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Joseph, In answer to your question, I know what you recall from many years back. I recently asked my Rov, a well known and respected Rov in Flatbush, if anything changed? The answer was “Yes, Rabbi Goldberg can be fully relied upon in matters of Kashrus”.
The Rema writes in Siman 296 “one spills from the cup after Havdalah and puts out the fire and washes his eyes in it due to love of the mitzvah. So in answer to your question, i touch the wine and then my eyes (like i would do in the morning with water). So which “prominent Rav” argues on the Rema? Maybe he meant like the Mishna Berurah writes to only overflow the cup a little bit because of the loss of the juice, i.e. more than a little bit would be baal tashchis.
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1. you’re correct, the gedolim did say to send to school but only because a majority of parents weren’t able to educate their children at home properly. Yes, i’m being a little sarcastic. No child in 2011 should be educated at home for educational, social and other reasons except in very rare circumstances(shluchim are a rare circumstance). My point was it’s not black and white that camp is a luxury. Perhaps we can wear sheets and not buy clothing. 🙂 Many things are a neccessity.
2. I meant cell phones for adults. I agree that children should not have cellphones. Though today some might say for safety..u see, its not black and white. It depends where, who and why.
3. Depends where you live. Some communities can’t walk or take public transportation into Lakewood, Monsey or Brooklyn or XXXX. One parent might be driving one way and the other the other way, so as i said, what might be a luxury for one might be a neccessity for another.
Kids don’t have to go to school, they can be home educated. (Chabad shluchim among others do it) That makes school a luxury. I guess clothing, food, mortgage payments/rent, health insurance, cars and car insurance, electricity, water, gas, cell phones, cleaners and medicines are luxuries too. Or is it only camp? Everything is relative, what might be a luxury for some might be a necessity for others (and for the children themselves).