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March 14, 2023 5:52 pm at 5:52 pm in reply to: Bombshell: Mazuz lauds Baruch Golsrein for saving lives by his ’94 act #2173757
Avira, you are a stone cold liar. What do you mean, “He wasn’t in some position that would warrant” the army warning him? Of course he was. He was the community’s doctor! He would have to take care of the casualties, just as he had been taking care of all the casualties of the previous weeks. The army told him to prepare. The Arabs were OPENLY BOASTING that they were about to massacre the Jews. Everyone who was there heard it. And it was being reported all over the world. How can you deny it? And why did they have all those hatchets in the room in the first place, if not to massacre the Jews.
And your claim that “he didn’t target would-be combatants, if there even were any there at the tims. He just shot anyone with Muslim attire” is another FILTHY LIE for which you will have to account one day.
And yes, they murdered him in cold blood. This was established beyond doubt. After he was disarmed, they chopped him to death. That is MURDER. When a Jew shoots a captured terrorist he goes to prison.
As for your idiotic question “And if there really was some plot to carry out an attack, when has attacking arabs helped stop it”, THAT attack was stopped! The attack that literally everyone was expecting that Purim didn’t happen, only because Dr Goldstein HASHEM YIKOM DAMO stopped it. Dozens of Jews lived because of him.
Hashem Yikom Damo applies not only to avenging him against the animals who chopped him up with their hatchets but also against everyone LIKE YOU who continue to spill his blood after his death. How are you not afraid to speak like this?
GHD, let’s start with how you DARE to refer to one of the greatest roshei yeshiva in Eretz Yisrael as “Mazuz”. You have a huge chutzpah. You are a sick terrorist and everything you say against Hashem’s kedoshim you are saying against yourself.March 13, 2023 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm in reply to: Bombshell: Mazuz lauds Baruch Golsrein for saving lives by his ’94 act #2173444
Avira, you are a liar and are slandering a tzadik and kadosh who was brutally murdered. Dr Goldstein was not “mentally unstable”, and the Arabs were not “worshipers”, they had a stash of hatchets and knives with which they hacked him to death; that is not what one has at a place of “worship”. They were openly announcing for days that they were going to carry out a massacre, and the army refused to do anything to stop them. The army even warned Dr Goldstein to prepare for multiple casualties. So he did the only thing he could to stop them.
By the way, even according to your sick version how can you say there’s no evidence they were terrorists? Even according to your version, they murdered him after they captured and disarmed him; that is cold-blooded murder, and when Jews have done the same to actual terrorists they have been convicted and imprisoned for it. So that alone makes them terrorists.March 13, 2023 7:57 pm at 7:57 pm in reply to: Bombshell: Mazuz lauds Baruch Golsrein for saving lives by his ’94 act #2173364
“Mazuz”?! This is how one refers to one of the greatest roshei yeshiva in Eretz Yisrael?!March 6, 2023 5:07 pm at 5:07 pm in reply to: Murdaugh Verdict – Circumstantial Evidence without Motive #2171636
What do you mean, no motive? The motive was that his financial crimes were about to go public.
But even without that, suppose we didn’t know a motive, so what? Since when has it ever been necessary to know why someone committed a crime? It’s enough to prove that he did it, and the prosecution did that to the jury’s satisfaction. What else is required?
What’s wrong with circumstantial evidence? When has it EVER been the case that circumstantial evidence is not enough?
Huh? Who sings it with a cholam?! “Venow Hapowch”?! That sounds weird. I’ve never heard it, and I would have noticed.
There are no tapuchim in Bereishis. The first mention of “tapuach” is in Shir Hashirim. And this is used by some as evidence that Shir Hashirim was written quite late, and was not written by Shlomo Hamelech.
As for apples, they were not known in the middle east at the time of matan torah. Maybe not even when Shir Hashirim was written, since Tosfos says the “tapuach” there is an esrog.
Re: Dr Burg not covering his head when teaching secular subjects, remember he was German, and that was the tradition in Germany. In R Shamshon Refael Hirsch’s school all secular subjects were taught and studied bareheaded. When the Melamed Leho’il visited him at school and did not remove his yarmulke Rav Hirsch told him off and demanded he do so. So it’s no surprise that Dr Burg followed that tradition.
Smerel, the chief rabbi is NOT appointed by the government! He is appointed by the United Synagogue, which is the organization he is chief rabbi of. He is not chief rabbi of those Jews not affiliated with the US, such as the Chareidim, the Sefardim, and the various heretical sects. So the whole question of government appointment is irrelevant.
AAQ, the Anglican church is theologically very diverse. Within the Anglican church you have a split between “High Church” which is closer to Catholicism and “Low Church” which is far away from it. Historically there were bitter struggles between these factions. But in general, and especially at a “High Church” church such as Westminster Abbey, there’s much more of an avoda zara problem than, for instance, at a Reformed Church, or the Puritan churches of the 18th century.
And no, the difference goes well beyond statues. In fact statues are not really that much of a problem. Kosher they’re not, but comparatively speaking they’re small change. The one thing in a Catholic church that is absolutely 100% unmistakable avoda zara is the “consecrated Host”. Almost all protestants, including even most High Church Anglicans, reject the doctrine of transsubstantiation, and therefore the problem is smaller. And most protestants don’t even have the whole concept.
All other issues with Xianity are less important. It’s questionable whether worshiping J. is avoda zara at all. They mistakenly believe that he is HKBH, so when they worship him their intent is to worship HKBH, rather than a rival god. (The same is true with the Host, but that is a physical object. When you believe that a physical object is HKBH, and you bow down to it, I don’t see how that can be anything but classic avoda zara.)
Exactly how do you suppose “purchase orders and deliveries” can be “reviewed and compared against inventory” in a restaurant? Is the mashgiach supposed to go into the fridge every hour to count the chickens, calculate how many have been used since he last checked, and see if there’s an extra one or two that shouldn’t have been there?!
Remember that this case is supposedly about an owner smuggling in *small quantities* of treif, on many occasions over a period of months. He walks in with a bag containing two chickens, perhaps already cut up, and when nobody’s looking he dumps them into the bucket or whatever where the chickens currently being used are lying. How is the mashgiach supposed to detect that?
Kuvult, it depends very much on what kind of church it is. If your Zeide was in a small town in the USA, it is likely that the churches he spoke in were all Protestant, and some may have been very Protestant, where there is not really much of a problem entering. Catholic and Orthodox churches are much more of a problem, and so are High-Church Anglican churches such as Westminster Abbey.
As for the various Chief Rabbis, they may none of them have been world-class poskim, but so what? It suffices that all of them have been far greater talmidei chachomim than anyone posting on this forum. More importantly, they have been the morei d’asra in the UK, and therefore they had the full halachic authority and responsibility to pasken on the matter, and their psak MUST be recognized as the authoritative one, even if you will find some greater talmid chochom who disagreed. That is how halacha works.
Wow. All this discussion, and nobody has mentioned the clear and explicit halachic status of shtadlonim, which has been established for over 2500 years, and the wide range of heterim available for them. Someone asked whether there could be a heter to eat chazir to please a king; the answer is no, there is not, but there is a heter for a shtadlan to drink the king’s wine, and to wear shatnez, and to have a hair style that is normally forbidden as chukos hagoyim. The heter for drinking stam yeinam goes all the way back to Nechemiah! The gemara says that the reason he is sometimes called Hatirshoso is because the Sanhedrin gave him a heter to drink stam yeinam. And that’s a lot worse than simply setting foot in a church.
D’rabanan in a makom mitzva is mutar on shabbos
That is absolutely not true. Rachmana litzlan if anyone were to follow that advice! If fulfilling a mitzvah d’oraisa requires violating an issur derabanan you may NOT fulfill the mitzvah. Shev ve’al ta’aseh.
Double derabonons, called shvus dshvus, like asking a goy to do a derabonon, is mutar in most cases for a mitzvah.
This is closer, but still not correct. A double derabanan is mutar if and only if it is absolutely impossible to fulfill the mitzvah at all without it. If there is some way to keep both the mitzvah and the double-derabanan prohibition, even if the mitzvah’s fulfillment will only be minimal, without the usual hiddurim, one may not violate the prohibition.
Therefore even if driving a Tesla is mid’rabanan it would still be forbidden even if that means not davening at all, let alone merely not doing so in shul. Only if it’s a double derabanan, and there’s a mitzvah that can’t be fulfilled any other way, would it be mutar.
Zushy is correct. Flags didn’t even exist in the Torah’s times. They were invented in medieval times. דגל only means “flag” in medieval and modern Hebrew, not in Leshon Torah or Leshon Chazal. In Chazal’s times, and apparently also in the Torah’s times, since it’s mentioned in Chumash and Tehillim, what they had was standards, which in Hebrew is נס. These were usually not made of cloth; sometimes a cloth was tied to the standard to make it more visible, but the cloth was just a shmatteh, and didn’t have any particular color or design.
There’s no such word as “pronounciation”.
UJM, if he is a Lubavicher he may indeed never have seen it. It’s unheard of in Lubavitch.
Tuna, we know the Chelmer Golem was real, because Reb Eliyohu’s grandson, the Chacham Tzvi, said so.
Akuperma, what “original accounts”? There are NO accounts of this golem until the 19th century, and it starts immediately as this “superhero” figure. Also, we know golems aren’t invisible.
Gadol Hashtus, far from your assertion that believing these stories borders on kefira, denying that they’re possible is what at least borders on that, if it’s not actual kefira. We know that golems are real. The only question is whether the Maharal made one. I don’t believe he did, and therefore I don’t believe the stories told about this one. Maybe some of them are true stories about a different golem that were retold about this fictional one.
Eliezer, what has the statue of the Maharal got to do with it? Nobody doubts that he existed! Nobody doubts that most of the miracle stories told about him are true. I don’t think any real maamin doubts that he could have made a golem if he had wanted to. The only question is whether he did, and I think the answer is “no”.
No, I don’t believe the Maharal ever made a golem. My reason is that nobody ever heard of this story until the early 19th century. There are many stories of the Maharal, that have been told ever since he was alive; but there is no story about his making a golem.
The biggest proof is that Reb Tia Weil, who lived in Prague in the late 18th century and was a talmid of the Noda Biyhuda, a successor to the Maharal’s rabbonus, wrote a whole book about golems, containing ever fact he could gather about them, and yet he doesn’t mention that the Maharal made one. If the story were true, how could he not have heard of it? The only possible answer is that it hadn’t yet been invented.
So no. Reb Eliyohu Chelmer made a golem, probably some other people made them too, but the Maharal didn’t.
And my (not very serious) point was that in every single such case in the gemara one of the brothers dies without children. If one can draw any valid lesson from this gemara, it is surely that R Yehuda Hachasid was right, and brothers marrying sisters is a bad idea.
Gemara in yavamos has this case quite often
And look what happens in every one of those cases!
Yes, there is a problem. Rabbi Yehuda Hachassid. That doesn’t mean one shouldn’t do it, but it does mean that they should be extra careful not to violate any of the other provisions in the Tzava’ah.
He also says two brothers should not live in the same city, which almost nobody today worries about; but if the brothers have already violated one clause by marrying sisters, it would be a good idea not to violate a second, so one of the couples should move to another city.
In fact going to ones rebbe on yomtov REPLACES aliyah laregel, so it’s completely appropriate to compare them.
This is not politics, it’s antisemitism. Kof K should boycott Ben & Jerry just like everyone else is.
There is no problem saying that Hashem sustains us many times, or that He pastures us many times. Of course He does. He does it several times a day, throughout our lives! Why would anyone even think that’s a problem? But it remains one Sustainer, one Shepherd.
I do have a problem with those who sing “Bay, bay ana rachitz”. Only one “bay”, please.
Avira, English definitely does give special consideration to the Creator; not only His Name is capitalized, but also every pronoun or other word that refers to Him (such as “Name”). That is not the case with any other subject, not even the Queen.
And I agree with the Tana Kama, the repetition of “Shemo” is problematic, especially when followed by the declaration that these three names are in fact one. I’ve had this objection since I first heard that song more than 30 years ago, and I refuse to sing it.July 19, 2021 9:20 am at 9:20 am in reply to: Are you allowed to give Tzeddakah/charity to Non-Jews #1992816
UJM, the gemara does not say “We are obligated”. It says we are permitted. Without that gemara it would be forbidden.
But the gemara is not addressing an individual, who is dealing with his own money, and has the right to squander it on things that are not tzedaka, if it makes him feel good. It’s addressing a gabbai tzedaka, who is dealing with hekdesh money and has an obligation to be careful with it.July 18, 2021 8:41 am at 8:41 am in reply to: Are you allowed to give Tzeddakah/charity to Non-Jews #1992594
מפרנסים עניי נכרים עם עניי ישראל is not an obligation, it is permission. The gemara is telling the gabaim of a tzedakah fund, to which Jewish donors have given on the understanding that their money will go to עניי ישראל and they will therefore get the reward for tzedaka, that if it happens, while they are distributing the money to עניי ישראל that עניי נכרים show up and get in line, they are permitted to give to them too, even though whoever donated that money did not fulfill the mitzvah and will not get the reward. And the reason this is allowed is darchei sholom. The reason it’s not stealing is that the donors know this in advance, and give on the understanding that their money may go for that purpose.
The gemara further says that if a nochri wishes to donate to the tzedaka fund, and it’s not possible to refuse the donation, then it should be given to עניי נכרים so that the donor will not get a mitzvah, unless the donor specifically stipulated that it should go only to עניי ישראל.
AAQ, it has nothing to do with email. We are talking about comments on this site, not about email.
It means that the comment goes into the spam bucket and does not appear on the site.
The Rambam himself explicitly said that all a person needs to learn, in order to know the whole Torah, is the Tanach and the Mishneh Torah. According to the Rambam there is no need to learn gemara! Of course we don’t pasken like him on that question, and we do learn gemara and also other rishonim, but you can’t dismiss it out of hand as “obviously” wrong, as you do.
Truth?! You are a liar. I don’t believe your claim to have supported Israeli action in the past, because what’s happening now is no different from any other time. There are no Israeli “provocations”, and Israeli police are NOT “overly aggressive and violent”. On the contrary, as usual they are overly restrained and merciful, which the Arabs see as weakness and it encourages them to more violence. The only time they are overly aggressive is when Jews respond with counter-violence, just as Etzel did in the 1930s and 40s; THEN they become violent.
Charliehall lies through his teeth yet again. Gavin McInnes is NOT an antisemite, and NOT a Holocaust denier. There’s nothing antisemitic about the Proud Boys. The idea that they are a “hate group” comes from the awful, despicable SPLC. Anyone connected with or quoting SPLC is an awful person. Hall probably gives them money.
Trump may spout nonsense about many topics, but not about Jews; not even Charliehall can actually believe Trump is antisemitic, he’s just lying about it as usual.
And no, the antisemites are overwhelmingly for Biden. Not that that should make any difference; neither candidate can control whom these people support, let alone whom they mischievously publicly endorse.
I explained above that the difference between a Jew and a goy is whether we go after rov.
Excuse me? Are you seriously trying to suggest that the majority of foetuses are nefalim?! That’s ridiculous. Everyone knows the exact opposite is true.
My understanding is that the current “conservative” approach to abortion is based on Catholic ideology
Your understanding is wrong. And your understanding of the Catholic position is also wrong, but for different reasons.
How do your poskim, like the Tzitz Eliezer, shtim with Rav Moshe Feinstein’s famous teshuva on abortion clinics?
You seem to have a fundamental misunderstanding of the poskim’s positions. It’s the Tzitz Eliezer who is relatively meikil. Reb Moshe insists on a plain language reading of the Rambam, that abortion IS ALWAYS MURDER, whether it is done by a yid or a goy. The fact that a yid is not executed for it doesn’t make it not murder, it’s just a gezeras hakasuv that this particular kind of murder is not punished by human courts when it is committed by a Jew, but is when it’s committed by a goy.
As I pointed out earlier, this is EXACTLY THE SAME as killing a goy. There is no machlokes at all, that when a goy kills another goy he must be executed, but when a yid kills a goy he is not. Would anyone suggest for even a minute that this means it’s not murder?! Of course it’s murder, and Hashem will punish anyone who does it, but it’s a gezeras hakasuv that human courts are not authorized to do justice in such a case. The same is true for abortion.
The Rambam is also clear that the ONLY circumstances in which it is permitted to kill an unborn baby are the same circumstances in which it is permitted to kill a born baby or an adult — when he is a rodef.
What kind of question is this? The halacha is very clear and there is NO MACHLOKES WHATSOEVER. Killing an unborn baby has exactly the same halachic status as killing a goy. In both cases a yid who does it is exempt from human justice, but must face Hashem’s justice, while a goy who does it must be tried in a court of law, sentenced to death, and executed. This is not some kind of moshol; it means literally that the nations are OBLIGATED to execute all goyishe abortionists. If they don’t do so they are violating the 7 mitzvos themselves.
Oh, and by the way, the story with Reb Yisroel Salanter is a bobbe maiseh. It never happened, and you certainly can’t derive any halochos from it.
“Reb Eliezer”, you’re also wrong about doctors being able to pasken to eat on Yom Kippur. NO DOCTOR HAS THE RIGHT TO GIVE A HETER TO EAT. If you need a heter you must ask a ROV, not a doctor. The ROV should ask the doctor for his opinion, and then decide the halocho taking into account what the doctor says. But the doctor himself cannot pasken, and you cannot eat just because the doctor said so.
“Reb Eliezer”, of course I saw the article you linked. I commented on it. It was FALSE the first time, and it’s still FALSE. It’s a stupid amhoratzus, nothing more. But now I know that you never bothered to look the BHL up yourself, which means it’s dishonest of you to pretend to quote it. If you got the information from a YWN article then that is your source, not the BHL. To quote a source you have to have seen it yourself.
Mrs Plony: ” I recall a chapter in A House Full of Chessed where Rebbetzin Machlis kept bringing her baby to have his bilirubin tested so he could have his circumcision on the eighth day, and miraculously his levels fell to an acceptable number just in time”
She was getting his bilurubin tested so the MOHEL would agree to do the bris. As far as every doctor in the world is concerned this obsession with jaundice is one big narishkeit, and there’s no reason not to circumcise a baby who’s bright yellow.
The Woodward “revelation” is nonsense. It’s no different from what he said publicly at a press conference on March 30, that he knows how big a panic he could create if he were to play the story up, so he’s being careful not to do that, like a responsible person, not like an irresponsible reporter such as Jim Acosta. Fauci (you still worship him, don’t you?) has completely repudiated any suggestion that Trump’s public message ever diverged from the information he was given. Woodward is simply trying to influence the election; he’s functioning as an integral part of the Democrat campaign and should be given no more credibility than any other Democrat spokesman.
The halacha is that if you have a medical question (like whether to be mechalel Shabbos for a choleh, or whether a baby boy is too yellow for milah) then you ask a doctor.
Mrs Plony, NOBODY asks a doctor whether a baby is too yellow for milah. The UNIVERSALLY accepted halacha is that we do NOT ask doctors. If we were to ask the doctors there would be no such thing as a delayed bris for yellowness, and the whole halacha about it would have been long forgotten. We ask only a mohel who has received the tradition from the mohel who trained him, and we disregard the unanimous advice of all doctors that postnatal jaundice is no reason to delay circumcision.
Reb Eliezer: proud, look up in Biur Halacha O’CH 554 about the Cholara epidemic to stay inside but when need to go out, wear a mask.
No, he does not say that. Please do not repeat things that you saw quoted somewhere but did not bother looking up yourself. If you had looked it up you would have seen that the person who quoted it to you was lying or incompetent.
The Biur Halacha says that if someone insists on fasting during a cholera epidemic, then he should protect himself by staying home to avoid breathing the bad air that was then falsely thought to cause the disease. If he must go out, he should hang some camphor and mint leaves over his nose, in the hope that the strong smell will protect him from the bad air. NOTHING about masks. Anyone who tells you he mentions a mask is not telling you the truth.
Of course nowadays we know that cholera has nothing to do with bad air, and all the precautions people thought they were taking were useless. They should have been doing something very different: boiling and/or chlorinating their water, and washing their hands frequently (in clean water!) Which goes to show that the so-called “experts” don’t necessarily know what they’re talking about. And that applies now just as it did then.
NoM, Biden was never at the top of his wits. He’s always been Slow Joe. But senility happens; some people get it and some don’t, and it’s clear to anyone who pays attention that he has it.
Why would anyone have to be “respected in the Democrat Party” to tell Biden what to do? if it comes to it, the 0bama machine will simply give him the choice between resigning or having a funeral. They don’t have to be respected to do that, just powerful. The only resistance would be from “Dr” Jill, who has visions of being another Edith Wilson, and from Harris whose presidential ambitions would be cut short by a replacement candidate.
“However, given her prior posts, media statements etc.,”
WHAT “prior posts, media statements etc”? There aren’t any that are antisemitic. Attacks on Soros are not antisemitic, and never will be.
No, BT, theories about cabals secretly controlling governments are usually NOT about Jews. They’re usually about such people as the Freemasons, the Templars, the Illumnati, the Bilderbergs, the CFR and Trilateral Commission, the House of Windsor, etc., none of whom are Jewish. The first one that involved Jews was the Protocols, which was cribbed from earlier French works about the Freemasons. The Russian secret police simply substituted “Jews” for “Freemasons”.
There are, of course, people who really do try to manipulate governments, and one of those currently doing so, with some success, happens to be a Jew by birth, although not in any other way: George Soros. Attacks on him are NOT antisemitic; most people who write about him have no idea he’s even Jewish. And the attacks are mostly true.
Even the claim that he was a Nazi collaborator MAY be true, although there’s no genuine evidence for it. It’s based entirely on an interview he gave, in which he phrased himself ambiguously; if you don’t listen carefully it sounds like he is admitting it, and that’s where those who make the accusation are coming from — certainly not from any antisemitic motive! On the contrary, an antisemite would consider it a compliment to say that Soros helped the Nazis.
This site has a strangely schizophrenic character. Most of the articles are reprinted verbatim from AP, which is an active arm of the Democrat Party. AP writers, like most news reporters, are simply Democrats with bylines. But the selection of which articles to run sometimes shows a bias in the other direction, as do those few articles not sourced from AP.
Deliberately separating them is forbidden, at least according to some opinions. Merely playing with them should be fine; if they happen to become separated in the process it was unintentional and therefore not a problem. There is no reason to invent a new gezera to avoid it.
NoM, the difference is that Biden is not physically capable of being president. He’s got serious dementia, which is why he’s being kept as much out of public as possible.
GHT, the DNC bylaws say the vacancy is filled by a special meeting of the full DNC, voting under its usual rules.
The RNC bylaws say the RNC can fill the vacancy or it can call a new convention; if it does not call a new convention, then at the meeting to fill the vacancy each state delegation gets the same number of votes as that state would have at a convention.
What a pack of lies from the usual liars. There was NOT ONE THING antisemitic about anything Greene shared. And there’s nothing antisemitic or frightening about the “Qanon” kooks. They’re idiots, not Jew-haters. Unlike Antifa and BLM, who are outright violent criminals, in open rebellion against the USA.