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November 26, 2018 12:59 am at 12:59 am in reply to: Why Are Torah Observant Jews Overwhelmingly Republican/Conservative? #1630373
1- Religious realize that Democrats are one big fat evil lie. In the first place when they are the ones who wanted the slave trade reestablished, fought a civil war to keep slavery, established KKK,Jim Crow and host of other prejudicial laws, to suddenly brand themselves as liberals is just way beyond the pale. The cronyism, socialism, hatred of Israel and simply idiotic policies further make them an evil entity.
2- Irreligious or better said, not yet religious Jews, want to be as American as possible. Although conservatives constantly stress that they are following the true American ideals, they have not yet succeeded in getting that across to the younger generation. You are more hip, cool and Hollywood-like if you are Democrat. The Zeitgeist rules by irreligious, hence the Democratic party rules as well.
In a world of kafias, turbans etc… it’s hard to believe that sephardim didn’t generally wear a head covering. Maybe they didn’t consider it a Halachic necessity outside of davening but head coverings were normal. Coming to America, where the forces of tumah are infinitely greater, they needed it just like Ashkenazim, among whom some groups also did not consider wearing in the home a necessity. In fact,a few hundred years ago the same question could have been posed about Ashkenazim. Ashkenazic Jewry did a favor to all Jews by creating the kippah, a simple head covering that fits much easier into modern society.April 25, 2018 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm in reply to: Upon discovering that your shul uses Carlebach niggunim #1511657
There’s something missing in this thread.1- forget your shul, the entire Jewish nation uses his niggunim constantly .od yishama at weddings,harachaman on Succos, the list does not end. 2- anyone can feel the sincerity of his niggunim for a number of reasons a- he reached into his heart, and the situation at hand as in his uvnei yerushalayim composed in USSR Moscow. B- he never got rich from his niggunim often giving his profit to poor people at the hall,or simply doing it for free. The purity and selflessness of his niggunim are their greatest draw. 3- the bad stuff didn’t connect to his niggunim.If anything, the niggunim brought himself up from despair, possibly to teshuva.He was never ever to any degree involved in any type of heresy. Yes, there was difficulty with some of his actions, and although I’m not knowledgeable on the full subject, possibly great difficulty.None of that connected to his niggunim which clearly came from the neshama,was given free to the Jewish People and was accepted by all knowingly or not.
Yimach shmo vizichro vineemach shimo meelihazkiro.That must be the Outlook if someone here actually wrote he was good.Previously I tried to find some saving grace, but not if someone who clearly denied Hashem could actually be praised by someone here.
He,and all those with leadership positions who propose a G-dless world are well known by all.Their exact theories are wholly unimportant.The polytheistic leaders in their society also were to blame for much ot their societies evils.Thanks for the compliment.
Thank you for reminding me that he was also directly evil with bds and pro Palestinians.That’s an infinite addition to his already infinitely full plate.absolute evil
1- Rav Avigdor Miller ztl said that these people are the greatest evildoers as they give reason for a lawless society.Without G-d,no conscience and a person can do whatever he wants.In that way he destroyed much more than the most infamous of despots.
2- Rav Dovid Gottlieb Shlita explains how Hawking used his name to give a philosophical reason to deny G-d r”l.The philosophical idea has been discussed and rebutted, but since he has clout, the words were listened to, even though he did not give any scientific explanation And went over to a subject that wasn’t at all his forté.
He did give more understanding to “mAh rabu maasecha Hashem, albeit unintentionally, and I would imagine some of his discoveries were helpful either in the medical world or for different inventions that help people.From a human perspective this good is dwarfed by the evil of creating more atheists and continuing to give the world an allowance for all sorts of depravity.That being said, there is only One Judge, and it is He who decides.
Our minhag is based on a number of points.
1- We are all connected to one place- our Homeland.
2- Although the Talmud says that in Babylon we need less rain aand begin later, this was not meant to create a new time period for every area in golus, just simply to divide between those living in Israel and those not.Remember the gemara tells us that the main rain is in Israel while the rest is the extra.So even outside Israel the prayer is mainly for our land and that the extra should come our way in its proper time.The different starting time is just a reminder that we are not home.
3-Yes, there is an opinion, the Rosh, to follow your specific area, but even he admits that his opinion was not accepted.
4-No, someone living in the southern hemisphere or the like is never obligated in ” shma koleinu” to pray for rain during his rainy season, although it is recommended.
5- Bavel always represents exile,as in the prayer of yikum purkan said on Shabbos.
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I never said Yiddish was necessary but gave ideas for those who connect to it.Sephardim who obviously don’t have no need for it.
A rather difficult subject that needs dissection.
1-Rav Hutner ztl said that the intent a person or nation puts into something is what comes out.Yiddish,he continued,was created with the sole purpose of stopping assimilation and making a person think and feel in a Jewish fashion.There is no question that Yiddish has both the feel and depth of the Jewish neshama.This is despite the fact that it is so similar to German.It presupposes knowledge of Shas and all Jewish ideas.The lack of words that English has only strengthens it as the understanding of a concept goes straight from one neshama to the other, where too many words are not necessary.Furthermore every word can be put in while speaking Yiddish.
The other side is when taken to extremes.What are the extremes? That is for each school to decide for itself and it’s student body.Part of the problem today of OTD comes from too much rigidness in the school system.The way Yiddish is taught or forced can be part of the problem.Many different possible compromises have been mentioned by various people, some might work.There is a need to check each child on an individual level as well.By the way,Chabad dropped Yiddish in its Cheder in Chicago, which is on a very high level religiously and scholastically as well.This might be a precursor to some change in Crown Heights as well.
My personal idea? Montessori type Cheder with Yiddish on the side.This alleviates the harshness of a teacher and difficulty of understanding.And yes, there is a mesorah for that kind of detect.
Finish with dichotomy.Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky ztl said that pedagogically speaking English is better.Our generation sees a great help from Yiddish in many aspects so there is reason to continue it.
So much more on this topic but have to stop now
Very difficult question as terms need to be defined
1- Scholastically speaking , almost every chassidic yeshiva uses Lithuanian style lomdus, while Rav Tzadok ztl and other chassidic masters are very popular in Lithuanian yeshiva.There are various other chassidic influences on Lithuanian yeshiva philosophy.
2-Chabad considers itself just that.
3-Rav Shraga Feivel ztl built his yeshiva, Torah Vodaas, with this kind of synthesis in mind.
Ashkenazim continue to hold not to marry more than one wife (if cherem expired then midin minhag.not simple but all Ashkenazim follow this way).No difference between Sephardic and Yemenites.Simply allowed for them,however since it has become general custom to only marry one wife ( not just because it’s illegal) and there are many sources that show that it is generally preferable to have only one wife,some say that in the ” new world” it is also prohibited for sefardim.Since a religious ceremony of marriage is not illlegal and a second marriage license is impossible no question of Dina dimalchusa could even begin.