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May 30, 2017 6:39 pm at 6:39 pm in reply to: Anti Zionist demonstration planned in Barclays Center #1288559
Jeez, who cares. People will continue to hate others, and cause others to hate them back. It’s the circle of life. If you have any sense in you whatsoever, you’ll ignore it all and focus on your own lives.
TV is worse because it is nonstop. You don’t need any input whatsoever, and it’ll just keep playing forever. Which is a huge promoter of laziness. One needs to provide constant input when using the internet.
Oh, wait.. I feel like I’m getting sucked into the “Arguing with Joseph” black hole of nonproductive, ridiculous banter, where good, unassuming people are driven mad by a lonely 17 year old Yeshiva student getting wifi from the local Starbucks.
So forget my genuine post.
Men are not forbidden to wear rings, so long as they are men’s rings.
There. A nice, genuine post free of “profanity”. Let’s see if it stays up.
So far so good! Keep up the good work!
“Chulent Shlug”: You dump all the leftover chulent into a plastic shopping bag (it’s best when cold), and a guy sits in a chair, and another guy whacks him over the head with the bag of chulent. If the bag doesn’t split open, you win. If the bag splits open, and you get cold chulent all over your face, you lose.
“Borsa-meano”: Everyone lines up their black hats on the floor upside down in a straight line.You then find a big, muddy rock, stand about 20 feet away from the hats, and while blindfolded, you throw the rock at the hats. If your hat becomes a bent, muddy rag, you lose. If your hat is the last one still standing, you win.
“Dreidel Kneidel”: While preparing kneidels for the friday night soup, the camp cook puts a dreidel inside one of the kneidels. Whoever ends up with the dreidel kneidel must sing Ma’oz Tzur backwards, solo. If he messes up, the whole camp could pelt him with their kneidels.
False. Even showing one eye is too revealing. We should follow in the footsteps of our forefathers and conceal all our women in boxes. Although you can poke air holes in a makom sakanah, it’s better to be machmir.
If you’re looking for Jewish/ kosher options, there isn’t much in Lakewood. Maybe like 1 or 2 supermarkets that have kosher options, and possibly a small book store. If you are looking for lots of options, better to try Cassville or Atlantic City.
You at least have a realistic plan for your future, which is more than what could be said of most guys your age. So don’t worry, you’ll be fine. The girls will be lining up out the door.
So I asked my grandson if he was going to shave before his date last night, and he said no, because his shaver broke and he was too busy researching fancy restaurants he was going take his date to and blow the large sum of money he earned from agreeing to go out with a nebach older single.
I said, maybe use the money to buy a nice shaver. He said no way, he only wants to spend the money on food. I guess 18 year olds only care about food.
Well said. It’s about time someone actually took matters into their own hands. I’m heading out right now to buy some bleach and find some good rocks.
False. My spouse and I are a perfect match.
Also, what do you mean by “make things more normalized”?
yekke2, I see some major problems with your earlier post:
You say it is in a way more dangerous to argue things which are “grey areas”. Yet, concerning most hashkafic/halachic issues, there actually ARE multiple legitimate ways of dealing with them. That’s exactly WHY there are so many opinions, from so many, as you say, Torah leaders. So obviously, each one has evaluated all sides, and decided what the best way forward is. They are thinking critically. So all you are suggesting, in reality, is that WE, the peasants, are not allowed to think for ourselves, and instead we must have others think for us. And not only that, but we are not even allowed to consider the benefits of other people’s hashkafos/ halachic rulings, and that only OURS are correct, and are the only real truth.
Now THAT is what I call dangerous.
This actually turned into a good thread while the mods were sleeping. Thank you everyone!
For those arguing this thread is pointless and even dangerous, I DO see the case you’re making, but I disagree, so long as:
* The topics are about things people here have multiple positions and opinions about, and not about snakes in your house
* The topics are not about things that are straight out written in the Torah (like murdering someone). I believe this is what Lilmod was concerned about
A major theme in the posts that oppose this challenge is that there is just one truth, so there either are no merits to the other side, it’s against the Torah to see the other side, or there is no other side. That is ONLY true about things like mentioned above. Not about the regular topics posted here all the time, like dating styles, how to deal with issues of tznius, shalom bayis, or the OTD population, political arguments, etc. etc.
The argument that this exercise is flawed because you shouldn’t be able to see the other side at all, is, I believe, flawed (ironic?) because it is WAY TOO EASY to get sucked into your own biases about an issue you feel strongly about, that you are blinded to seeing the other side’s virtues at all, and let’s be honest – there must be virtues for the other side or no one would hold of it.
We all do this, all the time. We think we’re seeking out truth and being completely impartial, but that is almost never the case. We all have inherent biases, and this is an exercise of overcoming those biases. This is NOT about trying to convince yourself the other side is right. On the contrary, if all it takes is a couple virtues for the opposition to convince you it’s right, you must not have thought your own side through deeply enough.
Avram, that’s actually funny and I appreciate your post! I definitely needed to dust off my brain for that one, although I still think my OP contains an important exercise we can all work through.
Carry on, and continue dusting off the brains.
So we got a couple responses, and the critical thinking meter has been pushed up just a tick or two. But let’s get real. Are we just to afraid to approach topics that may force us to see things in a way we are uncomfortable with? Are we too strong in our biases, too buried in our dusty attics, that we are scared to open up new avenues?
I see quite a few topics currently on the front page that are well suited to this challenge. Grab that brush and start dusting off the ol’ brain, will ya?
And this is why it’s ludicrous to have men try to enforce, encourage, or inspire women in the areas of tznius. Because they just don’t have a darn clue what women have going on in their brains that creates these issues in the first place.
Whatever the methods employed are, it should be done by women, for women.
Two points I’ll make in regard to the OP’s question:
1) R’ Mattisyahu Solomon, in his book on chinuch, says that many times, chinuch is simply about having common sense. So use your common sense. If the kid will clearly not respond well to “blunting his teeth”, don’t do it.
2) As bad as this Rasha in the Hagaddah might be, he’s still at the seder. And he’s asking you a question. Which means, you can still engage him in firm debate. If he doesn’t care enough to ask you a question, or he’s not even at your seder, the firm approach won’t work. That’s where you just need to show love.
So many options…
Should you get the black one with the black ribbon? Or maybe that other black one with the black ribbon? Ooh, how about that third black one with the black ribbon?
Wow, I can’t decide.
Can everyone please just move to Sweden or Rapa Nui, and solve the shidduch-with-someone-more-than-a-specific-number-of-years-older-or-younger-than-you crisis.
Free margaritas on me.March 22, 2017 4:25 pm at 4:25 pm in reply to: Best Android Filter or App Lock with No Monthly Recurring Fees #1242160
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Having a shadchan as a go-between for two people who have already met is like hiring an entire circus for your kid’s birthday party: They’re just going to get in the way, and you are all perfectly happy with just having cake and ice cream, anyway.
rebshidduch, are you sure? It comes free with a “Pin the tail on the troll” game, and a “Honk if you’re Joseph” bumper sticker. You won’t believe how many honks I hear every day.
I once had a greenhouse full of tropical plants. Someone told me it’s good I have the plants in a greenhouse, because without the greenhouse, the plants would all be eaten by squirrels. Well, it was winter time, and no squirrels were to be seen. So I took the plants out of the greenhouse. After all, no squirrels were around, right?
The plants died within a day.
So obviously, telling someone to put tropical plants in a greenhouse to protect them from squirrels is idiotic, even though it may may contain an element of sense. Because that’s not THE reason to put the plants in a greenhouse.
How’s that for an analogy.
rebshidduch, only if you have the deluxe account. ($50 a month)
Yes, this should definitely be enforced and encouraged by men, because they of course understand the inner conflict a woman has when struggling with issues of tznius.
Mod – Thanks, I forgot that part.
Lilmod – Looks can be deceiving, my dear:
So my friend got divorced recently, and we’re pretty close, so I asked her what happened. She said it’s because her husband was more than 10 years older than her, so their marriage just couldn’t work.
Real life proof that 10 years is a real barrier that separates marriages.
So to all who are more than 10 years older or younger than your spouse: Quickly, if you want to save your marriage, find a Delorean with a working flux capacitor.
In Rapa Nui and Sweden, it’s up to 23 year and 4 months older. For the rest of the world, it’s up to 11 years and 8 months.
The difference is the clean, cool air of Sweden and the delicious margaritas of Rapa Nui make people live longer, so it’s okay for the ages to be further apart.
You should look like this after drinking the four cups:
Lilmod, that’s a dangerous generalization to make. All jokes have some element of truth to them. That’s what makes them funny.
Would you be upset if there was a quote from a Rabbi in a Greek magazine?
If it’s truth, it’s truth.
I always make sure to be yotzei the mitzvah of drinking the four cups until I don’t know the difference between V’hi She’amda and Baruch Hamakom. Also, that way, I really do see Eliyahu Hanavi come to the door. Just one downside: I woke up the next morning with charoses stuck in my beard. Although it came in handy when there was no charoses left at the second seder.
29, if you can’t laugh at yourself every now and then, you’re not really living.
The only Jewish way is:
1) To have the boy’s mother meet the girl at least 5 times in different settings.
2) For the girl’s father to farher the boy for at least 2 hours before the boy ever sees the girl at all.
3) The boy and girl then have a conversation with a large, thick curtain between them, with adult supervision. This conversation can last no longer than 20 minutes.
4) Mazel tov. The parents all sing and dance together, leaving the boy and girl awkwardly sitting on opposite sides of the curtain to think about how they ever got into this situation. But no worries, they’ll be able to see each other again at their wedding.
I’ll post this pretending you are being funny and not condescending – 29
It was the second day of sukkos, and I woke up with a bad headache. I had put my lulav and esrog on the table the day before, and right next to them was a big pile of fruit and vegetables that my rebbitzin was using to make a fruit salad for the seuda that day. I grabbed my lulav and esrog, and ran out the door to shul, as I was quite late.
I got halfway through hallel when the guy behind me pointed out I was holding a lemon instead of an esrog.
So I laughed it off, assuming he was joking. I was shaking my lemon with such kavannah that day, it felt amazing. But I noticed my lulav wasn’t swaying the way it’s supposed to. It was then that I realized I was actually holding a large celery stick. But it was during hallel, and my kavannah was so strong, so I couldn’t stop.
Anyway, I got home, hungry for the delicious seuda, and took a huge bite of the fresh salad the rebbitzin made, and felt something get stuck between my teeth. It was a pitum.
All of the above. As well as all other varieties of trolls. Oh, and quite a handful of moderators, too. Pretty much everyone between the atlantic ocean and the state of Ohio.
I come here to remind myself why Mashiach hasn’t come yet.
Consider that your wedding day is not actually for you at all. It’s for your families, friends, and all the invited guests. So they can dress up, eat a fancy meal, smile at some cameras, and be seen smiling at some cameras.
For you, it’s just a day you need to get through to reach your real purpose, your goal, your happily ever after: Which is BEING married, and living the rest of your life with someone you love.
Redleg, you are right, but with one crucial prerequisite:
The person needs to be able to handle the exchange with the maturity and sensibility that, for better or for worse, many of our brothers and sisters simply don’t have. For some people (feivel), even a hint of a smile is enough to cause “an earthquake of emotion”. So know who you’re dealing with. That’s all.
Wow, and you don’t even know him.
“anyone believing the world is over 6000 years old is an apikorus”
It is not a contradiction to believe in both the Torah’s timeline of creation and the age of the universe estimated by current cosmology.
Love how Joseph is meticulous in following (and telling us) his posek’s statement, yet for this particular situation, he asks the CR instead of his posek.
Um.. actually, it has been extremely transparent, since day one.
Avram, all true. But that doesn’t clash with my statement that the moon’s gravity does protect the Earth from incoming space debris.
Avram, excellent points.
First off – The Torah’s Creation story implies that God’s work was intended for those on Earth. Does it prove that there is no intelligent life elsewhere? No, but I feel that it is implied. One can make other deductions as they see fit, but that is how I see it.
Second – All I said was “life as we know it,” referring to the common lifeforms of our environment. You are right about any other kinds of life.
Third – The moon’s gravity does indeed protect the Earth from incoming space debris, including asteroids. Just look at how many impact craters it has.
Bochur 2.0: People with “a past” are often more qualified for marriage than the rest. So don’t settle for “a girl who’s father won’t look at you”. Look for someone who can appreciate you for who are, and who you’ve become.
lightbrite: If you look more closely at that article on Chabad’s website, you’ll actually see that he agrees with me 100%. The quote you pulled is discussing life, in a more general state. Not intelligent life.
Further down in the article, he states “…although it is quite possible there is life on other planets, that life would not be intelligent in a way similar to human life and culture.” Which was exactly my point.
So thank you for sourcing an article that agrees with my original comment.
yehudayona, there can be specific areas without changes in temperature/ climate. But not the entire planet. We need seasons and climates in order to have food and water, so without the variety, life couldn’t exist as we know it. Google it for a more detailed analysis.
As Jews, it would be problematic to our theology if any exoplanet is found to contain intelligent life forms, since the basis of our creation beliefs focus solely on Earth being the center of the universe, for all intents and purposes. Plant or animal life may not be as big of an issue.
Also, there are many additional criteria that must be met in order for an exoplanet to be able to contain life as we know it, such as having a large outer planet being able to deflect most space debris that comes your way, having a moon to control tides and also deflect debris, having the exoplanet tilt on its axis to allow for variations in climate, and many others. So just finding a planet in the goldilocks zone is not enough.February 22, 2017 7:56 pm at 7:56 pm in reply to: marrying a good boy who might not be good enough for you #1220591
The guy should go OTD again, this time along with reb shidduch, and then both of them should come back on, and reb shidduch should learn full time, and the guy should spend all day posting here about shadchanim, and then they’ll both be perfectly suited for each other. Mazel tov.
I only know of one. But He should certainly be on your list: Hashem.