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April 28, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am in reply to: Capital Punishment #951537
I am well aware there are halachot (let me stress, halachot) in regards to people who present a danger. The last time I know these questions being non-theoretical was in Europe during WW2.
Equating cremation of eichmann (which I have no idea if it was done seeking daas Torah, and quite frankly I doubt it) which has no negative connotation for their ideology (many nazis chose cremation for themselves in their will, and I do not recall eichmann protesting it during the trial) with desecration of human bodies which sometimes had to take place in order to safely eliminate evidence after a person had to be assassinated, with a hypotetical deliberate desecration of bodies, speaks for itself. Moreover, the assumption that such a step would scare the aspiring terrorists into becoming meek lambs and fear the might and strength of the Jews, also speaks for itself. What will realistically happen, everywhere in the world, we all know. And, sorry to break the bubble, terrorists are not exclusively motivated by their fantasies of young ladies in the afterlife. They are prepared to do what they do because they believe that is the right thing to do.
Public safety and order, if that is the high priority of the Israeli government, should indeed be implemented, but the statistics on violent crimes and those on vicious crime, somehow tell me that if there were miracolously a peaceful solution of the Arab problem, this would not turn the country into a paradise, would it.
Finally I am well aware of the correspondence between Rabbi Moshe Feinstein and Ronald Reagan on the subject of death penalty in USA. We do not know if nowadays Rabbi Feinstein would pasken the same way (I am sure we all remember the first death penalty trials i.e. frank coppola etc. where the legal debate was not superficial, attorneys studied the papers and the sentence was not written before the trial even started), what we do know is that at this time, multiple poskim in USA say it’s forbidden for observant Jews to be on juries when the death penalty is involved – period.April 27, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm in reply to: Blemished People #949913
thegra: even though I am unable to see the connection between physical appearance and spiritual essence, I believe there is one. I do not believe physical appearance to be an incidental quality / property.
Also, I think the situation is more complex than how you discussed. I think your example should be expanded.
He is a Cohen and he is fit, he can duchen, but he can’t do any service in the Beit Hamikdash as there is none.
He is a Cohen but he has a minor blemish and is disqualified
3) Binyamin (and Reuven, and Daniela, and John, and Bob….)
Binyamin is a Levi, Reuven is a Yisrael, Daniela is a female, John is a convert, Bob is non jewish. They are all *forbidden* from serving in the Beit Hamikdash (I repeat: forbidden. Our problem is not that we can’t.)
4) Shimon (and …..)
Be them Cohanim or not, be them males or females, be them Jewish or not, we suppose they have ALS or similar. They *can not* serve in the Beit Hamikdash, they can’t even walk or talk or wash themselves. Let us think about it for a moment.
5) Yaakov (and ….)
These people, be them Cohanim or not, be them males or females, Yidden or goyim, have a difficult disability. They have no awareness. They can not even wonder if they would like to be the Cohen Gadol.
None of these people serve in the Beit Hamikdash. There is no practical difference.
Are we really bothered by the fact that #2, who looks fit enough to us to serve, is instead disqualified by Torah?
Personally I am very bothered by the fact there exist people like #5 whose suffering is beyond human understanding and by the fact there exist people like #4 whose suffering is instead very obvious to their friends as they are aware and thanks to computers etc. can interact with everyone else. While I do not have an answer and I think no one does, I think most people who are bothered by #2, by a G-d who could have allowed the person with a small physical problem to serve (which now is theoretical, and when Moshiach will come, we may hope that blemishes will be immediately healed) — how so much more will they be bothered by #4 and #5, especially when it is an obviously innocent person who have been suffering since birth.
Maybe Golda will prove me wrong, but that’s how I see it.April 27, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm in reply to: Capital Punishment #951532
Thank you, oomis, for your flattering words, but I have not been young (much less “very young”) since a long time.
I had already read you attribute the opinions to an Israeli cousin of yours. Two questions remain: why you decided not to challenge his position (possibly you agree with him, if it weren’t for the detail you do not believe it would be a “deterrent”? am I misunderstanding your clarification?) and why you decided to post such a statement in public, in fact, presenting it as an opinion shared by a sizeable number of Jews, including – according to you – some (unnamed) rabbis.
Torah allows killing either in immediate self-defence or, under precise conditions which nowadays it’s questionable if they ever can be fulfilled even for nonjews, within the framework of death penalty. The person condamned to death, gentile or Jew, is executed immediately to minimize their suffering and then the body is treated with the respect which is owed to every human body. I happen to find it very strange that a Rabbi would state something against Torah. Stating that “Jews” would approve, much less suggest, desecrating human remains, sounds to me eerily similar to a blood libel, if I may say.
You are correct however, it is not your cousin’s original idea. Large-scale desecration of deceased Muslims enemies was pioneered by mussolini and graziani in Libya and later adopted by hitler in his north african campaign. They even made sure to hang any enemies who were still alive or who were sentenced to death, before dirtying the deceased with pig’s carcasses, because according to Muslim beliefs, strangulation or hanging prevents the soul from exiting through the throat.April 26, 2013 4:54 pm at 4:54 pm in reply to: Blemished People #949899
It seems to me the story you posted furthers my point: the Rabbi’s genius, again for reasons we can not fathom (I believe we are taught some Rabbis were very handsome and others were not) caused him to look ugly (at least in the eyes of vain and rude people; we surely should assume the rav’s wife found him attractive, should not we?) Also, I believe in the future world we will have a resemblance to our appearance in this world, correct me if I am wrong.
See, the point is, we have people without eyesight, we have people without limbs, we have tetraplegics, countless diseases – we correctly say – along with Western culture – we should help them live to the fullest. To that aim, we scream against work discrimination (even though we are well aware that, say, a healthy employee’s productivity is different). We promote sports and other activities, nowadays there are many athletes among them. We even become angry at words such as “blind” or even “disabled”, we mandate words to define them and enforce that with laws and with social stigma. However the main point remains: no one wishes upon ourselves and our children to be like that. While we can (and should) try to support every human being – disabled or not – to live to the fullest and to fulfill their wishes, the fact remains that they are different and we don’t know why and we can’t help it. This is the real, serious problem. We can say, I do not know why. Or we can try to rationalize, although I have the impression that the very few persons who are at such a high level they’re able to, do not discuss this with unlearned people.April 26, 2013 2:47 pm at 2:47 pm in reply to: Brand Names�Wasting Money #948673
DaasYochid I do not perceive a difference. People buy certain goods paying handsome money if they are convinced the goods are worth the price. It does not matter if their returns are in the form of financial gain, perceived satisfaction, higher social standing, valuable business connections, or something else. Of course if we buy machinery for a workshop we can expect the balance to be tilted very differently from (even the same person) buying a lady’s handbag, but all those elements coexist to a point in every purchase.April 26, 2013 2:09 pm at 2:09 pm in reply to: Blemished People #949894
I do not think it is possible to avoid confronting the fact halacha focuses on the external, which we thus learn it’s indeed an intrinsec and essential property and not simply an outward cover or a screen which hides reality. Lehavdil in other religions they have debates which in Judaism would not even make sense. Most Western thinkers and philosophers, despite tremendous diversity, debates and disagreements, share that outlook, and it seems to me this is true for contemporary works all the way to the Greeks and Romans, and I have found it hard to explain to others, because it’s very much taken for granted in western culture.April 26, 2013 1:03 pm at 1:03 pm in reply to: Capital Punishment #951530
I wonder if you have ever considered what would be the consequences for Jews worldwide (especially in Muslim countries, but also in Western countries with strong Arab or Muslim minorities) should your misguided plan be implemented. Or is that an intended consequence of your plan, to make life impossible for Jews outside the Medinat?
I would also like to ask what you propose to do, when it comes to the consequences for the Medinat itself, given that we can expect the Arab citizens, the PA citizens, and the citizens of the neighbouring countries will “react” to your proposal. Are you going to demand that, after having been kicked out by the countries we lived in for centuries (and losing whatever belongings we have there) we “donate” our children’s life to the IDF so that they may R”L suffer a futile death?
Finally, given that your proposal is unlikely to pass unnoticed in the international community, I wonder if you would be delighted in the event R”L the hospital and police services of countries worldwide would deliberately make sure that Jews who are determined (by their legal systems) to be guilty of something and die in custody, should suffer autopsies and afterwards be cremated.
Thank you for clarifying for all readers the difference between Torah and Zionism. That is the same difference between Zaka respectfully washing and recomposing every deceased, including the terrorists, and the proposal you stated.April 26, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am in reply to: Blemished People #949887
A few days ago you posted about your students (or you?) being bothered by a supposedly “demeaning” statement. In that topic I suggested the question is deeper than any simplistic answer. For reasons beyond human understanding there exist males and there exist females, there exist jewish people and non jewish people, fit people and blemished people, poor people and rich people, people who have many children and people who can’t conceive, and so on and so forth.
I hope you can reconcile with that. However I can’t accept you saying about Torah that R”L “it does not seem Jewish”.April 25, 2013 3:10 pm at 3:10 pm in reply to: Is there a program out there that will block off wifi on an android phone? #962874
Hi, of course you can. You have to change the settings of the wifi antenna – just make sure you have a copy of the settings in case you need in the future. If it’s a recent smartphone you have do it for both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands. Please go to system/etc/wifi and have a look what’s there, such as nvram_mfg.txt and nvram_net.txt (the exact details depend on what device you have and what android version) That’s where the parameters are, rx and tx power, frequency etc. You can change them or as someone else suggested, rename the files or the whole folder.
I advise after doing that, you manually disable wifi in the phone preferences, because some terminals might attempt anyway to find a lock to the signal and waste battery power.April 23, 2013 1:12 am at 1:12 am in reply to: In defense of correct spelling… #947798
– Hello, am I speaking to Intelligence Service?
– ….eeerrr……….. uhhh?April 23, 2013 1:09 am at 1:09 am in reply to: Trolling Wikipedia #1048101
LOL It took me a few minutes to stop laughing…..April 23, 2013 1:01 am at 1:01 am in reply to: Weird, but I don't know if this has any halachic implication #1146955
Thank you to both, I thought so, somehow I misunderstood ubiquitin’s post the first time I read it, my apologies.April 22, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm in reply to: Weird, but I don't know if this has any halachic implication #1146949
Thank you a lot ubiquitin and Sam2.
If the cow is shechted and found treif, then can it still be mevatel by intentionally mixing it?
I maybe used the wrong word “worse”, I meant to say that standard tests and chemical analysis is a good method for detecting blood (actually I think there is a max concentration allowed for that), I think it is not as good in detecting a mixture of milks from different species, especially if the nonkosher animal’s milk is not extracted mechanically and there are few cells and few species-specifics bacteria in the milk (yet perhaps it’s good enough, say, could a 1% threshold be detected? I am not sure about it), but in regards to finding traifa milk it seems to me it’s useless.April 22, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm in reply to: Weird, but I don't know if this has any halachic implication #1146944
Thank you a lot ubiquitin. Thus the treifa mixing is actually even worse than mixing with camel’s milk or blood, if I understand correctly. Not to mention that the latter are a remote possibility and very likely less than 1/60, while not so the treifa. I have heard many or most cows have the procedure at some point. Perhaps there is a majority of kosher cows in industrial farming, but it is not obviously nor overwhelmingly so.April 22, 2013 9:31 pm at 9:31 pm in reply to: Weird, but I don't know if this has any halachic implication #1146941
Ubiquitin, Benignuman, correct me if I am wrong but I believe that a kosher liquid mixed with a nonkosher liquid has a much less stringent rule than the nonkosher unwanted taste being nullified in 60. I believe it is 1/6. Also, I believe I heard we do not have to worry that perhaps our particular container that we bought in the store, is nonkosher due to unfortunate coincidences which caused it to have a percentage of the nonkosher liquid larger than 1/6 (thus no bitul): given that the milk for sale is intended to be mixed at the processing plant e.g. for pasteurization, as long as the majority of USDA milk is kosher enough, we do not have to worry about a specific container. Again please correct me if I am wrong.
Many cows get their stomach punctured, it is a routine practice, but there is a high turnover of milking cows and young cows have not yet needed the procedure.April 22, 2013 7:44 pm at 7:44 pm in reply to: Weird, but I don't know if this has any halachic implication #1146938
Milk from a kosher animal which has treif status is no less a transgression than pig’s, horse’s or camel’s milk, and USDA is totally uninterested in the presence, abundance, or even totality of milk from such a cow in the carton we buy. Of course under proper conditions it is nullified – so is pig’s milk, so is blood – and of course halachot bitul are very serious stuff and denying them is apikores, and in addition there are other leniencies, such as relying on the majority. This does not mean people should make light of those who point out problems, especially given that, as others pointed out, there are so many CY products available.April 22, 2013 1:41 pm at 1:41 pm in reply to: Obama is crying because his gun law didn't get passed #947956
I can’t understand. Does anybody think that requiring mandatory background checks and other common-sense regulations will increase the number of victims? I don’t think anyone can argue that. No one is stating this is the perfect solution to all problems, this is obvious. But, will it prevent some murders? Possibly only a few events, or some victims in the same mass event? I think it’s very hard to deny it will prevent some murders, especially given the worldwide statistics, and we all have seen how much of a dissuasion is the simple fact of making it complicated (e.g. smoking laws) even when something is totally legal.
Since we can’t do everything, should we give up and do nothing? What about medicine? Since we can’t help the fact that everyone eventually dies, should we shut down hospitals, doctor’s offices, and medical schools? Or should we do what we can and after that, try harder at it and try to improve even a little bit?April 22, 2013 1:08 pm at 1:08 pm in reply to: Weird, but I don't know if this has any halachic implication #1146912
“100% USDA Grade A milk is not permitted to contain anything other than cow’s milk.”
If you are telling us that we should not be concerned because we do not want or like horse milk or treifa milk and that if there were any, it is bitul, and even if we were to buy a carton where it’s not nullified, we acted correctly by buying USDA certified milk and it has a presumption of being kosher and we go by the majority since the very vast majority of cartons are fine, I agree with you. I do not agree on your remark of lashon hara / motzi shem ra — which, however, you do not qualify as slander, thus it appears you too think there is truth to it.April 22, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am in reply to: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 3:8 #947764
Thank you T613T and I am glad the answers satisfied her.April 22, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am in reply to: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 3:8 #947762
Of course we know why she is asking you. She did not ask you why some details of a neurosurgery are not performed in a different way, nor did she ask you about altering the definition for a topological manifold, because (1) she is well aware she does not master either topic and would make a fool of herself (and a secular teacher would *not* react nicely – which I do not advocate, I am merely stating a fact) and (2) this is not the whole story, as she has understood all there is to understand: a woman should not pass between two men and a man should not pass between two women. She is not asking you a halachic question (such as how distant may two woman be, to be permissible for man to walk between them), she is asking you why the Torah counterposes two women and two pigs. There is no answer to that which will satisfy her. It is my opinion that the more you try to answer, the more you will fuel her misplaced feelings of being demeaned. I actually wonder if it is the quote who bothers her, or viceversa if she is bothered and seeks quotes to rationalize why she is bothered. Are you bothered by this quote? I am not. If there’s a large sign at the border “animals and diamonds must be declared at customs” I think everyone, even a fool, will figure out the obvious, the animals are subject to health checks, the diamonds to taxation. No one will think we are entering a country that does not value diamonds! Most important, someone who is bothered by this quote is likely to be bothered by plenty of other quotes in the Torah. In such a situation I think only extreme honesty and sincerity on both sides can help.April 22, 2013 7:29 am at 7:29 am in reply to: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 3:8 #947760
That’s precisely the point, in my humble opinion. I do not think the young lady’s familiarity with Shas is too great, and I also notice that she is asking a woman, she did not ask her father / brothers / Rabbi (or she asked and they did not answer; possibly there is a reason for that). I think you might tell her you asked and were given this answer (print it out): if she understand it, awesome, she will have her answer (BTW thanks Popa for sharing this beautiful insight). If, as I suspect, she can’t, she will be forced to reach the correct conclusion, ie that she is ignorant – and that’s the very reason she asked the original question. Yet, if the question was sincere, she will go to her father or brother or Rabbi and ask them to please explain what does it mean, admitting that the various cases when the halacha is according to Rabbi Abaye and someone who lost hope about a lost object and a mumar etc. don’t seem to her to have a relation with her question, and will ask them to please explain why is this supposed to be an answer to a question of hers – which she will respectfully state. In the event the question was insincere, now it is her problem, you have quoted her from the Talmud, which to a woman is unusual and yet you promptly did, and there is nothing more she can ask for.
If you are her teacher, I find her statement you quote “As a ‘feminist’ I believe it is the men’s sacred duty to look up interesting Midrashim, meforshim and halachos for me, answer all my random hashkafic questions, and tell fascinating Divrei Torah. In return, I have to keep tznius.” if that is quoted correctly, quite disrespectful and not the proper way to address anyone, let alone a teacher.April 21, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm in reply to: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 3:8 #947746
I am not sure why you can’t show her the answer of Popa.
Given that not even that answer seem to you it will convince her, I do not think you should answer because I do not think you can provide her with a satisfactory answer (an answer she will find satisfactory). If she is bothered, we are entitled to have feelings (are we not all bothered, say, by innocent suffering? personally, that bothers me much more than hearing shelo asani eisha). I think you should tell her that we don’t understand everything.
Are you her teacher?April 17, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm in reply to: Kosher Email #946365
Yes, adblocking plugins should also work (we have to download a plugin for every browser we use). They all have basic blocking lists and in addition it’s possible to block any unwanted content for future navigation.April 17, 2013 1:34 pm at 1:34 pm in reply to: Kosher Email #946363
I never had a yahoo mail account and I had no idea it is problematic. I assume those who say so are referring to webmail and free accounts and (questionable) advertising. Which anyway one can deal with. Most unwanted garbage (ie the sort that arrives on the screen without a user looking for it) is removed by using a hosts file, such as mvps (you can google mvps hosts).
Perhaps we all should realize that jumping to conclusions does not necessarily bring us to the correct conclusions. Even though k9 is quite good (but requires powerful hardware and is not very suitable for budget machines) it has false positives, even in categories that one would think are well-defined. Monitoring software can have false positives as well: an example? Someone beyond suspicion had in their log a connection to a well-known website we do not use (I do not mean FB or twitter or yahoo). Turns out someone had ran on the machine a utility for choosing a fast DNS. That utility measures the times it takes for various public DNSs to resolve a list of “most frequently used websites”, including some of those we don’t use. To do so, of course, it connects to the domain name.April 16, 2013 9:41 pm at 9:41 pm in reply to: No more college? #947201
let’s not feed the troll….. oh wait, it’s too much fun to resist. Dear troll, if you are convinced it works, please by all means feel free to lie on your resume, I am not going to stop you.April 15, 2013 6:48 pm at 6:48 pm in reply to: PHOTO: Orthodox Jewish Man Covers Himself In Plastic Bag On Plane #945895
Making Halachah look like a joke or like a yoke?
I have not been hired to eliminate foolish behaviour in public among those who are (or claim to be) observant Jews, and cause people to make a mockery of Judaism and Torah, but actually I would support that. It might not be a bad idea if some people were in charge of that: a good-manners and common-sense police. Say, they could start with silencing those on the trucks who chant Na Na. Ohhh but that’s not politically correct, we must not hurt the delicate sensitivity of our Baalei Teshuva brothers. Wait, is the man in the picture not a Baal Teshuva as well? See, as I said all along. Only a certain (very specific) sort of people are suitable targets for nastiness, everyone else can do whatever they see fit and no one objects.
PS I wish some of the effort expended in attempting to ridicule the person in the photo had been diverted towards real and serious problems such as the burka ladies.April 15, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm in reply to: PHOTO: Orthodox Jewish Man Covers Himself In Plastic Bag On Plane #945883
I don’t think a bus is comparable to this discussion. If the bus drives over a road, or even a dirt road and the like, that means there is no recognizable cemetery and tombs. I recall there is some park in NYC where we have documentation that a Jewish cemetery existed and if I recall correctly, we are also aware that construction did not take place after proper removal and reinterrment in another area. Someone told me Cohanim are not prohibited to walk there. But in this case it’s impossible to rely on any sort of doubts.April 14, 2013 6:07 pm at 6:07 pm in reply to: PHOTO: Orthodox Jewish Man Covers Himself In Plastic Bag On Plane #945862
It is interesting that the photo is about 10 years old, in those days there was the 2nd intifada and disruption to air traffic. Cyprus air space and Larnaca airport were highly overcrowded as well (stopover and refueling for foreign airlines that still flied to TLV were moved there) which had a domino effect in addition to the route modifications for security reasons.
My guess is that there is no problem elsewhere, because there are not that many Jewish cemeteries which are close to approach corridors, El Al probably avoids them as policy, and in the very rare case an observant Cohen is flying another airline at an airport where this is a concern (some mentioned La Guardia, which sounds possible) he will ask before check-in. Personnel are helpful with these issues, why shouldn’t they be helpful to a paying customer? Ground desk is there to help passengers give away more money to the airline, why should they not assist him and if requested, reschedule him, no matter how wierd his reasons?
I would think possibly this passenger did not think of the problem (a problem likely connected to disruption in Israeli airspace which was a constant of 2002-2003) and boarded the flight, realizing the problem after takeoff, maybe while looking at the flight route on the entertainment screen. At that point perhaps he did not know what to do and may have asked staff in the cabin, and the cockpit called the ground on his behalf, relayed the answer to the passenger, and bagged himself he got.
Those of us who fly regularly see all sort of wierd people doing wierd things, so many of them that wierdness hardly gets noticed. What I deduce from this fact, is that the world is huge and populated by many different people with different outlooks. What others deduce is that everyone has a right to be themselves, except for the “ghetto jews” who give a bad name to (insert here whatever you prefer). I can’t accept this. Did he made himself ridiculous? I don’t think he did, but – whatever – people are welcome to think so, if they must. Did he make someone else ridiculous? Someone else! Seems to me that statement is ridiculous, actually, too ridiculous to be debated.April 12, 2013 3:36 pm at 3:36 pm in reply to: PHOTO: Orthodox Jewish Man Covers Himself In Plastic Bag On Plane #945822
ah, so it’s a public relations issue. I wonder if you people feel embarrassed that the Torah commands us something you find absurd (“what’s with this difficult concept of tuma, anyway”). If so, please by all means do whatever you see fit, the world is wide and there’s all sort of people including the frei, the reforms etc, just please don’t mislead others by falsely suggesting it is a “stringency”.April 12, 2013 3:15 pm at 3:15 pm in reply to: PHOTO: Orthodox Jewish Man Covers Himself In Plastic Bag On Plane #945818
It is not about being machmir. It is a leniency and a big one.
To those who make jokes about the moon: perhaps you are unaware there are already lunar cemeteries, and a Jew is there. His name is Gene Shoemaker. You can look it up.April 12, 2013 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm in reply to: PHOTO: Orthodox Jewish Man Covers Himself In Plastic Bag On Plane #945817
YYtz you seem oblivious to the fact that this IS the leniency a genial posek came up with. A huge leniency that not everyone accepts, and which incidentally I believe to be valid only for pressurized aircrafts. On top of that you and other posters are trying to paint us as fools via reductio ad absurdum. Tumah is definitely a problem for cohanim at “thousands of feets” or a few hundred meters. It is not a problem at jets’ cruise altitude, on spacecrafts, or with the moon.
True, I take everything you write with many grains of salt. I don’t mind if you eat macrobiotic, this is a personal preference. I have issues about people advising (a very young person) before thinking twice. Some speak very well about that place and some others did not enjoy it (to use an euphemism); it is a controversial place for a girl or woman to be, and one should at least recommend to hear many opinions.April 12, 2013 7:36 am at 7:36 am in reply to: Contest: How Long Can You Go Without Chometz? #944704
achosid: sorry for late reply, I was not on the CR for a few days. Thank you a lot, I had no clue. I was aware one can do a melacha if necessary (such as ripping leaves from herbs if one does not have any spices) but I was under the impression that if we have wine available, we don’t go and buy beer. Of course for a woman it’s unusual to do at all, so most of us are ignorant. I’ll make sure the topic is brought up on motzei shabbat, so that everyone will listen, including the girls and ladies. Thanks again.April 12, 2013 6:59 am at 6:59 am in reply to: Getting a Doula for Childbirth #944778
I can’t believe what I read in this thread. The dr recommends what is in his best interest and bad for you? because he is lazy? That must be why he graduated medical school, he was too lazy to drop out. And what about “doctors and nurses are busy”, yeah guess what! Are busy assisting us! Integral I thought you said you are 14yr old, I am curious about your knowledge about labour and childbirth, can’t help wondering where does it come from.
Dear OP, use that money for a cleaning lady, take-away restaurants meals, and some nice gifts to your wife, after she has given birth and left the hospital.April 12, 2013 6:22 am at 6:22 am in reply to: BDE: Sudden Petira Of Itzhak Schier, 47, Z”L – Frequent Commenter On YWN #944904
BDE, he is very much missed already. What tragedy at such young age. May we only share good news.April 12, 2013 5:45 am at 5:45 am in reply to: PHOTO: Orthodox Jewish Man Covers Himself In Plastic Bag On Plane #945809
I think the bag had no hole. Also, flight attendants can help witn hermetically sealing (they have those devices that melt plastic and that some of us have in the kitchen). One can stay in such a sealed bag without much discomfort, let alone danger, for a good amount of minutes, well over the 2-3 minutes I am told they do. Someone I know saw that about ten years ago. I wonder if it’s unusual that Israeli air traffic routes a plane over the cemetery.
yytz is that what they teach in the organic macrobiotic community? That tumah is nullified in 60? Please, share with us the name of the person who suggested such a “brilliant” solution, is he the one you have already repeatedly mentioned here?April 12, 2013 12:57 am at 12:57 am in reply to: Visually impaired 12 year old #944542
When is it going to be? Still during the Omer? I was thinking about an iPod with music. Perhaps an iPod touch which is quite versatile and yet is pocket-sized.April 12, 2013 12:24 am at 12:24 am in reply to: How to tell the Shadchan that the girl's too heavy #946223
What about “I don’t think we are meant for each other”?April 11, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm in reply to: PHOTO: Orthodox Jewish Man Covers Himself In Plastic Bag On Plane #945788
I think zahavasdad et al. are correct and the same thing is written on a kikar shabat article, that the passenger being a Cohen is the reason, the plane route was above Gush Dan cemetery, and that Rabbi Elyashiv paskened the plastic bag is OK. You can look up the article on kikarhashabat.
I heard that problems with cemeteries depend on the height and I recall being told it is a possible problem only with hot-air balloons and other low altitude sports, or, for commercial flights, only close to takeoff and landing, which looks like was the case here.April 3, 2013 2:15 pm at 2:15 pm in reply to: Contest: How Long Can You Go Without Chometz? #944692
Sure but how to get beer? If we sold ours, we have to wait: the purchase fails to be perfected only some hours later. Obviously one can go out and buy beer, but not before havdalah. Not everyone has a resident nonjewish maid who will promptly pour us beer or whisky when the sky gets dark 🙂March 31, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am in reply to: Questions About Gebrokts #941823
the piece of matza had fallen into the pot (not in a dish). I assume it was the kli rishon cooking on the fire.
Those who have a minhag to avoid, do not eat in a pot used for gebrokts. There is not a real halachic concern about flour that did not mix properly, because even if there were, it was baked along with the matza, and we are taught such baked flour does not create chometz (although it’s rabbinically forbidden to deliberately mix baked flour with water). But yet those who avoid, can’t eat (for the 7 days) in a pot used for gebrokts. So the shaila (of course it is a question about a specific minhag, not about halacha) is if the food can be eaten and possibly there is also a question if the pot can still be used e.g. the next day (when it would be deliberate and not accidental). I don’t think it is a trivial question.March 28, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm in reply to: Filter for Ipad and IPhone #941726
I agree with you, it is also my opinion is that the best way is filtering at router level, and that filtering at device / machine level should be a last line of defense and not the one we mainly rely upon. All our devices are however somehow filtered.
What sort of router do you have? Unfortunately most consumer grade routers allow only for a limited number of blacklisted websites or domains in their web interface, then again, any modern or even not-so-modern router has more than enough memory and cpu power to handle a long list, but, it takes some bother to access the device (eg via telnet) and do it manually. Do you already have a blacklist? How many entries does it have?
A hardware firewall is also a possible option.March 28, 2013 8:53 pm at 8:53 pm in reply to: Filter for Ipad and IPhone #941724
Is your iToy jailbroken? if not, I think it should be.
If it is, start with a hosts file and a firewall and you’ll go from there. If you already have a blacklist, you can add the blacklist straight to the hosts file.
Is your ipad connecting straight to the internet (ie via a direct mobile connection) or does it go through a router via wifi? If so, is the router under your control?March 24, 2013 7:53 am at 7:53 am in reply to: Future of Israel's Orthodox Jews #941273
“I think that ultimately, the humbling that the Haredi parties will experience will do them good in the long run.”
While I often vehemently disagree with you, I must say I appreciate you do not misrepresent or hide your outlook.March 24, 2013 1:24 am at 1:24 am in reply to: Double Wrapping Pesach Food In Chometz Oven #939748
I think your question is really two questions:
-a Jew wishes to heat his kosher food in his nonjewish friend’s oven
-we wish to heat chometz in an oven which is already KLP and are trying to avoid having to kosher it all over again.
In the first situation, I would clean the oven and then do self-clean cycle or set at max heat for a while (never had a nonjew or nonobservant jew make unpleasant comments, of course I always offered to share the food), but I am aware of many leniences (even beyond what was posted). The leniences come from the difficult reality of our ancestors, who sometimes used the local baker’s oven to cook.
The second is a little bit different, because the oven is yours.
Personally, I am aware that we have to observe Pesach for eight days only and no more – that’s where beer and whisky and restaurants come handy :-))
Ver Bin Ich, I am quite sure our grandmothers and grandfathers themselves would not eat in their own kitchen. It was not easy life, I am sure they would tell us we should realize how blessed we are, not being forced to rely on certain leniences.March 22, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am in reply to: Double Wrapping Pesach Food In Chometz Oven #939736
What is wrong with koshering properly your guest’s oven, heating kosher food for both of you, and then after you leave, the oven remains kosher at least for a while?March 20, 2013 9:11 pm at 9:11 pm in reply to: Rome and Eisav #939149
The wolf tale is xian censorship.
A female wolf in Latin is called “lupa”. That has nothing to do with the lady who in the original story raised the twins. If this is unclear, please look up in your dictionary “lupanar”.March 20, 2013 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm in reply to: 20 Questions�Round 2! #1165508
“What is hung on a wall, is green, and whistles?”
“…. no idea. I give up. What is it?”
“but herrings are not hanging on walls”
“This does. I hung it myself”.
“they are not green either”
“This one is, I painted it, if you saw it you’d see the green paint is still wet”.
“And how does it whistle?”
“haha it doesn’t. I added that to confuse you.”
I maintain it’s plastic, chometz, fleishig coca-cola 😀 Now better I get back to cleaning.
Oh wait! I Know the answer!!!
It is the chometz, or should I say, garbage, we are trying to clean up.
(For #1 I would say, it is not living, even though it sure looks like it does. And, #4, some make decoration out of it, dough with lots of salt which does not spoil, becomes hard and can be painted)March 19, 2013 7:44 am at 7:44 am in reply to: Rabbi Chaim Druckman #938528
The pain caused to human beings is not simply untrue and can not be waved off. This applies to everyone, but most especially to the sincere converts who suffer untold rejection and pain. Some of those people had no intent to become Jewish and their “conversion” is worthless, but many did, even among those who did not commit fully to an observant lifestyle. Their status’ questioning – if not outright rejection – of course pushed them further away from the little observance they had. It takes lots of time and effort to address each individual case, for those few who in the meantime had adopted a very religious lifestyle and seek to be recognized by a widely accepted bet din. What about the rest?March 19, 2013 7:42 am at 7:42 am in reply to: Rabbi Chaim Druckman #938527
The pain caused to human beings is not simply untrue and can not be waved off. This applies to everyone, but most especially to the sincere converts who suffer untold rejection and pain. Some of those people had no intent to become Jewish and their “conversion” is worthless, but most did, even among those who did not commit fully to an observant lifestyle. Their status’ questioning – if not outright rejection – of course pushed them further away from the little observance they had. It takes lots of time and effort to address each individual case, for those few who in the meantime had adopted a very religious lifestyle and seek recognition by a widely accepted bet din. What about the rest?March 19, 2013 12:51 am at 12:51 am in reply to: Jews Resisting the Zionist Draft #940257
I don’t comprehend the churban in Europe. I suppose very few people do, if any. You seem convinced that an already established Zionist country would have averted the decree, I do not share the same certainty.