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  • in reply to: Pictures in Shidduchim #690758

    On the other hand, if you decline, one might think you are hiding something,

    in reply to: Camp Sternberg #764449

    I was a camper there years ago. It was not a snobby camp at all. Good atmosphere,

    in reply to: Good Forwards (Emails) #1059470


    It’s a pity I didn’t name the Posek who was involved here. You would never have question the facts.

    In any case, as I appreciate the points you made. We all know Hashem rules the world though, and stranger things have happened…..

    in reply to: Good Forwards (Emails) #1059468

    Several years ago in New York, a Frum guy was looking for a job.

    As he glanced through the job adverts, a non Jewish company was looking for someone with requirements which suited him perfectly.

    This required an interview on a specific date in late July, which happened to have fallen out in the nine days.

    Being an observant Jew, he had two inquires to make on that matter.

    First, was he allowed to apply for a job in the nine days. Lastly, what about shaving? He didnt want to present himself to Goyim looking like a mess.

    After asking a very well known prominet Posek of that period, he was told that the first question is not a problem at all. The shaving was absolutley prohibited.

    Well, as the time of the interview started to get closer, he became very nervous and uncomfotable about the psak. He kept on worrying on what impression he will make.

    He needed the job very badly and didnt want to forfeit his chance. He tried to pospone the interview for after T’B’av, but it wasnt possible.

    The day of the interview arrived. He got up that morning and approached the mirror several times. He couldn’t bear the ghastly image. After tormenting himself for about an hour, his yetzer hora go the better of him. He shaved his spikey beard!

    He arrived at the Company , and the big boss, an upper class Gentile started friendly conversation .

    As the interview came to a close, the boss pasued and said the following;

    ‘I am not Jewish, but I’ve lived in New York all my life. I see Jewish men everyday and interact with them. I know a lot of their customs and laws.

    I especially know, that at this time of year, Jews are in mourning and the men do not shave!’

    The frum guy became very edgy and before he wanted to explain, the boss interupted again and said, ‘But you shaved.You were not loyal to YOUR religion, and in that case, you won’t be loyal to our Company. I’m sorry, I can’t hire you’

    in reply to: Purim Ideas! #928756


    I know the mitzvos of Purim!

    and it DOES says ‘chayov inish ….’

    In fact, its been said that a person should get drunk to the point where he doesnt know the differnece between ‘Orur Homon’ and ‘Boruch Mordechai’

    Every Mitzvah is holy, and in the case of Purim , there obviously is allowed to be ana element of Kalus Rosh.

    As far is your story is concerned, this person was Mivayish someone in public. We all know how devastating the consequences of that could be, and there is no inyan of embarrasing someone else. But making a ‘clown of oneself’ is obviously permissable within limits. What does ‘vinahapch hoo’ mean? Dressing up, parading in costumes is obviously ‘letzonus. Ofcourse, its a holy idea and a mitzvah on purim.

    in reply to: Purim Ideas! #928752


    don’t compare Succos to Purim.

    Purim is a time for ‘Letzonis’ in general.

    I mean, is walking around roaring drunk in some disguise becoming, and is it our way?

    Obviously not, but Purim is an exception.

    So as THIS is acceptable, why the ruckus about themed sholoch monos??

    in reply to: Purim Ideas! #928750


    Can you please explain why?

    in reply to: Purim Ideas! #928739

    Here’s a cute idea and very practical;

    Buy a frying pan, put in a doughnut, potatoe chips, an onion, a potatoe, anything you can think of that can be fried. On the card , wrtie a ‘FRYlichen Purim.

    Another idea is a DIET THEME;

    Buy a salad bowl. Fill with some vegetables, diet coke, sugar free candies, rice cakes etc.

    If you want something pretty. Buy a vase and fill it with jelly beans. Give it with a bottle of wine.

    Italian theme;


    tomatoe sauce

    potatoe chips with tomatoe flavor

    tomatoe juice


    in reply to: Pesach – as a Name #673394

    I know someone who’s last name is Shabbos .

    If he had a son named ‘Yom Tov(which is a common name), his name would be Yom Tov Shabbos;-)

    in reply to: Understanding The Haiti Tragedy #672889

    Beautiful heartfelt post.

    I remember when the Tzunami occured, people were saying that this happened in a place occupied by Oivdei Avode Z’.

    Germans never really paid a price for what they did and nor did the Communists.

    Unfortunately , the innocent always are scapegoats.

    I think if we start to educate our kids on how to be sensitive to others, regardless of their background and religion, we would feel like we accomplished a great deal.

    in reply to: What Is a Tuna Bagel? #703740

    I’m not sure but I think it applies to someone who LOOKS very frum but is not…..

    in reply to: Fun Words #923740




    Ans. = man overboard

    Okay, let’s see if you’ve got the hang of it.




    Ans. = I understand

    OK ..

    Got the drift ?

    Let’s try a few now and see how you fare

    3. /r/e/a/d/i/n/g/

    Ans. = reading between the lines






    Ans. = cross road

    Not having a good day now, are you ?

    Redeem yourself.

    5. cycle



    Ans. = tricycle





    Ans. = two degrees below zero

    C’mon give it a little thought ! !

    7. knee


    Ans. = neon light

    ( knee – on – light )

    U can prove u r smart by getting this one.

    8. ground

    feet feet feet feet feet feet

    Ans. = six feet underground

    Oh no, not again ! !

    9. he’s X himself

    Ans. = he’s by himself

    Now ur messing up big time.

    10. ecnalg

    Ans. = backward glance

    Not even close ! !

    11. death ….. life

    Ans. = life after death

    Okay last chance ……………….

    12. THINK

    Ans. = think big ! !

    And the last one is real fun – – –

    13. abababababababababababababababababababab….

    Ans. = long time no ‘C’

    in reply to: Yeshiva Information #986389

    Rav Vorhand was the Rav in a Hungarian town called Makov.

    in reply to: Jokes #1200913

    The President’s Suit

    As you know President Obama just returned from China. While he was

    there the premier of China gave him a gift of a beautiful bolt of

    cloth. When President Obama returned he wanted to have a suit made

    from the cloth so he called a tailor on London’s famous Seville Row to

    come over and make him a suit.

    When the tailor arrived he measured the President and he measured the

    cloth and declared that he could not make him a suit. “There is not

    enough material” the tailor said.

    The President was disappointed but after thinking about it for a while

    he called the French Ambassador and asked him if he could recommend a

    French tailor that could make him a suit.

    The Ambassador said that he would have one of France’s top men’s

    designers flown over

    to make him a suit.

    When the French designer arrived he measured the President and he

    measured the cloth and declared that he could not make him a suit.

    “There is not enough material” the designer said.

    President Obama was disappointed and happened to mention the problem

    to the Israeli Ambassador. The Ambassador told him not to worry. He

    knew of a tailor in Israel that could make him a suit from this fine


    A few days later Yankel shows up at the White House. He measured the

    President and he measured the cloth and told him that not only would

    he make him a suit but a vest and an extra pair of pants to go with


    Stunned the President asked how this Israeli tailor could not only

    make him a suit but a vest and an extra pair of pants when the English

    and French tailors said that there was not enough material.

    The Israeli tailor looked at President Obama and said,

    “Mr. President, in Israel you are not such a big man”

    in reply to: Pay the Attempted Shadchan? #672597

    There was a famous story with the Sanzer Rav.

    He announced that he needs a shidduch for his daughter and he will award ANYONE who even proposes a suggestion regardless whether or not its the right one.

    Naturally everyone came forward with their ideas and they were all paid.

    One poor man who ddint even have money to make shabbos, decided that he has to propose something but he didnt know anyone.Finally he came up with an idea which he thought was unsuitable. Since he needed the money so badly, he approached the Rav on erev Shabbos. The Rav thought a bit, and then said ‘come back Motzei Shabbos’

    The man argued that he needs the money for Shabbos.But as the Rav insisted M shabbos, thats when he returned. HIS idea happened to be the RIGHT ONE.

    in reply to: Most Uncommon Frum Names #740803







    in reply to: Most Common Frum First Names? #671358

    Lets rephrase the question and make it more challenging;

    Most common NON BIBLICAL names;




    in reply to: Most Uncommon Frum Names #740796



    Yom Yov


    in reply to: Most Common Frum First Names? #671355








    in reply to: Most Uncommon Frum Names #740789

    First names for boys I would say;










    in reply to: Shidduchim – Meshugas or Acceptable #673737

    Re- the comment about Avraham Avinu being Mishadech with Besual.

    It says that when Eliezer(avraham’s servant)went to see Rifkah, he had ‘Kvitzas Haderech’.

    The wind blew him straight to where Rifkah was. Otherwise, under normal circumstances, he would have lodged on the way and the innkeeper would have probably asked him questions.

    If he would have said that he is going to check out Besuel’s daughter for Yitzchock , the inkeeper would have talked him out of it……

    So , if not here , then where can we learn that bad information can stop a good girl from getting ahead??

    in reply to: Old Days #672231

    A few others that come to mind;

    abimeleibt, Hakatan,MDshwecks,Shazam, sayitlikeitis,stan the man, abigezint.

    in reply to: Old Days #672230

    YW, Moderator,

    You have their contact details, why don’t you inquire as to why they just left?

    in reply to: Old Days #672215

    Charedim Kol Yisroel was quite a asset to the site, I must say. He was clever, polite and thorough. Sammygol was hillarious and sharp. Then there was a poster named Yossi Brisuk, Midwesterner and ofcourse our resident lefty liberal, ILLINI.

    I also recall Sarah.

    Many of these bloggers are missing. Some cos they wer challenging, and others because they wre very qualified…..

    in reply to: Old Days #672212

    I dont think they got bored! lol

    They probably are still around under other names, as you say.

    in reply to: Old Days #672210


    Yes, but there were lots EVEN before them. I am wondering if anyone else remembers….

    A600Kilobear I have seen recently.

    There was also TORAHIS1, MDLEVINE, Sussnow,Sammygol(he was funny!), Cherrybim, .

    Maybe the YWeditors can help?

    in reply to: Old Days #672208

    There are lots who disappeared.

    There was Moshe Fox, Gemorroh kop, Sheryl.

    Any others you remember?

    in reply to: The Role Of A Frum Woman, Controversial! #666795


    I also thought that Kol Kevudah only means that the inner beauty counts.

    However, someone on another thread said that it also means that a woman should not expose herself too frequentsly. In other words, the home should be her place!

    in reply to: The Role Of A Frum Woman, Controversial! #666789

    So thats my point. The woman is expected to work. On the other hand, if her husband wants her to assume the role of ‘Kol Kevuda’, how do thsoe two things connect?

    I might agree with you, its just the controversy that is quite puzzling!

    in reply to: The Role Of A Frum Woman, Controversial! #666785

    Torah is 1,

    That is your pseudonym isn’t it??? Ever heard of Talmud Torah Keneged Kuloh?

    We are discussing those couples who want the men to stay in learning…..

    in reply to: The Role Of A Frum Woman, Controversial! #666782

    Mezonos Maven,

    Did you not understand the point of this thread.

    How does a women with 2000 kids support her Kollel hubs and family by sitting home???

    in reply to: Good Forwards (Emails) #1059460

    8, 2009 at 7:45Three Lives

    It was a strange phenomenon. The famed professor Victor Frankl, author of the perennial best-seller Man’s Search for Meaning, and founder of Logotherapy, would send each year a check to Chabad of Vienna before the High Holidays. Nobody in the Chabad center or in the larger Jewish community could understand why. Here was a man who was not affiliated in any fashion with the Jewish community of Vienna. He did not even attend synagogue even on Yom Kippur. He was married to a very religious Catholic woman. He is not even buried in the Jewish cemetery in Vienna. Yet, he would not miss a single year of sending a contribution to Chabad before Yom Kippur. The enigma was answered only in 1992.

    I Am the First Emissary

    From the Chassidim to the Opera

    On the very night after her performance at the Salzburg Festspiele, close friends smuggled her out of Germany to Italy. From there she managed to embark on the last boat to the U.S. before the war broke out, just a few days later.

    Margareta settled in Detroit, where she married a fine Jewish young man with the family name Chajes (a grandson of one of the most famous 19th century Polish Rabbis and Talmudic commentator, the Maharatz Chayos, and they gave birth to a beautiful daughter.

    Forward the tape recorder of history. It is now many years after the war. Jews were rebuilding their lives and their careers. The rabbis were rebuilding their communities. But one rabbi was thinking of not just of his own community.

    You see, the daughter of Margareta married a prominent Jewish doctor, who was honored by the dinner of a Chabad institution in the US and his mother-in-law, Margareta, acquired an audience with the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

    The Rebbe listened. But he not only listened with his ears. He listened with his eyes, with his heart, with his soul, and he took it all in. I shared everything and he absorbed everything. That night I felt like I was given a second father. I felt that the Rebbe adopted me as his daughter.

    Two Requests

    At the end of my meeting with the Lubavitcher Rebbe, I expressed my strong desire to go back and visit Vienna. The Rebbe requested from me that before I make the trip, I visit him again.

    A short while later, en route to Vienna, I visited the Rebbe. He asked me for a favor: to visit two people during my stay in the city. The first was Viennese Chief Rabbi Akiva Eisenberg, and give him regards from the Rebbe (the Rebbe said that his secretariat would give me the details and literature to give to Rabbi Eisenberg.) The second person he wanted me to visit I would have to look up myself. The Rebbe said that he was a professor at the University of Vienna and his name was Dr. Victor Frankl.

    You Will Prevail

    Using the German dialect, so Margareta would understand, the Rebbe spoke for a long time about the messages he wished to convey to Dr. Frankl. Close to forty years later she did not recall all of the details, but the primary point was that Frankl should never give up and he should keep on working to achieve his goals with unflinching courage and determination.

    Margareta traveled to Vienna. Her visit with Rabbi Eisenberg was simple. Meeting Victor Frankl proved far more difficult. When she arrived at the University, they informed her that the professor has not shown up in two weeks. There was thus no way she can meet him. After a few failed attempts to locate him at the University, Margareta gave up.

    You see, in 1947, Frankl married his second wife — a very devout Catholic, Eleonore Katharina Schwindt.

    Victor Frankl showed up a few moments later, and after ascertaining that he was the professor at the University, she said she had regards for him.

    Suddenly, the uninterested professor broke down. He began sobbing like a baby. He could not calm down. I did not understand what was going on. I just saw him weeping uncontrollably.

    Forever Grateful

    Suddenly, a change in his voice. Dr. Frankl melted like butter in a frying pan.

    In the Camps

    The Great Debate

    You see, friends, this was no small debate. These two Jews were debating the very meaning of human identity and Victor Frankl had been advocating a view extremely alien to the then-dominant Freudian outlook. In a word: A human being has a SOUL, what we Jews call a Neshamah.

    Freud, like most medical schools, emphasized the idea that all things come down to physiology. The human mind and heart could be best understood as a “side effect” of brain mechanisms. Humans are like machines, responding to stimuli from within or from without, a completely physical, predictable, and godless machine, albeit a very complicated machine, creating psychotics, neurotics, and of course psychiatrists.



    “I began to sob. I cried uncontrollably. I was so moved. I felt like a transformed man. That is exactly what I needed to hear. Someone believed in me, in my work, in my contributions, in my ideas about the infinite transcendence and potential of the human person and in my ability to prevail.

    Victor Frankl concluded his story to Rabbi Beiderman in these words: “??? ?????? ??????? ??? ???? ????”

    I Love Chabad

    And finally, Rabbi Biederman understood why he was getting a check in the mail before each Yom Kippur.

    Their conversation was over.

    Tefilin Each Day

    But the story is not over.

    In 2003, Dr. Shimon Cown, an Lubavitch Australian expert on Frankl, went to visit his non-Jewish widow, Elenor, in Vienna.

    You get it? On Yom Kippur nobody saw him in shul, but a day of Tefilin he did not miss.

    When they asked in interviews whether he believed in G-d, he would usually not give a direct answer.

    But a day of tefilin he would not miss!

    Oy, what a Jew!

    The Soldier

    In 1973, an Israeli soldier lay in the hospital, depressed and dejected, saying that he feels like committing suicide.

    You see, he lost both his legs during the Yom Kippur war. He felt that without legs his future was hopeless.

    One day, his doctor walked into the room. The soldier was sitting upright, and looked relaxed and happy. The doctor looked at him, and saw that his eyes regained that passionate gaze.

    What happened? The doctor asked.

    One Message

    This, friends, was the potential the Rebbe saw when he decided to send Margareta on a mission to Vienna.

    What is a soul?

    in reply to: Jokes #1200754

    My wife and I divorced over religious reasons;

    She thought she was G-d, and I disagreed, !!!

    in reply to: A Humorous Item #1173673

    1. Only in America……can a pizza get to your house faster than an


    2. Only in America……are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.

    3. Only in America……do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to

    the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people

    can buy cigarettes at the front.

    4. Only in America……do people order double cheeseburgers, large

    fries, and a diet coke.

    5. Only in America……do banks leave both doors open and then chain

    the pens to the counters.

    6. Only in America……do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in

    thedriveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

    7. Only in America……do we use answering machines to screen calls and

    then have call waiting so we won’t miss a call from someone we didn’t

    want to talk to in the first place.

    8. Only in America……do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in

    packages of eight.

    9. Only in America……do we use the word ‘politics’ to describe the

    process so well: ‘Poli’ in Latin meaning ‘many’ and ‘tics’ meaning

    ‘bloodsucking creatures’.

    10. Only in America……do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille


    in reply to: Steak Recipes #1037910

    Pepper Steak

    Slice the steak in strips and marinate it in a half a cup soya sauce with a quarter cup sugar.

    Let it soak for about half hour.

    The pour some oil in a frying pan. Saute garlic pieces with a tablespoon ginger.

    Add sliced onions and green pepper slices. Add the steak with marinade and your favorite spices. Cook on low for about half hour or until brown.


    in reply to: Nursery Rhymes For Jews #885914



    in reply to: Good Forwards (Emails) #1059452

    Rochel Imeinu,

    I heard that story a few years ago, and its really inspirational.

    Unfortunatley though, its been said that it never really happened.

    in reply to: Cholent #670991

    If your making it on Rosh Hashono, put in ‘leberlich’…LEIB ERHLICH!!! 🙂

    in reply to: A Humorous Item #1173627

    Isnt this thread supposed to be humerous???

    in reply to: A Humorous Item #1173620


    I dont get it…..

    in reply to: A Humorous Item #1173554

    A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist

    complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and

    asked how long it took him to catch them.

    “Not very long,” answered the Mexican.

    “But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American.

    The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his

    needs and those of his family.

    The American asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

    “I sleep late, fish a little and play with my children. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my

    friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I

    have a full life.”

    The American interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help

    you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell

    the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger


    “And after that?” asked the Mexican.

    “With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second

    one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of

    trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then

    negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your

    own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico

    City , Los Angeles , or even New York City ! From there you can direct

    your huge new enterprise.”

    “How long would that take?” asked the Mexican.

    “Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the American.

    “And after that?”

    “Afterwards? Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting,”

    answered the American, laughing. “When your business gets really big,

    you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!”

    “Millions? Really? And after that?” asked the Mexican.

    “After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the

    coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying

    your friends.”

    And the moral of this story is: ……… Know where you’re going in

    life… you may already be there.

    in reply to: Problem With Gmail #667465


    in reply to: Altering Photos in Photoshop for Fundraising Purposes – Okay? #655007

    I know that there was the famous story of how Reb Ahron Kotler noticed that when they advertised the Yeshiva, the artist enhanced the pictures of the surroundings with beautiful trees and green.

    The Rosh Yeshiva saw this as a form of deception and requested the artist redo his work with more authentic graphics.

    in reply to: Tipping At Day Camp #657793

    I remember witnessing a father of a boy giving his counselor a 500 DOLLAR TIP!!

    This happned about 30 years ago in Camp Monk….

    in reply to: Yichus – Its Importance and its Value #652333

    ‘We have a family tree tracing us back to David Hamelech as well! ‘

    Who did Dovid Hamelech come from?? Ruth Hamoavit!

    in reply to: Yichus – Its Importance and its Value #652323


    On the contrary. That logic means that if there IS a 1 in front of those zeros thats because YOU are worthy WITHOUT yichus.

    in reply to: Pet Peeves; A Little Negativity, But a Lot of Fun! #997310

    Mezonos Maven,

    Pet peeve;

    Those who dont fargin other people’s pet peeves, lol!

    in reply to: Pet Peeves; A Little Negativity, But a Lot of Fun! #997300

    Moderators who are wise guys! (for the rest of you, read my last post on the ‘feel good ‘ thread.

    you can click: HERE to check it out

    in reply to: The Following Made Me Feel Good… #996863

    I feel great when I am stuck in traffic and start honking along with everyone else even if I know it wont make anything move. It just relieves my stress!

    reminds me of a pet peeve go: HERE to check it out

    in reply to: Pet Peeves; A Little Negativity, But a Lot of Fun! #997294

    When people have food in between their teeth. So ungroomed! Didnt they ever hear of dental floss??

    When you are trying on an item of clothing in a store (whether its a hat for a man or for a woman, or a dress etc.) and the other shoppers have to put in their ‘2 cents’

    When those who notice you are afraid of dogs start giving you a whole speech about how ‘people are more dangerous than animals’

    People who take advantage of others who just can say ‘no’.

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