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  • in reply to: Techeiles and Bal Tosif #1934841

    If you mean the Murex tcheiles, the question should be if you transgress Bal Tigra if you DON”T wear it.

    in reply to: What cell phone coverage works good in the Catskills? #1838062

    All depends where.
    I am about half a mile West of Woodridge and only ATT works there.
    In Woodridge itself there is a bit of Verizon.
    Go to Woodbourne and its different again.
    So it very much depends where you are in the Catskills
    And it keeps changing every year (usually to the better)

    in reply to: New Wedding hall in Lakewood #1833246

    Fountain Ballroom
    732 363 2500

    in reply to: kosher Hotels in Yerushalaim #1819250

    My favorite is Lev Yerushalayim near King George and Ben Yehuda. I was there a year ago and got to know the mashgiach Reb Aharon Twersky a cousin of the skverer Rebbe and a big yirai Shamayim. The lobby is small but the location couldn’t be better right in the center of the city but next to Batei Rand and the shuls there.

    in reply to: Women wearing tzitzis #1615404

    The most important question: Will they wear Tcheiles?

    in reply to: New Techeiles Movie #1599817

    אם לפי האריז”ל אין תכלת אלא בזמן בית המקדש – איך אפשר שהובא במסכת מנחות שבזמן של האמורא אביי – כ400 שנה אחר חורבן הבית עדיין קשרו תכלת בציצית?

    in reply to: New Techeiles Movie #1599812

    to mms601: If there can only be tcheiles in the time of the Beis Hamikdosh, how come the Gemara in Menachos talks about amoraim in the time of Abaye, four hundred years after the Beis Hamikdosh was destroyed, wearing tcheiles on their tzitzis?


    I know of a brother and sister. The sister remained Jewish and the brother opted out.

    in reply to: Yeshiva Rabbi Shlomo Kluger (Ch'san Sofer) #1042757

    Hamodia’s magazine had two excellent articles that touched the topic of the yeshiva. I think they were by the same writer.

    One, about a year ago was about Rav Yaakov Flantzgrabben the famous top Rebbi there and the other about ten months ago about the nahn in nahntzeger shtiebel that was connected to the yeshiva and on the same block on Houston Street.

    If I remember right, both articles had pictures of the yeshiva from the outside

    in reply to: Techeiles 🔵❎🐌☑️🐟 #1058116

    I heard a rumor of something very significant that happened last week.

    A few kollel guys from Yerushalayim dissected the sac of the Murex and found that it consists of two inner sacs the large one contains a yellow liquid and the small one contains a minute amount of black liquid. When you break the Murex open the sacs also break and they mix.

    However, if you carefully seperate the liquids before they mix, only the black liquid makes wool turn blue.

    Why is this significant? Because the Rambam says that the liquid coming out of the Hilazon is black like ink.

    If this finding is true, then it is another overwhelming proof of the authenticity of Murex as the actual Hilazon according to all understandings of the Rambam.

    Can anybody verify if this is actually happened last week?

    in reply to: Confusing Halacha, Minhag, Chumra, Shtus #1206373

    Patur Aval Assur is right on target.


    HDG wrote: ” The only explanation that I heard to be machria is that the Galut ended after 70 years, but that it took a very long time (165 more years) until Bayit Sheni was built. “

    This is refuted by Ezra 3:12 describing the old men who still remembered the first bais hamikdosh weeping seeing the second bais hamikosh.

    According to your theory, they would be over 200 years old !

    in reply to: Is Turkish Airlines safe for frum Jews? #1145292

    I spent five hours last month in Ataturk airport in Istanbul between flights.

    I fooled them.

    I simply wore my Terkisher Talis that I wear on Shabbos (actually it is only “Kmoi Terkish”)the whole time.

    I fooled them all.

    Nobody said anything anti-semitic to me the whole time.

    They thought I was one of them !!!

    in reply to: Too many pinocchios (nosy people) #963065

    This is very much a culture thing.

    In Israel, there is no such thing as privacy.

    Americans have a hard time getting used to sitting – say with a clerk – and having a strange person just walking up and not only listening in but even crooning their head over to see what you wrote in the forms (and sometimes giving you unsolicited advice).

    Or sitting on a bus and stranger giving you mussar on how you talk to your child.

    Israelis, on the other hand, have a hard time understanding how in America privacy is taken to such extremes that someone could be dying on the street and nobody would go help because it is “none of my business”.

    in reply to: Centrist Orthodoxy, and the English Language #952205

    I have yet to meet a person that considers himself to be an extremist.

    I firmly believe that every person considers himself to be precisely in the middle.

    He or she can always find someone or some group that is to their right and another that is to their left.

    Everybody sees him/herself exactly in the middle.

    This is the nature of all of us.

    Anyone disagree with me?

    in reply to: Bracha On Pizza #951621

    Pizza is always a meal.

    A snack is a nosh between meals. Pizza is, simply, not eaten that way – unless you are fooling yourself.

    I do not understand how anyone can make a bracha of mezonos on even one slice of Pizza and be mevatel the mitzvas Asseh of Bentching.

    in reply to: Tzitzis in or Tzitzis out? #984351

    to Yeshivaguy45

    Yes I am sure of it.

    I would be glad to even give you his name and phone number if it could somehow get to you only.

    (I don’t know how to do this in the public venue of this Coffee Room.)

    in reply to: Tzitzis in or Tzitzis out? #984340

    Many (not all) chassidim keep them tucked in because the tallis katan is bechinas ohr pnimi on the inside and the talis gadol is bechinas ohr makif on the outside.

    I have a good friend a tremendous talmid chacham and einikel of the Chofetz Chaim who says that he has a messora that the chafetz chaim did not wear the tzitzis of the tallis kattan out.

    When he was asked how he wrote what he did about wearing them out, he replied that he meant that if one is wearing the talis katan outside then one should not hide the tzitzis by tucking them in, but he did not mean pulling them out if the the talis katan is under the shirt.

    in reply to: Kosher L'Pesach Cigarettes: Is Something Wrong With This? #938066

    Rav Vosner in Shevet Haleivi 10:295 writes regarding smoking:

    ???? ?????? ????? ??? ??? ??? ???? ????, ?? ??????? ???? ?? ????? ????? ?????? ??????? ???? ????????? ??? ???? ??? ???.

    ?? ????? ????? ???? ??? ????? ???????, ????? ????? ?? ???”?

    “whoever has in his power to avoid aiding smokers [smoke] is obligated to do so”

    in reply to: R' Blumenkrantz Pesach Digest 2013 #939878

    The Rabbi Blumenkrantz Pesach book – year after year – has been looked forward to by my family every time it comes out. The wealth of detailed information leaves nothing about Pesach to the imagination.

    A Judaica store owner in New York told me that (even taking into account chumashim and sidurim)it is the most widely sold Jewish book in the world because so many people buy new ones every Pesach.

    I don’t know if this is a fact, but it certainly deserves to have that title.

    in reply to: When & why did we start giving children more than one name? #916316

    OK, here are some from TaNaCh:

    Ish Baal

    Ish Boshes

    Meriv Baal

    Ish Tov

    Lo Ami

    Lo Ruchama

    And if you don’t like those, here are some even better ones:

    Oved Edom

    Keren Hapuch

    Mordechai Bilshon

    And the winner is from Yeshaya:

    “And we shall name him: Pelle Yoetz El Gibor Avi Ad Sar Sholom.” That’s right. Eight names for one person!

    Tuval Kayin

    Malki Tzedek

    Ben Oni

    Poti Fera

    Imanu El

    Maher Shalal Chash Baz

    Cheftzi Bah

    in reply to: Davening on a plane #915365

    The layout of continental is different than ElAl.

    Their galleys face each other in the back creating a small room that doesn’t interfere with passengers going to the bathroom and the sounds of our davening don’t disturb others.

    in reply to: "Jerusalem, Palestine": Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas #910030


    Ot Ehr Gezugt.

    Big deal.

    I am much more irked by the irresponsible statements of people like Olmert and Livni.

    Irked but not worried.

    Did you really think that they love us ruling over our Yerushalaiim?

    Let them eat their hearts out.

    We are there to stay.

    in reply to: Gender Segregation in Jewish Cemeteries #896199

    I heard from old-timers that before the war many women kept Shabbos and were entitled to be buried in Shomer Shabbos sections while, sadly, most of their husbands and sons did not stand up to the incredibly difficult Nisayon of Shmiras Shabbos in those years and they were refused burial in Shomer Shabbos sections.

    By the time the 1930s came around, cemeteries evolved into men’s and women’s sections originally being non-Shomer-Shabbos and Shomer-Shabbos sections.

    People in our time just continued these policies of the old cemetaries. Many thinking that it is some sort of Tznius or Frumkeit when it is just a relic of a very sad chapter in Jewish American history.

    in reply to: washing Tzizit #894303

    I found that dry-cleaning woolen ones removes stains but they come out yellower than before.

    in reply to: Techeiles 🔵❎🐌☑️🐟 #1057731

    To Oy Vei:

    It is true.

    I also saw that video recently.

    I don’t know why we think that a Godol BaTorah is not allowed to change his mind.

    There are numerous instances in the Gemara of Amoraim changing their mind.

    On the seder night we read that the heiligge Tanna Rabi Elozor ben Azarya changed his mind.

    In our times, Reb Shlomo Zalman and Reb Moshe changed their minds over time on several of their Psakim.

    I am very sure that if Reb Chaim Kanievsky would be really meAyin in this Sugya of Tcheiles we might find him wearing Tcheiles himself.

    in reply to: Dangerous territory #891674

    to oomis1105:

    From your words it is apparent that you never learned through all the pages of Reb Moshe’s responses on what he called “Chalav Companies” (the word “Chalav Stam” is a relatively new invention by those laboring to create a new concept).

    I did.

    You should.

    If you did, you would understand this topic as I and most others do, and you wouldn’t have written what you did.

    in reply to: Dangerous territory #891668

    to Sam2:

    There’s a big difference.

    Naturally occurring Treifos don’t have to be assumed. Treifos that we know about (in this case because they are man-made) do have to be taken into account according to most Poskim.

    to only normal person around:

    I live in America and am not familiar with what goes on in Israel and even less with Uruguay.

    I did hear that a better feed is provided to the cows in Israel so this procedure is not used there.

    I would like to make a statement here.

    I am not a Posek. I am just very irked about the Letzonos and jokes about a Takana that were made by our CHaZa”L to prohibit Chalav Akum.

    These were Baalei Ruach HaKodesh. Maybe they didn’t forsee the stapling problems we have today, but the Siyyata Shmaya of following this – sometimes very difficult – Takana has saved many from accidentally consuming Chalav Treife in our times.

    If Reb Moshe ZaTZaL allowed a temporary leniency in America because of government inspection where Chalav Yisrael was not available, he certainly wouldn’t have done so so we should immerse ourselves in Frusen Gladje and Kinder Chocolate Eggs. It was meant for basic staples. But that is beside the point.

    The point is that making light of our ChaZaL is – indeed – dangerous territory.

    Hizoher B’Gachalassan

    in reply to: Dangerous territory #891657

    So called “Chalav Stam” is indeed dangerous territory.

    About 15% of all cows in the USA have had their stomachs stapled to help them avoid the painful stress that the gas produced by feeding them cheap animal feed causes. This stress can reduce milk output.

    Problem is that almost all Poskim consider these cows to be Treif since they have a puncture in the stomach.

    If they are Treif, that means that the huge dairy cooperatives that supply milk in the USA are producing a product that has Chalav Treifa (much worse than Chalav Akum – it is Min HaTorah) in large amounts that is not Battel.

    Only the small supervised Chalav Yisrael dairy farms avoid this problem.

    If the farmers would be willing to spend money for better feed, this surgery would not be needed.

    So it’s only money. The farmer is cheap. And you are also cheap – trying to save money that Chalav Yisrael must charge.

    In the process, you transgress an Issur D’Oraisa.

    Pretty dangerous, no?

    in reply to: Techeiles 🔵❎🐌☑️🐟 #1057600

    I am a Chassidic Jew and I wear trunculus tcheiles even though my Rebbe doesn’t.

    My Rebbe probably doesn’t want to do anything different than his father, I never asked him.

    I ask his advice about shidduchim, and minhagim and ask him for Brochos.

    Many times in the Mikva I have seen others also wearing tcheiles and we give each other a knowing wink. (We wear a langge rekkel so we can’t know otherwise)

    Because trunculus tcheiles is the real thing.

    We know it.

    The arguments against are so flimsy that it is hard to see anyone rationally accepting them.

    Just because the Mizrachim accepted it first, is turning this into a political issue.

    All I can say is that it takes a very powerful imagination to say that Chazal prohibited Kla Ilan because it so resembles tcheiles from some fish that was hidden away. While – at the same time – totally ignoring a snail (the persian word for a snail is chilazon) which was caught in the millions for dye and whose color is exactly like Kla Ilan.

    So if you want to be an ostrich, bury your head in the sand. Or be worried about what will the other person say.

    If you want truth and to be mekayem what the Ribbono Shel Olam asks us in the Parsha of Tzitzis, you can do it today.

    The choice is yours.

    in reply to: It hurts my feeling when #886395


    This completely baffles me.

    How can you have hurt feelings when you are totally anonymous.

    No one knows who you are.

    The critique can’t possibly be personal !

    in reply to: Temple Beth-El of Borough Park, what do we know about its history? #1101217

    About 30-40 years ago. I don’t remember exactly when, but I clearly remember hearing a speech from Menachem Begin at Beth-El before he was prime minister.

    I also heard from many old-timers that Reb Meir Shapiro gave a speech there when he was in America shortly after the shul was built.

    This shul is a masterpiece

    in reply to: What are the meaning of rainbow–did anyone see one on Friday? #879227

    It is important to memorize the Bracha. You usually don’t have time to look for a siddur

    in reply to: Shnayim Mikra v'Echad Targum #879556

    to: 147

    According to the way you do it, how do you explain the original Maamar ChaZa”L that a person should be Maavir the Parsha IM HATZIBUR.

    The Tzibur – that you are a part of – is doing a totally different Parsha that week.

    Perhaps you should ask a Rav.

    in reply to: Car Hotel In Israel #871747

    I usually stay in Lev Yerushalayim.

    Simple small lobby. (The mashgiach is a cousin to the Skverrer Rebbe and a Yrei Shamaim.)

    Great location. Not expensive. Very pleasant.

    in reply to: Giving a Child the Name "Yenta" #871034

    My granddaughter is named Yenta and only Yenta and that is what everyone calls her.

    She is about to become ten years old.

    She is popular and full of self-esteem and is perfectly happy with the name.


    to rabbiofberlin:

    See Ezra 3:12 that talks about MANY Kohanim, Leviim, and elderly family-heads crying because they remembered the first Bais HaMikdosh and compared it to the just-built second Bais HaMikdosh.

    So I must disagree with your statement about Galus Bavel being much more than 70 years.

    in reply to: What to research b4 going on the shidduch date??? #869780

    There used to be a calypso song about 50 years ago:

    “If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life –

    Take an ugly woman to be your wife.”

    in reply to: Schissel challah? #1071877

    The Rov of my Shul spoke about this last Shabbos.

    He explained that in medieval Europe trade guilds controlled various trades.

    Many small towns and some larger towns would only allow non-Jewish bakers to operate commercial bakeries (Jews were barred from these bakery guilds). This is the reason use of Pas Palter was so widespread and became normative.

    However, Jews were revolted at using breads that had keys put inside of them at Easter time so they wouldn’t buy the breads that week. The guilds then relented and allowed the Jews to bring their own keys to be put into the breads they buy.

    This was a way to get around the problem and it eventually became a Jewish custom.

    It also was a way that Jews identified bread that was baked after Pesach since a key is unique and is a sort of Simman.

    in reply to: Sheva Brochos Divrei Torah #867939

    What is the date of the chassuna or, at least, the week.

    The parsha can sometimes be a great springboard.

    Most important!

    There should be something personal about the Choson and Kala.

    in reply to: Fake Diamond Jewelry #1058388

    read the classic short story by Guy de Maupassant titled: The Necklace.

    You can find it in English at:http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Neck.shtml

    It is a sad story about this topic – very well written.

    in reply to: Why Isn't There A Single Coffee Shop In Boro Park? #860169

    I live in Boro Park.

    You want to know why Boro Park doesn’t have a coffee shop? Because the people in Boro Park are not stupid.

    No one in Boro Park will pay $4.50 for a cup of coffee that is described as “Arabic Colombian Fair Trade French Roast” served by a specially uniformed Barista.

    The famous coffee shop chains know that. They savvy marketers also know that they can only succeed in areas populated by naive Harries willing to part with their hard-earned cash for a taste of ethereal “ambience” (with some Wi-Fi).

    We’re too smart for that in Unzer Boro Park.

    in reply to: Mamzer #892613

    To: Real Israeli

    A child conceived by a woman while Nida is NOT a mamzer(es).

    in reply to: Karaites #858006

    Karaites branched off from normative Judaism about 1300 years ago, after the Talmud was completed, that’s why they are never mentioned in the Gemara. It seems that Tzedokim disappeared shortly after the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash almost 2000 years ago (except for a few holdouts (see Shabbos 88a). Kussim (Samaritans) were around and are still around after 2600 years.

    in reply to: Mamzer #892600


    You left out : Born of a forbidden union that is punishable by death.

    Death and Kares are not includive.

    in reply to: what does a din torah cost? #849591


    “HolyMoe: To the contrary, please tell us which beis din.”

    OK – I will tell you.

    It was the Tartikov Bes Din on 55th Street near 14th Avenue in Boro Park.

    in reply to: what does a din torah cost? #849586

    I have actually had a positive experience.

    A very well known Rosh Yeshiva took me – a not well known ballabos – to a Din Torah on a Hilchos Shchenim issue. I did not want to go, but had no choice. I did not take a to’en and simply stated my case. He was throwing around all sorts of lomdus that I hardly understood. I was intimidated but couldn’t do anything about it.

    A few weeks later I got a letter from the Bes Din in the mail telling me that they essentially sided with me 100% but – for the sake of peace – they recommended certain things. The Bes Din emphasized that these are only recommendations and are not binding.

    I had to pay the Bes Din a few hundred dollars – no huge sums.

    The session lasted about 2 hours.

    I must say that I was very impressed by the honesty of the Bes Din and how they were not swayed by this big-name Rosh Yeshiva.

    I don’t know if I am allowed to mention here which Bes Din this is, but it is in Boro Park.

    There is Mishpat Emess in a Jewish Bes Din based on my experience.

    in reply to: Rushing??? #850217

    If you can’t spell “school”, you should stay in school until you learn how to spell “school”. Then graduate then get married.

    It is no muitzva for a girl to get married. It’s only a mitzva for the boy.

    in reply to: Frustrated Mothers of Girls: Can we hear your ideas #845463

    The Rabbonim can be Mattir the Cherem Derabbenu Gershom. Some wealthy men can afford several wives. Many singles have money of their own. Sometimes where a woman has fertility issues, having several wives should be welcome by all.

    Especially in the US and Israel. The Cherem wasn’t meant for those places. America wasn’t even discovered in his time.

    True, if the Chilonim are deriding us for our busses they will have a field day with this Hetter – but who cares what they say. We have a problem and we must find creative out-of-the-box solutions.

    in reply to: Haagen Daze declared TRAIF in Israel #842703

    There is a much, much bigger problem.

    15% of milk-giving cows in the US have stapled stomachs which make the milk they give Chalav Treifa an Issur D-Oraisa.

    Since all milk is mixed together in huge tanks, you can not rely on Kol Dporush. It is safe to assume that unsupervised milk coming from the USA is one-sixth ossur min hatorah (much worse than chalav akum). It is not bottul.

    This would even render powdered milk also prohibited.

    Chalav Yisroel companies are very careful that the farms they supervise do not use cows that have had this procedure.

    So this problem is not only for Israel

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