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December 6, 2017 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm in reply to: Rabbi Aharon Lopiansky on Modern Othodox/Dati vs. Chareidi #1421641
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Not every son that you have will be suited for the intense Avoda of full time learning and long Davening of the Bnei Torah that many Charedim desire all their sons to be. Pushing a child in a direction that he or she is not suited for can lead to great destruction. A path of positive accomplishment needs to be provided for the sons who will never be able to focus on learning & davening full time.September 18, 2016 4:58 pm at 4:58 pm in reply to: Take the TV out of the Restaurant or we will shut you down #1181014
A Boycott is a serious undertaking. To do so, you must first get permission from The Recognized Bais Din of that community. Such Bais Din will also issue strict guidelines on how to promulgate such a Boycott.September 18, 2016 4:41 pm at 4:41 pm in reply to: Take the TV out of the Restaurant or we will shut you down #1181012
“I was curious about this from a halachic perspective.”
What does the Choshen Mishpat have to say about entering a business’s premises when you have no intention of transacting business there?April 4, 2016 4:40 am at 4:40 am in reply to: Do rebbes go to college?/Yeshivish job options? #1160218
Some of us have the mind and family capital for business.
For most of the rest of us attractive options include YU, Touro, night college while learning during the day, living at home in a Jewish community and going to college during the day. For all these options a focus on a major that one has the aptitude for and is interested in and leads to good job makes sense.April 3, 2016 3:55 pm at 3:55 pm in reply to: Do rebbes go to college?/Yeshivish job options? #1160202
The shifts that do not require weekend hours generally are awarded to those with a lot of seniority.
The reality in the USA is that good paying jobs for those without college degrees very often require the willingness to work “odd hours” and weekends when needed.April 3, 2016 2:05 am at 2:05 am in reply to: Do rebbes go to college?/Yeshivish job options? #1160193
“Airplane pilot, baker, diamond merchant, mail carrier, insurance claims adjuster, salesman, mechanic, bus driver, factory supervisor, power plant operator, etc.”
About half of these jobs create serious Chilul Shabbos problems. Power plants and transportation do not shut down at Friday sunset.February 28, 2016 4:23 pm at 4:23 pm in reply to: Saving a Relative's Life First #1139492
Next case: Besides your mother, you also have another woman to whom you sold a “captivity redemption contract”.February 28, 2016 4:07 pm at 4:07 pm in reply to: Saving a Relative's Life First #1139491
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The case is where you are a male and you have resources to redeem one captive, and only the women but not men are subject to abuse by the captors.February 14, 2016 4:09 pm at 4:09 pm in reply to: 2016 election and welfare #1137500
TARP: With the banks the government got back all its money and even made a “profit”. With the car companies, the government lost money, but got back most of the money.
WIC is probably also another “cost effective” program in which pushing the poor to eat more protein saves a greater amount in medical costs.November 9, 2015 4:09 am at 4:09 am in reply to: What's with the non-Shabbos cholent? #1111488
I am not suggesting assuring white shirts during the week, simply bemoaning the fact that by wearing them other than on Shabbos, Yom Tov or at weddings they lose their chashivus as a special Shabbos mode of dress.November 8, 2015 8:13 pm at 8:13 pm in reply to: What's with the non-Shabbos cholent? #1111483
Likewise, white shirts need to be reserved for Shabbos, Yom Tov and weddings.November 3, 2015 4:26 am at 4:26 am in reply to: The Amazing Superlative #1108893
Last night’s baseball game was amazing.
The pitching on both sides were amazing.
But you got to know when to remove the amazing pitcher before his amazing arm wears out.
Actually it is those who are religious, more than those who are not who use the word.October 16, 2015 3:47 am at 3:47 am in reply to: Zionism: the root problem #1106934
Zionism is a connection to the Jewish People and the Land.
The issue with secular zionism is the weakened connection to G-d, not the positive connection to the People and Land.
Intermarriage is the moment of spiritual death, because this act severs both the connection to the People of Israel and the G-d of Israel.
Many in Europe who went for secular zionism would have otherwise gone to the Baptismal Font followed by intermarriage (R’L).October 16, 2015 1:20 am at 1:20 am in reply to: Zionism: the root problem #1106924
Anti-zionism when taken to the extreme becomes a new religion in its own right.
“Did they wave the cow over the head in the Bais Hamikdash?”
– The 2 Shelamin sheep with the 2 Loaves on Shavuous were waved while alive, but not over the head.
With Kapparos the actual slaughter (which is an integral part of the ritual) is the more possible “Kodashim BaChutz” (severe prohibition of slaughtering or burning sacrificial animals outside the Azara – Temple courtyard) issue. But again, the severe violation does not apply to species that can never be accepted in the Temple as offerings.
Some may argue that one of the reasons chickens were completely “frozen out” from the Temple service was to allow their future use in Kapparos.
Sometimes Minhagim have had to be discontinued due to pressure or concerns from the “outside world”. The practice of over turning beds as a mourning practice – mentioned in the Gemara is an example.May 10, 2015 6:03 am at 6:03 am in reply to: Kol Kevuda Bas Melech Penima #1077618
aaym, most of us with a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) degree have not had great difficulties supporting a family. Parnasa (making a living) is in the hands of G-d, but we have to make the effort.May 8, 2015 4:01 am at 4:01 am in reply to: Kol Kevuda Bas Melech Penima #1077608
We are getting off topic.
Kol Kevuda Bas Melech Penima is falling by the wayside because we men are not doing our responsibilities.
Supporting our families is not just Minhagei Chassidus.
I want to hear that each Joseph in this thread is supporting his wife fully as proper for a true Bas Melech.May 7, 2015 5:04 am at 5:04 am in reply to: Kol Kevuda Bas Melech Penima #1077590
“That means that when Mashiach comes, that Halacha will be in place.”
For this what is needed is a good supply of men able and willing to fully support their families.
That means such that their wives do not need to work or chase bargains at Walmart or Costco to make ends meet.
We can now argue whether Mashiach is needed to prod the men to fully support their families.
Hopefully, all 6 Josephs in this thread will step up to the plate and allow their wives to achieve kol kevuda bas melech penima.April 19, 2015 2:22 am at 2:22 am in reply to: Is Aliyah a wise choice in the nuclear age? #1073456
The title of this thread is wrong.
Correct question: Where is it safer for Jews to be during wartime, in Israel or in Galus?
If we take the most recent global war as a guide, the answer is obvious.March 15, 2015 2:20 am at 2:20 am in reply to: Yidl mitn ridl (Hilchos tzitzis) #1072008
It can be a daytime that he is not allowed to add the 4th tzitzis such as Shabbos.
It could be so hot that he gets no enjoyment from wearing the garment.March 6, 2015 6:05 am at 6:05 am in reply to: Did Mordechai make a Chillul Hashem by breaking the law? #1063428
Mordechai was a Religious Zionist.
He opposed the party because Achasveirosh was celebrating that the Beit Hamikdosh was not rebuilt after 70 years per his calculation. Achashveirosh was not celebrating a conquest or his birthday, but what he thought was the end of Zionism.
After nearly 70 years of exile, the Jews war making skills had probably fallen into disuse. Under Mordechai’s leadership they had nearly one year to train for battle, and were successful in the battle of 13 Adar.December 23, 2014 8:07 pm at 8:07 pm in reply to: #1052464
Big Bittul Torah is cloaking Torah knowledge in a mysterious language to frustrate would be students. Many of us have had difficulties mastering their first language. Requiring knowledge of another language (often a third language for the would be student) as a key to access Torah knowledge is a huge Barrier to Entry. Torah is the inheritance of all Jews, not just those who can pick up languages easily.August 3, 2014 6:04 pm at 6:04 pm in reply to: Breach in Tznius: Recent affliction attacking Klal Yisroel #1025992
If we are looking for a scapegoat to blame problems upon we must remember:
The Sa-ir LaAzazel (goat taken to the cliff in the Yom Kippur temple service) must be male, not female.July 28, 2014 2:01 am at 2:01 am in reply to: Sakanas Nefashos #1024763
yesJanuary 29, 2014 5:28 am at 5:28 am in reply to: Why did kimchis have seven sons who were kohen gadol #1001698
We need to understand the impact of a Kohen Gadol not being able to do the Avodah on Yom Kippur.
The similar situation nowadays (lehavdil, of course) is Peyton Manning coming down with a severe 24 hour “flu” this Sunday and his brother, Eli having to take over.January 20, 2014 6:55 am at 6:55 am in reply to: Why leave your dirty tissue on the table in Shul? #1212543
I am blaming a lot of synagogue faux pas on coffee deprivation.
Perhaps we need to be more alert before entering the shul???January 19, 2014 2:26 am at 2:26 am in reply to: Why are people against socialism? #998802
Extreme positions on either side of this debate are improper.
The Torah has obligations to the poor, but not near the levels that socialist idealists dream about.
Prusbel is an important compromise instituted by Hillel who himself had experienced both poverty and prosperity.January 9, 2014 4:51 am at 4:51 am in reply to: Working Guys #1036232
“but there are more people learning in kollel now than ever.”
But the suffering due to poverty now is much greater than before.January 9, 2014 12:50 am at 12:50 am in reply to: Working Guys #1036221
“The funny thing is, people were saying the exact same thing a generation ago.”
The financial situation in Torah communities both in USA and in Israel is no laughing matter.
Any joking that minimizes the urgency to have more solid bread earners in our communities is cruel.December 6, 2013 6:40 am at 6:40 am in reply to: Tal Umatar will never fall on Zos Chanuka ever again – by a drunken popa #991344
Rains were quite heavy in Israel on Zos Chanukah, the day the Jews outside Israel joined them in praying for rain.December 3, 2013 5:30 am at 5:30 am in reply to: Morons who put stuff besides jelly in sufguniyois #1004555
The problem with other ingredients is that they may be “Mevatel” the essential ingredients, or they may create a Chatzitza (interposition) between the mouth and the sufganiyos, or they may it hard to eat a Kezais in the required time.
We need a comprehensive Artscroll sefer that will deal with all these details, with good Mar-eh Mekomos (sources listed) and several Haskamos (approval letters) from recognized authorities.
Hamentashen are next.December 1, 2013 1:00 am at 1:00 am in reply to: Morons who put stuff besides jelly in sufguniyois #1004546
No problem as long as you do not intend to be Yotzeh the obligation of sufguniyois with them.
Unlike Chanukah candles the wife is not Yotzeh with the husband’s eating.November 29, 2013 7:39 pm at 7:39 pm in reply to: Black Hat Friday #1113363
This year 5774 permission for all to wear the Black Hat will be on a Sunday (and Motzei Shabbos before) March 16. In Jerusalem the permission is extended thru Monday March 17.November 20, 2013 1:41 am at 1:41 am in reply to: Bothered by the Lakewood Matzav? #1013388
The prohibition of Bamos shows that a small elite group should not break away from the rest of the Jewish people and form their separate path of serving G-d.
See my earlier post about the tribe of Levi.
The mission of the tribe of Levi is to interact with the Jewish people, not to be isolated.
Maaser sheni being eaten in Jerusalem shows that having places where all Jews can eat is a part of the most holy city.November 19, 2013 5:40 am at 5:40 am in reply to: Bothered by the Lakewood Matzav? #1013386
This thread provides insight on at least two Torah laws:
Prohibition of Bamos once the Mikdash was built in Jerusalem and
Requirement to eat the Second Maaser in JerusalemOctober 1, 2013 5:38 am at 5:38 am in reply to: How long should someone stay in Beis Medrash #976642
If you plan on long term full time learning it is even more imperative that you have a plan for solid accomplishment and contribution to Klal Yisroel. Resources for long term full time learning are limited, those who have those precious “seats” have a tremendous responsibility to accomplish and contribute maximally.October 1, 2013 5:28 am at 5:28 am in reply to: What is the Ner Yisroel college program #1159522
Instead of Bochurim needing permission to go to college part time, it should be the other way around. One will need to prove that if he is allowed to learn full time that he will actually learn full time. The status of “full time learning” should never be the easy way out.September 23, 2013 5:35 am at 5:35 am in reply to: Sleeping in the sukkah #975967
To encourage positive fulfillment of this:
All Rabbinical sermons should be given in the Sukkah!!!September 23, 2013 3:42 am at 3:42 am in reply to: Techeiles 🔵❎🐌☑️🐟 #1058047
“the army of yavan is secular knowledge”
That is quite a hostile attitude towards knowledge.
Those with hostility to general knowledge tend to avoid Torah learning that has too much to do with any secular knowledge.September 22, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm in reply to: Techeiles 🔵❎🐌☑️🐟 #1058036
The loss of the Mesorah of what Techeiles is was the loss of the identity of the species needed. In other words a critical bit of secular knowledge needed for Torah was lost.
It is ironic that in this thread we have someone who has taken a long screen name to indicate that “secular knowledge is the equivalent of an evil king who tried to uproot Torah Judaism”.September 17, 2013 3:59 am at 3:59 am in reply to: Tznius or Shalom Bayis #977100
Those who live in BP and feel Tzniyus there is not up to snuff are obligated to move to places that they know meet their standards.September 13, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm in reply to: Tznius or Shalom Bayis #977081
Both are essential fences of morality.
We are very cautious about anything that may look like Kodashim (Temple sacrifices)nowadays.
Hence, I believe virtually all customs avoid roast lamb Seder night, (and I have not heard of anyone using goat or ram for Kapparos).
The question is, does this extend to animals that cannot be used for the Passover offering such as roast beef?
Does it extend to roast chicken and turkey which are species that never were offered in the Temple?
According to this reasoning if you do not eat roast chicken the night of Nissan 15, you should not wave a chicken the morning of Tishrei 9.
In the end family minhag (custom) will triumph.
Custom or no custom this write up is getting me hungry for roast chicken for the seudah just before Yom Kippur!!!September 11, 2013 1:39 am at 1:39 am in reply to: Problems with wearing colored shirts #974155
White is for Shabbos, Yom Tov and weddings.September 10, 2013 3:01 am at 3:01 am in reply to: Learning during Chazoras Hashatz #1089043
There is also a heavy obligation upon the leadership of the shul not to drag out the Tefilah such that majority of the full Tzibur finds it very difficult to focus on the davening for such a long period of time.
Remember, Tzibur (community) includes those spiritually energized and those not spiritually turned on.
The 368 “maneh” measures of the Ketores (incense burnt in the Temple) include the 9 highly energized cinnamon and the 70 measures of much less spiritually energized galbanum.
When I was in Kol Torah 1973-4, my Rebbe was known for very long Shemonah Esrai. But when he had to lead the davening later that year, his silent Shemonah Esrai’s were much shorter, to avoid burdening the Tzibur.August 25, 2013 6:58 pm at 6:58 pm in reply to: Work vs. Kollel #1176768
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For those born afterwards picking a Profession that brings them joy should be an option. For most of us, only if you pick a Profession that brings you joy will you be able to enhance the Profession.
for those who are not Torah Professionals, part time learning is still both an Inheritance and Obligation.August 22, 2013 4:12 am at 4:12 am in reply to: Work vs. Kollel #1176727
Any Profession with low barriers to entry will attract fraudsters.
If you have one Rosh Kollel who believes that virtually every Jewish man should be in Kollel; he will get all the fake learners.August 19, 2013 5:37 am at 5:37 am in reply to: Work vs. Kollel #1176723
With a respected Profession, no one “slides” into it.
There has to be high visible barriers to entry, and only the most capable and committed get in. Think “medicine”.
Many of the admonitions mentioned in Perkei Avos are for those who represent Torah to the Jewish people.
If someone cannot maintain a proper mode of dress that adds to Kavod (respect for) HaTorah, it is better that he not become a Torah Professional.August 15, 2013 4:26 am at 4:26 am in reply to: Work vs. Kollel #1176677
Some enhance a Profession by participating.
Others enhance the Profession by keeping out of it.
Any Profession that has too weak barriers to entry gets undermined and loses respect.
While all Jewish men are obligated to learn Torah, the Profession of full time learning needs to be restricted.August 8, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm in reply to: Medicine to become a gadol #969811
“no different from giving a teenager performance enhancing drugs so he will become a star quarterback.”
This constitutes child abuse on two fronts:
a) Using strong medications when there is no real need, and
b) pushing the child in a direction that he is unsuited for.
b) can be worse than a).
“Theres no hasmada gene.”
Wrong. There are many dilligent lawyers and other academics.
Some people are much more suited for long intense study than others.