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April 13, 2015 6:50 pm at 6:50 pm in reply to: Is chametz which survived Passover with nonobservant Jews kosher? #1090488
Thank you very much for your answers.
>> Star-K: go to star-k.org, click on seasonal, click on Pesach.
Thank you — I have the other two guides.
>> You should be able to google it. For example, if you
>> want the OU’s guide, google “ou passover guide 2015”.
Thank you — sometimes I do not even know what terms to look for. Now I have that guide.
>> Would working as a cashier be something doable and available?
Given my autism I am not sure — possibly. I hope to find a job which uses at least some of my skills. Not a basic level job. Not a PhD level job. Something in between — like Bachelors or Masters level job.
According to Rambam, the greatest charity is to find a job for someone. Indeed if someone could find me an EASY job (perhaps specifically for the disabled) for something like $20k — $25k per year, it would have been a miracle.August 19, 2014 3:46 pm at 3:46 pm in reply to: Is Midrash Rabbah translated by Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman kosher? #1195180
>> Lost: Artscroll is currently working on/just finished
>> translating the Midrash Rabbah. I would use theirs. That is
>> not to say that the Sonsino is unreliable, but Artscroll
>> definitely put more work into it (and the footnotes make
>> it worth it).
Thank you — unfortunately only Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman translation is available online as a free .pdf. I am sorry — I am an unpaid intern.August 19, 2014 3:44 pm at 3:44 pm in reply to: Is Midrash Rabbah translated by Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman kosher? #1195179
>> There are translations that come from questionable sources
>> that it is unwise, at times maybe even forbidden, to make
>> use of; others written by Talmidei Chachmim can be a great help.
Definitely, it is forbidden to use Reform or Christian translations.August 19, 2014 3:41 pm at 3:41 pm in reply to: Is Midrash Rabbah translated by Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman kosher? #1195178
>> I can’t imagine why not, paper is from trees. Then again,
>> the ink might have some coloring from bugs. But they would
>> be Nosain tam lif’gam. Based on this I think that it is mutar
>> to eat bedi’eved.
I read paper books only on Sabbath. I can not afford to buy paper Midrash Rabbah.August 19, 2014 3:39 pm at 3:39 pm in reply to: Is Midrash Rabbah translated by Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman kosher? #1195177
>> This Midrash translation is part of the Soncino series
>> of translations. About kashrus it’s hard to say anything.
>> The Soncino group were graduates of “Jews’ College of London,”
>> definitely not yeshivah-grade people. They kept Shabbos, but ….
>> The big problem is competence, or rather their total lack
>> of it. They had only the most superficial knowledge of
>> their texts, only the most rudimentary learning skills, only
>> the vaguest notion of what Chazal were trying to teach. You
>> certainly will not get an accurate idea of the Midrash
>> from this work.
Thank you for the insight — indeed Hebrew is the unique language. I will learn Hebrew when my situation in life improves. I know only Russian and English.
It is very sad that over 36 IDF soldiers have been killed.
>> Why Pashtuns and not….let’s say….Basques?
I do not know — I have read it. I have studied the events taking place during the Soviet War in Afghanistan — very similar to the events which happened to Jews in 1940s.
>> Over 12 of the “lost tribes” have been found over the years
>> in places ranging from North America, Japan, India and Africa.
>> Over the years they would be lost through intermarriages, even
>> if they had originally settled in these places.
Thus the Halachic Jews have absolutely no way of knowing that they are Jewish.
>> Slightly off-topic: Why do people always refer to the 10 lost
>> tribes, when there should only be 9 lost tribes?
I should learn more Torah — without learning I display ignorance.
>> As they are Aryans (Indo-Europeans) that is highly unlikely.
>> Some Jews, not necessarily for the “ten lost tribes”, have
>> lived in the region since ancient times (Afghanistan and
>> Pakistan are adjacent to Iran/Persia, and for much of history
>> were culturally or politically under Persian control).
Thank you. Thus their claim to belong to the Lost Tribes seems to be wrong.
I know Russian better then English. I even pray mostly in Russian.
Thank G-d! Today G-d saved me from an accident — I could have lost my eye.
Many of us deserve much more suffering then we get. But we still complain.
Unfortunately the vast majority of Jews who have been raised in non-observant environment are unable and unwilling to accept complete observance. According to Pew report, 84% of Jews in USA believe in G-d, but only 15% fulfill all the Laws. Thus, 70% of Jews like myself understand the importance of the Law, yet give in to our animal soul.
Thus, most of my suffering and most of suffering in this world is earned.
Definitely complaining Against G-d’s Law is a great sin. Even Abraham did not complain.
But Chanan’s complaints are not alone. In this day and age thousands of women complain that Torah laws are biased against females. Millions of Noachites claim that Tanach (Old Testament) is biased against females.
I do not know — in many ways I am a sinner who suffers depression and moderate hardships. Thank G-d I never had severe suffering. Thank G-d.
I hope everything turns out OK.
In any case for a man with severe disability like my autism (Asperger’s Syndrome) marriage is an impossibility. For most people marriage means a great blessing rather then abuse. But for an autistic the best option is to live alone.
Thank you — I am 43 — not a young adult.
Being an abused husband and getting no sympathy from community is very very bad experience. Being an adult controlled by his parents for decades is also a very stressful experience — unlike a teenager he will have no sympathy from society. Given that being frum is very difficult, the situation for an observant Jew is much worse.
Under such conditions many people will break.
>> What if you find out you’re Jewish, but just not frum.
>> What would you do then?
Coming from non — observant background it is very hard to give up most of worldly indulgences. Nevertheless, I do observe some commandments — I mostly observe Sabbath (do not use electricity, computer, do not write, do not use hot water). I observe most of kashrut and say some prayers.
For someone who has no contact with offline community, this is the only source of knowledge.
Is the book “Mimekor Yisrael : classical Jewish folktales” by Micah Joseph Berdichevsky permissible?
>> Btw, you mention threads, but there is also concern for
>> padding and reinforcement. In any event, a trained
>> shaatnez checker should be trained for that also.
Thanks — we did buy new hats and clothes which contain no wool.
A really big problem is that I almost have no human contact except for my family and Internet.
I am a trained patient — in psychological care since ’92, and psychiatric care since ’97.
Thank you. My first priority is to keep observance at least at present level.
At least I am learning Torah almost every day and keeping contact with the Jewish community.
Most criminologists believe that most criminals suffer from very high self esteem.
I have some talents but my observance level is low. I mostly observe Sabbath and say part of the daily prayers, and buy only kosher food (we do not have kosher dishes).
>> Lost1970- That depends on why you’re depressed. Postpartum
>> depression, for example, is chemically/hormone based and
>> therefore is treated with medication.
I am a 43 yo man. As for other depression, Effexor helps a lot.
As an expert patient in psychological/psychiatric care, I believe that depression can be greatly helped by medicine and not much by talk.
I have little fear of Gehennom — I accept it. But I do fear eternal Gehennom. Thus I must not commit many sins considered “normal” by Reform and Conservative Jews.
>> Maybe you should write a journal in which you can
>> encapsulate your autobiography with small pieces
>> of different experiences in your life.
I am too lazy even to gather everything I posted in the past on many forums. But some therapists believe that laziness is depression.
Laziness can be good if it prevents someone from sinning. If I was industrious enough to write a book about many people who have wronged me, it would be a sin. Many authors gave eternal infamy to their parents and family members.
>> We have a fear of leaving this world without having made
>> certain accomplishments.
Unfortunately I have accomplished very little in my life so far. I have performed a few mitzvas and committed many transgressions. The PhD in mathematics which I hate with passion is not my accomplishment — it is my disaster.
>> Since we are actually made of higher stuff, and we
>> know innately that we are meant to live forever, we
>> feel the desire not to disappear along with the body.
>> From the beginning of history people were obsessed
>> with leaving an everlasting memory.
>> Dude, that is one negative attitude you’ve got!
>> I hope Lost wasn’t offended…
Thanks — I am not offended at all.
>> Lost1970 Don’t put to much effort into it. Nobody will
>> read it other than your family
You are right — most autobiographies are full of lashon hara and are written by atheists or gentiles or semiobservant Jews. Perhaps someone who really has an eternal purpose would not be interested in leaving something in this world.
Thank you. Indeed, my situation is not rare. If I could acquire any assistance for my disability that would be great.
Unfortunately I do not know Hebrew — thus I say most of my prayers in Russian, and some in English.
Thank you. I need some kosher entertainment — to deal with my depression.
Thank you. I have a lot of kosher flavor. Are the injectors themselves kosher?
I have many questions and no answers.
I am sorry — standard flavor injectors have wax in them. Are they kosher?
Does anyone use flavor injectors?
Did Joseph swear falsely by Pharo’s life?
“There is a story in the Gemara where a Rabbi blesses his students that their fear of Heaven should be as great as their fear of their fellow man. Clearly it’s always been a problem.”
Unfortunately I like most people fear sin much less then I fear breaking the laws of the land.
>> I too have suffered greatly in my life, and I think
>> it has increased my value of life, it has woken me
>> out of my do-it-by-rote life and it has transformed
>> me into someone I never would have been.
May G-d help you.
>> Autism doesn’t happen spontaneously. You had it then too.
Maybe depression is a blessing — otherwise I would not have thought of spiritual matters. It is G-d’s help for my teshuva.
>> This world is not the world of reward and punishment.
>> The next world (olam haba) is. This means that anything
>> that is happening to you now is not because you
>> deserve it or don’t deserve it.
Thank you. Being sort of new I learn every time.
>> you are being terribly harsh on yourself
Not really — I am much much more afraid to do anything illegal then sinful. I have never broken the laws and never been arrested. But I have much less fear of G-d then I should.