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  • in reply to: Four shuls attacked in the Bronx over the weekend #1971229
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    The Daily News reported Burnette was hit with 42 charges, including burglary as a hate crime and criminal trespass as a hate crime for attacks on four synagogues and a Jewish community center, during which he allegedly smashed windows and doused religious books in hand sanitizer.

    The suspect’s mother, Sharon Burnette, told the Daily News on Monday she’s surprised by the allegations. “My son is a very good boy,” she said. “He always has been. He’s been one of my best children.”

    “I think this is an area that we definitely should look at again because hate crimes are such a profound challenge,” de Blasio said. “But the important thing for us to do right now is to work within the law as intensely and effectively as possible to protect people.”

    I get that NYC prisons constitute cruel and unusual punishment. But the fact that this guy could get a lawyer to have a second Judge lift his bail requirement show us that de Blasio’s NY is more interested in protecting criminals. The meshuganah bail law will only encourage more attacks since the risk of any meaningful punishment is minimal.

    in reply to: Thank you! #1969474
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    Find the cholent blog, there should be a link to the kugel blog. While you’re there, bookmark the greps vasser blog, you’ll need it!

    in reply to: Four shuls attacked in the Bronx over the weekend #1968330
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    NY Post: The vandal wanted for smashing windows and doors at Jewish centers in the Bronx over the weekend struck again Monday morning, cops said. Police said the unidentified vandal was the same person who threw rocks at the center and three other religious facilities nearby over the weekend. The center has a “very good security system” and cops were able to obtain and match surveillance video, the NYPD said. “We were able to determine it’s the same guy based on video evidence,” a police spokesman said.

    Makes you wonder what kind of nebech keeps returning to the scene of the crime. Let’s hope they catch this troublemaker and lock him up soon.

    in reply to: why is this happening #1851115
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    Looking for answers for “why this happened” or “who is to blame” is at best an exercise that will lead to unproductive debates. Even if a Gadol asserts that the reason was a particular shortcoming of this generation in Hashem’s eyes, what is more important is how we respond to the situation. Whether it is the mitzvah of V’nishmartem me’od l’nafshoseichem, protecting the safety of others, tzedakah, bikur cholim done remotely, what matters is how we move forward. The world changes, sometimes in abrupt fashion, and we are presented with new ways to perform Kiddushay Hashem. We need to step up. That is all that Hashem, the Nevi’im and Gedolim expect from us.

    in reply to: Yiiddeshe Application for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence #1828584
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    Reb Eliezer, are you saying that If the AI is trained to respond to “It is Cold” by turning on the heat, that this is allowed?

    Could I train my AI Car to respond to “I better hurry or I’ll be late for davening” by rolling up to my doorstep and pop open the car door? Of course it knows where to drop me off, two blocks from my shul, under the overpass where I won’t be seen, because it understands Maras Ayin.

    Alternatively instead of training for these specific spoken observations and responses, the AI could be programmed to simply maximize my comfort, and respond to my whinng using its best judgement.

    We are Zoicheh to live in a time when these questions need to asked.

    in reply to: Yiiddeshe Application for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence #1828431
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    Slippery slope, kollelman. So asking Google Assistant to raise the temperature on Shabbos is Assur, and if it obliges a person who remarks. It’s freezing in here!, Kol Beseder?

    in reply to: Yiiddeshe Application for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence #1827648
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    Shoyn. So how about 10 real daveners with Kavana participating on a videoconference? All can be heard, and all can see the chazan.

    in reply to: Returning at Item Purchased Through eBay #1826768
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    Good for you Dr. Pepper. I have also found that PayPal is very good at protecting the consumer.

    in reply to: Shabbos car #1826578
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    “Note that if you allow an autonomous car are Shabbos, you are probably allowing any use of computers or smartphones and even electric lights.”

    Let’s stick to the point please. For what it’s worth, even if I had a truly autonomous car I would not use it on Shabbos in 2020 because of Maras Ayin.

    But If you keep your cholent warm on a blech that you set up on Friday afternoon, then I don’t see why this kind of predetrmined use of energy is any more of a problem.

    The premise is that the car is programmed to take someone on a predetermined trip at a preset time. Like a Shabbos Clock.

    Or it could just follow a route from some homes to a shul or other Shabbos-appropriate place (NOT the Wawa) continuously through Friday afternoon to midnight, and again beginning Saturday morning. This is similar to a Shabbos elevator.

    If you hold that either a Shabbos Clock or a Shabbos Elevator is Assur, then of course this convenience is not for you.

    in reply to: Shabbos car #1826452
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    Doesn’t the issur of riding on a steamboat apply to the operators’ inability to rest? Anyway the shailah is theoretical until autonomous cars become commonplace. Seriously, it would be very nice for older or otherwise physically challenged folks who live far from shul. And people could buy homes that are further away from shul. Just think, one less excuse not to be at minyan.

    in reply to: Shabbos car #1826369
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    Reb Eliezer, surely you are joking. Are you suggesting Shmos 20:10 applies to autonomous cars?

    in reply to: Shabbos car #1826319
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    jzq, it sounds like you are asking whether an autonomous vehicle would be muttar for riding on Shabbos. I am not a qualified posken, but you should clarify your question. Even if the car, including the doors, stopping and starting, was fully automated, I suspect it would not be allowed because of Maras Ayin. Maybe these vehicles will be commonplace someday and Maras Ayin will not be an issue, but that’s a long way off. I’m sure there will be plenty of machlokeses over it in the meantime.

    in reply to: Bachurim marrying early #1825492
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    Seems early to me. If I were the girl’s father I would still question the bachur’s maturity, no matter how learned or financially stable he might be.

    in reply to: Are public displays of Frum support of Trump a safe thing? #1825412
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    You need to look at the big picture. Whether or not you like Trump as a person, it’s good to provide balance to the Democratic Congress, and keep them from pushing the country further to the left. The Democratic strategy is to buy votes by painting all Republicans, business people, and white males as privileged racists. Avi K’s example is an excellent case in point.

    in reply to: frum exercise #1824936
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    farrockgrandma: Unless you’re talking about groceries and laundry for a family of 12 keyn ayin hara, that’s probably not enough exercise.

    Most bochurim probably get enough exercise running around from shiur to essen to davening but not this Alte Chapper.

    Everyone should get at least couple of hours of exercise per week. Boosting the circulation (cardio) and your muscle activity keeps your body sharp for all other activities serving Hashem. If you have the space and the funds, alternate between an elliptical cross trainer and a universal machine or free weights. If you can manage a daily daf video while you’re on the elliptical, even better.

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