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January 4, 2016 1:06 am at 1:06 am in reply to: A lion rampant gules and bars argent on a field rouge #1133767
I got the gist but didn’t understand all of it.January 4, 2016 1:03 am at 1:03 am in reply to: OU and Medical Marijuana #1122729
Popa: Actually, it was made law by act of congress. Since the justice department wasn’t prosecuting it anyway, they made it illegal for the justice department to prosecute. The politics behind the drug war are ridiculous.December 31, 2015 5:18 pm at 5:18 pm in reply to: OU and Medical Marijuana #1122684
1- It is now officially federal law that the federal government will not interfere with medical marijuana traffic and use in states where it is legal. This has been the law for over a year now.
2- Do you object to the idea that taking care of you health is a mitzvah? If you do, that would be surprisingly Karaite.
3- Where do you think the OU should publish their warnings about misused symbols?November 6, 2015 1:02 pm at 1:02 pm in reply to: You’re In Charge of Brooklyn Jewry… What Do You Do? #1111337
Build a beis medrash onsite, hire some homebrewer friends and expand.
… Oh wait, I thought you said Brooklyn brewery.October 27, 2015 2:03 pm at 2:03 pm in reply to: Some parks in New York used to be cemeteries #1107192
Sam2: So, people tend to assume non-Jewish corpses are only metamei b’maga uv’masah, even though there are plenty of sources saying otherwise. I’m going to avoid speculating about why people think that.
Joseph: The question is, once it was done can kohanim go there?September 9, 2015 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm in reply to: Yomim Noraim davening #1100583
Battle Hymn of the Republic for Melech Elyon, the popular “vayehi b’yeshurun melech” for Hashem Melech, the Israeli tune for Unesaneh Tokef and the popular Modzitz one for ein Kitzva (1922, I think); Yedid Nefesh for V’chol Ma’aminim and a Chasidish march (I forgot what it’s called) for the Yom Kippur Imru L’elokim; I don’t recall a tune for the Rosh Hashanna one.September 9, 2015 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm in reply to: Slichos in Manhattan #1099598
YU is too far uptown to be convenient for most people who work in Manhattan but I can second the main minyan’s slichos before shacharis (they have another one at chatzos too). The people who are in a rush daven elsewhere.
rebyid: that’s what a proof is.September 2, 2015 2:50 am at 2:50 am in reply to: How to figure out the better rabbonim #1098448
Joseph, your way sounds too complicated and involves wasting too much time on Jewish blogs. What happened to the old way of seeing who has the longest coat?August 26, 2015 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm in reply to: Orthodox & Mormon Shidduch Crisis comparison – Time Magazine #1098007
Like most Time articles about minority cultures, it doesn’t say much worth reading.August 26, 2015 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm in reply to: How do you pay for your child's wedding? #1099533
OK, Health, how does the other side pay for it.August 26, 2015 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm in reply to: So today, I was Popa #1141829
Health: As was I. Why would I say something like that if I didn’t get the joke?August 25, 2015 1:50 pm at 1:50 pm in reply to: Let's get the terms correct . . . #1116152
ravshalom: right you are. After all “dikduk” does literally mean “nitpickery” doesn’t it?August 25, 2015 1:31 pm at 1:31 pm in reply to: So today, I was Popa #1141823
So yesterday, I was Popa. I got to say “??? ????? ????? ???” to a woman named Chulda.August 23, 2015 5:45 pm at 5:45 pm in reply to: Let's get the terms correct . . . #1116147
I’m fond of telling people that the “baal koreh” is either the guy from Hameniach or the Koreh’s husband, though FWIW the Aruch Hashulchan uses the yiddish tallesim instead of the Hebrew tallitos.August 23, 2015 5:34 pm at 5:34 pm in reply to: Judaism on the Moon #1097416
The definitive sefer on the subject has already been written.August 19, 2015 2:49 pm at 2:49 pm in reply to: Is it assur for a guy to have bangs? #1096612
Ashkenazi Jews, including rabbanim had long hair (relative to current styles) for centuries. It’s only an expression of gaavah if you style it or grow it longer than your normal, average well groomed person, which means that it might be left to common sense and personal conviction. Shocking, I know.August 14, 2015 1:02 pm at 1:02 pm in reply to: Let's agree on something. #1095709
Popa is a dolt
Now let’s try to be serious. A lot of the arguments here, and between shomrei torah in general, happen at the 6th decimal place. Last Rosh Hashana I noticed you could even read that into “????? ??? ??? ????” from Musaf. In that vein, here are some broad things we all agree on with the parts that we fight about left vague enough to satisfy everyone.
God runs the world (“runs” not defined so nobody has to give up their favorite Rishon on Hashgacha).
Jews should pray (deliberately broad enough to satisfy all the people who say yeshiva bochurim shouldn’t be bothered about minyan).
Jews should keep shabbos (NO FIGHTING ABOUT THE RIGHT WAY TO MAKE TEA)
There is such a thing as derech eretz that need not be spelled out by a se’if in shulchan aruch but is obligatory anyway.
^Tznius for both men and women sometimes under the above.
Any more?August 14, 2015 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm in reply to: That's Outrageous! #1097090
Last week I helped someone with a Ran they were having trouble with in daf yomi. Who the blazes learns daf yomi with Ran?
I swear, it’s outrageous.July 16, 2015 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm in reply to: Echad Mi Yodea with Gemara #1091841
Here’s the youtube link if the mod’s allow it. (If not, it’s the first result when you search ??? ??? ???? in Hebrew.July 15, 2015 12:04 am at 12:04 am in reply to: Skipping in pesukei d'zimra #1092213
@mik5: Based on what you write here, you tend to follow the Mishneh Berurah. Look it up, he has a very detailed list. (Though last time we spoke in person you were a Shulchan Aruch Harav man. What changed? We should shmooze sometime.)
wolf: Some of us are even worse and sacrifice the akeida.July 15, 2015 12:01 am at 12:01 am in reply to: To all hater haters #1092096
Oh, are we still doing this? We need to work up some good Second Temple era sinas chinam.July 10, 2015 3:08 am at 3:08 am in reply to: Bagel Boss Kosher? #1095384
Now that some Chelmisher 😉 bumped a thread about Hashgachos, has anyone heard of a Rabbi Avner Katz? A store in my neighborhood has his teuda in the window.July 10, 2015 3:02 am at 3:02 am in reply to: Crisp Restaurant -Under CUP K Supervision #1091137
The rav hamachshir is in the business of certifying fleishig restaurants that are owned by Jews and open on shabbos (and in at least one case I know, serve wine with no shomer shabbos staff). As far as I know, all his hashgacha is good for is that all packaged foods used by the restaurant are certified by someone else and that they sell their chametz for Pesach (if Jewish).June 26, 2015 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm in reply to: To all hater haters #1092089
Kumbaya!June 26, 2015 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm in reply to: children going to the mikveh #1088983
I know it’s b’feirush in Rambam (issurei biah 21:17) but don’t know where in shulchan aruch. I suspect it’s just one of many takkanos which we no longer follow for whatever reason. In the same perek, the Rambam forbids living with your father in law which was very common in Europe.June 26, 2015 6:48 pm at 6:48 pm in reply to: To All Yeshiva Haters #1089308
gaw: sukka 7a and the value of pi as well.
DY: I get the impression that if I tried to argue, we’d go around in circles about what counts as legitimate use of secular knowledge and what is illegitimately twisting what the Torah source means to conform to secular ideas. Then you’d call me an apikores, and I’d call you a revisionist troglodyte and it would go downhill from there. So instead, I’ll leave it right here and try to catch up with you and Sam on Torah sources.June 26, 2015 6:41 pm at 6:41 pm in reply to: coffee "Elite" #1088828
Note that Elite makes two kinds of instant coffee. One of them is identical to Taster’s Choice/Folger’s (except for minor difference in taste). Do you know if he’s paskening about instant coffee in general or about Elite’s fine powder “Israeli Namess”?June 26, 2015 6:38 pm at 6:38 pm in reply to: Yehareig V'al Yaavor? #1093744
Yosi: My very first post on this forum was mentioning that Rav Schwab was meikel. Today, that is more of historical interest than anything else since I don’t think yekkes follow that psak anymore if they ever did l’maaseh.June 26, 2015 6:33 pm at 6:33 pm in reply to: beard types and lengths in Judiasm #1088929
Since everyone here is a great expert on the importance of beards, I have to ask: I was thinking of trimming my beard for shabbat. Should I do it myself or go to the barber. Sources in sforim would be appreciated 🙂June 26, 2015 6:29 pm at 6:29 pm in reply to: To All Yeshiva Haters #1089305
DY: And this is why your hashkafa is objectively incorrect. It leads to the belief that the less you know about a subject, the more qualified you are to talk about it.June 26, 2015 1:58 am at 1:58 am in reply to: To All Yeshiva Haters #1089295
DY, please don’t call Charlie & co. yeshiva haters. Dr. Hall is one of the most civil people I have ever met both online and in real life. Plus, as a opponent of the yeshivish hashkafa, these people are too moderate by far! 😉
Regarding the actual point, in line with the Be’er heteiv who says ‘not the kappel you wear inside but the big hat you wear in the street,’ whenever I actually am wearing a dress hat I keep it on for davening. Usually the “big hat I wear in the street” is my kippa though sometime even I will be found in a fedora (though my current one isn’t black)June 22, 2015 12:37 am at 12:37 am in reply to: Looking around during Shemoneh Esrei #1088014
Sam, just to play devil’s advocate, the gemara also says what he looks like.June 21, 2015 9:25 pm at 9:25 pm in reply to: Chabad minhagim #1088484
mik5: Your “simple explanation” is the one that Lubavitchers tell as a joke.
Dash: Some people find minhagim interesting. For example, did you know that some Hungarians still say slichos on 20 Sivan for tach v’tat?June 19, 2015 7:52 pm at 7:52 pm in reply to: washing netilas yadayim on shabbos #1088732
Sam2: some people like to read the drasha backwards — ????? ??? ??? ??? ???. Don’t ruin their fun.June 19, 2015 7:49 pm at 7:49 pm in reply to: Chabad minhagim #1088479
Per Sefer Haminhagim, #1 applies to korbanos as well.
#4 has an interesting story behind it, it came about (from the dan l’kaf zechus perspective) as a way to preserve shalom.
#6 is slightly misleading. The Lubavitcher rebbe z’ya told people not to be so frum and think that they can have kavana without eating before davening shacharis at 10 am. I highly doubt he told balabatim who daven early to eat breakfast first, and most Lubavitchers who I know don’t on weekdays.June 2, 2015 2:08 am at 2:08 am in reply to: Law School & Rabbi Mizrachi #1085626
@popa: Exactly where you think he did.May 19, 2015 2:19 am at 2:19 am in reply to: Male Tznius #1082471
I was hoping someone would rant about men’s jeggings…May 1, 2015 7:03 pm at 7:03 pm in reply to: the teshuva thread #1142922
I’m not posting my real life examples of strawman da’as torahApril 30, 2015 1:18 pm at 1:18 pm in reply to: Do MO believe in non-strawman daas Torah? #1155784
First of all, many people do believe in what you call strawman da’as torah. Some of them even have jobs in chinuch, but we aren’t going to talk about them; alas, your community does not have a monopoly on stupid people.
The way you describe non strawman da’as torah seems to actually be a modern Orthodox value considering that one of the things that generally defines modern Orthodoxy is the belief in ethics beyond Halacha <sup>1</sup>. (This might be truer for some individuals than others. My earlier posts here, both deleted and not contain many rants on the subject.) If you believe that the ratzon hashem is confined to what you can be convinced a particular set of seforim tells you to do, then there is nothing to gain from trying to discover the ratzon Hashem in whatever you’re doing, whether you call that discovery da’as torah or something else.
<sup>1</sup> A broader — and probably more accurate — definition of ethics would take Bein Adam Lamakom into account as well.April 29, 2015 9:31 pm at 9:31 pm in reply to: Online source for roshei taivos #1074004
The popular Otzar Roshei Teivos is also available on the Daat.ac.il website.April 24, 2015 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm in reply to: Petirah of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein #1133031
Birdson: For a long time Rav Amital didn’t have a car and Rav Aharon did because he commuted from Yerushalayim, so whenever the two of them went to visit talmidim in the army, Rav Aharon would drive. Since he was clean-shaven and driving and Rav Amital had a long white beard, he often got mistaken for the driver and told “The Rav can pass but you have to wait outside.”April 24, 2015 4:47 pm at 4:47 pm in reply to: Blog for Reb Chaims #1104716
As someone who does has to do a lot of his learning online these days, I think it’s a wonderful idea, for purely selfish reasons. Most of the Torah available on the internet (with one or two exceptions) is either primary sources or “light” shiurim. I’d like to see more serious lomdus.
Glad you got to say it. I’ll have to wait a few more days.April 24, 2015 3:03 pm at 3:03 pm in reply to: Today is Yom Tov Sheini #1073834
Yes, Rav Schachter holds we should say hallel today instead of yesterday because here in chu”l there’s no risk of the celebrations running into shabbat.April 24, 2015 3:01 pm at 3:01 pm in reply to: Some zionist thoughts for yom haatzmaut #1074146
PBA: Wow, a serious post from you, and one I agree with, no less! Thanks! The only thing I take issue with in your post is that you hope that we can understand that these are only small differences. I disagree with that bit. These are very big differences, but even so, what we have in common is much greater. Your ruchniyus does take a hit by not going to the army, and even more so if you treat the army as an unmitigated evil. Refusing to go, or at least to identify with and support the people who do go, is an act of secession from the Jewish people which trains you and your segment of klal yisrael (this “you” is totally generic, I’ve lived in communities on both sides of the issue) to feel like the rest of the Jewish people is an alien “other.” I can understand if you weigh everything and decide that the best option for your ruchniyus is not to go, but you really are sacrificing something by not going.
That’s just my two cents as someone who lost a lot of sleep when I ran back to America instead of joining machal to serve along with my chavrusa.April 24, 2015 2:42 pm at 2:42 pm in reply to: Petirah of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein #1133027
Posting for the first time in a while because I learned at Gush, though only for one year after college and it was just after Reb Aharon stopped giving shiur regularly. Everyone who ever learned at Gush considered themselves Reb Aharon’s talmid. Even though he valued independent thinking and was proud when his some of his closest talmidim disagreed with him on various important issues, they followed his methods and values, which defined the yeshiva to the point that you felt them when you walked through the door.
One thing I noticed at the hespedim was that people who had learned under him didn’t talk as much about his phenomenal bekius as people from other yeshivos. I suspect this is because we took it for granted. At Har Etzion there were lots of brilliant masmidim with good memories who could quote from the rambam you were reading as you read it from the book. That’s my Reb Aharon story. He built a yeshiva where those people were normal and yet the first year am ha’aretz who needed the book was still welcome and 100% part of everything.
writersoul: You’re in good company. Reb Aharon also used to switch back and forth between Israeli and Litvish accents. “Aval tzrichim lir’ot mah b’emet katuv b’teysfiss.”
Sam2: I don’t know how famous that story is outside of a very specific circle. The stories I find most inspiring are all the times that he was mistaken for Rav Amital’s gabbai and didn’t mind.July 11, 2014 1:07 am at 1:07 am in reply to: Troll Thread #1038722
Is a satyr kosher if it’s maaleh gerah?July 11, 2014 12:53 am at 12:53 am in reply to: Confusing Halacha, Minhag, Chumra, Shtus #1206464
Sam2: I have to de-lurk myself to disagree with you on Rav Bar-Hayyim. The emphasis his machon shilo places on Yerushalmi over bavli is his own chiddush. I also have it on very good authority that some of his historical conclusions are without any evidence but I won’t argue that point since I haven’t researched them and am no longer entitled to badger my rebbeim about things like that.
Edit, just to have something on topic for a change
Halacha: Wear tefillin
Minhag: Rabbeinu Tam
Chumra: Gassos (or common sense given the state of judaica store peshutim)
Shtus: Your tefillin are passul because you don’t have “double-black” retzuos. (Reb Yid, take a shot of double black yourself, and calm down!)
Halacha: Don’t eat or own chametz on Pesach
Minhag: Don’t eat Kitniyos
Chumra: Peanut oil.
Shtus: Sell your peanut oil keilim with the chametz.February 17, 2014 4:21 am at 4:21 am in reply to: ?' ????? ?????? about ??? ???? ????? #1004759
DY: Thank you. I might add another safek whether even if swallowing without chewing might be derech achila according to ml’m, it wouldn’t be if the thing being swallowed is never “eaten” any other way and is not eaten for nourishment in any case. After all, we’re talking about something that is essentially refua and the question is the description of how the refua is administered. AFAIK Rav Moshe, Rav Tendler, Rav Asher Weiss and many others pasken that swallowing something not meant to be chewed is not derech achila (the determination being talui in the pill as well as how it’s taken) but I don’t claim to know anything at all about medical halacha.