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The women are just as shallow in different ways. Don’t blame the boys for everything.
Most animosity today is due to the antics of the State of Israel.
i hated the nyc style of schlepping to the girl and then wining and dining her. It’s definitely goyish. It spoils them. Go ahead and argue with me with all the rude comments.
criticizing the government doesn’t make you antiisrael
What are his views on this. You haven’t said. What is his issue with Torah life? Is it a matter of belief? Boredom? Frustration? You have to start with his state of mind.
<<They are distortions because a person reading it comes away with the impression that men are everything in Yiddishkeit and women are second place, merely yentas,servants or property etc >>
Careful now not to bring it the other way. That’s not acceptable either. As to your points:
We don’t learn to daven from Chana. We learn to daven outloud from her. The Avos set up the davening and much of the siddur is from Dovid. The Amidah is from the Anshe Keneset HaGadol.
The merit of the women is one of the reasons we were redeemed from Egypt. The Midrash lists many others including the suffering of the children who the Egyptians buried alive in stone walls, to not changing our language and dress, etc. They are all reasons for the redemption says the parush marazo
The men failed by chet hagel because the men fly higher than the women. If you fly high you can fall. So you also have to credit the men for taking us on a higher journey, for setting up the Torah and Jewish life to the extent Hashem grants us that power. This is why Rav Hirsch says men as zachar, are the zicharon, the carriers of the tradition. I could argue that the women didn’t sin because they were sitting around talking. I wouldn’t say that about the great women of that generation but you get the point, falling has to be understood in context.
Women were spoken to first at har Sinai but the man was spoken to first in gad eden. the Maharal says in gad eden only one mitzvah was given and since women are less spiritual Chava was less able to handle it and you see she initiated the first sin. At har sinai a full system was being given so you could approach the women first and needed to to enforce in them the idea of the importance of Torah. Tiferes Israel 28
According to the Netziv, only Sarah’s ruach hakodesh was higher and that’s because she was in the tent and Avraham was exposed to the masses. But avraham’s navuah was higher. Rav A. Miller says the same and that of course Avraham was her rebbe. R’ Soloveitchik says the matter is limited to certain matters of social, familial relationships.
Bottom line is you are dealing with two types of spirituality. The woman has more of an emunah peshuta that works somewhat intuitively and has a certain stability to it. The man has more of a high flying spirituality (has more chochos hanefesh says the maharal) and can crash because of this but without him you don’t go on much of a journey. You need both types of people.
<<Not every Bracha is meant to be celebrated and sung.>>
agreed, the tur says on the bracha c’ritzonoh that its signfies that the woman “accepts a din ra’ah alehah”. Let’s just translate that as a difficult decree.
Sometimes the answer is a different derech. I once watched a conversation between a guy who grew up yekke and hated it and found himself in Breslov and a guy who was raised yeshivish and was saved by becoming yekke. It was fascinating.
We tend to pump more of the same on OTD kids.
Two good places to look are Samson Raphael Hirsch and Chabad, both kiruv experts who make the religion pleasant.
“Haven’t heard this from anywhere, but maybe we are thanking Hashem for making us into men despite women being on a higher spiritual level.”
Women are NOT on a higher spiritual level. That’s a myth. See Maharal Tiferes Yisroel 4 and 28. He says men are on a higher level.
Of course the bigger they are the harder they fall, so you need both kinds of people.
לֹּא עָשַׂני אִשָּׁה…שֶׁעָשַׂנִי כִּרְצוֹנוֹ – The Tanna Rabbi Meir instituted the recital of the ברכוֹת השחר. In Rabbi Meir’s time the study of Torah was prohibited by the Romans, who executed any man who studied it since they recognized that Torah study kept Jews from assimilating. Women on the other hand were generally spared by the Romans but were instead taken into captivity. Through instituting this blessing, Rabbi Meir expressed gratitude to God for being a man and therefore having the privilege to sanctify God’s name in death. The blessing of שׁעשׁני כרצוֹנוֹ was introduced by women in the Middle Ages, because during the Crusades men and women were massacred alike. Women now shared in the privilege of dying al kiddush Hashem, sanctifying His Name, and therefore instituted their own blessing.
(R. Isaiah Wohlgemuth, Guide to Jewish Prayer, pp. 59-60 in the addendum to the Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik Siddur. It is not clear if this is being said in the name of Rabbi Soloveitchik)
“I think R’ Moshe is learning (and the lashon of the Rambam sounds this way) that the added kedushah is not b’etzem, it’s a product of the extra chiyuvim. Kohanim, OTOH, have their extra mitzvos because of the higher level of kedushah.”
I don’t think that’s correct. R’ Moshe says explicity the opposite of that. See here:
“The mitzvah of You shall be holy, which is followed by a recitation of several of the fundamental mitzvos, is not of the same type as the mitzvos that follow it. This mitzvah means that every Jew should realize that he is sanctified with the holiness of the Jew, and it is only because of that holiness that we were given the Torah and obligated to do the mitzvos. As I have often written, mitzvos cannot be fulfilled properly unless the doer has the holiness of the Jew. The Kohanim, who have additional mitzvos, must have the particular holiness of Kohanim. This is why we make a blessing before mitzvos and say, “Who has sanctified us with His mitzvos”; and Kohanim, before doing mitzvos that are limited to Kohanim, say, “Who has sanctified us with the sanctity of Aharon.” The expression “Who has sanctified us with His mitzvos” should not be misunderstood as meaning that mitzvos are the source of the sanctity. It is self-understood that the sanctity the blessing refers to is the underlying sanctity of every Jew — that which enables us to fulfill the mitzvos.”
Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt’l, Darash Moshe, Volume II, p. 154, Vayikra, KedoshimAugust 21, 2018 1:52 pm at 1:52 pm in reply to: President Donald Trump, Oheiv Yisroel Par Excellence #1578374
why because he supports a state that beats up religious jews? i’d say he’s a soneh yisroelAugust 21, 2018 6:37 am at 6:37 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1578111
we have been in a period of geula for 100 years
but your portrayal that things are wonderful is way off
things are terrible
people struggle horribly, you must be young and not married to see everyone as being so rich