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Thank you. But the kudos should go to my teacher.
“If I remember correctly, cholent has to be cooked to a certain degree before Shabbos. (I’m relying on my memory here, and don’t remember if ki’machal ben drusoi, mostly cooked, or some other shiur. If anyone can help with specifics it would be appreciated).”
Obviously I am not a rabbi, and I would remind everyone to ask their LOR. However, I have sat through countless Hilchos Shabbos shiurim, and I recall that cholent needs to be EITHER ki’machal ben drusoi, OR totally raw.
The reasoning is that if you are going to eat it Friday night, and the food needs to cook a bit more, you may come to stir it. However, if it is ki’machal ben drusoi, by the time you serve it it should be fully cooked. In the case of totally raw, there is no way it will ever be ready to eat Friday night, so again, you would not be tempted to stir it.October 16, 2009 5:48 am at 5:48 am in reply to: What Food Item Would You Like To See Get A Hecsher? #895383
And Edwardo’s pizza (it’s in Chicago).
And I would like more kosher restaurants in Haifa.
pookie: You’re better than I am. As soon as I saw the post was Joseph’s I looked at the length and just skipped down to where the comments started.
“The fact about clothing is that whenever you choose something to wear, you are presenting yourself to the world and projecting an image of yourself.”
I know someone who was reluctant to cover her hair because she didn’t feel she was at that level and didn’t want to present a false view of herself to the world. I suggested to her she should start covering her hair and it might help bring her up to that level. She did and she is.
Back to the issue of wigs made from hair. A friend of mine told me she was at a shiur given by Rebbetzin Feige Twerski who said that a wig is an extra barrier. No man wants to run his fingers through a wig. So even a wig made of real hair (even her own hair) will be one more “fence” to protect them from an aveirah.
“Do rich/poor people have different understanding, laws, and charachters? “
In a particular town there’s a particular neighborhood where there happen to be a lot of wealthy people. One day I was very frustrated and said to my rabbi, “I wish I had money and lived in [that neighborhood] so I could do whatever I wanted.”
Perhaps my rabbi is too cynical, or maybe he just sees how people are treated by the rest of the community, but he answered, “You don’t have to live there. All you need is money and you can do whatever you want.”
Recently I was at a mall and there were two (non-frum) girls there. Neither were dressed tznius, but one was worse than the other. Some guy made a comment to the girl who was wearing very revealing clothes. I didn’t hear what he said, but from the look on her face, she was not happy. Then her friend said you have to expect that if you’re going to dress like that.
Joseph: There are obvious benefits to polygamy.
First, there’s the obvious that we will be able to get by with fewer boys instead of needing equal numbers.
Second, I’m not sure men are designed to be monogamous. This will give them some variety within the bounds of halacha.
Third, and my favorite reason, “You want dinner? Go bother your other wife.”
I’m not sure where the misconception about coconut oil started. It’s actually very healthy. If you check online, you’ll find it also is recommended for people trying to lose weight because it promotes thermogenesis.
One of the biggest myths is that unsaturated fats are healthy. If you’ll recall from organic chemistry class (sorry for those of you who do not approve of a secular education), pi bonds break very easily and yield free radicals.
This year I davened in a beautiful shul with lots of simcha. If there was any drinking, I didn’t see it.
Last year, the drinking got so out of hand that, with the Rav’s permission, I took all the alcohol I could find and poured it down the sink. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find all the hiding places, but I was able to get rid of a lot of it.
Personally, I would rather see a shell than a sweatshirt that covers everything but has “CUNY,” or any other wording, emblazoned across the chest. (I once asked a friend’s daughter why she was wearing something with writing on the chest. My friend, who was also there, said, “Oh, I guess that isn’t so tznius, is it?” Meanwhile, she won’t let her daughters wear shells. They still wear the offensive sweatshirts.)
Joseph: I’m all for reinstating polygamy. I’ve been trying to get people to listen to me for years.
Sorry to report that the water incident was true. It took place in chutz la’aretz. It was at a shul I davened at only when I was desparate and could not daven elsewhere.
Actually, I would use coconut oil. The only problem is it’s expensive and you usually can find it only in health food stores.
It wasn’t the book from I was told not to read. It was from a “less frum” book.
I davened in a shul where they tied up the shaliach tzibbur on Simchas Torah. And on Shemini Atzeres they poured water on him during tefillas geshem. Needless to say, I stopped davening there.
What’s wrong with shortening? But you can use margarine.
1) I didn’t say it was HIS rebbitzen. I just said rebbitzens.
2) Believe me – this rabbi would not be afraid to tell me if there is a problem. I’ve heard him tell other people. I’m not sure he would tell just anybody, but he will tell people he is close to. And I’ve been practically a member of his family for over 20 years.
I am also curious as to how people feel about v-neck tops with a contrasting color shell. I don’t wear it, primarily because I don’t like the layers. I have friends who are against it.
Thank you NY Mom. I’ve been wanting to discuss this topic for some time.
I think tznius is such a difficult area. Nobody can seem to agree on what is and what isn’t tznius. I’ve been told that some of my clothing is not so tznius. I happen to disagree. My rabbi has never told me there is a problem with how I dress, and he would tell me if there was a problem.
I have seen the knees of plenty of women, including rebbitzens.
There is a book on tznius that I was told NOT to read because it’s too frum. I read it anyway. While I am not at that level yet, I do aspire to it.
One day I was reading a tznius book (not the frummy one) which spoke about a particular color of stocking. As it happens, I was going to a wedding the next day, and planning on wearing that color stocking. I went out and bought new stockings to wear. When I got to the wedding I looked around, and found many women wearing the stockings the book said were assur. This included the wife of one of the dayanim in the community.
As for short, I was at a Chinese auction and the woman emcee was wearing a skirt that didn’t fully cover her knees. To make matters worse, she was standing on a stage. From that position, above the eye level of the women seated in the audience, one could see quite a distance up her thighs.
My uncle used to be a volunteer in a hospital. He worked in the library. When his doctor retired and he had to choose a new one, he chose the doctor who was always doing research. The one who requested the most articles. The one who was keeping up with the latest developments. BTW, this doctor happened to be frum.
My favorite is from last summer:
Make aliyah now – he may win (with a pic of Obama)
Who’s on duty now? I want to know whom to thank.
I had a music teacher in high school who said a lot of popular musicians use classical music and laugh because the audience has no clue. He was right. I hear classical music used all the time in goyish popular music. And I hear it Jewish music too.
Will this get past the mods? I went to a film festival 3 times. The first 2 times to see the free Charlie Chaplin movies. The 3rd time to attend a “master class” given by Elliott Gould. The Chaplin films were good, anyway.
Joseph: In general I would say it is better to postpone college until after marriage (for both boys and girls). However, like any generalization, there are exceptions. In some cases it would not be detrimental. In fact, there are probably even a few cases where it would strengthen them.
I know plenty of men who went to co-ed colleges or universities and remained strong in their Frumkeit. I also know some who went off the derech. Fortunately, those are few.
The difference, at least in the people I know, is the family. If they come from a strong family, with solid Torah values, they don’t have a problem. But if the family is dysfunctional, or if their practice of Judaism is inconsistent in areas, that’s where the problem comes in. But those people would probably go off the derech without college.
You could probably look it up. It’s euphemism.
You don’t know who is and isn’t trained. So what you are saying is not to put one in unless there’s a guarantee that a trained person is always there?
Take this hypothetical situation: What happens if during a bar mitzvah, for example, someone needs the AED, but it isn’t there because there were no “trained” people who were members. The person dies? Too bad, because in that large group of guests who showed up for the Bar Mitzvah were 5 hatzolah members.
The point is, you never know when it’s going to be needed, and who will be around at that time. It’s better to have it and not be able to use it, then to not have it when it’s needed.
Has anybody seen the mods? I think they are on strike until they get their raise. Maybe we should have a dinner to raise money for them.
L – Local
O – Orthodox
R – Rabbit
Thanks ronrsr. They sound like a great organization. I just sent them a donation.
Wouldn’t you know it?! Today I saw someone on a street corner with a keyboard. Sheesh!
jphone: I once gave a ride to a friend’s daughter (not a stranger). I had my radio on. She asked me to turn it off because the school she goes to does not allow the students to listen to secular music. I told her the radio was staying on and she could blame me.
A few years later I ended up working for the principal at that school, who was now principla at a different school. Same rule. But you should know her cell phone played Mozart!
squeak: Thanks. I thought it was
I – I
F – Feel
Y – Your
P – Pain
mybat: Not even looking at a sefer Torah? Seemed a little extreme to me. So I asked my LOR. He said that is brought down. Oh well!
In a calculus class I once took there was a young man. I don’t know whether or not he was a “yeshiva bochur,” but he wore a yarmulke and tzitzis. Every time he had difficulty grasping an easy concept, I would just shake my head and think “and they think girls are too stupid to learn gemorah!”
Now imagine if I was some BY girl fresh out of seminary and this is my first exposure to a frum boy who isn’t related to me. What a turn-off.
I think AZOLIS was right when he mentioned that there are those who say it’s better after marriage.
Maybe the mods can be like Congress and vote themselves a raise.
feivel: Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. When I eat properly, which I hope to resume son, I feel soooooo much better. And amazing things happen to my bp.
Do they sleep in the Bais Medrash? How do they get to and from there? And if they want to spend a Shabbos with their family? Or maybe they have a sick relative in the hospital and want to do the mitzvah of bikur cholim? You can’t expect bochurim to be in the Bais Medrash 24/7.
Thanks Joseph. I was wondering the same thing but my brain didn’t engage enough to post it.
That sounds wonderful. I’d like to find out more about Tzohar. It sounds like a wonderful organization.
But it’s harder to set a keyboard up on a street corner and make money.
While I was in the US for many years both my passports (US and EY) expired. I chose to renew only the EY. It was cheaper. I didn’t need my US passport to leave their or to enter EY. My EY passport was all I needed. Right now that’s the only passport I have. If I decide I want to leave, I’ll cross that bridge then.
One thing I’ve noticed about American Olim. They think that moving to EY means moving to Yerushalayim. There are other places. Just the other day I was looking at a friend’s Yated. I still can’t read the articles, but I can usually get through the ads. I noticed the prices for apartments in Jerusalem was about 4 times what it is in Haifa. I am constantly amazed by how inexpensive items are here as compared to what I paid in the US. I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to live here.
Of course there are difficulties. But that would be true just moving to a different neighborhood in NY. Keep a positive attitude and it isn’t so bad.
And btw, contrary to popular (US) opinion, there are chareidim, and plenty of them, here in Haifa.
There are jobs to be had that can be done via the internet from anywhere in the world. Try finding one of those.
Where I used to daven it worked out a bit differently. If we didn’t have a mechitzah up, the women wanted to dance and we had to put up the mechitzah. If we prepared, and had the mechitzah already in place, no women danced.
I definitely think the clarinet is easier to play. But it really takes a lot of wind.
chochmas odom: And do you find yourself “bouncing around a lot more” when you listen to Beethoven?
Joseph: You’re right. It is a complaint. Why aren’t all the Jews living in EY?