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  • in reply to: Good speakers for a yeshiva bochur #976437
    TheMusicMan
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    How about the 12-inch Mackie TH-12a? It’s cheap, extremely light, and sounds great!

    It’s an awesome speaker!

    in reply to: Good speakers for a yeshiva bochur #976436
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    How about the 12-inch Mackie TH-12a? It’s cheap, extremely light, and sounds great!

    It’s a great speaker!

    in reply to: R' Avigdor Miller & The Holocaust #975240
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    Allow me to intervene:

    You are essentially asking the ancient question of “Why do bad things happen to good people?”.

    I suggest you read R’ Leib (Lawrence) Keleman’s book Permission to Believe, chapter 6, which discusses precisely this. In short, this is his argument:

    In order to examine whether or not bad things happen to good people requires access to two elusive pieces of information.

    First of all, who is truly good, and who is truly bad? There are innumerable cases throughout our lives of the supposedly good turning out bad, (think Ponzi schemes, kofrim, the Leiby Kletzky case, Yochanan Kohen Gadol, Zimri), and the bad turning out good (such as Nevuzaradan, Rabbi Akiva). Hitler and Stalin were revered by their people, and yet they were the worst murderers in human history. George Washington And Thomas Jefferson were considered rebellious outlaws in Britain, but were men of vision.

    The second piece of information is what is good, and what is bad? Even from a purely materialistic standpoint, it is quite clear that things are not often what they seem. A man who missed his flight may curse his luck…until it crashes into the World Trade Center. Someone who wins the lottery may invest it improperly and land himself in debt. We may pity someone whose job has the fly to remote areas, but they might enjoy the adventure. Someone stuck in an elevator on the 59th floor for 5 hours might relish being able to take their mind off work and meet some new people.

    This is all without taking into consideration Olam Haba and the concept of yissurim m’chaprim.

    Rephrased, the question is “Why do things that appear to be bad happen to people who appear to be good?”

    She’eilas Chacham Chatzi T’shuvah

    in reply to: Oh, it's the middle of the knight again #968837
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    Forsooth! May ye knight passeth speedily upon thy brows. Methinks I posteth from the Holy Land yonder, so that I posteth at knight-time only. Indeed it is such, as it was in days past. Egad!

    in reply to: What do YOU think is the most important part of a song and why? #969160
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    If I understood your question correctly, you’re asking two separate questions:

    What is more important?

    A. Songwriting: Lyrics vs. Melody

    B. Song sections: Verse vs. Chorus/Bridge/Intro/Outro and vice versa.

    Lyrics vs Melody;

    Tough to answer. A song without a decent lyric can get by, (Some songs go viral without lyrics in the first place, i.e. No Lyrics [Benny Friedman], a whole slew of 8th Day songs, etc.) but a song with a horrible melody won’t get off the ground.

    On the other hand, a really good song has both. Abie Rotenberg’s work is a fantastic example of this, with both really beautiful, meaningful (and on occasion, witty) lyrics fused with fantastic melodies.

    A song does not, however, really require an extraordinary melody to be a hit. Baruch Levine’s Vezakeini has, in my opinion, a really plain, ordinary tune,with nothing extraordinary going on (as anyone who plays an instrument by chord will tell you). Not a bad melody, just not an exceptional one. A really plain melody! Lots of repeating notes! And yet, the lyric, which is quite poignant in this day and age, is what propelled it to the #1 ballad (slow song) in Jewish music of the past couple years, along with the likes of Yossi Green’s Anavim and Shwekey/Yonatan Razel’s Vehi Sheomdah, both unique songs (both in melody and in lyric).

    So what is more important? Lyric vs melody? Given a choice of one or the other, I’d reluctantly say melody. Realistically, you really need both for a good song, along with a good arrangement (intro/verse/chorus structure; precise chord pattern), orchestration (choice of instruments), vocals (which singer, vocal effects, choir or not, if so, which size adult vs children), and other miscellaneous bits and bobs such as “feel” (laid-back vs upbeat, regardless of tempo [song speed]) and choice of musicians.

    And verse/chorus structure?

    Hands down, the chorus is the most important part of the song. The chorus is the song. Imagine Ma Ma Ma, Anavim or Hofachto without the chorus! Without a chorus you’ve got nothing.

    Some songs have a hybrid style, such as Kach Es Sheli with a blended chorus/bridge.

    The chorus is the heart (like the bass in orchestration). Everything else is mere detail.

    in reply to: Chumra song is out #966550
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    …I knock down my whole house Zeicher LaChurban…

    Not bad, not bad.

    in reply to: Major Spelling Mistake #983095
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    Ai spehelinng mihstayc? Ay nevr mayk eny ov thoz. Grahymrr also.

    in reply to: Mac vs PC poll #964958
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    Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

    (iOS dev, didn’t bother with Mavericks)

    TheMusicMan
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    I believe the correct answer is Swiss cheese.

    Or South Dakota.

    in reply to: Mashiach > 6000 #1011391
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    The whole idea of Moshiach’s coming is that we don’t know the date.

    Achakeh lo b’chol yom sheyavo

    We do know when he will definitely will have come, and that’s by the year 6000, or 2240 CE.

    There is a famous contradiction in Chazal: On one hand there are many stories that state that Moshiach can come any day (Hayom im bko’lo tishma’u). For instance the famous Gemara that if all of Klal Yisroel keep two Shabbosim Moshiach will come immediately, or all do t’shuvah.

    On the other hand there are multiple references to a specific preordained date (Chisheiv es hakeitz).

    There are other contradictions, such as whether Moshiach will be with or without miracles, and if there will be a terrible gzeira or not.

    Nu?

    The answer is that there actually are two dates, B’Kitzo and Achishena.

    If everyone does Teshuvah and merits the geula, it will happen miraculously and before its preordained time. This is Achishena

    If nobody changes by the preset time (the keitz) Hashem will “…Bring a king (leader) upon them whose gezeiros are as difficult as Haman’s”, to quote the Gemara in Sanhedrin, and everyone will be forced to do Teshuvah to save themselves, out of fear!

    For a more in depth discussion see the Sefer “Otzar Acharis HaYamim”.

    (And yes, it has a haskama from R’ Chaim Kanievsky)

    in reply to: Rav Avigdor Miller ZTKLLH'H #1072372
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    Rav Avigdor Miller ZT”L had an extraordinarily clear perspective on life that is extremely difficult to summarize, so read his English Seforim (such as Sing, You Righteous, Awake My Glory, The Universe Testifies and many, many others)! They changed my life, they may very change yours!

    He was often observed standing next to a full sink for several minutes with his head submerged. When he could hold his breath for any longer, he would burst to the surface, take several deep breaths, and then thank Hashem for giving us air! He wanted to experience how life is impossible without air, and what a great gift it is.

    That was the ikkar of his teachings, to understand that everything we have is an absolute Chesed, that we deserve none of it, and yet Hashem gives it to us! We should feel such gratitude!

    In his memory, the Rav Avigdor Miller Simchas HaChaim Foundation spreads his teachings to this day.

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    in reply to: Very interesting KashaóMakas Choshech #942178
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    But why did those 6,000,000 die? Because they were resha’im!

    Misas resha’im tov lahem v’tov la’olam!

    in reply to: Coffee Room Color War #1027428
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    Rule #10: The winning team shall be the team that wins.

    in reply to: The Coffee Room Beis Din #913063
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    I get to be the Official Court Justice Of Sesquipedalianism and Polysyllabic Verbosity.

    in reply to: Post Here – So We Know You’re In The CR #906209
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    Are you?

    in reply to: Post to PostóNOT #1047401
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    1 spleen = the Aardvark Tabernacle Choir

    in reply to: Have the Jews Survived? #900416
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    Yes. We still identify ourselves with them, we have a direct mesorah from them, and there were shuls back then, just they weren’t central. We follow the same Torah (they learned Torah Sheba’al Peh, we have it written down), but we are at a lower madreiga then them, so Chazal composed davening for us. We are different though, as we have many cultural sects (S’fardim, Ashkenazim, Lityvaks, Chassidim, etc.), we have some new halachos (Chanuka, Purim, electricity on Shabbos, and so on), but altoghether we are the same people. Am Yisrael are unique in history.

    “Anyone who calls Judaism a religion falls into the fatal error of putting it in a category”

    -Rav Avigdor Miller, Sing You Righteous

    We are the same Am Yisrael who saw open miracles when we left Egypt, for forty years in the desert, for over four centuries in each Bais HaMikdash, who heard Hashem speaking before over three million people from a thundering, flaming mountain, who learned and expounded His Torah and did His Mitzos for over two thousand years.

    “You might inquire about times long past, going back to the time Hashem created man on earth, [exploring] one end of the heavens to the other. See if anything as great as this has ever happened, or if the like has ever been heard.

    “Has any nation ever heard Hashem speaking out of the fire, as you have, and still survived?… You are the ones who have been shown, so that you will know that Hashem is the Supreme Being and there is none besides him.

    “From the heavens He let you hear His voice admonishing you, and on earth he showed you His great fire, so that you heard His words from the fire”

    -Dvarim 4:32-35

    in reply to: Dinosaurs #1090084
    TheMusicMan
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    What difference does it make if there were dinosaurs or not?

    The world was created old, complete with fossils and ancient rocks.

    This is absolutely certain:

    A. The Torah says that there were rivers coming from gan eden, and a river takes a great while to be carved out (proof: we don’t see rivers spontaneously appearing, rather slowly getting deeper).

    B. Adam HaRishon and Chavah was able to talk, and had the intelligence of at least a twenty-year-people (they were clearly held responsible for their actions), despite being only a few hours old.

    C. Gan Eden was full of both fully-grown fruit-bearing trees, and trees take years to grow (this is indisputable)

    Additionally, the theory of relativity states that time is not constant, and depends on the speed of the object in space. Because we don’t know what the flow of time was back then, scientists cannot know how old the world is historically, because the flow of time could have been (and probably was,) warped.

    Thus, carbon-dating and fossils (even if the methods are 100% accurate) are then no proof against the Torah’s narrative. The Torah painstakingly records the precise history of the world historically. The scientists analyze the world and find its chronological age.

    No contradiction.

    (Of course, the above cannot be scientifically proven, so bechirah is preserved)

    in reply to: Facebook question #900169
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    Facebook! Yaharog V’al Ya’avor!!!

    -Posted on Facebook

    in reply to: Jewish beats #1151222
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    See this thread: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/jewish-styles-for-korg-pa-500

    You can find some 64,000 non-jewish styles by searching for “psrtutorial styles”.

    in reply to: Jewish Keyboard Styles #1038964
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    in reply to: iPhone5 vs Blackberry Bold vs Galaxy #897895
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    Which galaxy are you referring to? The S3 is great, the Blackberry Bold is practically antique, and I haven’t tried out the i5, but it appears to be the best (it’s thinner, lighter, faster, and more crash-resistant then the S3, has 700,000 apps, no malware, and has a unscratchable sapphire crystal lens cover), and of course, the gedolim assur all of them, although rabbanim seem to think of the BB as being less “dangerous”, for some reason.

    in reply to: A Very Funny Joke #898538
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    The pun is spectacular, but the context could be improved.

    in reply to: Cute or funny simanim for Rosh hashana :) #1184776
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    Yeast and shoe polish: May we rise and shine!

    Graham Crackers: May we lose weight, gram by gram!

    Venison: May we be written in the buck of good life!

    Fruity Pebbles: May this year rock!

    Squash: May our enemies by squashed!

    Sesame Paste & Blimp Rubber: May we Halvah Goodyear!

    (I made those up myself, last year)

    in reply to: Eid passuled because of Iphone #895176
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    I think that the Rabbonim nowadays are of the opinion that there is a Tzurech Sha’ah for these things. (Posted from my filterediPad. You have your Rav make your Restrictions password, and then shut off Safari. Then download the k9 filter off the App Store.)

    in reply to: Computer program for video editing #896030
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    First of all, what are you trying to do?

    Splicing clips and adding transitions just needs MovieMaker or iMovie ’09.

    More complex editing, like multiple cameras, chroma keying (greenscreen), and custom titles requires more advanced stuff like Adobe Premiere Elements. There are other programs like PowerDirector that I haven’t tried yet. Just search (use 4torah.com, it’s like filtered google) for it and browse the options.

    You probably don’t need top-class editing software like Apple Final Cut Pro X (Mac only), Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Cinema 4D or the like.

    Creating animated titles, custom transitions and special effects requires Adobe After Effects, Apple Motion 5 or even MASSIVE (if you have a spare $35,000). Don’t even bother.

    For Windows I recommend Adobe Premiere Elements, 4torah it!

    in reply to: wording to decline a hand shake? #893978
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    How about “I never shake hands for reasons of sterility. Notice the four-gallon bottle of Purell in my sagging purse. I am also coated in a 2-millimeter layer of polymerized antibacterial wax, wear a gas mask while in the street, and sleep in a sterile plastic bubble, breathing shmura air. I never lie either.”

    in reply to: Blue Thread! #891458
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    What nonsense. This thread is white and grey.

    I’m never grumpy SO LEAVE ME ALONE!!!

    in reply to: Confiscating Shoes #994332
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    They’re hinting at the kid to “shoo”.

    in reply to: Assur to HOLD a smart phone ??? #1197649
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    I have a friend who put the standard iPhone ringtone (“Marimba”, it can be found on ipod nanos too) on his kosher phone. You should see the stares he gets when his phone rings.

    in reply to: Where is _____________? #891127
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    Waldo?

    in reply to: Tznius gone too far #890349
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    For heaven’s sake! How many threads can we possibly have that argue on the same subjects?

    There should be a separate forum: the YWN Tzniyus Room! Find something else to waste time on in futile arguments! I have yet to see a single poster argue with someone and then agree with their opinion after a lengthily debate, anyway.

    in reply to: Less popa in your life. But at better times. #890273
    TheMusicMan
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    Perhaps we might summarize this thread’s title as:

    Less popa=better times

    in reply to: DON'T JUST SIT THERE… #890254
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    I once heard an excellent piece of advice (which I happily proceeded to ignore, and do so till this day):

    If you’ve got nothing to do, don’t do it here!

    in reply to: Becoming a troll… #891200
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    For starters, it takes some rather far-reaching genetical modifications…

    in reply to: Riddles #1050076
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    I’ve heard that one before.

    I’ll just say that no matter how hard you try, nothing meets the criteria.

    Have you ever considered the biological meaning of the term “polygon”?

    in reply to: Siyum Hashas Blues #887564
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    80! You have quite a blatt to finish!

    in reply to: is it wrong to go to sports games #888546
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    Of course it’s wrong. The question is if it’s assur.

    in reply to: Why do people pick their noses while at a traffic light? #887426
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    I’ll second getzel1.

    in reply to: Posting from my Blackberry #991756
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    Can you people stop quoting that clip from BBC One?

    in reply to: Tznius in brooklyn #1087350
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    You’d imagine that eventually Eliyahu HaNavi would post something here and everyone would argue because nobody knows his pseudonym.

    in reply to: Posting from my Blackberry #991754
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    It would have lasted longer if you refrigerated it.

    in reply to: Strangest Thing You Have Ever Eaten #1020727
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    My cousin (age 3) once ate a slug…

    in reply to: Who met Rav Elyashev? #886295
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    Rav Elyashiv was the sandek of my chavrusa’s youngest son. The chazzan leaned over to ask the father for the name, and then stood up and announced “V’yikaro Shmo B’Yisrael: Avraham Yitzchak ben Ya’akov”! There was some chuckling from everyone, and Rav Elyashiv himself gave a small smile.

    in reply to: The TROLL Thread #1002272
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    GRRRRUNNNTTTT! Aargh snork blargh blibuhblibuh gronkle snarff! Ugh harrf grunt snort a-bruhh? Ruhhrg narh blargh-huy. Snuh!

    in reply to: The first EVER…..CR AWARDS!!!!!!!!!!! #884741
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    Ah…

    Unfortunately, I haven’t found a seafood store in Israel that will sell me 8 tons of clams yet, so prizes will have to wait until I can figure out another way to power the walrus-mobile. Maybe squid?

    And no, a Willy George Finnigin Xerxes Bartleby Shvartzengardendarnerkaplinovitch cannot fit in a wallet. It’s a head of lettuce, for crying out loud!

    (the actual crying is induced by Yancy Jeremiah Zeus-Barnes, a large onion.)

    in reply to: The first EVER…..CR AWARDS!!!!!!!!!!! #884729
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    The award, of course, is a head of lettuce named Willy George Finnigin Xerxes Bartleby Shvartzengardendarnerkaplinovitch.

    Awards will be delivered by walrus-mobile, my patent-pending vehicle that runs on clams.

    in reply to: 8 Things Not to Keep in Your Wallet #895233
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    Can I keep a walrus in there?

    in reply to: Cholent at kids carnivals #885514
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    Perhaps it was an acronym:

    Chocolate Heimish Omelette Lentil Eel Noodle Treat?

    -Also known as HRI: Heimish Retch Inducer

    On second thought, I’ll just have chulent.

    in reply to: got spammed. now what? #885408
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    If you have been getting constant spam from a certain site you should configure a folder in your account and set “rules” so that all email from this source goes into this folder. This option is buried underneath vast amounts of settings on most emails, though. I have at least four of these folders.

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