orthodox” are the ones espousing such views that so blatantly conflict with the Mesorah and are the same ones that hold by Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, they are all the more foolish. No one with true yiras shamayim would even suggest such an idea.May 9, 2013 5:25 am at 5:25 am in reply to: Why Can't Women Get Modern Smicha and Become Rabbis? #1071544
Yes there is Rav Soloveitchik even has a tshuva saying a woman cannot be a president of a shule mishum serara.May 9, 2013 5:22 am at 5:22 am in reply to: Why Can't Women Get Modern Smicha and Become Rabbis? #1071543
I thought it did not go through which is why I repeated it but took out the bottom part because I thought it was censored. You guys have to figure about a better way to communicate with users in a non-public forum. It looks very amateurish.
if you can still see it in yellow/with a yellow bar it has not been deleted. and this is our established method of communication, so deal with it.May 9, 2013 4:38 am at 4:38 am in reply to: Why Can't Women Get Modern Smicha and Become Rabbis? #1071542
do not repeat postsMay 9, 2013 2:46 am at 2:46 am in reply to: Why Can't Women Get Modern Smicha and Become Rabbis? #1071540
Rav Moshe has a teshuva calling these feminists kofrim. This whole thread is based on kefira. Unbelievable how we are even having this conversation. Look at the entire period of Jewish history since the Rishonim and even earlier. Women have NEVER been Rabbis. This is truly unbelievable. Anyone with true yiras shamayim would know better than to even think this. You know I am speaking the truth. Real talmedei chachamim have more important things to do than come on this website and argue with anonymous posters like you.May 9, 2013 12:07 am at 12:07 am in reply to: Why Can't Women Get Modern Smicha and Become Rabbis? #1071536
I can’t believe the mods are even allowing this topic through. It’s pashut that women cannot be Rabbis.May 8, 2013 3:49 pm at 3:49 pm in reply to: Why Can't Women Get Modern Smicha and Become Rabbis? #1071521
Benignuman: even if the only people in the world were orthodox jews, nothing would change its intrinsic to proper society roles.May 8, 2013 3:05 pm at 3:05 pm in reply to: Why Can't Women Get Modern Smicha and Become Rabbis? #1071518May 8, 2013 2:52 pm at 2:52 pm in reply to: A BIG problem with YWN #952795
The coffee room always talks about things non exclusive to Jews.May 8, 2013 2:40 pm at 2:40 pm in reply to: Poor Baal Tzedaka vs. Rich Baal Tzedaka #951848
It is foolish and iresponsible to give 15 percent to tzedaka when you make only $3500 a year and have a family or a wife. If you only have enough money for your most basic of needs you support yourself and your family and don’t give tzedaka. We don’t get olam haba by being an am haaretz.April 29, 2013 4:08 pm at 4:08 pm in reply to: Do Kiddush Clubs still exist? #948870
It is the people who used to be reformed or conservative Jews and are now modern orthodox that join kiddish clubs for the most part.April 26, 2013 5:17 pm at 5:17 pm in reply to: Brand NamesóWasting Money #948679
thehock: you as well did not provide a source. we have an obligation to help others, to only focus on ourselves is selfish.April 26, 2013 3:26 pm at 3:26 pm in reply to: Brand NamesóWasting Money #948677
Gamanit: “There is actually an opinion, I don’t remember who I heard this from”
Yea…that opinion would be the yetzer harah.
This is why we post sources.
agittayid: agreed.April 26, 2013 2:52 pm at 2:52 pm in reply to: Brand NamesóWasting Money #948674
DaasYochid: “He is specifically referring to brand names, where the appearance and quality of the product alone do not justify the cost.” Thank you, that is exactly my point.
lesschumras: Actually, my mashgiach ruchani recently said light heartily that he wanted to take out a big ad in the local newspaper saying “Stay home for Pesach: great service, great fun”. A sheitel and a streimel is quite different than a Gucci bag. Regarding new cars, they will last longer and perhaps have important features. Do I think someone should buy a new Mercedes? No, I do not.April 26, 2013 3:21 am at 3:21 am in reply to: Brand NamesóWasting Money #948670
Sam2: “Thus, anyone who wore such a style was considered to be flaunting a high social status which the Sages deemed ostentatious.”April 26, 2013 2:57 am at 2:57 am in reply to: Brand NamesóWasting Money #948668
The Wolf: I too have a very expensive camera. I enjoy taking high quality photos. Is that a status symbol though? No, not at all.April 26, 2013 2:35 am at 2:35 am in reply to: Brand NamesóWasting Money #948666
It has always been part of our mesorah to tell people what they should and should not spend their money on when it effects society as a whole.
“His clothes should not drag on the ground like the dress of the haughty, but [should extend] to the heel and his sleeves [should extend] to his fingers. He should not let his cloak hang down, for that creates an impression of haughtiness”
“First of all, clothes were basically long robes in the Rambam’s and Talmud’s day. The Rambam here states that long clothes which reach the ground are typical of the arrogant. Likewise, letting down one’s robe (from being hitched up at the belt) is a sign of arrogance. The basic idea is that lengthy clothes were impractical for the working class, as they interfered with manual labor. The wealthy leisure classes, who needed not work themselves, typically wore such clothes as a sign of their status. Thus, anyone who wore such a style was considered to be flaunting a high social status which the Sages deemed ostentatious.” ~Aryeh Kaplan