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  • in reply to: Yeshivos for Adult Beginning Learners #2106655
    follick2
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    There is Hadar HaTorah 824 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11213 (718) 735-0250
    hadarhatorah dot org

    and Tiferes Bochrim at RCA 226 Sussex Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960 (973) 668 3219
    theworldsgreatestyeshiva dot com

    in reply to: Parents and singles #2073485
    follick2
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    The story of Rabbi Akiva’s marriage in the Gemara is a lesson that parents need not be involved in shidduchim and should certainly not use the threat of withholding monetary support to try and control who their children marry.

    in reply to: Daylight Savings time #2069885
    follick2
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    school schedules can be adjusted to accommodate child safety

    in reply to: teenagers drinking on purim #2069340
    follick2
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    I’ll stick with Shulchan Aruch and the Shulchan Aruch HaRav, that you shouldn’t drink so much wine that you, Chas V’Shalom, might do an aveira, including forgetting to bentch or say Maariv. And that someone who might have trouble with drinking doesn’t have to drink at all.

    I’ve told my teenage sons that they are free to drink wine at home on Purim, where I can keep an eye on them, but not to have any alcohol away from home.

    Personally, I usually have a bottle or two of wine and then take a nap. B”H I’ve never been drunk enough to have a hangover or to forget bentching.

    in reply to: Is the enthusiastic sholom aleichem a new thing? #2047948
    follick2
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    Rabbi Hunah says: If one greets another with peace and that person does not return the greeting, the person is called a robber [robbing the other of a greeting of peace].

    — Talmud, Berachot 6b

    in reply to: The world should take action on Israel’s treatment of charedim #2046315
    follick2
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    Asking non-Jewish authorities to intervene in a dispute between Jews is always a bad idea.

    in reply to: which jewish community to live in #2028562
    follick2
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    Kingston PA has a very rapidly growing Jewish Community that is not really documented on the web. Apparently they now have schools going from Kindergarten to High School/Mesivta for both boys and girls, a new Kosher store and other infrastructure.

    in reply to: Kayin builds a city #2016442
    follick2
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    Since we know that Noach invented the plow and Tuval Kayin was the first to work with metals, it seems unlikely they had futuristic technology before the flood.

    in reply to: Coke is better than Fanta! #1999002
    follick2
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    Coca Cola has caffeine, Fanta Orange does not

    in reply to: Is the frum “business/economic model” sustainable? #1998919
    follick2
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    The Child Tax Credit is a huge help to the Jewish Community. A monthly payment of $250-$300 dollars per child will help the frum community much more than almost any other American group. If askanim were trying to invent a way for the government to disproportionately funnel money to the frum community without getting involved in our schools it would be hard to top the Child Tax Credit.

    A look at census statistics shows that most American households have no kids at all. Those that do have kids almost all have only one or two. Families with 4 or more kids are rare. In the frum community however, we live in the land of the double stroller.

    While this money directly helps parents, indirectly it will be a big help to schools (by helping parents to pay tuition) and to other frum businesses. It will also indirectly help all those employed by schools. How many times have I heard about teachers being paid late or even not getting their full pay at all because mosdos are financially distressed. If schools are collecting more tuition, then teachers will also benefit. Also if schools are in better financial state then there will be more money for other tzedakahs since there will be less pressure on donors in the community to support the schools.

    I hope that this policy is extended. Please contact your Senators and Congressmen to encourage them to extend the Child Tax Credit.

    in reply to: Eating Gebroks on Pesach #1957604
    follick2
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    According to the Rebbe, when the 8th day of Pesach is on Shabbos, knaidlach should be made (but not eaten) on the 7th day in preparation. So Lubavitchers do so.

    in reply to: Thank You President Joe and VP Harris #1954843
    follick2
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    For a family with 6 children, with a father working as a rebbe in school, and a stay at home mother, this bill is worth around $20,000. With the $1400/person stimulus payment, the expanded child tax credit and expanded EIC payments. Not to mention making ACA health insurance cheaper.

    Circumstances vary, but this will be a huge infusion of cash into many heimish communities, especially given how it is particularly beneficial for large families.

    in reply to: orthodox Jewish democrat? #1953578
    follick2
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    They are both morally bad, but policies enacted and supported by the Democratic party are better for the economic wellbeing of my family. Economic policies supported by the Republican party are only good for billionaires. I love my family. That’s why I vote for Democrats.

    in reply to: senate majority leader #1939954
    follick2
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    The majority leader, in consultation with the minority leader (which means as much as he wants it to), controls which votes will be taken and when in the Senate. So if he doesn’t want a bill brought up for a vote it can never pass.
    The Senate has already met but when the majority in the Senate changes, the majority leader changes. Once the Democrats take over, Charles Schumer (a Jewish senator from NY) will become majority leader.

    in reply to: Kosher food distribution #1913296
    follick2
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    go to masbia dot org/covid19

    FOOD PANTRY: You can pick up raw grocery food for your entire family, every seven days by appointment only. To get scheduled text “FOOD” to 726879.
    SOUP KITCHEN: You can pick a ready-to-eat dinner for yourself every day.

    Addresses:

    Masbia of Queens 105-47 64th Rd Forest Hills NY 11375

    Masbia of Flatbush 1372 Coney Island Ave Brooklyn NY 11230

    Masbia of Boro Park 5402 New Utrecht Ave Brooklyn NY 11219

    in reply to: Nicknames #1848305
    follick2
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    My understanding is that if someone is named after 2 people and using a nickname or shortened name causes one of those names not to be used and therefore one of those people named after to be forgotten, then it is not a good thing. Otherwise it is fine. Personally I generally call all of my children by their full names.

    in reply to: Who should be called Rabbi? #1822569
    follick2
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    how does that work when one learns from a heretic

    I suppose you would have to ask R’ Meir and his teacher Acher

    in reply to: How much $$$ does a typical Frum family spend on groceries per week? #1800725
    follick2
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    It is possible to survive on a food-stamp size budget and keep Kosher. I know because there have been times in the past I have had no choice but to do so. It’s not a lot of fun and it’s not the healthiest, but you can survive and avoid starvation. You go heavy on eggs and tuna, bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, beans and cheap canned vegetables. Use very tiny amounts of chicken and ground meat (like a quarter pound of ground meat to feed 8 people) to flavor the carbs. There have been plenty of Shabbosim when I used less than $5 worth of meat in a cholent that was mostly potatoes. It’s not what you want to do, but some Yidden don’t really have any other choice.

    Today, B”H my grocery budget is higher.

    in reply to: What would it take for you to move “OOT” ?? #1745258
    follick2
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    If you are looking for a place in Virginia other than Norfolk that has the state supported tuition scholarships you might want to consider Richmond.

    As for us, we moved out of Brooklyn when we reached the point that we just plain couldn’t afford to stay. When we reached the point where rent and food took more than my whole paycheck with nothing left for luxuries like electricity or tuition then there was really no point in staying. And before some fool comments, we don’t have smartphones, new cars, coffee from Starbucks or bungalows, and the closest we get to a vacation is to go and stay with my in-laws on a visit.

    There are a lot of people who get pushed OOT because they just can’t afford to stay.

    in reply to: Specialized Rabbis #1742799
    follick2
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    Not every member of the Sanhedrin was qualified to rule on calendar issues. Only those with specialized knowledge.

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