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  • in reply to: In honor of Tisha B'av. What you respect about… #2112617
    Menachem Shmei

    I respect the woman who I met today who was raised as a devout Christian but a few weeks ago learned that her mother’s mother was Jewish and completely concealed her Jewish identity after surviving the Holocaust.
    She is ready to drop everything and learn what it means live like a Jew for herself and her son. This is the power of a Yiddishe neshoma!

    I respect the young bochurim whom I deal with daily who constantly put tremendous effort into holding onto & improving their limmud hatorah and Yiddishe behavior despite the immense struggles and challenges which they go through as a teenager in our day and age.

    in reply to: In honor of Tisha B'av. What you respect about… #2112616
    Menachem Shmei

    I respect Yidden who are so diverse and strong minded, yet are able to come together beautifully to show their respect to others despite our (sometimes major) disagreements.

    This is great relief from other parts of the CR. It shows us that after all, we are still brothers.

    Thank you ujm for bringing up this thread.

    Hashem, see the achdus of Your children, ברכנו אבינו כולנו כאחד with all of the berachos, first and foremost – the brocha of the גאולה האמיתית והשלימה so we will be able to dance into Tisha B’Av as one and celebrate it as the greatest Yom Tov!

    [Additionally, today I feel a special respect for our dear soldiers in Eretz Yisroel who are right now putting their lives at risk to be Hashem’s shluchim for the protection of millions of our brothers and sisters. Kol hakavod, may Hashem be with you]

    in reply to: 1914/1939 2.0 #2112503
    Menachem Shmei

    @Reb Eliezer,

    “The Satmar Rav ztz’l says that when Aharon Hakohen threw the gold into fire and the Eigel came out obviously it did not come from kedusha”

    The way to discern if you are learning the right lesson from something is to think, is this adding in my Avodas Hashem, or the opposite ch”v.

    Yes, if someone makes a gematriya which proves that in 2026 we no longer have to keep Shabbos, this is completely wrong even if everything “matches up perfectly.”

    This is how we know that the Eigel was wrong even though we saw great miracles with it – since it goes against Torah.

    However, if someone uses gematriya and remazim to give himself chizzuk in Avodas Hashem, kol hakavod.

    [This is similar to the idea of calculating kitzin: The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains why many great tzaddikim (including the Rambam) calculated kitzin despite the fact that the Gemara and the Rambam are so against. The Rebbe explains that the Gemara was referring to those who publicized that Moshiach is coming at this date, and if he doesn’t come, we should give up hope ch”v. The tzaddikim however used kitzin as a way to strengthen the Yidden’s emuna in Moshiach]

    in reply to: Chassidishe Sefurim #2112500
    Menachem Shmei

    For incredible chassidus shiurim in a very user-friendly manner (with a yeshivishe taam), check out Rabbi YY Jacobson’s shiurim on http://www.theyeshiva dot net

    In the “series” section you can find plenty of text based shiurim on a huge variety of chassidus seforim (while obviously focusing on Chabad chassidus).

    in reply to: 1914/1939 2.0 #2112389
    Menachem Shmei

    Moish26, I agree.

    RebE, I agree with you about the general idea that we shouldn’t focus on goyishe dates. Additionally, gimatriyos without true Torah sources have very little validity – with respect to Sam Klein).

    At the same time, there is the idea (taught especially by the Baal Shem Tov) that we must learn a lesson from every single thing that happens in the world, because if Hashem allowed us to see it, it must be for a certain reason.

    Therefore, we shouldn’t be so quick to disregard anything as a meaningless coincidence.

    Obviously, this does not necessarily mean that we must make Torahs and Gematriyos from everything we see, but nothing is by chance.

    Everyone has their way to connect to emuna, if someone gets chizzuk from this method, zol zein.

    in reply to: Oak of Mamre and other Torah Sites #2112385
    Menachem Shmei

    common saychel, lol!

    I hear that some tour guides even point out the burial place for the cows in Pharaoh’s dream!

    in reply to: 1914/1939 2.0 #2112341
    Menachem Shmei


    The reason is because this is the truth.

    The entire world and everything in it were created בשביל ישראל, and מחשבתן של ישראל קדמה לכל דבר. The nations of the world know this, and it irritates them to no end.

    The greatest tragedy is that the only people who have a hard time accepting fact this is the Jewish people themselves.

    in reply to: The process of asking for money for a wedding #2112318
    Menachem Shmei

    “content warning: readers with liberal tendencies are recommended to stop reading this comment”

    , I think this should be your screen name!!!

    You gave me a good laugh!!!
    You might have to do teshuva for providing such comic relief in the 9 days 🤣

    in reply to: 1914/1939 2.0 #2112185
    Menachem Shmei

    It’s hard to know so early.
    אל תפתח פה לשטן

    in reply to: Bein Hametzarim Trivia Question #2112184
    Menachem Shmei


    Thank you for the resources.

    I took a look at בנין בית המקדש, I have a lot to say on it, it is VERY one-sided and lots of ideas seem to have big issues, but we’ll leave that for later.

    in reply to: “Frum” female singers on YouTube #2112015
    Menachem Shmei

    @Shmiras Haloshon, ujm obviously has only seen wedding videos on VHS tapes, hence the ignorance.

    in reply to: Bein Hametzarim Trivia Question #2111930
    Menachem Shmei


    Excellent question.

    The Lubavitcher Rebbe discusses this (חידושים וביאורים בהלכות מלכים סי’ ב, לקוטי שיחות חכ”ז ע’ 191 ואילך), here is a synopsis which I wrote elsewhere:

    The Rambam rules that the third Beis Hamikdash will be built (by humans, and specifically) through Moshiach, in order to fulfill the mitzvah of building the Beis Hamikdash. This opinion is also brought in Chazal.
    (ראה ירושלמי מגילה פ”א הי”א. פסחים פ”ט ה”א לגי’ המנ”ח מצוה ש”פ. ויק”ר פ”ט, ו. במדב”ר פי”ג, ב)

    Others hold that the third Beis Hamikdash was already built in heaven and will descend at the time of Geula.
    (רש”י סוכה מא, סע”א. ר”ה ל, סע”א. תוספות סוכה שם. שבועות טו, ב. תנחומא פקודי יא. זח”א כח,א. ועוד)

    We can reconcile both opinions in several ways:

    1) The physical Beis Hamikdash will be built by Moshiach, and the “spiritual Beis Hamikdash” of fire will descend from heaven and enclothe itself in the physical building. Similar to the fire on the mizbeach which was ignited from a physical flame, and a spiritual flame also descended from above.
    (ערוך לנר סוכה שם ד”ה א”נ)

    2) The Midrash explains that the gates of the Beis Hamikdash sunk into the ground and were buried in Har Habayis. The third Beis Hamikdash will descend from heaven, and the gates will rise up from the ground, and will be set into place by the Yidden. Halachically, erecting doors is considered erecting the entire structure, so the Yidden will thus fulfill the mitzvah of building the entire Beis Hamikdash.
    (איכה ב, ט: “טבעו בארץ שערי'”. במדב”ר פט”ו, יג, ועוד. ב”ב נג, ב)

    3) The details of the Beis Hamikdash which are already known to us (from מסכת מדות) will be built by Moshiach. The unknown parts which are described cryptically in nevuas Yechezkel will descend from heaven.

    4) If we are worthy of the Geula (“זכו”) – the Beis Hamikdash will descend from heaven. If the Geula comes at its set date without us being worthy (“לא זכו”) – we will have to build the Beis Hamikdash ourselves with Moshiach.
    (ע”פ הגמרא בסנהדרין צח, א שבמצב של זכו הגאולה באה באופן נסי, ובמצב של לא זכו באה ע”פ טבע)

    The reason why the Rambam only mentions the human aspect of the Beis Hamikdash is because his focus throughout Mishneh Torah is on human behavior (“ספר הלכות”). Additionally, the Rambam only describes the Geula in a “לא זכו” fashion, although it seems that he agrees with the possibility of זכו.
    (אגרת תחיית המתים ס”ו: אין דברנו זה החלטי)

    , according to options 2 and 4, the Rambam agrees that the Beis Hamikdash can/will descend from heaven which fits with the Gemara Rosh Hashana.

    Eliezer, I would love to see some input.

    מנחם שמו

    in reply to: Bein Hametzarim Trivia Question #2111856
    Menachem Shmei

    Reb Eliezer,

    I made a grave error earlier when writing that according to the Rambam kibbutz goliyos is before binyan hamikdash. It was a typo.

    The Rambam is clear that Moshiach will build the Mikdash before he gathers the Yidden to Eretz Yisroel (הל’ מלכים פי”א ה”א וה”ד):
    המלך המשיח עתיד לעמוד . . בונה מקדש ומקבץ נדחי ישראל . . . ואם יעמוד מלך . . ובנה מקדש במקומו וקיבץ נדחי ישראל הרי זה משיח בודאי

    Regarding the brocha in Shmoneh Esrei, this is referring to the complete kingship of Moshiach which is only after he completes his main purposes.

    The Rambam clearly holds that the Mikdash must be built by Moshiach himself, because if not it wouldn’t be one of the signs of Moshiach.

    What does this have to do with a Beis Hamikdash of fire? Melech Hamoshiach is a physical human being, who, according to the Rambam, will build the Beis Hamikdash physically with his hands. After that, the Beis Hamikdash of fire will descend from heaven.
    (ראה ערוך לנר סוכה מא, א ד”ה א”נ)

    Thank you for pointing out the Tosfos Yom Tov which I wasn’t aware of.
    The Yerushalmi is explained to be referring to the complete kingship of Moshiach which happens after the entire process.
    However, from the Tosfos Yom Tov it is indeed implied that the Mikdash will be built before נצח כל האומות שבסביבו, whereas from the Rambam it is clear that it will be built after. וצ”ע

    [@common saychel, please excuse me for going off topic]

    מנחם שמו

    in reply to: The fake-ocupation cover / mask (fakeupation) #2111807
    Menachem Shmei

    dbrim, the people of this thread are not ignorant or self-hating, the Israeli government is.

    The only one who ignored the first Rashi and declared Israel an occupation is…
    Israel itself!

    When some goyim had “טענות” on them, instead of opening up a chumash (which every Christian and Muslim (l’havdil) believes in), they decided to give up land. THEY declared that this land is no longer a part of Eretz Yisroel (r”l). Then they continued to keep the military there, thus declaring that they are an occupation.

    We, who learn chumash, know that Eretz Yisroel is the land gifted to us by Hashem, and is completely not dependent on the decisions and proclamations of a government of (majority) Jewish people, the UN in 1948, or the US. No one has the right to take it away from us, and there is no such thing as occupying a land that always belonged to us.
    If only the Israeli government would realize the same thing.

    in reply to: Bein Hametzarim Trivia Question #2111585
    Menachem Shmei


    In Yemos Hamoshiach, the Bein Hametzarim greeting will (presumably) be:


    Chasam Sofer (דרשות לח’ טבת ח”א פז,ב):
    אמרו הקדמונים שיהיה י”ז תמוז יו”ט וט’ באב [יו”ט], וכ”א יום שביניהם כמו חול המועד
    [When Moshiach comes,] Shiva Asar B’Tammuz and Tisha B’Av will be Yomim Tovim, and the 21 days in between them will be like Chol Hamoed.

    in reply to: “Frum” female singers on YouTube #2111581
    Menachem Shmei


    “Are we to expect a frum man to be so fickle as to have no control of where his eyes roam?!”

    As a frum woman, you clearly know nothing about men (frum or not).

    Also, often you are victimizing yourself by thinking that the complaints are coming by men who feel affected by women’s behavior. We men like to complain about EVERYTHING. Whenever we see something that seems to be an infringement on halacha or hashkafa, we like to make a whole tumult about it. Whether it is being done by women, men, children, politicians, or the government – we always have big טענות and start threads about it, etc.

    Next time you see a man complaining about tznius, don’t think it’s a personal attack on you, realize that it’s just another halacha that he feels was violated that he has to shout about.

    in reply to: Mods? Mods? #2111502
    Menachem Shmei
    in reply to: The fake-ocupation cover / mask (fakeupation) #2111493
    Menachem Shmei


    Actually, I think I understand what you are saying. They don’t call it Israel but there is no real independent government there, and the territory is being occupied by Israeli forces, so it is technically “occupied territory.”

    in reply to: Philanthropy for Kavod #2111491
    Menachem Shmei

    The Rashba writes (שו”ת ח”א סתקפ”א):
    מצוה לפרסם עושי מצוה

    Unfortunately, nowadays, people’s decisions are largely affected by how the rich people behave. Just look at the power that Elon Musk and Bill Gates wield on matters like Covid and free speech. People respect their opinions.

    When people see rich people give tzedaka, it inspires them to follow suit.

    המעשה הוא העיקר – What will cause more people to give tzedaka? A plaque? Then make a plaque.

    [This is similar to the idea of making a big deal out of Torah learning, with siyumim etc., because this shows that we value Torah. קנאת סופרים תרבה חכמה, people get inspired when we show the great value of learning. So it is with all mitzvos, including tzedaka]

    מנחם שמו

    in reply to: The fake-ocupation cover / mask (fakeupation) #2111492
    Menachem Shmei


    Did USA occupy Afghanistan? Keeping the peace to protect your citizens and save lives is not called occupation.
    Especially when it is in some non-independent terrorist “state”.

    in reply to: Bein Hametzarim Trivia Question #2111341
    Menachem Shmei

    Reb Eliezer, according to the Rambam the Beis Hamikdash is built after Moshiach wins the wars against the nations and kibbutz goliyos.
    (הלכות מלכים פי”א ה”א וה”ד)

    Although the Raavad and many others disagree with the Rambam on many of his points in these halachos (for example: השגות הראב”ד הלכות מלכים פי”א ה”ג, פי”ב ה”א), no posek disagrees regarding this point.

    The כלל is that whenever the נושאי כלים don’t voice their opinion, it means that they agree with the Rambam (משנה למלך הלכות כלאים פ”ט הי”א. שדי חמד כללי הפוסקים ס”ו סק”א. וש”נ).

    RebE, I am sure that you know that we rule like the poskim and not like Gemara Bavli or Yerushalmi.

    מנחם שמו

    P.S. Did you find the answer?

    in reply to: Bein Hametzarim Trivia Question #2111340
    Menachem Shmei

    @common saychel,

    Learning from ujm, I apologize if I said anything to hurt you or irritate you.

    I understand that your pain is causing you to lash out randomly in every thread about the same one idea (although it’s quite ironic to keep going off topic about going off topic!)

    I hope from now on you won’t be irritated by normal conversation, even if it sometimes goes מענין לענין באותו ענין.

    Hatzlacha rabba,
    מנחם שמו

    in reply to: “Frum” female singers on YouTube #2111339
    Menachem Shmei

    I don’t understand the logic to say that “men will anyways hear female singers” –
    I assume we are discussing a frum singer who dresses tzniusdik. Why must she dress tzniusdik? People will anyways see immodesty!

    Obviously, every person is responsible for themselves to behave tzniusdik in public. The same should seemingly apply to singing –
    “קול באשה ערוה, שנאמר כי קולך ערב ומראך נאוה” (Brachos 24a).

    The comparison between a CD and YouTube is ridiculous.

    On the other hand, @lakewhut has a very important point: Jewish female singers can be a good influence for Jewish girls instead of the other shmutz on youtube.

    Of course, like everything in the life of a frum Yid, every singer must consult her personal rov who can inspect the pros and cons and rule accordingly. I assume that they do so, and therefore there is really no need for us to tell them what to do.

    in reply to: Israeli concerts during Aug 2022 #2111171
    Menachem Shmei


    Wow, that was beautiful!

    I was slightly distressed by the sharpness of the argument above, so I was pleasantly surprised to see this heartfelt comment.

    You have inspired me to learn from you in my own life.

    Thank you for this valuable lesson.

    If we all embrace this attitude, especially now in the 9 days, we can be sure that Moshiach is coming very soon.

    in reply to: Talmeidei Chachamim with kids not like them #2111008
    Menachem Shmei

    RebE, I was too modest to quote your vort due to the ושל גבוה part 😊

    in reply to: sudden death #2110697
    Menachem Shmei


    “We dont know why and to ask why in my opinon is kifera”

    As I brought from the Gemara in Menachos.

    , thanks for lightening the atmosphere (even if it had to be macabre humor)

    in reply to: Talmeidei Chachamim with kids not like them #2110696
    Menachem Shmei

    @common saychel, I was just quoting you!

    Sometimes we are quicker to point out how someone else needs to fix himself before seeing the same problem in ourselves.

    As the Baal Shem Tov explains the reason why Nosson Hanovi gave Dovid Hamelech a mashal for the story of Bassheva, and only after Dovid gave a ruling in that case was he able to apply it to himself.
    (הובא בלקוטי מהר”ן קמא קי”ג. וראה גם המבואר בלקוטי שיחות כ”ק אדמו”ר מליובאוויטש ח”ד ע’ 1208)

    in reply to: Talmeidei Chachamim with kids not like them #2110615
    Menachem Shmei

    @common, I’m going off topic in order to protect the readers from the “PURE loshen hora” of this thread. 😊

    in reply to: sudden death #2110584
    Menachem Shmei

    Some things are just completely incomprehensible, like the sudden death of an innocent 13-year-old bochur while bringing Yidden closer to Yiddishkeit.

    Tragedy In Israel: Yeshiva Bochur Killed On Erev Shabbos

    At times like these, we must remember the Gemara about Moshe’s question to the Ribbono Shel Olam when he saw the terrible fate of Rabbi Akiva:

    אמר לפניו, רבש”ע זו תורה וזו שכרה
    א”ל, שתוק כך עלה במחשבה לפני
    מנחות כט, ב-

    in reply to: Ah Gutten Chodesh MENACHEM Av! #2110581
    Menachem Shmei

    @coffee addict, well said, thanks.

    @common, I apologize for going off topic in the JINO thread. Hope there’s no hard feelings!

    in reply to: Talmeidei Chachamim with kids not like them #2110579
    Menachem Shmei


    “Anyway, to the best of my knowledge, the term Ahavas Chinam was coined by R’ Kook ZT”L”

    This is indeed a widespread misconception. It is first found in the talks of earlier chassidishe rebbes.

    See talks of the Kozmirer Rebbe (Rav Yechezkel Taub): כמו שחורבן בית המקדש היה על ידי שנאת חינם, כן לתקן זה צריך אהבת חינם, שכל אחד מישראל יאהב את חבירו בחינם
    This was also quoted by his grandson the Modzitzer Rebbe.

    This is also quoted in the name of the Ahavas Yisroel of Vizhnitz.

    “I did not know that it was used by the Lubavitcher Rebbe.”

    Yes, he used the term many times. Another example (in connection with Rosh Chodesh Menachem-Av, yahrtzeit of Aharon Hakohen):
    :בכך נוספת הדגשה מיוחדת בקשר בין חורבן בית המקדש בחודש אב ומיתת אהרן בר”ח מנחם אב: הסיבה לחורבן בית המקדש השני הייתה החטא של שנאת חנם. והתיקון הוא באותו עניין: הוי מתלמידיו של אהרן אוהב שלום ורודף שלום – אהבת חנם
    (לקוטי שיחות חי”ח ע’ 412)

    But anyway, obviously, I agree with you that whatever we call it, the ikar is to actually love every Jew!

    in reply to: Ah Gutten Chodesh MENACHEM Av! #2110551
    Menachem Shmei

    common saychel, I’m happy to hear that you love everyone and respect all opinions.
    Halevai there would be many more people like you.

    Unfortunately, there are others who enjoy stoking the flames of machlokes. The topic you brought up is שנוי במחלוקת, and completely irrelevant to the topic at hand.

    In a thread that was created to emphasize how ahavas yisroel is needed in this month to bring the Geula, why would I answer a question which will DEFINTETLY cause machlokes among Yidden?

    There are already countless threads dedicated to debating this topic, and I’m not about to turn this into one of them.

    I hope you understand.

    מנחם שמו

    in reply to: Talmeidei Chachamim with kids not like them #2110437
    Menachem Shmei

    mobico, the מקור for the chiluk is from the fact that there is a chiluk in regards to שנאה:

    When the Gemara describes the reason why the Beis Hamikdash was destroyed, it doesn’t just say that it was because of שנאת ישראל or שנאת אחים (like the lashon haposuk לא תשנא את אחיך), rather it emphasizes that this was שנאת חינם. See יומא ט, א.

    Obviously אהבת ישראל is pretty much the same as אהבת חינם. But when using the latter term, we are EMPHASIZING that just as they hated other Jews who did nothing bad to them, so too we love other Jews even if they did nothing good for us.

    This term was used by many gedolim in recent generations.

    For explanation, see for example, the Lubavitcher Rebbe here:

    If you don’t want to use the term, no problem. But try not to get irked.

    in reply to: Ah Gutten Chodesh MENACHEM Av! #2110420
    Menachem Shmei

    @Reb Eliezer – “The name Av”

    The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains that although on a lower level the name אב shows on the negative aspects of the month (which is why we add the name מנחם as a comfort), on a deeper level, אב brings out the highest form of love that a Father has for His child, which is unconditional despite the child’s improper behavior (like in golus).

    On the possuk אנכי אנכי הוא מנחמכם, the Midrash explains (פסיקתא דרב כהנא פסי’ אנכי, יל”ש ישעי’ רמז תעד):

    דרכו של אב לרחם, כרחם אב על בנים, ודרכה של אם לנחם, כאיש אשר אמו תנחמנו, אמר הקב”ה אנא עביד דאב ודאם

    It is the way of the father to have mercy, and the way of the mother to comfort. Hashem says, “I will be like a father and a mother”

    The month of Menachem Av highlights both attributes:
    “Menachem” represents Hashem comforting us from previous sufferings.
    “Av” represents Hashem’s mercy to protect us from any current/future sufferings and send the Geula.

    (שיחת כ”ק אדמו”ר מליובאוויטש מטו”מ תשכ”ב. ראה גם תורת מנחם חל”א ע’ 151)

    מנחם שמו

    in reply to: Ah Gutten Chodesh MENACHEM Av! #2110298
    Menachem Shmei

    “a former First Lady that lost to the 45th president”

    קבל את האמת ממי שאמרה 😊

    in reply to: Ah Gutten Chodesh MENACHEM Av! #2110260
    Menachem Shmei

    We can also get chizzuk from the incredible Yalkut Shimoni about this month:

    ילקוט שמעוני ירמיה רמז רנט
    עלה אריה במזל אריה והחריב את אריאל . . על מנת שיבוא ארי’ במזל אריה ויבנה אריאל

    “There arose a lion (Nevuchadnetzar) in the mazal of Lion (Chodesh Av) and destroyed Ariel (the Beis Hamikdash – “G-d’s lion”) – in order that there should come a Lion (Hashem) in the mazal of Lion and rebuild Ariel.”

    We see here that the destruction in Chodesh Av was IN ORDER to bring to the rebuilding of the Beis Hamikdash in Chodesh Av.

    While we are sad and mourning, let’s remember that the darkness of golus is IN ORDER to bring to the light of Geula (similar to what RebE brought: כל המתאבל על ירושלים זוכה ורואה בשמחתה).

    מנחם שמו

    in reply to: Ah Gutten Chodesh MENACHEM Av! #2110234
    Menachem Shmei


    “Let’s add in Torah and mitzvos (especially ahavas chinam)”

    No need to turn this into a machlokes thread.
    There are enough of those.

    in reply to: Talmeidei Chachamim with kids not like them #2110235
    Menachem Shmei

    “Ahavas Yisrael is much more powerful than Ahavas Chinam”

    mobico, when the Bais Hamikdosh was destroyed, the Gemara tells us it was due to Sinas Chinam.

    In other words, not only did they hate Jews (Sinas Yisroel), but it was for no reason whatsoever (he didn’t steal from him, he didn’t hurt him, just pure senseless hate).

    The way to be מכפר for this and bring the Geula is through the opposite:
    Not only to love Jews (Ahavas Yisroel) because he did something nice for you, or because he is a mentsch, or a perfect shomer Torah u’mitzvos (or wears the same type of hat as you), rather Ahavas Chinam – for no reason, just because he is a Jew.

    in reply to: Talmeidei Chachamim with kids not like them #2110131
    Menachem Shmei


    I understand that you are just trying to bring out the point that there can be a great tzaddik whose son strays from his path, but please, don’t compare current OTD kids to Menasheh! Have some compassion! Do you know what these children go through these days?

    The Chazon Ish writes that it’s impossible to compare the כופרים of the olden days to people who go off the derech now, due to the unique darkness and concealment of Elokus that exists in our time.
    Instead, we must be mekarev them with love and show them the light of Yiddishkeit as much as possible.
    (יורה דעה סי’ ב סט”ז)

    If this is how it was in the time of the Chazon Ish (when the Am Yisroel was full of bochurim who were true lamdonim in Yeshiva who went after the enlightenment etc.), how much more so in our time when the darkness and ignorance is so much greater, חושך כפול ומכופל.

    If כל ישראל יש להם חלק בעולם הבא, even including true sinners and רשעים, how much more so these poor lost souls who are suffering from the darkness of almost 2000 years of golus.
    (רמב”ם הלכות תשובה פ”ג ה”ה: וכן כל הרשעים שעונותיהן מרבים דנין אותן כפי חטאיהם ויש להן חלק לעולם הבא שכל ישראל יש להם חלק לעולם הבא אף על פי שחטאו)

    Let’s treat them with the true compassion and sympathy that they need, and with Ahavas Chinam we will bring them back to their heritage, and most importantly the Geula for all Yidden.

    מנחם שמו

    in reply to: Republicans vs. democrats #2110084
    Menachem Shmei

    MDG, David Duke is an extreme example of extreme.
    How about Marjorie Taylor Greene?

    in reply to: Talmeidei Chachamim with kids not like them #2110069
    Menachem Shmei


    The story that was removed from my post actually brings out a beautiful point, and there is nothing wrong with it. In your opinion…

    If I remember correctly this was an actual מעשה שהיה that was mentioned on Halacha Headlines (last year?). I will try to look into it and repost with more accuracy.

    I am shocked that from all other posts, this was chosen to be removed!?!?

    I’m pretty shocked you don’t understand why it’s a problem.

    in reply to: Talmeidei Chachamim with kids not like them #2110052
    Menachem Shmei

    I don’t remember who said this vort,

    Well that’s good, it’s awful motzei shem rah.


    in reply to: how do u accept compliments? #2110054
    Menachem Shmei


    1) I’ve seen this practice in Young Israels and other MO shuls.

    2) Why were you at a conservative or reform service?

    3) Do they actually sing “bib bam”!? I always thought it was a children’s song!

    in reply to: Talmeidei Chachamim with kids not like them #2109968
    Menachem Shmei

    Reb Eliezer, isn’t it ironic? This thread is about Talmidei Chachomim’s children being less involved in Torah, and you are telling a story of a poshete yid whose son is a great talmid chochom! 😊

    The Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote in Hayom Yom (25 Shevat):
    Saying Tehillim every day crucially affects the one saying it, his children, and his grandchildren.

    24 Shevat:
    The Tzemach Tzedek once said: If you would know the power of Tehillim and its effect in the highest heavens, you would recite it constantly. The kapitelach of Tehillim break through all barriers and ascend higher and higher.

    The Frierdiker Lubavitcher Rebbe (Rayatz) writes that the world stands on the poshute Yidden who say Tehillim despite not understanding the words. (Likkutei Diburim)

    מנחם שמו

    in reply to: Talmeidei Chachamim with kids not like them #2109770
    Menachem Shmei

    One of the main innovations of the Baal Shem Tov was the approach to the “poshute Yid.”

    In his time many Talmidei Chachomim looked down at poshuteh Yidden who couldn’t receive a proper education and they were considered a lower class that didn’t deserve any of the privileges of the Talmidei Chachomim.

    The Baal Shem Tov changed this by putting great emphasis on the holiness and purity of the poshute Yid, how sometimes his sincere words of Tehillim are more dear to Hashem than all the Torah learning of a great scholar.

    The Baal Shem Tov embraced and welcomed the poshute Yidden, and inspired them with Ein Yaakov and stories of tzaddikim, and many of his opponents couldn’t handle this and continued to degrade them.

    מנחם שמו

    in reply to: Summer and Winter #2109602
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    Obviously, the aforementioned belief is not NEEDED to be shomer shabbos, as I clarified in my last post.

    To the best of my knowledge, the Torah doesn’t say that we rest in Shmita because Hashem rested on the seventh day. [Although this may be explained in other places, it is not the explicit reason given in Torah]. Whereas regarding weekly Shabbos this reason is stated explicitly in Torah.

    [Maybe this is actually proof that ששת ימי בראשית are 24-hour days. If not, the Torah could have said regarding Shmita, “work for six years and rest in the seventh, because Hashem created the world in six years and rested in the seventh.”
    After all, days, months, and years are just תקופות and shouldn’t be taken literally.
    (This is obviously not a strong proof because we can’t dictate what the Torah “should have said,” but I’m just turning it back on you.)]

    מנחם שמו

    in reply to: Monkeypox — The new AIDS #2109582
    Menachem Shmei


    “These are mostly nochrim” – and therefore you should pray for their destruction instead of their teshuva?

    Maybe you’re a bad faster, but next Yom Kippur, try to follow along in Maftir Yonah.

    besalel, indeed there are gedolim who disagree with Rabbi Miller’s approach, but that’s no excuse for bashing such a gadol.

    מנחם שמו

    in reply to: Summer and Winter #2109579
    Menachem Shmei

    ubiquitin, I’m happy that you liked the story!

    You’re right, even if the 7 days of creation wouldn’t be literal, we would still have to keep Shabbos every seven days (nice example you gave from sukkah!).
    There is definitely no worry of people actually not keeping Shabbos because of this (the story was just for comical relief. Although I could imagine someone coming up with this סברה just to excuse himself, but that doesn’t make a difference).

    The point I was trying to make (as I have seen written by gedolim) was that just as we take the 7 days of work literally, there is no reason not to take the 7 days of creation literally, unless we would have a true Torah’dike reason to think so.

    The fact that currently there are scientific theories that “prove” otherwise shouldn’t make us learn apologetic interpretations in the simple pshat of the Torah, Midrash, Gemara, Rashi, etc.
    (especially according to the Malbim (and many others) which Reb Eliezer brought)

    However, your point is true that there are times when Torah tells us that something is a משל, and I wouldn’t say that believing this regarding ששת ימי בראשית is כפירה.

    מנחם שמו

    in reply to: Monkeypox — The new AIDS #2109425
    Menachem Shmei



    Hopefully, just as it was by the first golus that just when they were holding the lowest level of tumaah (שער המ”ט) Hashem took them out of מצרים, so may it be with our final golus:

    Society has sunken to such lows, let’s daven that these people do teshuvah and stop this abomination, and we will also do teshuva for all of the aveiros that we do, and we will immediately be zoche to the גאולה נצחית שאין אחרי’ גלות when all pain, suffering and illness will be removed from the world, and we will joyfully serve Hashem properly. Amen!

    [Why daven for punishment when you can daven for teshuva!?!?]

    מ”ט שערי טומאה: ז”ח ר”פ יתרו
    סוף ישראל לעשות תשובה בסוף גלותן ומיד הן נגאלין: הלכות תשובה פ”ז ה”ה
    גאולה נצחית שאין אחרי’ גלות: תוד”ה ה”ג ונאמר – פסחים קטז, ב
    יתמו חטאים ולא חוטאים: ברכות י, א)

    מנחם שמו

    in reply to: Summer and Winter #2109361
    Menachem Shmei

    This 24 hour argument is out of context.

    The discussion is not how Adam Harishon built his clock/sundial (if he divided the day into 24 parts or 12 parts or 2 parts), the discussion is if ששת ימי בראשית were 100 billion years (ר”ל) or six days.

    Apologetics vs. Literal understanding of chumash, midrash, gemara, rashi, etc.

    I still wonder: Do the apologists celebrate Shabbos with their families every 7 billion years?

    I once met a staunch מאמין in science who didn’t keep Shabbos ר”ל. When I asked him why, he said that of course he keeps Shabbos! But according to the orthodox Jews he spoke to, the six days of creation cannot be taken literally, so they must have been billions of years.
    “Don’t worry,” he said, “today is still Sunday for me. In 6 billion years I’ll start preparing for Shabbos!”
    When I tried explaining him that Shabbos is definitely literal, he argued:
    “Don’t lie to me! I know the 10 commandments: Work for six days and rest on the seventh, BECAUSE G-d created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. Whatever 7 days means in creation is what it means with regards to Shabbos!”
    [מעשה שהי’ יכול להיות]

    מנחם שמו

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