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March 23, 2023 4:46 pm at 4:46 pm in reply to: Why did the Brisker Rav zt”l call giving brachos “shtusim”? #2176527
In Yiddish, the plural of ‘shtuss’ is ‘shtussim’. The Brisker Rov spoke Yiddish, not your mutated English.August 4, 2022 6:02 pm at 6:02 pm in reply to: The process of asking for money for a wedding #2112192
To Mentsh1 (and a few others writing about buying apartments): The situation in EY is such that this is de rigeur, as you probably well know. Actually, it was not started by frum Yiddn – or by Yiddn at all.
A bit of history: up until 1948, most of the frum community – which still comprised the Old Yishuv + dropouts therefrom – lived in apartments under a system called ‘key-money’ whereby you paid a lump sum up front, followed by a very low rent for the rest of your life. Upon the death of both partners, subject to few conditions, the property reverted back to the original owner. In the new frum centres of Bene Beraq and parts of Tel Aviv, the situation may have been different; I don’t know. At all events, come the day in 1948 when one of the first decrees of the new regime was to declare that anyone living under the ‘key-money’ system had an automatic right-to-buy for a modest payment. Many of course took advantage of this. The logic of this new law was simple: to get as many as possible to buy and own their homes. Benevolence? No way! They knew a war was coming, maybe more than one, and people who don’t own their homes tend to flee wars. The new state was in danger of depopulating. Since then, this policy has been followed assiduously.
Let me divulge a little secret (told by a member of the family concerned): A certain extremely wealthy frum Yid managed to make a deal with those who believe they own the Land of Israel, to build a city for frum Yidn. Everything was going perfectly to plan, until he innocently let slip that he intended renting the properties, rather than selling them. The deal collapsed on the spot. He was told the reason in no uncertain terms. We do not rent. I know well there are rental properties available, but they are a small minority. The official line is, from the top down: you must buy. Even most Israelis don’t know that it’s state policy. They take it as a fact of life. And for them it is. But since they are trapped in a situation over which they have no control, don’t they deserve our help rather than our condemnation?May 24, 2022 8:08 am at 8:08 am in reply to: WHY DO LITVOCKS ALWAYS SAY TACHNUN?? #2090150
The Radoshitser Rebbe, known in his day as ‘der kleiner Baal Shem Tov’ urged everyone to say tachnun. He explained that neglecting it resulted in the extreme poverty people suffered. He would tell people to calculate how many times they had omitted it, and then say it that many times.
Apart from that, in many areas chasidim did not have a habit of not saying itDecember 31, 2021 8:19 am at 8:19 am in reply to: String Theory, a New Understanding of a Rambam #2046867
R E: It’s not that one can be converted to the other. They are one and the same. As KM noted, though, string theory does not add to this understanding. Energy is energy. More pertinent is the fact that the most basic particles are constantly popping in and out of existence. On this level, there is no such thing as static existence.August 25, 2021 9:36 pm at 9:36 pm in reply to: Mysterious Gemstones? #2002868
Ritva (AZ 28b) And with respect to stones that are known to have a natural segullah [to heal] it would appear that their use is permitted even by monks and minim [the subject under discussion is that a ‘min’ may not be permitted to heal people with incantations, lest they credit his healing to the AZ he promotes. Likewise all other healing modalities that people dont understand. Regular herbs and drugs are permitted. The Ritva rules here that ‘stones’ are in the latter category, being a staple like herbs.] This is the only direct reference to the use of herbs that I have seen in any Rishon.
WRT placebo, again only one reference (Rambam Laws of AZ 11:11) If someone is bitten by a scorion or snake, it is permitted to recite an incantation [lachash] over the wound in order to calm the patient and fortify him, even though incantaions do not help, since the patient is critically ill, it is permitted in order to prevent him becoming insane. [Rambam is of the opinion – a solitary authority in this respect – that incantations are forbidden by Toirah Law. However, in an instance of life and death, they may be used. Many of his commentators mention the efficacy of placebo in this instance. The Shulchan Oruch quotes Rambam verbatim, even though he accepts the majority opinion that incantations are permitted, and places this instance in the context of being used in Shabbos – a rather unsatisfactory resolution (because he has given much simpler examples elsewhere).]
At all events Ys’ explanation of the Gemara is in the best tadition of the haskalah, and his claims of sources in multiple Rishonim require hard evidence, rather than vague generalities. The hundreds of responsa right up to the first world war testify that all sorts of energy medicine were halachically accepted, and were used exactly like regular medicine (ie herbs, ointments, tinctures).
In fact, just for the record, innoculations (as vaccines were called during the eighteenth-nineteenth century) is repeatedly described as a segullah (!) which, since it is of doubtful efficacy, and only preventative, may not be injected in Shabbos.August 25, 2021 11:08 am at 11:08 am in reply to: Mysterious Gemstones? #2002722
Rabeinu Bachya, parashas tetzaveh, citing book of gemstones by aristotle. However scholars attribute the work to ‘pseudo-aristotle’. The use of stones is mentioned in a few hebrew medieval medicinal texts, some of which were recently published. Their use was part and parcel of standard medical practice of the time. Claims of pagan origin or imitating non jews have a basis in ignorance of the facts and rationalist (ie haskalah) ideology.July 1, 2021 8:45 am at 8:45 am in reply to: Best way to protect tefillin. #1987742
Moisture is a huge worry. It can destroy the letters. It is vital that, after the heat concern has been addressed, air can still circulate around the tefillin. A similar problem exists for Mezuzos – some people wrap them in cling film. Never do that, particularly when the room is centrally heated. Use only paper, if you must wrap them at all.June 7, 2020 6:44 pm at 6:44 pm in reply to: Commemoration of the 20th of Sivan #1868913
Polish antisemitism was a result of the Germans! in 12-something the Polish King (Kuszmirz?) invited Germans to settle in Poland and granted then a bill of rights. Jews and non-Jews flocked there, and settled in the cities. The king’s plan was to create a class of traders and build up the country. The Germans formed into guilds, as they had in Germany, and worked hard to exclude their Jewish rivals. The Priests that came with them also had what to say against the Jews from the pulpits. Eventually the Jews were expelled from many cities (in Krakow, that meant moving to a new suburb) and many took up employment with the aristocracy. This separation worked, and at least kept the two side physically apart. BTW, the Germans didn’t all assimilate. Many retained their language and customs and were called volksdeutsche. Nazi German radio broadcasts into Poland attracted a massive following amongst this group and this incited serious antisemitism. All that said, there must have been underlying antisemitism – perhaps again fostered by the volkdeutsche and their priests – for it to have taken hold so quickly and so strongly, but excessive overt signs do not appear to have been historically present during the two or three centuries of separation. During the Chmielnicki massacres, the besieged Poles sold out the Jews a few times in return for their lives to the cossacks, but that is only to be expected.April 12, 2020 10:59 am at 10:59 am in reply to: Being a Ger and BT #1848762
I converted to Orthodox Judaism two years ago and it went well up until I went on Birthright. I felt silently judged for being a convert even though everyone was outwardly friendly and it had a lasting impact.
I’ve been thinking about you post over yontev, and finally decided to add my few cent’s worth.
I can see two contradictions in your story: Orthodox/Birthright; outwardly friendly/silently judging.
I can imagine plently of readers screaming blue murder over this but I see a disrepancy between someone who claims to have been orthodox and then accepting a Birthright trip. That group is not made for Orthodox people; it is an Israeli front to indoctinate youth with zionism – nothing to do with Judaism. I’m pretty sure the group you were with were not only not orthodox, they were all/mostly/irreligious. No wonder they were judging you.
I am also a ger. When I once attended a university symposium attended by many non-religious students, they couldn’t get over the fact and insisted on quizzing me on subjects totally unrelated to the symposium. Since I am reasonably learned (both in the subject of the symposium and in Torah) they couldn’t very well judge me, but I also felt that several of them resented me, and I’ve come across that iwhen meeting other non-religious people. Some are genuinly interested; some are genuinly surprised (why shouldn’t they be?!) and some are resentful. Occasionally virulently so.
But none of that is sufficient reason to abandon Judaism. I really think you should look a bit deeper inside your own reasons and go beyond the reason you are presently selling. I doesn’t add up; it doesn’t compute.
Best of luck for the future.April 10, 2019 8:46 am at 8:46 am in reply to: Adama Veshamayim – Avoda Zara #1712555
Comment on reply #1712357 – yeshivarockstar
Amil, all the names for the life force, be it Chi, qigong, reiki, or prana, are all Avoda Zara, as they’re designed to worship the world itself over the creator. (Read Rav Belsky’s Alternative Medicine books, for example.)
AMil: From wikipedia
In Hindu philosophy including yoga, Indian medicine and Indian martial arts, prana (प्राण, prāṇa; the Sanskrit word for “life force” or “vital principle”) permeates reality on all levels including inanimate objects. I Five types of prana, collectively known as the five vāyus, are referred to in Hindu texts. Ayurveda, tantra and Tibetan medicine all describe praṇā vāyu as the basic vāyu from which the other vāyus arise.
It’s a deity.
This line of argument is signature of the group that published Rav Belskys thoughts on alternative medicine. How does the final assertion follow from the quote from Wikipedia?November 22, 2018 6:38 pm at 6:38 pm in reply to: Studies on vaccines you might have missed.👨🔬💉🚫 #1629270
It doesn’t happen immediately – as on the spot. It can happen 24 hrs later. I personally know a family in Jerusalem who have a 20 yr old (approx) child in permanent vegatitive state. That child was a beautiful lively boy – until he was vaxxed. Not too long after they got home he started having seizures, and he slowly deteriorated till by the time was about 10, he was hospitalized full-time.
Seeing something like that is a very quick and simple way to have the greatest fear of those vaxxes.
And for the idiot who asked: why doesn’t it happen to everybody? The researchers (even pro-vaxx) recognize that there can be a genetic predispostion – just no one has bothered to invest in trying to discover what that could be.November 22, 2018 6:16 pm at 6:16 pm in reply to: Studies on vaccines you might have missed.👨🔬💉🚫 #1629258
To all those discussing studies of vax vs non-vax: Sure studies have been done – by a doctor who served the Amish community for many decades. Haven’t got my sourse material to hand (it’s packed away cause I’m moving house, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find.December 6, 2017 1:50 pm at 1:50 pm in reply to: Rabbi Aharon Lopiansky on Modern Othodox/Dati vs. Chareidi #1421205
To Avi K:
So I guess Rambam and all of the other Rishonim who embraced Philosophy were MO
This really just demonstrates how little of the Rambam’s philosophy you have studied.October 31, 2017 4:58 pm at 4:58 pm in reply to: Is A Jew Permitted To Celebrate Halloween? #1392559
Very easy to sell kano’us. Makes one feel all good inside. The connection to avoida zoro is tenuous – check in wikipedia: it involves remebering the dead, and perhaps the end of the harvest in celtic times. Moreover, if there was a real connection with idolatry, it would not be permitted to participate on the grounds of eivah. so some rather weak logic at the base. Add to that the multiple testimonies of Rav Pam and Rav Kaminetzki’s participation, it would appear that a reconsideration is in order.