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  • in reply to: Time to start davening Rosh HaShsnah morning #2006615
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    We started at 9am at my outdoor minyan that is still going strong after 18 months. That is a half hour earlier than my regular Shabbos start time. I was in the mikvah before 7am and then said all the piyutim in my Belzer Machzor. I had time for a coffee and something to eat. Said Shema before the first Man. @Gadol, the first day was almost nice but the second day was quite humid. Hoping for a less humid day next Thursday.

    in reply to: Car repair shop? #2000114
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    Can you define the word oxymoron?

    in reply to: Jewish Comedy #1994582
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    I’m sorry in advance for not knowing how or being able to show you what went on at the Levaya. Jackie was always first and foremost a proud Jew. His extended family were direct, and I mean direct descendants of people a lot holier than both me and you. We all here on this chat have no clue of the nisyoinos that was “pre war America” for Jews. He made the best out of what was dealt him and his family. As I said earlier today, he died and was buried a Yid. If you didn’t like his comedy, become a theater or movie critic. Here on this forum, less than 3 hours after he was buried is neither the time or place to talk bad about him.

    in reply to: Jewish Comedy #1994554
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    According to what I heard at the Levaya he was able to say Vidduy and Shema before Yetzias Haneshoma. He was buried within 24 hours of his passing as per his request. At the Levaya, people who knew him told how he used to say that in his youth he used to spend his entire day learning Gemorah. Say what you will about him but I can tell you that he never forgot where he came from and where he was going.

    in reply to: Jewish Comedy #1994437
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    His Brother and last surviving member of the Children of Harav Eliyahu Mordechai Maza is my Uncle. We used to spend every Thanksgiving at my Aunt and Uncles house and he was there all the time. His name is Maza which is an acronym for Mi’Zerah Aaron Hakohen which he was. They received their Smicha from Rav Moshe. I also met him on the set of the short running TV Sitcom called Chicken Soup. He should be a Meilitz Yosher for the whole family.

    in reply to: Are you allowed to give Tzeddakah/charity to Non-Jews #1991921
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    UJM, Maybe so, but when a Jew is wearing a Kippah on 5th ave and there is a veteran who served his country so that we may wear said Kippah sitting on the sidewalk, and non jews see me give this guy a donation, it is a Kiddush Hashem. I’ll do it every time I have the opportunity. I do it as I am getting onto the GWB also. These people are extremely appreciative and thankful.

    in reply to: Outdoor Minyan still going. #1965966
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    @Daas Yochid What do you learn from the Possuk in Bereishis ויצא יצחק לשוח בשדהּ? Was his field inside a building? In the times of the Bais Hamikdash most of the Avodah was done in the Heichol which was outside. Where does it say anywhere in Shulchan Aruch that the only time that one is allowed to daven outside is when you’re at the Koisel?

    in reply to: Outdoor Minyan still going. #1965809
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    UJM, I actually have a local Rebba that has been davening with us daily, excluding Shabbos, for the last 6 months. He has his own Shul in the Town but chooses to daven with us. We also have an extremely knowledgeable bucki in Shulchan Aruch that has been with us since day 1.
    DY, there are still obviously those that are still scared. Not sure why, but I am here for them as long as they continue to come.
    Commonsaychal, I know what goes on there because I was one of the original members of that Shul and still have my picture in the BET on a weekly basis. There are Shabbosim when there isn’t always a minyan there that was scheduled and they come to me.

    in reply to: Techeiles and Bal Tosif #1934876
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    There is a 3 hour Shiur that was given today by the Ptil Techelet people in Eretz Yisroel just on this inyan. It was given by the torah anytime people and i’m sure its available for viewing.
    These were the topics that were discussed.
    Rabbi Abraham Twerski – Divrei Bracha
    Video: Why did it take so long to rediscover Tekhelet?
    Dr. Israel Ziderman: Modern Scientific Discoveries Regarding Techeiles
    Rabbi Chaim Twerski: Halachic Issues Regarding Baal Tosif with Techeiles
    Rabbi Yehoshua Yankelowitz: The Yerushalmi as a Potential Source to Identify Techeiles
    Rabbi Bentzion Halberstam: Halachic Issues Regarding Techeiles Today

    in reply to: Trump ruined the GOP #1925734
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    Said nobody, EVER. He’s the best thing to happen to this country since they put wheels on suitcases!

    in reply to: are cufflinks in style? #1920201
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    Back in the days before Covid 19 decimated the travel industry I used to travel to HK. I had a tailor there that made me shirts for a nice low price. Every shirt I made, be it white or colored, had place for cufflinks. Some also had attached buttons in the holes meant for cufflinks. However I always wore cufflinks. It adds a certain panache to otherwise drab weekday clothing  edited

    in reply to: If Trump Wins Reelection #1913889
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    What does If Trump wins? It should say “when Trump wins”!

    in reply to: Will you be in shul on Rosh Hashanah #1894226
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    For the whole of Chodesh Nissan that we had my Minyan, I was the Chazan 3 times a day 7 days a week. I was told that they heard me both up Jay Court and on Antionette which is the other side of Forshay Road. Based on that, we had over 100 Mispallelim. I am still hoarse from that time and was happy that my neighbor who was a Chiyuv took over.

    in reply to: Will you be in shul on Rosh Hashanah #1894217
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    @Shimon, I did ask my Rav, and was given the okay. Second, the specific person who I spoke of who sits 50 feet away was one person who was part of a group of 20-50 people depending on the Tfila and the specific day. He feels the need to sit as far away as possible from anyone else and wears a mask. The main minyan is spread out all along mine and my neighbors front lawn and was okayed by our local Rabbi’s. I would give names but I don’t feel the need to hear another comment re Rabbi’s from @common.

    in reply to: Will you be in shul on Rosh Hashanah #1893545
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    To all those people who refuse to wear masks in Shuls even if they know or feel that they don’t need to, and then come here and yell at all the people who are telling them that they are C’V killing people, what do they tell the checkers at Costco on the way in? You’re an idiot? You’re overreacting? Come on, the virus has been gone since after Shavuos! Why is it that it’s easier to wear a mask when you’re amongst Goyim, checking in for your flight to Orlando on United, but not in Shul when you might make another Jew happy?

    in reply to: Will you be in shul on Rosh Hashanah #1893134
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    @commonsaychel, as a matter of fact, I know exactly how many people are in Scheiners because it’s in my backyard. I have the path in my driveway and I am the Gabbai there. But besides for that little piece of trivia, I know nothing. And by the way, I have nothing against all the people who go to these Shuls, but please don’t judge my Mispallelim as they are just trying to stay alive. We daven at 8:30am during the week and 12 minutes before Plag is Mincha and Maariv. You’re more than welcome to check us out.

    in reply to: Will you be in shul on Rosh Hashanah #1892993
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    I still have a minyan outside my house 3 times a day, 7 days a week. We started it here in Monsey on Erev Pesach and its been going and going since then. Now the same people are hoping that we will still be open for the entire YomTov period, to which I answered, if there is still a need, yes we will. I have people sitting at least 50 feet away from the nearest mispalell and they are wearing a mask. These are people who still have not been infected, or they have elderly parents living with them, or their spouse is immuno-compomised, and therefore have been told that they can’t enter a proper Shul. For whatever reason they have, I am prepared to stay open until I am no longer needed.

    in reply to: masks and antibodies #1873029
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    If you took a shower at home, but the sign at the local Mikva says to please take a shower before entering, do you just walk in without showering?

    in reply to: Minyanim Legal in New York starting tomorrow #1864246
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    @Common, Ohr Chaim is in my backyard. They opened on Thursday for Mincha and Maariv and on Friday for Shacharis. However they were closed on Shabbos. You can go on and on about how they were open, but I am telling you that they were not.
    The few neighbors of mine that went there to try it out today were upset about the lack of masks on the mispallelim and asked me if I am still open in front of my house. The minyanim are starting, but they are not anywhere near what they used to be.

    in reply to: Minyanim Legal in New York starting tomorrow #1863988
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    Today we davened in front of my porch again. It was the first Shacharis minyan during the week since Shabbos or Yomtov. We will be davening again tomorrow at 8:30 with Hodu at 8:45. Minyan is where the path on Lyncrest Drive used to be to enter Ohr Chaim. The town made me close it up so they can monitor who enters the Shul. There is plenty of room to stand with proper social distancing as the minyan stretches from Lodi Lane till Jay Court. We daven Mincha and Maariv daily at 7:30 and 8:45pm.
    Syag, this is no longer a question of Al Tiftach Peh. PC is gone, people need to speak up. Enough people died, Nebuch during the past 2 months because of this, that people should realize that masks are not an option while davening inside of a Shul. Outside where there is open space and enough separation, masks are not a necessity. However if it gets out of control, I will demand masks outside as well. There is enough speculation as to whether the antibodies even help or if there is such a thing as herd immunity that would require everyone inside a Shul to wear a mask. It is exactly because of A Yid’s comment that my neighbors are hoping that we continue this minyan well into the summer.

    in reply to: Minyanim Legal in New York starting tomorrow #1863816
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    As a matter of fact, yes. Ohr Chaim was not open for Shabbos. Rabbi Lankry davened in my porch minyan. There were approximately 40 people at the Shul Friday morning instead of the normal hundreds that pass through daily. My porch minyan today had representatives from all the Shuls you mentioned and all will be there again next week for Shavuos if we are not in Yerushalayim, Bezras Hashem.

    in reply to: Minyanim Legal in New York starting tomorrow #1863703
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    President is right about his saying that prayer is essential. Problem is that he didn’t give any guidelines which is now confusing the issue. He could have stated that Shuls can open with proper social distancing and depending on the size, that will determine how many people can attend. NYS said that we can open but limited the attendance to not more than 10. Did the Presidents comments override the limit? Here in Forshay, we are still davening on our own porches but some of the other Shuls are indeed opening. My neighbors have already expressed hope that my Porch Minyan will be open through the summer. I’m open to that.

    in reply to: Why do u comment in the coffe room? #1855473
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    A few points. First of all, the comments section of YWN seems not to be working so the CR is the only place to comment? Second, it’s loads of fun to give answers to people who think that so called important topics asked anonymously on the CR are going to get a serious reply. Even the few topics that are genuinely interesting and important, asking from behind the cover of the internet seems to detract from the issue at hand.

    in reply to: Fruit Tree Reports #1850975
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    Side note, same topic. I have a crabapple or small cherry size apple tree in my front yard that the buds opened today. Can we make a Bracha on this tree? I’ve never eaten the apples growing on this tree but i’ve seen other animals eating them. I do have 2 regular apple trees next door at my neighbors house but those 2 have not even began to show any signs of a flower or bud. Anyone know?

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    Joseph: Your original post was about shaking your fellow Yid’s hand not the Rishon L’Tziyon or a Sfardy Gadol. I do admit that the first time I would arrive into the Shul in Kowloon HK and I would see Harav Meoded I would give him a big hug, but that’s not what my post was talking about. Here in Forshay a lot of people will have to think twice about kissing the Rebba’s hand, not sure what the future will hold with regards to that practice.

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    Sfardim, when they greet each other hold up their right hand with the palm facing them. When I travel overseas and daven with the Sfardim and offer my hand they look at me as if I’m from outa space.

    in reply to: Lag baomer 2020 #1832823
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    Along with the wood for the fire, make sure you pick up some of the KP water you’ll need to put out the fire. Can’t be too careful with these things.

    in reply to: Solomon’s Meat in Costco #1791978
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    Can someone please explain to me why this thread has turned into a contest of who can say nastier things about another Jew when all the OP wanted to know is what happened to the Flanken at Costco? I happened to ask Dan the manager at our Nanuet Costco a couple of years ago and he answered simply that the local Jewish stores were complaining that they were not getting enough meat. I actually still have some of their Ribeye steaks in my freezer if anyone needs. A Gmar Chasima Tova to all.

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    Is CTL really Joseph in disguise? Based on the way he’s being smacked down, deservedly so, I might add, one can’t be blamed for making that assumption. CTL, not to beat a dead horse, I think you stepped into a big pile over here. Just like all of the other over the top, Trump hating liberals, who compare our duly elected President to he, who doesn’t deserve mention, you showed your true colors with this one. And BTW, kudos to you for your youngest CTL. That is the only reason you are getting this criticism .

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    I just want to state in advance that the only reason I have this info is because of the דבר בעיתו Gabbai handbook I use in my Shul. ה תמוז this year was the date for תקופת תמוז. A lot of Rebbe’s and people into Kabbalah have the minhag not to drink water left open overnight during the changing of the תקופה. However during this particular change there are more Chumras with regards to water. He brings down that during תמוז all the waters all around the world turn to blood because of the fact that Moshe hit the rock instead of talking to it like the רבש״ע commanded. Problem is that this happened yesterday which was ו and not ה. @Max Dear could this be what the Shiniva Rebbe was talking about?

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    I just want to state in advance that the only reason I have this info is because of the דבר בעיתו Gabbai handbook I use in my Shul. ה תמוז this year was the date for תקופת תמוז. A lot of Rebbe’s and people into Kabbalah have the minhag not to drink water left open overnight during the changing of the תקופה. However during this particular change there are more Chumras with regards to water. He brings down that during תמוז all the waters all around the world turn to blood because of the fact that Moshe hit the rock instead of talking to it like the רבש״ע commanded. Problem is that this happened yesterday which was ו and not ה. @Max, could this be what Shiniva Rebbe was talking about?

    in reply to: Boeing 737 Max #1743949
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    As the Captain said, the difference is in the experience of the pilot. There were on average about 8.600 flights every week on these planes before they were grounded. This plane was in service for quite some time before these 2 crashes occurred. They were flown mostly in the USA and China where they were flying without much fanfare. I’m sure once the software is updated and the pilots familiarize themselves with the plane it will be fine.

    in reply to: Holding hands after a Chuppah #1742846
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    When I saw it for the first time by a Chasidishe Chasunah, I was also surprised. However, since then, my 3 children who are now married were all told by me to hold hands out of the Chupah. I never understood the scene that takes place at all the Yeshivisha Chasunahs. Right after the Chupah is over and they’re walking to the Yichud room, they’re dancing wildly with their friends, separated by people pushing over each other to get in a hug. They waited their whole lives for this moment, let them celebrate with each other.

    in reply to: Does Joseph Live in Eretz Yisroel? #1740466
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    Maybe he does live on the East Coast but only holds 1 day? Maybe he really isn’t Frum at all? Who knows, who cares?

    in reply to: Monetary value of a pint of blood #1732489
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    Nothing, if you don’t need it. Trillions, if you or someone close to you is in desperate need of your blood type.

    in reply to: Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yishaya’le of Kerestier #1725042
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    I’ve been going for years (15-20) already One of the main changes that happened recently that could be responsible for the change in the amount of visitors is the Hachnosas Orchim houses that are open 365 days a year. There is now a Minyan in BodrogKeresztur every day. As far as his brother is concerned, it’s not a recent phenomenon as he has the same Zchus Avos that his brother has.

    in reply to: WARNING : Shemita wines being sold in NY/NJ #1720408
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    Please drop off all your unwanted wine at my front door.

    in reply to: Wife/Mother sitting at head of shabbos table? #1710588
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    On Pesach my wife and I both sit at the head of the table. However she does not get the royal treatment of having the washing cup and bowl brought to her at the table. But that is only because she is bringing the above to her Father who comes to our Seder every year. Another interesting note about Pesach. The Sedarrim are the only 2 Shabbos or YomTov meals that the Rebba here in Forshay eats with his whole family sitting together at one table. That includes men and women, boys and girls.

    in reply to: Tax Time Nightmare….Trump’s Tax Reforms Cost me big time #1710546
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    @CTLAWYER, then Monsey or anywhere in Rockland and Westchester Counties are not going to be any better for you. This mornings local Journal News stated that both of the above referenced counties were 1 and 2 in the country for property taxes. And like Daas said earlier, he accomplished exactly what he set out to do, which is to lower the burden on middle America. The 2 coasts, or the NE and California to be specific, were not now or ever on his most favorite list.

    in reply to: Skokie Rosh Yeshiva stories #1639877
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    It was Rav Chaim Zimmerman. He was asked to leave his post as Rosh Hayeshiva by the President of the Yeshiva and agreed to do it if they made him a banquet. He got up and told the following story. 3 things complained to the Ribono Shel Oilam, Asher Yatzar, Aleinu, and the Mamzar. Asher Yatzar says, when you come out of the bathroom?? Aleinu says, I’m the last part of davening, everyone is talking, taking off their Tfillin. The Mamzar says what did I do wrong?? The RibonoShel Oilam answered all 3 the following. Asher Yatzar became a Bracha under the Chupah. Aleinu became the central tfilla during Mussaf on Rosh Hashanah. And the Mamzar, Rav Chaim said so eloquently, Hashem said you will become the President of a Yeshiva.

    in reply to: Which famous people have you met? #1591156
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    @Joseph, anytime he wanted! My Father supplied the Rebitzen with Potato’s for Kugel for many years so he was there on many a Thursday. We also had a close friend from an old time bank in Yerushalayim that was very close with the Rebbe. Between the 2 of them was quite often.

    in reply to: Which famous people have you met? #1590854
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    I met the Lubabitcher Rebbe on a weekly basis growing up and attending Menucha day camp. Living at what was then the outskirts of BP, 16th and 59th, I used to pick up all the dollar bills off the floor he gave us campers that were left on the floor of the bus.
    I met Rav Moshe Feinstein on many occasions growing up in Monsey.
    My Father was very close with the Ribnitzer Rebbe back in the day and on more than one occassion I got to daven Maariv with him in his private room.
    As far as famous non Jews or celebrities are concerned, I once sat in the first row of a United flight down to Orlando next to David Coverdale of the Rock group Whitesnake. He was considered a “Rebbe” to anyone who recognized him. All the stewardesses were crying and asking him for autographs. When it finally quieted down and we started talking, he realized that I hadn’t the foggiest idea who he was. He was very open and interested in the Jewish religion and we had a very spirited conversation. When we landed he got off with me and was met at the gate by hundreds of screaming fans. Yeh, yeh.

    in reply to: Are you selling your pet for Pesach? #1504326
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    Joseph, the more love the better! 3 of my kids are already married and my house feels empty during the week. I work at home and have time to walk them when they need walking. I also don’t know why scooping up their poop off the grass is any different than diapering my einikel when he or she comes to visit on Shabbos? Speaking of the eineklech, they also enjoyed the dogs. i don’t have the 2 that were here last Pesach, but my 11 year old son along with his 2 nieces have been hocking me to get another one all year. Now after reading this thread I feel I might just give in.

    in reply to: Are you selling your pet for Pesach? #1504090
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    I wonder if Joseph, for just once in his life, would experience the love and connection felt when I use to walk into my backyard and the dogs saw me. The way they jumped all over me. The look of, yes, I would take a bullet for this guy. The look of unbridled love that one gets from a wife or child when he is their best friend. Would he somehow change his tune? Would he stop acting like his doesn’t stink? Yes, I know this sounds quite corny or off the deep end, but this is what a pet does to certain people. I do admit that if you live in Boro Park or Flatbush, this selfishness might be a burden for others, but here in Monsey or CT, I say, go for it.

    in reply to: Are you selling your pet for Pesach? #1503271
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    Joseph, your ignorance speaks volumes! I have Bli Ayin Harah 6 kids. I also have 5 TV’s. Last year I had 2 of the most loving German Shepards puppies I ever saw living in my backyard pool area. They were given to me by my Rabbi who happens to be more frum than you can ever hope to be, and I don’t even know you! I bought special Kosher LePesach dog food and threw out all other food I had for them. As a matter of fact, I think these dogs had better Midos than you!

    in reply to: Who Originally Sings “Al Zeh”? #1501771
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    I love the one from the original Mendy Wald album.

    in reply to: Out of Hibernation.. #1473788
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    Speaking of coming out of hibernation and being happy, I brought out the motorcycle yesterday L’kuvid Rosh Chodesh Adar and L’kuvid this short burst of Summer we are having here on the East Coast. Unfortunately, its going right back to sleep tonight.

    in reply to: Who has Kadima at the Amud? #1417313
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    Thank you for all the replies. Just to clarify a few things. The shul in question as some of you might know has many different Rabbonim davening at the many different Minyanim the shul offers. The issue came up when the main Rabbi who is a Sfardy was not in Shul. 2 other Rabbonim who were present had the same thought that the Yahrtzeit has Kadima. Thankfully, I had alerted the other member earlier and he davened Mincha at our 12:30pm Mincha Minyan. The discussion started when he came into Shul and stated his opinion even offering to make a small wager on a nice expensive bottle of Bourbon.
    We started delving into the many different seforim that discuss this and we see that we were both right. The one point that I would like to state is that it seems like most of the earlier Poskim who give their opinion seem to be basing it in a case where only one person says each Kaddish. Later seforim that discuss this issue seem to be of the opinion that its all based on the Minhag Hamakom. Based on most current Minhagim in Shuls in my area it seems that the majority hold that Yahrtzeit has Kadima. To me that makes the most sense simply based on the fact that it only happens once a year as opposed to Shloshim which is ongoing for that month.
    The one other point that I found interesting was from The Neta Gavriel who paskins the whole question based on Membership status. He discusses many different cases that can apply and seems to state that a member come before a guest. He also places the Avel at the end of his 11 months on the bottom of the list of Kadima. But in our case he gave me one more reason to know that I made the right choice. The Yahrzeit is a neighbor who has been davening at our Erev Shabbos Minyan since its inception while the Shloishim is a member who lives in the Concord area but just started davening at this minyan since he started saying Kadish. In such a case the Neta Gavriel says that the Yahrzeit has Kadima.

    in reply to: Who has Kadima at the Amud? #1416946
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    Sorry for the late reply. The Rav davens at one of our members house on Friday Erev Shabbos. He is also a Sfardy and tries not to get involved with Gaboyisha issues. The other Rabbonim who were there including one who is a very well know Chabad speaker had different opinions. Most thought that the Yahrzeit should have Kadima based on what most poskim besides Rav Shach say. The Neta Gavriel also seems to hold that way. I as the Gabbai felt that it made no sense for someone who has Yahrzeit once a year to wait until next year to give his Father some sort of an Aliyah. To be continued…..

    in reply to: Mikvah Price Gouging #1374101
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    Our Mikvah in Bais Hamedrash Ohr Chaim opened up Erev Slichos. The day before Erev Yom Kippur, the Bal Habayis who donated the Mikva asked me to send out an email stating the benefits of going to the Mikva daily but especially on Erev Yom Kippur. He asked me to announce that the Mikva will be open and free all day yesterday. Sorry I didn’t see this earlier.

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