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  • in reply to: How did the Poskim deal with the Spanish Flu? #1890667
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    @redleg – I think you are misinformed.

    One hundred years ago germ theory was not far past its infancy. Although Semmelweis (1818-1865) had pioneered antiseptic procedures introducing handwashing to medicine, it was not until the 1870s that Louis Pasteur (1822–1895) established the foundation for germ theory, showing that microorganisms were the cause of disease, bolstered by the studies of Joseph Lister (1827-1912) who expanded upon limiting infection in wounds by use of antiseptics.

    These scientific practices and theories were not universally understood by the time of the 1918 epidemic, and more primitive remedies and treatments were still in use. Although I can’t address how the poskim ruled at the time, my understanding of public health practices of that time allow me to assert that even civil health authorities did not have a handle on the disease. Soldiers had the flu in early 1918 yet were sent to Europe. They carried it with them. Further, witness the ravages caused by a mass gathering in Philadelphia during the September 28, 1918 Liberty Loans parade. Military deaths were written off as being “the old-fashioned grippe” by Philadelphia’s director of public health!

    A good reference article is Philadelphia Threw a WWI Parade That Gave Thousands of Onlookers the Flu

    sorry, smithsonian link removed

    In 1918, my Bubba and Zayda in Russia didn’t have running water let alone modern communications. You overestimate how well news and scientific information spread 100 years ago.

    in reply to: Being a Ger and BT #1849618
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    Dear Markiplier,
    I’m reading this shortly before Yom Tov candlelighting and I will b”n have you in mind as I light. It makes me so sad that you felt you were being judged. Unfortunately, we are judge-y. It’s as basic and low as jealousy. I’m not defending anyone who actually did judge you for being a GT, but people do judge.

    Having said that, please know that different groups and communities express themselves differently. There are certain people who fare well in Lakewood, others enjoy Brooklyn, and still others who feel comfortable in an “out-of-town” location. When I lived in X-city I felt unwelcomed. When I moved to Y-town I was love-bombed. What changed? I’m still the same.

    So find your place. Find a learning partner through Partners In Torah. Make a true connection. Can’t relate to the rabbi at your local shul? Find one you do like — listen to recordings — and contact him. If he cannot mentor you, it is likely he knows someone who can hold your hand and help you settle into your Jewish journey.

    I’m BT so I have felt some rejection, too. When I questioned it, I found my perception was colored by fear of rejection as much as by being in a group that was less open to people like me. It’s like high school in a way: I didn’t get their in-jokes. You know what that’s like. And that’s OK. I found my own group, with some effort, and I’m still here. You can do it, too.

    Sent with loving thoughts. Markiplier, you can do this.
    Some communities are more insular.

    in reply to: Yiiddeshe Application for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence #1827925
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    “Virtual korbanos.” heh heh
    I have actually wondered if PETA would be protesting at the rebuilt bais hamikdash bimheira b’yameinu!

    in reply to: No more shopping bags! #1827923
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    Overall, getting rid of disposable plastic bags in the environment is a good thing. However, carrying around bags, I fear, will be one more thing to devolve onto women; men will likely pay for the bag. Women already carry so much and do the bulk of the shopping. An alternative that would better serve customers and vendors would be to use biodegradable plastic bags. The technology is there. The price will come down as demand increases.

    Curious: will men shlep bags happily/easily? It’s one thing to have a car and keep bags there all the time. I live in an area where everybody drives. It’s another thing in a city environment like Manhattan where most rely upon public transportation.

    On another note, remember that it is incumbent on Jews to protect our environment. Encourage recycling and judicious use of materials. We throw away so much stuff!

    in reply to: I want hot water! To drink! #1667543
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    Seriously? Let it dry out thoroughly!!!
    Pony up the $15 and get a Proctor Silex 1L plastic electric kettle from Amazon. Dunk it in the mikvah. Allow it to dry. Finished. Don’t mess with disassembly and all that other shtuss.

    I’m a Jewish mother and I know what I’m talking about.

    in reply to: "Official List" of CR Users #1220789
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    Totally fun that I was left off this list. I’m on the super secret COOL LIST that PBA leaked to yinz.

    in reply to: Losing weight on Shabbos #1087299
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    You can’t gain weight on Shabbos just like you don’t gain weight by finishing food from your kid’s plate. Also certain foods are exempt from contributing to weight gain on Shabbos: anything with chocolate, the third helping, herring, and [motzae’i Shabbos] melava malka food.

    Exercise is optional.

    in reply to: Did you know… #1063631
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    I can curl my tongue. See? See me doing it?

    in reply to: Explain Your Username #1019494
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    This is a great post, click vegetable.

    I’m always … Just Having Fun!!!!!!!!!!! <Ha ha ha ha ha. I simply crack myself up!!!>

    in reply to: Best way to break in four-inch stilettos before Yom Tov? #971885
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    Mysogynistic pieces of garbage. Made to torture women. Think: bound feet of Chinese women. And anyone who would pay $500+ for two scraps of leather on a sole just because it says “Manolo” ought to have her head examined and be enlisted to work in a yeshiva office the day before the raffle to see the value of a buck!!!

    Yes, I hate these heels and the delusions of the women who buy them.

    I am NOT having fun.

    in reply to: You're so vain… #969571
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    Nuh uh! I flew my Lear jet to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun…. Or was that Bircas HaChamah?

    @WIY – Nyah nyah, smarty pants? I was being yeshivish!

    in reply to: Double Standard #969082
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    I heard an interesting interview on NPR by a linguistics professor who researched “profanity.” She claimed that the notion of what is profane is shaped by the culture, and our notion of it has changed. Years ago, George Carlin had a comedy routine about the 7 words you couldn’t say on radio/TV. Most were sexual terms or vulgarities. These words have been stripped of their profanity and are regularly heard on the streets today (much to my chagrin). Today’s profanities however the professor said, are cultural: race (the “N” word), sexual orientation (the “F” word), and a few other.

    So much for our society. I shudder when I hear coarse language coming from anyone. So much indignity to the speaker, so little regard of the listener.

    Frankly, saying “the ‘N’ word” instead of the word itself chills me. One group freely calls its members by this name yet if another person – not in the group – says the word, he is castigated? Nonsense.

    This post is NOT “JustHavingFun.”

    in reply to: You're so vain… #969566
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    Sorry PBA, but you’re WAY outclassed in the “cool” department by yours truly.

    … written in my Lear Jet on the way to Nova Scotia

    in reply to: 20 questions fo' yo' P-O-S-E-K! #968359
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    in reply to: What Is Your Favorite Radio Show? #1064181
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    Dr. Demento or Dr. Laura!

    No, wait. Click & Clack: Car Talk.

    No – really – it’s Mike & Mike!

    in reply to: Hypnotists #966799
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    I am not a hypnotist… although I play one on TV.

    in reply to: Do you care about the royal baby? #968198
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    I am not a British Royal… although I play one on TV.

    in reply to: Naming people using two names #967378
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    I was careful to name my sons after men. I am named after 2 women, two of my great-grandmothers (Bubby Just and Bubby Having Fun), but my sisters are named after men (same initial, American style).

    My sons: One has 1 name because the person had 1 name. The other has 2 names because I added a name; the person after whom he is named passed away young. So it is the same name, but it isn’t. You can change a person’s mazel with a changed name.

    in reply to: Fire-eating/breathing #967073
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    I am not a fire-eater… although I learned how to do it on TV.

    in reply to: Mahar"at Avi Weiss #994966
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    I am not a Mahar”at… and I most emphatically don’t play one on TV.

    in reply to: Who is Mordechai Schmutter? #967055
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    I am not Mordechai Schmutter… although I play him on TV.

    in reply to: Good Yeshivas in Baltimore #1074260
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    @Ariella – re: black jackets and hats

    Your son will soon conform to the conditions that his friends keep. My sons went to a modern yeshiva but one of their classmates wore black hat and black jacket… and he was well-liked and held in high esteem by the other bochrim.

    Don’t choose the yeshiva by the dress code is a good idea. Choose it by the middos you see the bochrim embodying and the menahelim embracing. Watched the news lately? There are too many yidden hiding under their black uniforms who have hearts of black and many good yidden wearing all manner of dress who have hearts of gold. Go for the gold.

    in reply to: Mahar"at Avi Weiss #994934
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    I am not a rabbi… although I play one on TV.

    in reply to: How are you filling in YOUR dash? #966079
    JustHavingFun
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    @gefen- I don’t have a time twister, but I use one on TV.

    in reply to: How are you filling in YOUR dash? #966073
    JustHavingFun
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    I am not a poet… but I play one on TV.

    Fill your dash,

    Use some cash.

    Eat some ash

    with your mash.

    If you bash,

    you will clash.

    Leftover hash

    is my pash.

    Against their lash

    raise your sash.

    Fix that gash

    don’t let teeth gnash.

    Use your cash,

    Fill that dash.

    in reply to: WAaaaTERRRRRrr #966227
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    I am not a drinker… although I play one on TV.

    in reply to: This goes out to all frum gawkers #966047
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    I am not a gawker… although I play one on TV.

    in reply to: Open Troll Season #982986
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    I am not a troll… although I play one on TV.

    in reply to: Cats, Katz, and all other feline friends #1063650
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    Preferred cat color: Ginger (orange).

    Best cat name ever: Mao.

    Mao was a ginger cat.

    <No need to mention the llamas. They lied about the cause of death.>

    in reply to: Being in an elevator alone with a woman #964745
    JustHavingFun
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    I am frequently alone in elevators with women.

    Oh, wait! I AM a woman!

    in reply to: Where did the Jewish food "Kneidel" come from? #964589
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    rebdoniel: what is petrushka?

    do you eat the “feeselech”?

    skin on the chicken or skin it first?

    serve broth or all the “junk” too?

    in reply to: Snowden: Traitor or Hero? #962277
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    Mr. Snowden is a Hero, whereas Obama is a Traitor.

    in reply to: Yiddish Translation #962347
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    @147 – Yiddish is NOT a dead language!! I remember Yiddish as a soundtrack of my childhood, my grandparents speaking to each other. Even if you don’t like it, how do you denigrate the request of PashuteYeedle so cavalierly? Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.

    in reply to: Acapella Music #961223
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    It is not AKA Pella or Acapella.

    It is “a cappella” from the Italian meaning “in the manner of the church” or “in the manner of the chapel” meaning unaccompanied singing.

    in reply to: Welcome to me! #961073
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    pinkdynamite, you sound like… a blast!

    (aw, I had to make that bad joke)

    in reply to: Why Do People Speak This Way? #1008393
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    Why all the furrowed foreheads? As long as HaShem understands us…

    in reply to: Working frowned upon in Yeshivos? #962407
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    You see, the problem is, Yidden are like the citizens of Lake Woebegone, “where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”

    I love my kids. Really. Especially yummy with ketchup. But realistically, they are just “above average” like everyone else. They walk with their feet on the ground and not a few inches above it. Hence, they will need to provide support for a family and will not be able to rely upon their parents.

    Just saying.

    in reply to: Teens vs. Adults in the CR #960545
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    Transmogrify us to another universe where all this is child’s play. Oops! I mean teen’s play.

    in reply to: How do you like your potatoes? #960413
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    in reply to: Israel day parade #957017
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    As for the toieva. I kept my eyes peeled for them and must have missed them.

    They were about 3 or 4 from the end. Rainbow Israel flag. La-di-da.

    in reply to: Israel day parade #957005
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    @WIY- You seriously don’t know who is Lipa???

    in reply to: How many of us are there out there?? #955871
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    Does British by marriage count?

    in reply to: Excelsior or AIU? #954718
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    Excelsior is that shredded paper stuff that is on the bottom of gift baskets (Easter baskets?) that gets all over the house when you open it.

    in reply to: Where is __________? #955643
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    My iPhone and “Bubble Mania” have taken me away from this site. Popping a few bubbles seems more interesting somehow. But still, nobody missed me, did they?

    ^ ^/

    ( ~ )

    in reply to: Give a good thing… #953076
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    Sorry, “subtitles” not “tag lines.” My bad.

    Still cool, though!

    in reply to: Give a good thing… #953075
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    I think it’s a terrible thing that 147’s tag line got changed from 76 (positive) to -105 (negative). I think it’s terrible that nobody noticed. I think it’s terrible that popa bar abba’s tag line has the words “semi-retarded” which should be edited by the mods.

    On the other hand, I think it’s a wonderful thing that I hvae such a “cool” tag line! (Just Having Fun y’know).

    in reply to: Brand NamesWasting Money #948611
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    Thing is, you don’t know where she got that Gucci bag or why that woman is cholishing for $500 Manolo shoes. They could be gifts. They could have an uncle in “the biz.” Hullo: thrift shops?

    Instead of focusing on designer “items” the bigger picture is how we conduct our simchas. Any way to cut down on the ostentatiousness and costs there? Who is competing with whom? Why the need for the “lavishness”?

    It seems that each NY wedding I’ve been to is the equivalent of 2 weddings out of town where you come to a wedding, have a cookie and soda at the bedeken then eat the meal after the chuppah.

    The shmorg. People come famished from work and swoop down on the food like vultures. Why does anyone expect a full dinner… before a dinner?

    The music. Why do you need a 4 piece band that plays so loudly that your eardrums bleed? Because all the other weddings have the 4 piece band?

    The service. White glove service, table service. Buffet is good enough.

    And Chinese auctions: what’s the need for that? Each one more over the top than the other? Just give the money to tzedakah outright!!! Why rent the hall? Why be “lavish”? Why have all the glitz and glamor? These charity events have turned into shop-a-holic vacations!

    Me? I’m not wasting an extra penny on a logo. If it gives superior quality, I’m all for it. That includes aftercare and service in the event it needs repair or replacement. Otherwise, I’ll meet you in Aisle 9 at K-mart.

    in reply to: The Coffee Room Yearbook #948029
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    I’ll do the cut lines under the photos. Examples:

    Polar bear in a snowstorm.

    Yekkish shul on Yom Kippur.

    The woman who appeared in Yated Ne’eman.

    in reply to: Brand NamesWasting Money #948602
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    When it comes to tuna, brand name is better. Just ask Charlie the Tuna.

    in reply to: Who To Trust in the Coffee Room #1066604
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    You can always trust me. I’m JustHavingFun!

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