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  • in reply to: Why Are Torah Observant Jews Overwhelmingly Republican/Conservative? #1630751

    Yserb,
    For the urban Northeast it largely seems to be that way Still the statement is a stretch

    The majority of people act inappropriately ?yes
    Do they realign the whole world to fit with their indiscretions,promote, and flaunt it ?!
    Or do they prefer to realign their indiscretions or at least their childrens for a better world?
    Hypocrisy?
    As the old french proverb goes
    ” hypocrisy is the tribute that Vice pays to virtue”

    in reply to: Why Are Torah Observant Jews Overwhelmingly Republican/Conservative? #1630679

    laskern,etc.
    “caring for” Is Worthy for a means But that’s where it stops
    Eastern peoples are”caring”too
    cf.Avos1:14
    comm.

    in reply to: Why Are Torah Observant Jews Overwhelmingly Republican/Conservative? #1630676

    Ain’t much of a choice
    Since we are of the persuasion That there is a purpose To this world

    Silly op-ed question

    in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1629259

    ” shleimus haaretz was one of the biggest proofs of the Rebbe’s”
    Is that so?

    Predicting boldly

    the Gaza settlements will never be abandoned?

    in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1629255

    ” a certain person decided were all kofrim BEFORE gimmel tammuz ”

    As if he was the only one?

    HaRav Yaakov Kamenetsky Predicted these developments & condemned

    laskern,

    The Chazon Ish said also that a proper BALANCE between positive hatred of evil and love of goodness in tandem would bring redemption from golus

    laskern

    in reply to: What Chabad Meshichism and Anti-Vaxxism Have in Common #1628355

    apushatayid ,ubiquitin,
    of course those who appear “logical”, articulate ,and master the medium and will always be more influential, “intelligent” and convincing than decent people who don’t

    in reply to: Lev Tahor’s donors – Which rock could they be living under? #1625774

    ZionGate,
    Harel implied that they were on the verge of catching Mengele And where pushed off &
    ordered to put All available resources Towards finding Yossele…

    in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1625076

    “I am well aware that Chabbad had a Yeshiva, Rav Gustman had a position there.”
    He was advised to leave in the late ’40s. Which he did.

    ” he supported all Torah institutions and launched programs for even frum kids…”
    The Vaad Hatzoloh rescue during the war was cross political and cross ideological. The only grouping
    that gave them difficulty working with was Chabad.

    in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1625074

    “In fact the only known Yeshiva that predated the Frierdiker Rebbe that I am aware of is Torah Vodaas.”

    Yeshivas Chafetz Chaim
    Chaim Berlin
    New Haven, after a couple of metamorphoses presently Ner Israel
    Skokie
    MTJ
    RJJ
    Chafetz Chaim TA of Baltimore
    There was also something of the sort in Toronto

    in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1624952

    “In fact the only …”
    Making up your own false facts . figures

    Furthermore a certain RY

    in reply to: Is the Yeshiva Community Wrong? #1624760

    Those who For Whom The State- D’etat More so the people
    become their raison d’etre in sincerity fine there’s what to work with
    Wouldn’t it however a tragedy of global dimensions if we exchange the Ends for the means ?

    raison d’tat

    in reply to: Is the Yeshiva Community Wrong? #1624726

    Isn’t it a tragedy to reduced to be subservient to a state ?!
    Should we have more to offer For the world?!
    It’s not overly parochial?(Many secular used to claim this as well )
    that’s all we are?!

    in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1624659

    CS,

    It was an understatement

    in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1624327

    “For now I can refer you to R Aharon Soloveitchik who wrote a letter in response to those who denounced meshichistim ”

    Taken out of context
    In other statements he had some cold things to say about it

    ‘ What does exist is that numerous Gedolim who were contemporaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe did hold him in very high esteem and regarded him as a Gadol B’Yisroel. This is a matter of record and is undisputable.’

    Tall statement
    Although they considered him talented and of the potential

    in reply to: Is the Yeshiva Community Wrong? #1624267

    the maskilim made a play in which a Proto Jewish Army was waiting to fight
    kohen Announced out the verses To all those Fall within the rubric of the categories [ including fear of sin] to go home
    eventually There’s only two or four [depends on your version] left

    guess The sequel

    in reply to: Is the Yeshiva Community Wrong? #1624261

    sarahLevin,
    There an estimated 14 million Jews in the world with plenty of financial resources bl”‘h
    how many Charedim are there ? a few hundred thousand bl”‘h?
    there’s so much That ought to be accomplished
    to paraphrase AJ heschel: many are messengers who are being sidetracked from their message

    in reply to: Is the Yeshiva Community Wrong? #1624256

    SarahLevin,

    REITS leans Center/ Right-of-center
    That is why much of left of center MO disparage it As little than ‘an orthodox Day School’

    in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1623460

    “is that numerous Gedolim who were contemporaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe did hold him in very high esteem and regarded him as a Gadol B’Yisroel.”
    And also Delusional
    A message was sent to him Saying As much from his former Close Associate

    in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1623112

    Two points(Unable to address everything ):
    As CS willing to admit Others from previous generations May have exceeded the Rebbe Proves
    she’s already more moderate and and Mild than Avg.

    Go to your local fellow without a filter & ask

    2: “Shofech Domim” probably referring to Muhammad

    in reply to: Election Results 2018 — Republicans Do Better Than Expected #1621319

    laskern

    There are two answers
    1 no party can do everything and therefore they need to
    concentrate on they consider primary and if this gets too far & if the other party shows certain basic restraints, they can as many Republicans in ’08 Half stated,punt over to the other side To let them take care of it
    most of Democratic party however cannot be trusted with the reins of the country in our times
    2 It is indeed is also correct much of the Republican party has gone too far from early 20th century progressivism
    Now there are some who are trying to walk it back

    The GOP primaries in 2016 was about this In part

    Those who have shown much care for the poor prior
    eg Pat Buchanan haven’t been your cup of tea

    this challenge is really is Strawman Because it’s not as if you would change if they
    did take care of the poor

    in reply to: Halachic question #1620950

    R’Henoch Leibowitz was of the view it only applied towards עשו

    Some however contend these are characteristics
    ISIS Fighters and their supporters Show traits Of cool Sadism
    May have mixed in( arguably a reason Older Arab states are so concerned about them]
    The rubric of עשו

    in reply to: Some topics are just too controversial for the coffee room moderators. #1620944

    YW Moderator-29,
    ’tis convenient Putting the onus on the
    chofetz chaim
    But the moderation is too erratic to be inclined to believe it

    well then feel free not to

    StuartW,
    Postmodernism?

    in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1620933

    CS,
    come now
    Are you really willing to pretend
    any single lubavitcher that you are familiar with is going to entertain a semblance of possibility Of any of the Rebbes That they weren’t born with your category of tzaddik?

    Other Chassidus’ may wish that to be true, may even wish to believe it to be true however they Won’t actually believe it

    in reply to: Is the Yeshiva Community Wrong? #1620513

    Add to mamaleh:
    SarahL,

    how about all those who was still wearing kipot Or the like
    going through the motions In an artificial way but that’s about it?

    They get all their cues From Spirit destroying Society

    the feeling is all gone

    in reply to: who is "The Gadol Haddar" of America #1620514

    Sephardic Jews had a ראשון לציון and חכם בשי

    in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1620298

    Re: Tanya
    The Tanya’s conception of tzaddik, benoni, rasha was a radical departure (unless someone can find a source) from all Jewish hashkafa prior.
    Classical Judaism believes that a person can rise above their yetzer hara (cf Mesillas Yesharim) or the contrary,(cf Rashi “Vayechezek Lev Paroah”) but no one is born this way
    Arguably, much of it was diametrically opposed. (Rambam, Hilchos Teshuva, chapter 5)
    It was a radical rupture even for Baal Shem Tov’s pious meritocratic “band of brothers”.It lay the groundwork for the development for the chassidish caste dynasties. One may even venture to say that it pulled out the “raison d’etre” of the chassidish revolution from underneath it.
    The noted Chabad mechaber R’ Yitzchok Rothport recalled interestingly that during his short sojourn in Lakewood in the ‘50s, he was invited to hear a shiur/shmuess tearing apart the Tanya’s class conception.

    in reply to: Is the Yeshiva Community Wrong? #1620273

    oiyveyismear,
    It’s hard to make absolute and fast rules
    The short answer is it depends on the parents.

    If they could and are capable -Expose them in normal increments in order to immunize them then they should should definitely expose them to more of the world

    in reply to: Election Results 2018 — Republicans Do Better Than Expected #1620263

    Jackk,
    That was supposed to be a serious response!?
    sure there are Mavericks .
    I tacitly supported the conservative Democrat van Drew in South Jersey
    but those are exceptions that almost prove the rule these days

    Many people act inappropriately ?
    But do they realign the whole world to fit with their indiscretions and flaunt it ?!
    Or do they attempt to realign their indiscretions or at least their children’s to fit a better world?

    As the old french proverb” hypocrisy is the tribute that Vice pays to virtue”

    Go ahead ask any educated Foreigner and what each party stands for and what are their goals

    in reply to: Election Results 2018 — Republicans Do Better Than Expected #1618891

    Neville,

    The late William F. Buckley Jr’s famous quip ‘he would rather trust the first 200[rural]
    people in a phonebook than 200 members of the faculty of Harvard’ comes to mind

    anIsraeliYid
    Judaism in America still revolves around those in the state of New York
    Is more to worry here about than most comprehend
    (paying attention as most are to national results )

    This is the first time in half century! Democrats control all three governorship Senate and assembly
    This might just be beginning of the end
    Sure, the numbers will continue to increase,
    but the vitality the spirit

    in reply to: Election Results 2018 — Republicans Do Better Than Expected #1618887

    jackk
    Judaism is a pyramid
    So while you do have a valid point certain things are much closer to the Pinnacle than others

    in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1618496

    “After he showed him what a beinoni”
    Sly answer to pull on a naive fellow but no cigar
    it means that he is less than virtually every & any born to a Rebbe’s family

    And as been reiterated here That is rather mild compared to some other things that have been said overtly or subtly

    in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1618237

    Every.Single.Litvishe.Yeshivamahn. Sees himself as a talmid/follower/mekabel

    also incorrect

    true blue Litvak Didn’t and never work like that
    they don’t perceive their leader as an emperor demagogue rather as Aristocrat Prince among Peers

    in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1618236

    KaiserW,
    largely incorrect
    they have said more than once
    if but only if someone follows their Rebbe
    for everything they should follow vote them for voting

    in reply to: who is "The Gadol Haddar" of America #1617749

    Takes2-
    I happen to be mishpacha With Reb Dovid also
    And while you having to be right about this one
    For virtually everything else shows a dubious connection

    ChongRymer,et al

    Rav Shmuel Told me albeit several Years ago
    the powers are R Aaron Schechter and the NovoMinsker

    in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1617592

    It’s up to us to set the stage and bring him

    ‏ A great non Chabad even anti Chabad rabbi once put it
    [ having bit of trouble with my typesetting]:

    Areinbrengen משיח קומט נישט מיר דארף

    in reply to: who is "The Gadol Haddar" of America #1617467

    “Is a recent invention”
    False
    though it wasn’t relatively realistic until

    Rav Yitzchok Elchonon At his hesped was mourned repeatedly
    as Rabban Shel Kol Bnei HaGolah

    They asked the Maspid “Why did you go at length to say this why didn’t you just say The Gadol Hadar”
    Response:
    אז רב יהושע לייב ווינט בירושלים

    in reply to: Tinuk Shenishbah #1616651

    Avi K,
    What about the early Mizrahi leadership’s great visions of working together with secularists
    or say those who propagate TUM
    ?

    in reply to: Tinuk Shenishbah #1616650

    R Simcha Wasserman zt”l was comparing different parts of the Jewish mosaic
    to different parts of the Armed Forces
    A reform Rabbi asked him: so where do we fall on the Spectrum
    His prompt reply: you’re the deserters

    GH,etc.
    And as per his father Hy”d based on his last speech shortly before he was killed ,
    the massacred probably do not fall in that category
    And some might know he probably would have been castigating Vociferously

    in reply to: Is the lack of local political competition good for Lakewood? #1616212

    1. Depends
    2. no

    Haimy,
    There were some who tried such as Mr Sharaby
    A sharp fellow

    Problem was the plutocratic powers that be have endless funds
    Plus
    all the people who he helped in the past and agreed that change was necessary couldn’t bother to show up to vote
    As in a dystopian novel the public has already been numbed and prompted that whatever they do is useless

    in reply to: Tinuk Shenishbah #1614166

    StuartW,

    The Prophets didn’t and wouldn’t have agreed

    אליהו הנביא: עד מתי אתם אתם פוסחים על שתי הסעיפים

    Really trying to bend over backwards tying yourselves in knots??

    in reply to: Is it Bittual Torah to learn to be a Marksman? #1614155

    yitzyk,
    Your story proves the almost precise opposite The reason why it was remarkable and extraordinary for him to say that because normally he was very averse for Jewish youth going to the Army

    iirc In 1952 most institutions accepted almost anybody as long as they were sincere and ready
    to self sacrifice To the nth degree,which indeed wasn’t usual

    in reply to: Tinuk Shenishbah #1613958

    GH,
    common refrain though it is, it is not entirely accurate

    The karaites convinced the Nazis that they weren’t to be considered Jewish and indeed they weren’t
    rounded up with the others (even though prior they always claimed they were Jews)

    in reply to: Tinuk Shenishbah #1613621

    My previous comment should have been ( primarily)
    for nonpolitical

    in reply to: Tinuk Shenishbah #1613616

    also want to reiterate what I’ve stated previously and that is For
    the seven noahide categories of Commandments there is no Escape valve of Tinok Shenishbah

    Makkos
    9
    That presumably would apply for Jews also

    in reply to: Tinuk Shenishbah #1613601

    DY,
    Everyone loves to quote that one .
    however he refused to look at the face of Ben Gurion because he wicked
    how do they reconcile that?

    furthermore
    So it seems some for personal sins Even grievous ones they may be Tinuk Shenishbah such a category
    If one was submerged in that atmosphere

    For one who however promotes them and and attempts to influence in public (e.g a parade)
    there never Can be categorized as such

    in reply to: Is it Bittual Torah to learn to be a Marksman? #1613583

    Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 29/10/18 11:37 | updated: 23:33

    Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple AO RFD is Emeritus Rabbi of the Great Synagogue, Sydney. He is now retired and lives in Jerusalem, where he publishes OzTorah, a weekly email list and website with Torah insights from an Australian perspective.

    Q. Should people be prohibited from having guns?

    A. Guns have wrought immense harm in the United States and elsewhere in the hands of people on a rampage. Hundreds of innocent victims have been killed and hundreds wounded.

    Whatever the perpetrators’ motives they have made normal life like going to school and shul vulnerable and unsafe.

    There can be no justification for imperiling or destroying human life: everyone, young or old, must be able to “sit under their vine or fig tree with none to make them afraid” (Micah 4:4). Wanton killing is the worst crime there is (Exodus 20:13), even if it is unpremeditated (Numbers 35:11).

    The problem with guns is threefold:

    1. The gun, which is the symbol of all means of doing harm.

    In Jewish law a person must not own a dangerous dog (Bava Kamma 79a). If one owns a dangerous dog it must be kept under restraint at all times (Choshen Mishpat 409:3). Even a dog that is unlikely to do harm must be kept under restraint because it can frighten people (Shabbat 63b).

    Hence it is best that nobody should own a gun and if they do they must keep it under restraint. Not only guns but all potential means of harm must be identified and dealt with as if they were guns, though it is admitted that guns seem to have a worse potential for harm than many other means of damage.

    2. The motivation: society must train its members to be law-abiding and peaceful and not use violence even if they are aggrieved or angry. In the long term, therefore, moral education must aim for good citizenship…

    The community as a whole has this responsibility because no-one should “stand idly by when your fellow’s blood is shed” (Leviticus 19:16). This recommendation does not imply that teachers should be armed. That would be an irrelevant “quick fix”.

    Some gun owners will insist that they have valid reasons to possess weapons. This may have an element of validity but there is still something that they can do.

    Acknowledging that other gun owners are a threat to others, “decent” gun owners must exercise self-discipline and allow themselves and their genuine motives to be placed on a register and be regularly monitored. Fair’s fair and this is something they can do to alleviate the problem.

    in reply to: Time to revisit the First Amendment #1613524

    Geordie,
    You’re right,
    it doesn’t make sense and it shouldn’t.
    Americans are too lost in talk shows.
    Just as citizens or subjects other countries are lost in and influence by things that wouldn’t make sense to Americans and probably don’t make sense
    Now rationally could try to explain it as Australian professor P Hogg on the difference between Canada vis a vis the US
    Canada (At least prior to pot legalization ) ran according to what he calls Hoggs P.o.g
    most important is peace ,order,and stable government while Americans have always relatively
    been more concerned with legalisms Liberty and limits of freedom

    in reply to: Is it Bittual Torah to learn to be a Marksman? #1613207

    נודע ביהודה in his Strong Aversion to hunting

    in reply to: Is it Bittual Torah to learn to be a Marksman? #1612541

    What happened to the concept jews supposed to be pacifistic’aidel’ people
    a friend whose parents and grandparents were Gun Runners for the pre state underground
    They kept one old piece in their apartment

    When Lindsay was mayor he had a gun amnesty
    so embarrassed that other Jews would see that they had a gun in their house they wrapped it up before they turned it in

    in reply to: The Pittsburgh Massacre And Rabbi Aderet #1612478

    while we shouldn’t say anything so
    emphatically it doesn’t mean he’s not correct

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