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  • in reply to: Zebra Tallis #942847

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    I heard from reliable sources that it is because originally they wanted to have a blue dye, somewhat as a zeicher to techeiles and somewhat because part of the svara of the blue color of the techeiles is to remind us of the ocean, which reflects off the sky which reminds us of the kisei hakavod so it is good to have something blue on the Tzitzis. However the blue dye did not stay well and used to run a lot so the closest thing they had was the black dye. they have not changed back since, feel free if you would like to. it may not be a good reason but I believe it is true. As for the techeiles issue when the question was posed to the beis halevi supposedly he responded “I don’t wear techeiles (or what was then considered to be techeiles) because my father didn’t and my grandfather didn’t” bkitzur, we don’t have the mesora for it. Obviously there are different shitos regarding this approach, according to this story, this was the approach of the beis halevi.


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    Actually some are Matir taking a haircut and listening to music tonight, and some even on day 32 after mincha. For example, I believe R’ Dovid Feinstein gets a haircut on 32 after mincha. However, before you quote me on that I would like to verify it, so if anyone knows if this is an absolute fact please let me know (I heard it from quite reliable sources but one can never be too sure). Also, if you have the Dirshu MB- Chelek 5 I know they bring down in Siman 493, around #21-23 or so, that some are Matir to take a haircut (and I would assume, also listen to music) on the night of the 33rd. Lastly, if you are Noheg Aveilus the entire Sefira besides 33 it should for sure not be a problem to get a haircut or listen to music at night, because you will get your 33 days anyway (I think Chasidim are Noheg like this- Minhag Ha’Ari and others). And besides, we always try to be melamed zchus for Klal Yisroel, so especially because the Meron celebrations are tonight I don’t think you are changing Minhag Klal Yisroel, but I do understand your Ta’anos.

    in reply to: Mixed Dancing??? #873867

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    Well, since you said in the Israel post that you are in 11th Grade and I hope none of your 11th Grade friends are getting married, maybe you should get someone who is the same age as the choson, or get your Mashgiach/ Rosh Yeshiva to talk to him.

    in reply to: SEDER MINHAGIM? #1148847

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    As yaff80 mentioned, dipping finger could be to remind us of ???? ?????, another idea is “????? ????? ?? ????”- with the fall of your enemies do not rejoice, and so to show a little sadness at the fall of the Egyptians we pour out a little wine in their memory. (This 2nd ??? is, admittedly, not so good, because the Gemara in Megilla says that this only applies by other Jews ??”?).

    As for 147, I believe that the idea of pointing the pinky at the torah is that as we find many times in ??”?, when we say “????” or similar words, it means that someone is pointing at it (ex. ???? ??? ???, where Rashi explains that Hashem showed Moshe how the moon is supposed to look) so we point. As for why the pinky, Rav Belsky said that the “pointer” finger is an accusatory finger, so we do not want to use that, and in addition the pinky seems to be a “humble” finger, so to speak. Whatever the real ???? is, remember “???? ????? ????” and “?? ????? ?? ?????”.

    Oh yeah, and ??? ??? ???.

    in reply to: "Why is Passover so restrictive?" #863423

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    R’ Brevda is similar to what everyone is saying but he expounds a little more. For example, he brings down the Gaon that on the night of Pesach we have 64 mitzvos- how is that Cheirus?! Unless, you don’t define “freedom” how the rest of the world defines it. Nobody enjoys living a life of no rules at all- it completely messes them up because they have no structure. So when Hashem made us Bnei Chorin he did that by giving us rules- so that we can maximize our lives to accomplish the most. Someone without any laws guiding them could never do that. But really, listen/watch the shiur. It’s good.

    in reply to: "Why is Passover so restrictive?" #863420

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    I think R’ Shlomo Brevda on Torah Anytime.com from when he spoke last year would really answer that. It is a little long but if you realize the gadlus of what he says then it is worth your time.

    in reply to: What are "charedim" busy with? #857761

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    Misaskim.

    That’s all I have to say, and anyone who, Rachmana Litzlan, had to deal with them, knows what I am talking about. In one of the most distressing and depressing moments in a persons life there is a whole team of volunteers thinking and planning ahead for all those things that there is no way an avel will think of.

    in reply to: The Arizal #853932

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    (I am not guaranteeing the accuracy of this information however I believe the basic concepts are correct:)

    Rav Yitchak Luria, aka the Ari Hakadosh/Arizal, was born in Yerushalayim in 1534. When his father died he went to his wealthy uncle in Egypt who soon became his father in law when R’ Yitchak was 15 years old. He learnt by the Shitta Mekubetzes (Rav Betzalel Ashkenazi), then by himself, before he turned to intense study of the Zohar for 7 years while living in a hut on the Nile, only visiting his father in law/ uncle on shabbos. In his mid thirties he moved to Tzfas (one of the main places that the expelled experts of toras hanistar brought their expertise to after the Spanish Expulsion of 1492) and quickly gained a crowd of followers, most prominently Rav Chaim Vital, who may be called his Talmid Muvhak (it is said that the Ari himself said that the only one who fully understood his shiurim in toras hanistar was Rav Chaim Vital). His main goal was to serve Hashem in holiness and purity, which included, but was not limited to, immersing oneself regularly in a mikvah, praying with very intense concentration, and generally sanctifying ones thoughts. He obviously practiced and preached these concepts to his talmidim. Additionally, he stressed the three parts of ????? ?? which are: ?????, ????, ???????. These basically mean, sanctity of the mind and action; intensive attention to the correct intentions during prayer; and to ensure that love, fear, and service of Hashem one’s priority in life and that the physical is merely there to ensure our health so that we can serve Hashem. The Ari additionally studied the Teffillos that were enacted in general by the Geonim through a kabbalistic lense, and instructing his talmidim of the correct wording,rules, and laws of tefilla, which soon came to be known as the “Nusach Ari” ( which many chassidim follow). Additionally the tradition of the Ari, once more based on Kabbalah, was to dress in all white on ???, which is still followed today in some circles. He did not write any seforim, he just gave shiur, which was directed only to those steeped in Kabbala, so we rely on the ??? ?? ???? by his Talmid Rav Chaim Vital, as the source for his teachings. The Ari Hakadosh, so given the title because of the abbreviation of his name and possibly also because he was the ??? ???????(the lion in the group) was niftar in 1572 at the young age of 38. ????? ??? ?????.

    I hope this has answered most or all of your questions, if you have any more or receive different information, please let me know.

    Based off of “2000 Years of Jewish History” by R’ Chaim Schloss, published by Feldheim Publishers in 2004.

    in reply to: Arguing with Rishonim and Achronim #1158325

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    First of all, “Im rishonim kimalachim anu kbnei adam, v’im heim kbnei adam anu kchamorim” basically if we are machshiv the previous generations as regular people then we are like donkeys so don’t disregard their opinion so easily. Furthermore, yes the rishonim can be wrong, if you think you have a very good svara against their shitta do some research and it’s very possible you may find another rishon who agrees with you, however the first assumption is never to assume that they are wrong. Even if you disagree and yet still think the rishon can still be right you should probably still do some research, perhaps to find out if the rishon is lshitoso etc. and try to determine what the yesod of his shitta is and what your yesod is and find the chiluk and the mechaleik. You can always say tzurich iyun :). That’s how I would approach the situation.

    in reply to: Your children are like you #843386

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    I did it for those compliments 🙂 thanks. Just kidding I actually called myself that for other threads, so that nobody takes me too seriously so that I don’t start any fights. BH it hasn’t really been applicable yet.

    in reply to: What's the argument against having a Madina? #852361

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    I’m not taking any sides here but it could be that the anti-zionists read that Gemara in kesubos to mean that there can’t be any for e involved in taking it and perhaps by fighting any wars for our continued possession of it they would say that that is going against that Gemara. Also many may believe that everything has to be lsheim shamayim (which all agree to) and the state of Israel was probably not established lsheim shamayim because it was started by many anti-daati people (ex. Herzl ) and also because it may seem we just did it to be like the rest of the world and to make a name for ourselves which should not be our intentions because as long as we are in Galus we should remain quiet. Just some suggestions. If any more come to me I’ll be sure to post them.

    in reply to: Your children are like you #843384

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    Btw gr8 mussar vort from here that imagine how much Nachas Hashem gets when he sees us imitating his actions, such as by being rachmonim or gomlei chasadim

    I find that if u look deeply enough into life u can find inspiration literally EVERYWHERE try it 🙂

    in reply to: Tachanun #843518

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    To your last question gubbish that actually reminds me of something one of my rebbeim once said, that goyim have never experienced the true simcha of the Gabai giving a klap on the bima and announcing that there is no tachanun 🙂

    in reply to: The Riddle Thread…. #1069807

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    writersoul:

    1) It was the middle of the day and you don’t need streetlights when the sun is shining 🙂

    2) He drank the punch and then poisoned it

    -OR-

    The punch contained some gluten and everyone else at the party had intense forms of celiac’s while he did not

    -OR-

    “Everyone else subsequently died of poisoning” not necessarily due to the punch, just later on in life they all happened to die from poisoning, and you seem to assume he did not die at all, in which case he happens to still be alive but eventually he will also die

    Take Your Pick

    in reply to: Tanach Trivia (real!) #1159742

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    Who is the most often mentioned woman in Nevi’im?

    in reply to: School Closures Monday 12/27/10 #721851

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    how about any schools anywhere?

    in reply to: Nittel Nacht On Friday Night! #837207

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    feif un, do you have a mekor for that?

    in reply to: "cool", "with it" #720886

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    real-brisker, chill out about the brim-up thing, when you say bochurim are doing it to look cool, you are accusing 1000s of good kids of ignoring their rosh’s speech about not looking cool, when they could just like how it looks better, not want to completely stick out etc.

    in reply to: Heter In My Back Pocket #715066

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    does anyone have a link to that list we just heard about it a few weeks ago and we put our 1/2 finished bottle of 1792 on the side until we found out for sure, but it would be great if i could see a complete list please, thanks

    in reply to: Come Play The Rumor Game! #1164581

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    then again, rhubarb doesn’t go well with cranberry sauce if you are sitting on a wooden chair near the ocean on tuesdays

    in reply to: Very Interesting! The Reason Why We Eat Jelly Donuts On Chanukah #990759

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    wiy, im not sure if i have that book does r’ bodner explain why its not ph”b? maybe you can say it’s thick, but it still fulfilled the 2 other requirements which we rely on for other things, such as cakes etc. i would appreciate an explanation thanks

    in reply to: Why type of car do you have? #714215

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    how about what type of car do you WANT to have?

    in reply to: Very Interesting! The Reason Why We Eat Jelly Donuts On Chanukah #990748

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    maybe another reason why we fill it with jelly is because then lifi all shitos its a pas haba bkisnin so it is for sure mezonos which we need for your first part and maybe thats how it also spread to chocolate, custard, and caramel

    in reply to: Why are people still smoking? #845868

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    first of all, why do people still smoke? for the same reason everyone does aveiros- what you dont SEE as affecting you in a bad, possibly deadly, way, but on the outside it is enjoyable, you won’t be able to stop, even if someone who you know is smarter or more experienced than you and they tell you to stop. im not giving excuses to smokers- i think its a horrible habit, im just saying, aren’t you sortve doing the same thing whenever you do an aveira? and if you say it doesn’t affect those around you- it does, every aveira affects the whole world

    second of all, for those of you saying that us non-smokers are jealous- that’s a little sickening to even think that, im sorry

    and lastly, for those of you who said that rebbeim should do a little more to stop smoking among yeshiva bochurim, i had a rebbe in elementary school who was very passionate about it and didnt try to hide anything about the dangers- i personally think he had a major affect on all of us in his class and another rebbe that i am very close with, if he sees bochurim, even if he doesnt know who they are, he goes over to them and tries to convince them to stop, in a VERY nice way, and even though this doesn’t bring a rayah to all yeshivas, you should know that there are those out there who do care

    in reply to: What is your favourite sandwich? #707866

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    tons of good ideas here and i cant really decide which one tops so i would go with:

    1- plain bagel with lox and cream cheese

    2- hot dog in a bun with potato chips (call me weird)

    3- everything bagel twist with tuna (only a specific type, though)

    4- hot pastrami on club (mr. broadway)

    and there’s a store in my neighborhood that makes sandwiches and if i go there, which i dont 2 often, i would get:

    club bread with shnitzel, lettuce, tomato, pickle,green olives, fried onions, reg./ purple onions (whichever one they have that night), a few hot peppers, bbq sauce, ketchup, house dressing

    in reply to: Segulos #1050815

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    chesedname,

    many people, including myself, keep on pointing out that riches could be hasameach bchelko and u keep on saying that it is literally riches, a promise like that is riches for sure etc. but 1st of all, chazal wasn’t making a suggestion that its nice if you are happy with your possessions than you are rich, rather, they equated the two- there are NO OTHER riches aside from being happy with what u have, no matter how u look at it.

    2nd, the whole gemara of tiaser bishvil shetisaser is a peleh, because the same chazal who learnt that gemara, taught us that a HUMAN who has 100 wants 200, so how could you be rich ad bli dai which, btw, the gemara says means your lips will be tired from saying “enough” (has your mouth been hurting lately?) i think that it is muchach from there exactly farkert to what you were saying, that the gemara must mean money,it is obviously talking about being sameach bchelko, then when you are sameach bchelko you will really see the reality, that hashem has given you so much more than you deserve, and even though i dont know who you are, i believe that anybody in our dor (aside from the leading gedolim and the lamid vuv, neither of which i think would be chatting in the ywn cr) has done enough to thank hakadosh baruch hu for what they have, try to make a list of everything good you have, then, i dont’t know, maybe you can find someplace online that rates your income in a certain percentile, be thankful that you are no lower, and keep moving up in your emunah.

    as a last proof, i don’t see anyone of our gedolei hador living in beautiful hundred million dollar mansions even though i think they gave at least the required masser and i believe (even though i don’t know them that well unfortunately) that they are all happy with what they have, maybe they feel bad for everyone else in klal yisroel but they are perfectly content with their own wealth

    i dont know if this will be my last time posting b4 shabbos but if it is:

    a gut shabbos, and chesedname, don’t worry 2 much about becoming richer and richer by the day, because your whole life is in the hands of the Melech Malchei Hamlichim and every step u take is guided by Him so i dont think he will let down a faithful son (which i’m sure u r) just keep your bitachon in him that everything he does is for your good and try to enjoy life a little once you have such a caring and loving father

    in reply to: Segulos #1050797

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    sorry to interrupt your thought-provoking conversation, but even though the mod has made some good points, first of all, chesedname, you really have to make sure you are giving correct maaser, also, even though it might sound slightly foolish, think about it, that how do you know hw much you would have right now were you not to give maaser- maybe you are $10,000 richer because you gave maaser, wouldn’t you call that wealth? just think about it, and, as everyone keeps on telling you, you really do have to be happy with what you have, then you will see that you really are richer than anybody else. try that also. lastly, maybe richer is in what really counts- torah, middos, family, simchos, or is money the main thing that you consider riches?

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    31

    gematria of kel another one of hashems names! (obviously take out the “k”)

    in reply to: Why Moshiach is Not Here #676006

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    as they say, “the well was never full until it is empty”- you don’t appreciate something until it’s gone, so too the other way, we can’t, or at least it’s hard to appreciate the fact that the beis hamikdash isn’t here until we know what we are lacking, so it’s hard but we gotta work on it and try

    also, we can’t just expect to walk into davening and when we get up to es tzemach, feel sorry and start crying for the beis hamikdash/mashiach, we have to make it part of our lives

    in reply to: Adar & Happiness :) #674778

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    since the beginning of adar i kept a blue card in the window of my wallet that says in big letters, “KEEP SMILING”, which has helped so immensly, it’s hard to imagine, really.it cheers me and other people up so much, on the back it says, as a small reminder:

    A smile costs nothing, but gives much. It reaches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory sometimes lasts a lifetime.

    None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and no one is so poor but that he can not be made richer by it.

    A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged. A smile is sunshine to the sad, and is nature’s best antidote for trouble.

    Yet, it cannot be bought, begged, or borrowed or stolen, for it is of no value to anyone until given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as no one needs a smile as much as he who has no more to give.

    It’s worth it to take time to read this and to waste money to print out the ink if you want to have your own card. Trust me.

    in reply to: Heaven Pizza #673872

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    grada: mamish the same thing happened to me, except my wife made it, but i got the leftovers and it was takeh amazing, even better than any store i’ve ever been to- what’s pshat?

    thanks joe

    in reply to: Treadmill Music #673920

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    i enjoy shelo esani goy by lipa

    in reply to: Good Jewish Sayings #985138

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    music: a mench tracht un gut lacht

    another one: a mench iz a mul shtarker fun eizen un a mul shvacher fun a flieg

    i.e. a man is sometimes stronger than iron, and sometimes weaker than a fly

    and another: a ligner daf huben a gitten zikoiren i.e. a liar needs a good memory

    and finally: a smile is a curve that sets a lot of things straight

    in reply to: Fun Words #923741

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    gobbledygook= n./adj. nonsense

    funambulist = n. tightrope walker

    jillick = v. to skip stones across water

    hornswoggle = v. to decieve

    bugaboo = n. something that causes baseless fear, also, a false belief used to intimidate. it’s slightly ironic but sort’ve reminds me of the water company Evian, which is really expensive, and naive spelled backwards.

    let’s have a little fun with the last one:

    brobdingnagian = adj. enormous, immense (don’t embarrass yourself by trying to impress somebody and using it in a sentence)

    in reply to: When Moshiach Comes #671353

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    I heard that in the war of Gog U’Magog, many people will die, but it might also mean spiritually- like right now. I take from that that we must realize that spiritual death is as bad as (or worse than) physical death, and when we realize our tremendous loss, he will come.

    in reply to: Chasuna Music #1105867

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    I’ve heard that they used to play and the more people liked each musician, the more that guy would get paid and upgraded for better pay. In order to make themselves more noticeable, they played louder and louder until it got to be like this. Even though now the system doesn’t work like that, they got so used to playing loud music that it became the norm. Makes sense to me.

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    Two blondes are walking when they see a set of tracks. They look closer and get into a heated arguement about whether they are deer or bear tracks. They were still argueing when the train hit them.

    A rabbi boarded a train one day and as he was sitting there, 3 teenagers decided to have some fun with him, so each one passed by him and the 1st one said: Good evening Father Abraham, the 2nd: Good evening Father Isaac, and the 3rd: Good evening Father Jacob. The rabbi quickly responded, I am none of them, rather I am Shaul ben Kish who went out to look for his 3 donkeys, it seems I have found them!

    A Texan was visiting New York and he heard from a couple of friends that when he goes there he has to try a great dish: A bagel with lox and cream cheese. Sure enough, he tries it as soon as he gets there and loves it. He eats it every day until the end of his stay. On his last day he goes over to the owner of the restaurant and hands him a 50, and says, “I’ve been having bagels with lox and cream cheese for a few weeks already and I love it, but can you please tell me one thing, which one is the bagel and which one is the lox?

    Henry Kissinger was having a discussion with Golda Meir, and he said, I should have you know that when it comes to me, first I’m Secretary of State, then I’m an American, and then I’m Jewish. Her response was, don’t worry, in Israel we read from right to left.

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