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In some cultures the more spiritually pure would not wear shoes, probably to limit mobility.
Judaism limits this to Yom Kippur and 9 Av.
Just because a letter was sent to Mishpacha does not mean they published it. I really hope this letter is a hoax. The YWN should have also investigated it before allowing this thread. Matzav also has another “Mir bachur” letter being commented upon. Maybe someone is trying to drag the honor of Mir thru the mud?
This letter appears to be infused with a phoney Chassidic accent.
Ner wants a diverse geographical crowd. Having a zip code that begins with two one hurts the application, having a zip code beginning with seven five is supposed to help.
In Chutz LaAretz kiruv is not done by spewing this hate. I have been at different Charedi Kiruv shuls in different cities and have never heard this type of Anti-Zionism that is in this thread.
For some, finding apikorsus is like a predatory cat finding fresh red meat.
I can hear hear the salivating.
In reality news of apikorsus is bad news, and if it rises to the level of Blasphemy requires Kriah (tearing of ones clothes).
“that one of the defining principals of a “parush””
First we need to establish the requirements that are actually binding upon us.
For those working on some of the higher levels of Avodah as defined in Mesilas Yesharim, that is another issue.
For those who present to their Rabbi that they are working on the level of “parush”, the first question will be whether you have actually mastered all the lower levels.
The word “ch…..” needs to be retired.
It now means only a mode of dress, not a system of beliefs nor a code of behavior.
The word poisons both those in the Torah community and outside the Torah community with the mindset that people are what they dress, not what they achieve or how they behave.
if one dresses in a certain way only to steal and plunder, he will be labeled as “one who fears G-d” even as he is arrested for grand theft!!!
I think I know where this ongoing hatred of Zionism comes from:
In Joel 2:20, “and the tzafoni I will drive away from you” which the Gemara in the 5th chapter of Succah 52A says refers to the evil inclination, with tzafoni referring to the hidden evil inclination inside man.
Their version has the “fey” of tzafoni replaced with a “yud”.
Present day hatred of Zionism is not going to flip a single Jew from non observance to observance. It only creates a Mechitatz Barzel – a steel wall of hatred that blocks secular Israelis from possibly returning to observance.
There is a level of respectful dress that applies to all those created in the image of G-d. Married women covering their hair is a specific Jewish requirement.
“Why? There is no Chiyuv to move in order to avoid women who are in a (partial) state of undress.”
For most of us that may be true, for those who feel that they are overwhelmed by a woman not dressed to Chasidic standards – they should move. The pitfall of the daughters of Moav per Rashi really affected only one tribe. Others have great desires to take what does not belong to them. For them learning a good way to make Kosher money and living where plenty of Kosher money can be earned will keep them away from sin.
My earlier advise about relocation was specifically for the person whose writings I had quoted. For rebdoniel or myself to follow such advice would be fraudulent to begin with.
Biology, there could be other communities in which everyone adheres to their obligations in manner of dress, but for some of us a totally insular community is what is needed.
“This area is the hardest area in avodas Hashem”
“have no clue how challenging it is for a man to keep himself holy in this generation”
Based upon this you are obligated to move to a community where full Tznius exists in practice. Gateshead and Lakewood with non Jews does not qualify. Only a place such as Kiryat Yoel or Squaretown will achieve this. If you cannot afford either, then there is a new Chasidish community being formed 2-3 hours away from New York City where houses are going for only $40,000.
“We are fed up with the Hefkerus in Tznius.”
Perhaps this Mitzvah has been taught in an unpleasant manner?
An article in Jewish Action (summer 5773/2013 page 28) discusses the feeling Bais Yaakov graduates have about certain Mitzvos, warm or cold. Often the author finds them very cold about Tznius.
Also, wild actions of a few have a destructive effect worldwide.
Those who throw bleach need to be publicly excommunicated to minimize the worldwide destruction they cause.
This draft of 1000 per tribe fell most heavily on Levi, the smallest tribe.
As the Parsha reading began yesterday, the following question rang thru my mind about this war: Were the “full time learners”, or in this case the tribe of Levi (whom many who learn full time model themselves after) drafted for this war?
According to Rashi who brings down the Sifre the answer is yes.
However, this specific war may have been unique???
Perhaps they were exempted from other wars.
As a practical matter, we do need to have some modern day “Leviim” exempt from battle to keep the knowledge of our Torah Law intact.
In the USA, sitting judges are exempted from military service even during wartime for similar reasons.
The big question is how many?
Ratio in desert was about one Levi for every 40 Yisraelim (Jews from the 12 tribes). As there were about 600,000 Yisraelim from age 20 and up and about 23,000 Leviim from one month and up.
hey, no posting until tisha bavJune 30, 2013 3:33 pm at 3:33 pm in reply to: Meet Cindy�R. Shafran on the Israel draft situation #962311
Cindy is home schooling her kids. Good. That saves the local governments real money. Is she teaching her kids the skills they will need to get good jobs in the workplace?June 30, 2013 3:26 pm at 3:26 pm in reply to: Meet Cindy�R. Shafran on the Israel draft situation #962310
Does Cindy’s church pray for the welfare of the US government and its armed forces?
How severe is the headache?
I will argue that if it is severe enough that a doctor (you trust) would write you an Rx, that you should break the fast.
Medicines are classified Rx because they can damage the body and should only be used if the risks of not taking it outweigh the risks of taking it.
There will be cases where the doctor would only advise over the counter medications, or even no medications, that breaking the fast would be advised.
In the American “mitzvah” of football, the true hero is one who gets injured playing the game.
We do not consider those who damage their bodies in keeping a fast as heroes.June 28, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm in reply to: Meet Cindy�R. Shafran on the Israel draft situation #962305
Will Cindy be proud when her sons join the USA armed forces?June 28, 2013 4:32 am at 4:32 am in reply to: Meet Cindy�R. Shafran on the Israel draft situation #962303
Cindy would lose a lot of empathy if her belief system saw the USA as an illegitimate State.
“these 4 fasts are positive Rabbinic commandments”
First Mishneh Berurah of Orach Chaim 549 near end:
Mem Eyin – Mitzvah Aseh from the words of the prophets
My best understanding is that these 4 fasts are positive Rabbinic commandments. Positive commandments are governed by “Deracheha darchei noam” (Proverbs 3:17) and “Haemet V’hashalom ehavu” (pleasant ways and ways of truth and peace) as brought down in Tractate Succos (daf 32a about the lulav and 32b about the hadas). Because of this, certain types of palm branches that can scratch the skin are invalid for the Lulav. While fasts are intrinsically a day long denial of pleasure, when they can damage the body (like the prickly Lulav) there is no longer the Mitzvah to fast. We certainly have no obligation to experience Auschwitz even for a few hours.
Most interesting is that “Haemet V’hashalom ehavu” are the last words of the verse that we learn about these 4 fasts (Zechariah 8:19).
Ask your local Rabbi for specific details when the exemption applies.
“but isn’t the purpose not to avoid nisyonos but to overcome nisyonos”
Actually the purpose is to minimize nisyonos.
By teaching your son Torah you give him the knowledge to avoid sin.
(There are also other reasons to learn Torah.)
By teaching your son an honest way to make a living you greatly reduce his temptation to steal later in life.
By getting him a beautiful wife, you reduce his temptation to sin in other ways.
The need may override Kol Kevudah Bas Melech Penima, but that ideal is still compromised when she goes to work outside the home.
In the family of the Kohen Gadol, where Kol Kevudah Bas Melech Penima is essential, the community makes sure the wife never has to go to work or wash clothes in public. If she needs to look at the moon and get her inspiration, she will have a back yard with a high fence, and the money to buy a fine telescope if she wants.
Kol Kevudah Bas Melech Penima is far more compromised when a woman has to go to work to support her family, than by a once a month ceremony.
Regardless of the wife’s Mechilah (forgiveness of obligation); if a guy does not actually work and does not actually learn he becomes Posul L’edus (invalid as a witness according to Jewish law).
The wife can always withdraw the Mechilah; and a Mechilah made under any deception is not a valid Mechilah.
Teaching women that a working boy is a second class Jew is deception. Jewish women have to know that for 3000 plus years that the Jewish norm is that men support their families.
The first and most important element of Kol Kevudah Bas Melech Penima is a husband fully supporting the family.
His time may have been worth more than the damage you may have caused.
He appears to be on a grand tour of places where individuals are taught to lick the steel boots of their dictators.
His tongue will be getting quite a workout.
See the Gemara of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza starting in Gittin 57. This is the Gemara many learn on 9 Av.
It is the part where Onkolus “raises” both Jewish and non Jewish sinners.
“and we responded by davening, fasting and learning.”
And appealing to the King for permission to stand up for ourselves against the non Jewish enemy.
And fighting the enemy on the 13th of Adar.
Even if the Yesh Atid agenda went thru (which is unlikely), there would still be far more Torah learning than ever was under the most benign Arab rule in history.
Shmad is someone dressed as a Jew that keeps Torah and Mitzvos, but showing disrespect when the siren goes off on Yom HaShoah.
“this should be common knowledge”
For types of services that people use occasionally it will never be “common knowledge”.
If there are tipping expectations and the business is relying upon these tips to compensate its workers, the business should be required by law to communicate that to would be customers up front.
The Israeli army really does not want solders serving only to avoid going to jail. They want to expand existing Charedei programs.
In the USA there is a congressman who wants a draft to equalize the burden of serving in the military (both men and women).
The military itself does not want a draft
“Should Tomche Shabbos deliver chicken thighs or Sushi?”
Sometimes Tomche Shabbos gets a load of Sushi leftover from a fancy Thursday night wedding.
In a country facing real military threats, a draft bill that does not have buy in from the army is a dead letter.
Armies can either be agents of social engineering or fight wars. They cannot do both.
My question is whether they are allowed to sell the vouchers to meet some more urgent need.
(If they want to buy shoes with the vouchers my question does not apply.)
That is why I want to know how the Shoe Store Owner will feel about it.
I would like to see a comment from the Shoe Store Owner about how he or she would feel if the vouchers were diverted as described below:
It could be the family buying the shoes is fairly well off but bought the vouchers from the original recipients who had some bills to pay, such as the electric bill. I doubt the electric company accepts chessed vouchers. Hence, the original recipients of the vouchers may still be wearing second hand shoes come Shabbos. But at least they will have their lights on.
They used to be blue, but then the European governments banned us from using blue. Fortunately, that ban is now lifted.
It could be the family buying the shoes is fairly well off but bought the vouchers from the original recipients who had some bills to pay, such as the electric bill. I doubt the electric company accepts chessed vouchers. Hence, the original recipients of the vouchers may still be wearing second hand shoes come Shabbos. But at least they will have their lights on!!!
If she gets a 40% gift to guests ratio, she will have to write 10,000 thank you notes. If she can write one in 12 minutes, she will have 2000 hours of work ahead of her, or a full time job for one year!!!
Most of the real Kanoim are at Matzav.
Here we have a few strays from Matzav and they each take several names. They think they are Moshe and are entitled to 7 names.
The school may be banning these glasses for a completely different reason. I personally do not like this style.
The Torah does not demand that we be like the ministering angels and lose all individuality in the service of Hashem.
Rules such as this ban as explained by Derech HaMelech serve to shoehorn children in this direction.
“Every single thing in the world is part of our avoddah whether to enhance us or as a nisayon against us. Glasses are no exception.”
Wow, in such a world there is no d’var reshus (permissible item). All is either mandatory or forbidden.
This makes the Gemora in Sukkah and Pasuk about the obligation to say Shema when you are going on a “permissible journey” hard to understand…
A Public domain for Shabbos purposes is at least 15 Amos wide. The “King’s Highway” should be at least twice as wide. In Washington DC Pennsylvania Avenue is our equivalent to this and is considerably wider.
I am now learning the same Gemora that I learned a long time ago in Yeshiva. My outside knowledge and life experiences help me get a much better understanding of many concepts.
I realize that there a some who can gain a great and deep knowledge of their learning without the input of outside knowledge / experiences. They they have a special “Help from Above” and are very few. They rest of us have to use normal means to acquire knowledge.
We need to get a psak about using opposite gender names in blogs.
“Why don’t you think that a person whose mind is 95% pure Torah is better than someone whose mind is only 85% Torah and 10% Math. Would you also prefer a diamond that is only 85% pure?”
You seem to be advocating Jewish men to learn an extremely narrow chelek (portion) of Torah so as to minimize the secular studies needed. Unfortunately, I do find some of the more zealous posters to have this very limited knowledge of Torah. Basic concepts such as proven false witnesses from the Yeshivish Gemoras are foreign to them. But they are familiar with all the aggadata about heretics. On the other hand we have ZeesKite who is not obligated in learning Torah but has a wide chelek in Torah.
My best understanding of Derech HaMelech is that should be at least 32 Amos (about 50 feet) wide. For that wide a chelek in Torah a lot of outside knowledge is needed.
Zeeskite is not female