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  • in reply to: Looking For CR Mods #926712
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    I’m not interested myself, but I’d suggest you place a heavy focus on finding mods in Israel, Europe and other overseas countries that are on a different timezone than the U.S.

    This way you can achieve coverage when your U.S. centric mods are sleeping or it is Shabbos (or the second day Yom Tov, when its chol hamoed in EY.)

    in reply to: What Not to Share With Your Spouse #1000256
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    Don’t spread your misery to your spouse. Don’t get her worried over you possibly losing your job.

    in reply to: How Much Money Does the Israeli Government Give to Kollel Families? #927167
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    EY Mom: That’s about $500 a month, combined. How does a family of 8 (two parents, six children) survive on so little? Apparently rumors of the government supporting a Kollel lifestyle have been greatly exaggerated!

    in reply to: MorahRachóYou Ditching Us? #956697
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    Syag Lchochma: How could he delete it?

    in reply to: Full Sibling or Half-Sibling #1137470
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    Paternal siblings have a greater shaychus to each other (yerusha, yibbum, etc.) than do maternal siblings.

    in reply to: reasons for closing topics #922499
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    Actually what superstar is referring to is her inability to edit her new topic after submitting it. This is because a new topic cannot be edited until it is approved by a mod (and then only if it is still within the edit window timeframe.) If you attempt to edit it prior to approval you’ll get the error message that you’re topic is closed. (Even though it is not closed.)

    in reply to: What's wrong with the draft? #923966
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    benig: Perhaps Rav Chaim Kanievsky should join Hatzalah. And Rav Shmuel Auerbach can be a policeman. And we’ll draft the Roshei HaYeshivos into the Army to be soldiers. After all, all those positions need to be filled and Rav Shmuel and the Roshei Yeshivos, too, ought to “share the burden” and “risk their lives to protect fellow Jews”, as you so elequently put it.

    Why should Rav Chaim be exempt?

    Whatever your answer to that question is, that is the same answer why the yeshivaleit and kollelleit should be exempt. For the same reason the Rav Shmuel Auerbach’s of the world ought to be exempt.

    There aren’t too many Rav Chaim’s in the world. And there aren’t too many kolleleit in the world. The number of men in kollel n Eretz Yisroel is a very small percentage of the Jewish male population of the State of Israel. We should actually increase how many men are in kollel. It would in fact be better to take some Israeli soldiers in the Army and tell them they no longer need to fight and they should instead join a kollel full-time. There isn’t a current shortage of able-bodied men in the Israeli Army. If they spare a few, they wont be short-staffed.

    in reply to: What's wrong with the draft? #923928
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    Yichus: Spiritual contributions are at least as necessary and beneficial for a nation-state (and is actually a greater benefit than material support.) Without the spiritual necessary components they will turn into a failed state much quicker than if they are lacking some material necessities. And the fact is currently the nation-state of Israel is more in need of additional spiritual benefits than material benefits. We should be seeking to add more spirituality among the populace; the material needs are sufficiently being covered and taken care of as is. They are not in need of more soldiers than they currently have; they are in need of additional Torah scholars.

    in reply to: What's wrong with the draft? #923908
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    “1… while not contributing in an equal or even substantial material way to its well-being) you cannot assume they agree to your terms UNLESS THEY AGREE TO YOUR TERMS.”

    They ARE contributing. Learning is the greatest contribution. Even if they don’t recognize that fact. AND they DID agree to the terms of Chareidi exemption from service. Ben-Gurion agreed to it with the Chazon Ish. And it remains current law.

    “2. Not one of the defenders of the Chareidi position in this discussion has touched the national service option. Doing Gmilus Chasodim, Bikur Cholim, helping the poor, educating the unlearned – these are potential options that the “treife” state is prepared to offer as alternatives, in a manner acceptable to almost all…”

    Don’t talk that into yourself. They are NOT offering those options as national service. They will not offer Bikur Cholim as an alternative to joining the military.

    “3… He has many other priorities ahead of your spiritual despoilment. …”

    Many of those in elective power and many in the media would like nothing more than change our hashkofos. Perhaps they wont outright say as much, but that is part of their motivation.

    “4… We wouldn’t have a Jewish state and a Jewish army if HKBH didn’t will it…”

    And we wouldn’t have had a holocaust oh HKBH didn’t will it. That too was a neis.

    in reply to: Saying No to a Marriage Proposal #922397
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    This bloke I know proposed to nearly every date until he got a yes.

    in reply to: Selling a Sefer to a Non-Orthodox "Synagogue" #910352
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    It’s rather doubtful that when a nidda touches and “leins” from a Sefer Torah that can be described as giving any kavod to the Sefer.

    in reply to: Selling a Sefer to a Non-Orthodox "Synagogue" #910350
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    That doesn’t make it permissible. While it’s true it may sometimes happen and we can’t prevent it, that doesn’t provide license to anyone to actually facilitate providing a Sefer Torah to a party that will be mechallel it. (By having unclean women handle it or various other ways.)

    As far as a Chumash, I’m not sure how problematic it is to facilitate providing it to people there is a strong chance will C”V bring it into a restroom or otherwise disgrace it. Obviously a Sefer Torah is a bigger issue than a Chumash or Sefer.

    in reply to: Selling a Sefer to a Non-Orthodox "Synagogue" #910348
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    The frei shuls often use their own non-Orthodox authors, including female “soferets”, to write their sifrei Torahs, which undoubtedly are pasul.

    If a real Sofer (i.e. Orthodox) wrote a Sefer Torah for them, something I cannot understand how they can justify in the first place, I would certainly hope he pasuls it during the writing from it being a real Sefer, as the recipients will undoubtedly mistreat it in many cruel ways.

    in reply to: $500 Million Powerball Lottery #910058
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    Tnew: Yes. He then wouldn’t be frum.

    in reply to: Mrs. Husband Name #909662
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    JHF: It should still remain Reb Chaim Cohen Uriso (or Mr. & Mrs. Chaim Cohen, if in English.)

    in reply to: Boots Wielding Women #911181
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    One does not wield boots. One wields a Morgul blade.

    These boots are being utilized akin to how one wields a Morgul blade.

    in reply to: Very Disheartened #910149
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    Yes, people who lost everything are certainly within their prerogative to decide what is or isn’t acceptable for themselves and their families.

    in reply to: Water and Electricity #903777
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    Please don’t experiment with it to make a determination.

    in reply to: Boro Park / Flatbush / Kensington / Benzenhurst #907118
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    Please break down the demographics by religious intensity.

    in reply to: Cleaning Up Your Tableware After Your Restaurant Meal #903422
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    It depends on how good the food was.

    in reply to: Becoming Chareidi #903693
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    in reply to: Obama is Here to Stay – Now What? #903165
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    Israel is finished. Prepare to be a Palestinian citizen.

    in reply to: right – left ?? Do I have a mental problem? #901755
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    No one yet diagnosed my problem:

    I don’t know North from South from East from West. I don’t know cardinal directions for the life of me. Even walking down a NYC block I have no idea if I’m going E, W, N, or S.

    Anyone?

    in reply to: The Chasidus of the Baal Shem Tov and the Opposition of the GRA #901676
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    That was a gevaldike shiur. Learnt a lot. Yasher Koach!

    in reply to: Chasunas during the storm #901765
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    Mod42: What is the relevance as to whether there was a tanaim signed beforehand or not, as it pertains to this issue at hand?

    in reply to: Where to find Making Of a Gadol #901694
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    If you look hard enough online, you can find a PDF to download with the entire book for free. This PDF has been around for years. And considering the author has not been selling the book for many years, he loses nothing.

    That being said, it is worthwhile pointing out that Gedolei Yisroel shlit”a have assured the book.

    in reply to: Sephardim, Marriage, Gittin, and Cherem Rabbeinu Gershom #901483
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    Well, 147, if the NASI Project is correct when saying the shidduch crisis is a result of there being more girls than boys in the shidduch market, then you indeed make a good case.

    in reply to: Does Wealth Equate With Happiness? #1157401
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    Once a person has their bare basic necessities, additional wealth does not make a person any happier.

    It can make their life more difficult.

    in reply to: Natural disasters and Hashem #902098
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    Some rabbonim regularly claim every natural disaster comes straight from Hashem as a punishment / warning / call for tesuhva, whatever, for us.

    My opinion is that this is complete nonsense.

    Who care what your opinion is.

    Yidden look up to their rabbonim for guidance.

    Not internet pundits.

    Yes, every natural disaster and every non-natural disaster that occurs is a message to us from Hashem. This fact is explicit.

    What that message is can sometimes be explained to us by our gedolim.

    in reply to: Who Should be Giving Tochecho to Whom? #908187
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    The integration you spoke of is a post-war phenomenon.

    Pre-war or post-war, the fact that they are integrated and all proves there is no cherem, otherwise they couldn’t integrate. Additionally, the integration is way pre-war. Just look at the Gerrer Rebbe and the Chofetz Chaim and how close they were to each other. (Or the writings of the Chofetz Chaim praising the Chasidishe Rebbes.) And how the Litvish and Chasidish Gedolim were already integrated in Agudas Yisroel, for example, before the war. (Including with the Chofetz Chaim’s brochos.) And in fact such integration predated even the Chofetz Chaim.

    Back to subject please?

    Okay, now back to the original topic.

    in reply to: chOlam or chOYlam #901935
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    In fact, it is far from clear and obvious as such. Indeed, what is clear and obvious is that choylam is very much correct. This is despite what some internet pundits might want you to believe.

    In addition to whatever other points where previously made, the mere fact that so very many Gedolei Yisroel pronounce it as choylem — for davening, no less — is in itself one of the best proofs of this.

    in reply to: Who Should be Giving Tochecho to Whom? #908185
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    JMH: Chabad is a special issue and the problem with it is a Chabad specific problem, not a problem with Chasidim as I clearly pointed and proved above. I clearly demonstrated that today’s (and previous doros) talmidei HaGra completely interact and integrate and intermarry and share Torah and communal issues with Chasidim. If there were any cheirim in effect this would be impossible. And if it were ‘merely’ to fight the maskilim, they wouldn’t have integrated with each other so thoroughly.

    in reply to: right – left ?? Do I have a mental problem? #901743
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    Hmmm…

    I don’t know North from South from East from West. I don’t know cardinal directions for the life of me. Even walking down a NYC block I have no idea if I’m going E, W, N, or S.

    Is that similar to tzaddiq’s problem?

    in reply to: Who Should be Giving Tochecho to Whom? #908183
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    Rav Shach and many Chasidishe Rebbes were very close with each other. He called Chasidim “yera’im” and “shlaymim” and full of Torah and Mitzvos and Yirei Shamayim. See Michtavim U’Maamaromim 5:533 (pg. 137) and 5:534 (pg. 138).

    in reply to: Who Should be Giving Tochecho to Whom? #908181
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    I didn’t say his first generation talmidim. But eventually the talmidim of the Gra did away with the cherem and became friends with the Chasidim. Today the spiritual heirs of the Gra, his talmidim, and the Chasidim – their rabbonim and gedolim sit on the same Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, work together on many issues affecting Klal Yisroel, send each others talmidim to each others Yeshivas, Litvish rabbonim teach Chasidish bochorim and Chasidishe rabbobim teach Litvish bochorim, etc.

    All this didn’t happen in this generation. It’s been like this for well over 150 years already.

    in reply to: chOlam or chOYlam #901929
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    JMH: You missed the point. The point is that considering that so many Gedolei Yisroel did — and do — pronounce it as a Choilem, it is clear and obvious that Choilem is a correct Mesorah.

    I’m not advocating anyone switch from cholem to choilem. I’m saying that everyone is correct to stick with whatever their custom is. Whether it is cholem or whether it is choilem.

    in reply to: Who Should be Giving Tochecho to Whom? #908179
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    Yet, his (the Gra’s) talmidim recognized the error and removed the cheirim.

    All the Gedolim considered Reform and Conservative apikorus. And they still consider that to be the case hundreds of years later.

    in reply to: chOlam or chOYlam #901924
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    Considering the numerous Gedolei Yisroel on the record as using the Choylem pronunciation, it is clear that this is the correct mesorah for those who are talmidim and followers of these many Gedolim.

    I’ll take the Gedolei Yisroel over internet posters’ theories any day of the year.

    in reply to: Frequent Posters and Personality #925353
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    From your writings, I would say you are a very musically inclined fellow.

    in reply to: Shocking Study of Modern Orthodox OTD Rate #941546
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    Rabbi Pruzansky’s main point was that MO parents should correct the way they are bringing up their children. He was hardly focused on the precise percentage of OTD MO children. That was a sidepoint when he was pointing out the extent of the crisis and the need to change how their children are brought up. His point was, primarily, the suggestions he offered to correct what is broken.

    in reply to: Frequent Posters and Personality #925345
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    I believe men are more confrontational online than off while women are more confrontational offline than on.

    in reply to: chOlam or chOYlam #901905
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    Everyone must start using the Teimani pronunciations for all speaking. It is the only one true authentic way. All other are inauthentic.

    in reply to: chOlam or chOYlam #901896
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    The real issue is how the Teimanim pronounce it. That is the real, true, and only correct pronounciation. All the others, including the Sefardic and German “oh”, are incorrect.

    in reply to: Shocking Study of Modern Orthodox OTD Rate #941520
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    No one has yet offered any coherent explanation as to why Rabbi Pruzansky, a modern orthodox rabbi with much direct experience (and commentary) in what is going on in the modern orthodox world, would publish statistics that would make modern orthodoxy look really bad, if it isn’t rooted in fact.

    My take is that whatever the merits of the precise percentages, the overall point is that the statistics are really really bad. Rabbi Pruzansky may have mentioned the study, but he in fact speaks from first-hand pulpit experience in that community.

    in reply to: Shocking Study of Modern Orthodox OTD Rate #941465
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    ZeesKite: Well said. Could not have said it better myself.

    in reply to: 5 YEAR SON HITING FATHER #900756
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    Mishlei 13:24

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    One who spares his rod hates his child; one who loves him provides rebuke when he is young.

    Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim 551:18

    in reply to: What is your favorite brand of instant coffee? #902123
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    uneeq,

    I actually like instant coffee better than brewed (i.e. Gevalia).

    in reply to: Divorce: Whose Fault Was It? #932219
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    I’ve heard more than one godol relate that the vast majority of divorces were unnecessary and avoidable.

    mommamia: You can say that men don’t divorce good looking women who act appropriately.

    in reply to: Chazal and science #923835
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    Bear in mind that scientists keep changing what they decribe as the true and correct science. Today very little of what science held 50 and certainly 100 years ago is still considered correct. And 100 years ago, very little of what science held 200 years ago as true, was still considered true at that time. And in 100 years from now, much of today’s science will be disproved. Just as it has been in the past.

    in reply to: Getting a Cake Handout from the Gabbai on Erev Yom Kippur #897751
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    You should give the gabbai a few dollars after he gives it to you.

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