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  • in reply to: True or false? #896157

    lebidik yankel
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    False. Its completely true that people generally believe what they want ot believe. No question about that. However a sincere truth seeker can sideline his negios enough to give the other side a hearing. The truth can emerge.

    in reply to: Selichos….ooooh NOOO #896454

    lebidik yankel
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    In Israel in the Charedi communities it has become common for women to come to the selichos every day. The 12:30 ones are full of women (more girls, though) and the early morning 7 AM selichos also have a nice showing of women.

    in reply to: Eid passuled because of Iphone #895200

    lebidik yankel
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    guys I think we are all missing the point: the Rosh Yeshiva considered someone who is having an iPhone in defiance of the call of the rabbanim to get rid of them as someone who defies the poskim and has placed himself out of normative good standing. He did not want such a person as an eid. It could have been anything the fellow was doing that flouted torah norms. Its not about the iPhone.

    (You may argue that the call to get rid of all our iPhones is anyhow not being heeded or that it was based on inaccurate information or whatever. The point is that the Rosh Yeshiva did take it seriously)

    in reply to: Kindness and Judgement must go together #894428

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    kol hakovod!

    in reply to: Computer program for video editing #896042

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    I do simple editing and have found free, open source Avidemux a pleasure and a breeze. It can do loads of stuff. I’d give it a try before learning more complicated programs

    in reply to: What software for a family tree? #894131

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    geni is very popular and has the advantage of lots of info already been filled in

    in reply to: Problem with GMail. You too? #894571

    lebidik yankel
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    sounds like a cookie issue – make sure your browser allows cookies. Otherwise next time you visit gmail it has no idea that you were the fellow logged in last time. Go to options, privacy or something like that.

    in reply to: Klerr about Kavua #926812

    lebidik yankel
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    I think it means that if you were there youi can easily ascertain it, and yidden and goyim is an excellent example, as are meat stores. However kvarim (underground and out of sight) or if this was used as a nachal eisan etc. cannot be ascertained by a site visit. So thats why they are not kavua. So no, no need for it to be speaking of women

    in reply to: Interactive Online Daf Yomi Shiur #889876

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    yes, the shiur can be watched anytime. The video is automatically uploaded and available.

    in reply to: Cheap Cell Phone in Israel (help!!) #888733

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    “Hot” has a very cheap, pay as you go, plan. they charge 10 agurot to pretty much anywhere. Google for them. (They give you only the Sim)

    in reply to: When your spouse gets "OUTED" #888967

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    I did not see this emphasized, so I’m going to try and say this delicately. Our girls are truly educated to the highest standards of tznius. Part of the experience is downplaying the sensual parts within us and focusing on the spiritual. But the truth is that we are not all that spiritual. Moshe Rabbenu’s wife used to wear makeup at his insistence. Her not wearing makeup was a sign that they had separated. (Yalkut) So without laying blame, but rather with a view towards helping things along, one thing you may want to try is ensuring that his needs are being met. I have known too many couples where this was not the case, unfortunately.

    When a kid shows signs of hunger, he is not being fed at home. The same goes for pursuit of Taava on the internet.

    in reply to: Og Melech haBashan #941832

    lebidik yankel
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    Biologists believe that a giant cannot look like a human. The reason is that someone with a body 4x4x4 is not twice 2x2x2, but eight times bigger. So the legs need to be eight times the size. So even though a normal person may be 1x1x3, Og was 9×4. (See Ibn Ezra)

    in reply to: Eco Mitzvahs? #877511

    lebidik yankel
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    The Chinuch explains that we have a migrash – an area outside the city reseved for trees and greenery in order to that there be parks and a “green zone”. So that might be an eco-mitzvah.

    in reply to: jobs #871241

    lebidik yankel
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    Do you want a job with prestige or to make a lot of money? If its parnassah you seek, become a plumber or electrician. The women at home will be thrilled with a female plumber and you will have lots of business. And a plumber easily makes more than a doctor… its incredible what they charge!

    in reply to: Why Are Divorces Usually Initiated by the Wife? #870670

    lebidik yankel
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    I know the plural of anecdotes is not data. However all the divorces I have seen – besides two – were demanded by the wife. I somehow suspect that this was part of the Cheshbon for granting the power of divorce to the husband.

    Now flame away…

    in reply to: gmail #862801

    lebidik yankel
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    you can edit your likes and dislikes so that even the ads you do see will be for kosher things

    in reply to: Facebook #859353

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    FaceBook is a big timewaster. One real consideration is to know if you need it or not. If its just for fun, there’s so many better ways to kill time. If you need it, you need it.

    in reply to: Copying Music #860858

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    There is a shach that permits copying (obviously by hand) a Torah manuscript because it is permitted to steal Torah. The inference is that it would be forbidden to steal other information. Like Copying a CD, for instance.

    Its not clear to me what material object you are stealing, and stealing an idea is not geneiva, so far as I have ascertained. Yet the Shach does seem to forbid it.

    Ask you LOR!

    in reply to: murder mysteries #857673

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    What about Dvorah Doresh?

    in reply to: murder mysteries #857672

    lebidik yankel
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    I think that you could go to gutenberg (dot org) site and find old Sherlock Holmes stories and Father Brown stories (Chesterton, I think) They are superb and clean. The only drawback is the slightly dated English. Another option there is the Detective Pinkerton stories, which are true stories, although not as exciting.

    in reply to: Compelling All Jews to Perform Mitzvos and Follow Halacha #852014

    lebidik yankel
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    I think the point of beis din being able to force is that Mitzvos are not optional, done voluntarily. Its like a man providing for his family; he ought to WANT to do it, but at the end of the day he is obligated to do it, like it or not, and that is enforceable in court. So too the Mitzvos are something we want to do, but we are also obligated to them, and Beis Din (once) enforces it.

    Nowadays we don’t enjoy having to do anything. We want it to be all our choice. But that is not servitude to Hashem. That is being our own boss.

    I think its a wonderful message!

    in reply to: How do you stop family feuds???!! #870984

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    We have the same thing in our family. Here is my advice; don’t try to fix things. But you, the next generation, can have a wonderful relationship with everyone, both your cousins AND THIER PARENTS. As one cousin told me; “In our family there aren’t just issues – there are issues within issues!” It can be too much to unravel. And there is nothing holding you back from forging your own family relationships, as we have done.

    in reply to: Is it still Talmud Torah? #865881

    lebidik yankel
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    Sam2: That’s because the criterion for bishul was formulated as anything that is standard bishul, derech bishul (although many achronim still feel that only fire is truly derech bishul, and microwaves are not d’oraisa…)

    However about other things like bugs in fruits and treifos and killing lice on shabbos, chazal used contemporary knowledge and that is what is binding even today.

    in reply to: Arguing with Rishonim and Achronim #1158335

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    My two cents;

    The shach argues regularly on Rishonim, I can think of about ten places offhand. However, he is very reluctant to argue against the Bahag and the others of thart time, because they were Geonim, and they did not write their own thoughts, rather they were actually quoting Ravina and Rav Ashi (as the Shach puts it; “kol divreihem divrei kabalka”). So there is a difference between the rishonim and the Geonim.

    The one who said the Gra was like the Rashba was Rav Chaim Velozoner in the Hakdamak to Sifra Dtzniusa, not the Gra himself.

    According to the Rambam in the Hakdamah to the Yad, you can argue on anyone until the Gemarah (possibly this includes the Geonim, I don’t know), but as all of us know, you would need to be either very sure or very foolish to do so.

    P.s.; the Chazon Ish with regard to sukkah is not arguing on anyone; he is rather quoting a minhag in Lita to be machmir for the shita of the ran and ramban AND RITVA that the maimod needs to be of something kosher for schach. So that was a misquote. However the Chazon Ish does argue on Rishnim, I can remeber one chazon ish in kilayim who argues head-on with a Ritva

    in reply to: Is it still Talmud Torah? #865875

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    My humble opinion is that what you call science is not so. In many things Chazal did not know the truth, yet the Torah was intended to be codified and fashioned into a practical Torah, halkacha lemeisa, which is impossible unless one takes a stand about the scientific truth of what is happening. Hence we have treifos that live just fine, and others, that die, yet are not considered treifos. This ought not to be considered an error; it is the effect of Hashem telling fallible humans to codify the Torah. Such is Hashem’s will. (Chazon Ish. He elaborates that there was even a certain period to do this codifying; the two thousand years of Torah, he calls them)

    So I would say that there is no science in the gemara; it is instead “halachik science”, an auxiliary to Torah.

    The Rambam on health, however, is not Torah.

    in reply to: Offline Marketing #843497

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    what, when who? You did not give us any details.

    Advice? Read the classics; scientific advertising (free on the internet) as well as the boron letters, and the gary halbert letter. Also David Olgivy, both his books and so on.

    in reply to: Was there really a spitter in Beit Shemesh? #840363

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    I take back that slur about cluelessness. It was unwarranted. I will judge Mr. Wolf lkaf zchus that he lives far from Bet Shemesh and is unaware of the realities in the area, perhaps even in Eretz Yisroel in general.

    Let us take this s a rule of thumb; When you see other Jews – especially a group – accused of some aberrant behavior, ask yourself “would I believe this about people in my shul? No. So I won’t believe this about them either. There must be more to the story”

    I’ll give an example; AN avreich yelled at a female soldier who was sitting among them men as a planned protest. Ok.

    He was arrested. So far this is what everyone has heard.

    What people may not have heard is that the police wanted to release him, and not arrest him, because he did no crime – yelling at someone is not something you are arrested for. However that soldier is a bigshot in the army and is trying to force the issue. That’s how she got him arrested.

    I don’t know how it will end, but please do use your brains and good judgement; there is more than meets the eye…

    in reply to: Was there really a spitter in Beit Shemesh? #840362

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    The real problem may be the secular community in Bet Shemesh who are forever egging on the Charedim.

    Why do I bother? Lets let these clueless posters bash on…

    in reply to: Kasha of Beis Yosef #989749

    lebidik yankel
    Participant

    I have two answers;

    One is the Ri M’Luniel in Shabbos who says that we have eight days in order to show that it is more important than any other Yomtov, so we have it as long as the longest Yomtov – Sukkos + Shmini Atzeres, which is eight days. Look inside to see why Chanuka is more important than any other YomTov!

    My own answer is that if we want to commemorate the highest person in the world who is – lets say – ten feet tall. Would we make a four foot statue for him because everyone else is six feet and only four feet of his height is remarkable?? So too, the oil burnt eight days instead of one. So we commemorate the eight-day miracle with eight days, no?

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