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  • in reply to: MUSIC BY YIDDEN #1753580

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    If I share someone’s music without permission could that be considered loshon hara? (and if the music is bad motzei shem ra?)

    Personally I buy about 10 Jewish CDs a year from a store in Boro Park. It makes me happy to support the new singers and bands. Many are absolutely first rate. The music scene is more than doing their part to unite the larger Jewish community.

    in reply to: Where Are All The Commentators About The Ethiopian Protests #1751940

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    Joseph: I’ve seen videos of Shabbos demonstrations where people are getting out of control. Maybe it’s not rioting on the scale of the Ethiopians, but it’s not “civil disobedience.” And if memory serves, I’ve read stories of police having to rescue ambulance drivers and phone company repairmen who entered Charedi neighborhoods on legitimate public business. What’s that about? If people want to protest chillul Shabbos why don’t they stand or sit in the street and sing? Why throw stones? And then if the cops drag to jail people who offer no resistance you can claim civil disobedience. And if they sang on the sidewalk in a beautiful way not blocking traffic and the “Zionist” police on horseback dispersed people with clubs for blocking pedestrians you’d maybe even garner international support of the press.

    in reply to: Where Are All The Commentators About The Ethiopian Protests #1751750

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    Too Geshmak: Having lived through the Crown Heights riots of 1991 and out in L.A. during those riots (where I felt afraid for my life both times) I don’t condone rioting. But it’s clear to me that Charedi riots in Israel erupt from lesser issues than people being shot dead by police. I don’t ever recall hearing about Israeli cops killing frum Yidden. But if the Israeli police were to summarily shoot dead some (theoretical) Rebbe whose Chassidim are known for demonstrating and then those Chassidim rioted I’d probably say well what did you expect?

    in reply to: Where Are All The Commentators About The Ethiopian Protests #1751525

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    Reb klugeryid, when’s the last time the Israeli police shot and killed an unarmed Charedi?

    in reply to: What’s the difference between protests and parades #1748462

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    This is how the original question sounds to me.

    Do I still have to drop a token in the turnstile before getting on the subway (before Metro cards) if I drop the same amount of money in a pushka before leaving the house?
    To elaborate. What’s the difference where I give the money? I’m not doing it for me, because I don’t save anything. I gave the money to a local charity. In my opinion the local charity actually gives the public more bang for its buck than the transit authority. So I did a good thing by jumping the turnstile?

    in reply to: Yiddish at Siyum hashas #1744860

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    Yiddish words and phrases such as
    – Raboisai mir vellen bentchen (Gentleman we will say grace)
    – Itzt iz men mechabed (We now honor)
    – (So and so) ruft a sholem zochor (Announces the welcoming of a male offspring)
    – Yartzeit (Death anniversary)
    are as much part of my Judaism as Purim and Chanukah …
    Getting rid of Yiddish for the expediency of English is like tearing down an ornate, functional, landmarked mansion and replacing it with an up to code sterile apartment building with central air and gated parking.

    in reply to: Specialized Rabbis #1741517

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    – a shailah for which he is not qualified

    Conversion, Divorce, Medical Ethics … are three fields that come to mind for which you will likely get a referral (or have your questioned escalated) to a specialist rabbi.

    in reply to: “Eretz” Yisroel = Frummer? #1741240

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    The frum crowd, of course.

    you might try “Shabbos kaydish.”

    in reply to: “Eretz” Yisroel = Frummer? #1741230

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    I call it Shabbos to sound frum

    to what crowd? (lol)

    in reply to: “Eretz” Yisroel = Frummer? #1741204

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    When I was a kid we called that country Eretz Yisroel. “Israel” felt as weird as calling Shabbos “Saturday.” The super frum called Eretz Yisroel “Eretz Hakaydish.”

    in reply to: Unacceptable Grammar #1739593

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    To Milhouse: Regarding your post on another thread, to me, ‘hakkeh es shinov’ means knock his teeth out. I tune out when people tell me otherwise. I do my best to forget that this is incorrect, because ‘punch the villain in the mouth’ is a lot more fun than whatever the phrase really means.

    in reply to: Unacceptable Grammar #1739558

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    My meal late Saturday afternoon is shaleSHUdes, and my meal Sunday morning is “brekkfist.” Not break FAST. The guy who stood at the lectern leading the minyan is said to have davened farren UHmid, or in Brooklyn Yinglish, “davened fi’ the UHmid.”

    in reply to: Getting haircuts is bad for your health (T) #1738590

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    People shouldn’t brush and certainly not floss. I’ve never seen a rigorous double-blind study showing that having teeth is better than no teeth. And the earlier in life you lose all teeth the less exposure you have to the chemicals in the dentist office. And I’ve seen many happy smiling people without a tooth in their mouth and many people with all their teeth get into bad moods.

    in reply to: Getting haircuts is bad for your health (T) #1738588

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    What’s this business about taking a bath on Erev Shabbos? Who are you to interfere with how Hashem intends you to smell?

    in reply to: Shabbos Food #1730443

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    Milhouse: Salton Large Cordless Warming Tray at Target for about $80.

    in reply to: Milchig Meal on Shavuos #1729498

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    A lot of chabad shuls serve shaleshudes. A lot do not. The out of town Lubavitcher Yeshiva I attended did not serve any food for shaleshudes. We sang a bit and someone said a vort and when my father found that out he asked me to come back home.

    in reply to: How did Chabad change from being Anti Zionist to Pro #1727546

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    If you watch the heartbreaking video of the Gabi & Rivky Holzberg funeral in Kfar Chabad attended by Shimon Peres and other top echelon Israeli politicians you may notice that someone tipped off the government officials before Rabbi Shemtov spoke because there is no sign of Peres, Ehud Barak (I think) and others lest they be associated with anything Rabbi Shemtov had to say or have had to oppose him at that sensitive moment. Shemtov wasn’t going to miss that opportunity to state the official Chabad position which was opposed to the Israeli politics of the day, but the local Israeli Chabad would never risk embarrassing Shimon Peres even if Rabbi Shemtov was delivering the official Chabad (Rebbe’s) position.

    in reply to: How did Chabad change from being Anti Zionist to Pro #1727399

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    “solely to drive people crazy?”
    Not TO drive people crazy. But using the incoherence THAT drives people crazy. (The spirit of my comment was tongue in cheek.) The position that belief of Chabad is we are the most anti yet the biggest supporters and see no contradiction.
    There’s a YouTube video of R’ Yoel Kahan (his credentials have been discussed in the coffee room many times) talking with Chasidishe guys where R’ Yoel is making that argument, that Beshita Chabad is more anti-Zionist than Satmar … but that now that there’s a country they need to be supported same as any Jewish community anywhere …

    in reply to: How did Chabad change from being Anti Zionist to Pro #1727160

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    We do that thing that drives people crazy where we say, beshita we’re more anti-Zionist than Satmar, but we support the Yidden there and they need a strong Government so we support their Government to the max even if they’re Zionist, but really we don’t support them at all even though we support them. Fully.

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