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Dear Mods and Tech Support,
I realize I have been able to post in the Coffee Room. My problem is on the main YW news page. I believe I have not had a post that was put through in at least a month or two. Can you check on that and refer me to my latest post there? Just today I tried to post the following on the Rabbi Avi Weiss story, but do not see that it went through. I am wondering if I have been banned from there. I reposted it, but got the msg, “Duplicate comment detected. It looks like you have already said that.”
Please help and let me know what the problem is. If I have been banned, I fully accept it, but would at least like to know what is going on. I have recently installed a bunch of Windows Updates and checked my settings and do not see anything wrong.
You need to contact YW Editor here:
There are many Chazals that say it is a mitzvah to enjoy what Hashem has given us. Example, one who doesn’t taste every food possible will have to give a din vcheshbon. Also, lo dayecha mah sheasra Torah.
Why should we think the RBSH is angry at us if we enjoy his food? Is that how you treat your kids? When they enjoy a meal at home, you make them feel guilty?
The point is not to overdo it so he forgets what his main job is in this world and gets distracted, and not to make it one’s primary pursuit, so that it interferes with learning and other responsibilities.February 21, 2010 4:02 am at 4:02 am in reply to: Destroying Homes in E''Y, the "Israeli" Government… Holy or not? #675006
Dvorak, well said, although I didn’t appreciate your calling me a fat man in a red suit.
One thing about Sternberg is the pure pashtus. The kids live with so little. Plain wood floors and just a mattess on a wooden bunk bed. No A/C. Open wooden closets. Simplest bathrooms, but they are so happy.
The kids dress so simply, and there are so many different backgrounds. Much ahavas yisroel, and not chasing after gashmius. On visiting day, sitting by the tires and swings is so relaxing. Always meet many people we know. They have their own zoo, and the animals make a special minyan every day. Ok, maybe the last thing is not true, but it is a great camp, and traditionally the price has been much less than others, although with the bad economy, the subsidies were less last year.
My family has gone through this with what seems to be a full recovery. May you have the same, and know no more tzaar.
Thanks for looking into it, but I haven’t seen any of them. Maybe I am having a technical issue with cookies as somebody here said. Were those deleted posts deleted by me, or by the mods?
You have 54 posts on the board in the last two months. You can see them, anyone can see them. That has nothing to do with cookies. If you want to see the most recent one, it is in the “Internet Lockdown” thread:
The posts that you don’t see were deleted. Fifty four were NOT deleted and are visible to you.
Could somebody help me plese? Either I have been banned from main board, or there is a severe technical issue which has prevented my posts from appearing for about 2 months now. I also need to constantly relog in, whereas in the past, the system would remember me for long periods of time.
If you need any info or email address to authenticate, please post where I should send it to.
In the last 2 months you have 54 posts on the main board, the most recent one, other than this one, was 1 week ago. You do also have a number of deleted posts.
Jphone, could you explain how to set up all the internet programs so they are under the administrator account only? They usually come preinstalled on the machine. How do I change who can use a particular program once it is there?
Heard a while back from a dermatologist that he wouldn’t give it to his worst enemy, it is so risky, although it may work well with severe acne. I agree with Mod-80 that in a case where the patient might be left with permanent and deep scarring, maybe one should look into it under the care of an expert dermatologist.
Some teenage acne comes and goes and even if it lasts many years, it doesn’t leave any permanent marks. If it is worse than this, then may need to look at more risky solutions.
A long time ago:
4 out of 5 people recommend Mita Copiers to their friends.
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I don’t have any friends.
Well, maybe if you would recommend Mita Copiers you would have some friends.
Aries, I was just wondering why in your earlier post about boys-will-be-boys, you seem to indicate that it is an exclusively boys problem. Girls don’t have these problems, as well?
Thanks to all for taking the time to read and respond to original post.
1) I strongly agree with those who have voiced the opinion which was also well-expressed by the Chabad Rabbi that we don’t have any good explanation for this.
2) I strongly disagree with those who quoted the Rashi in Shmos 7:3 for 3 reasons:
A) He was talking about the wicked Egyptians and not presumably innocent people like Haitian children.
B) If that is the explanation then when a little Haitian child is crying tonite for her mother, then all we need to do is to tell her that Mommy died because G-d wanted to warn the Jews. That is really satisfying to a child.
C) Suppose some non-Jewish holy book said that the reason why G-d punishes Jews is to give a warning to the Christians. So if a Christian child learns about the Holocaust and asks why it happened, his teacher should tell him it was to give the Christians a warning by killing Jewish children. Remember that anything you say is a two-way street. If 2+2=4 for the Jews, then 2+2=4 for the non-Jews. If you wouldn’t like this explanation when used by someone else, then don’t offer it either.
D) This is the problem when one parrots Maamarei Chazal without first making sure he has a hesber (understanding).
3) Jphone, people generally turn to their religion for solace and comfort in difficult times. That is what I meant.
4) A further question that bothers me is if the RBSH wrote in his Torah that we are not allowed to kill, then why is He allowed to violate it. Doesn’t the Medrash say that He puts on tefillin? (which indicates that He observes the Torah.)
5) We should learn from here that since we can’t explain this tragedy, we also have no understanding of any other tragedies. A little anivus (humility) is in order. Believe it or not, as ludicrous as it may seem, I actually heard someone saying that the Holocaust occurred because people talked in shul. Others have blamed this group or that. Clearly it is all nonsense, as we have no explanation in terms of aveiros, since they were kedoshei elyon. (I strongly recommend the book Faith after the Holocaust.)
6) One the other hand, those who say that we can’t understand the reasons make an understanding of bitachon and ahavas hashem very difficult. What does it mean to trust or love Hashem when we have no clue how he operates? How can we reassure a worried child about his medical operation, or somebody worried that they will ever find a shidduch, or somebody worried that he is about to lose his house, “Don’t worry, Hashem will make sure everything is fine.” But 100,000 people just died. Why should a person think it will work out for me, when it didn’t for all these others?
7) Note that while my questions sound very difficult, Moshe Rabbeinu and others have also talked sharf to the RBSH. (Lama Hareosa and V’im ayin mcheini na misifricha asher kasavta.)
8) If nothing else, we must learn some anivus and compassion for people of other cultures, and realize our shared humanity. Being a chosen nation doesn’t mean better in any way. Rather it means having more responsibility to be a mensch to all others.
GAW, I generally do, but sometimes they “discover” they have a report due the next day at 10 pm the night before.
Just want to point out that this thread points out the great difficulties in using filters. The fact that all these meyvinim need to go through long multi-step instructions to get things to work and then worry about still more work-arounds and fixes and bugs, means that filters are not very practical these days.
I once wanted my kids to be able to use email (they regsitered at Yahoo) but then I found that I could not allow Yahoo mail and also block Yahoo search which I did not want them to have. I was using NetNanny at the time. It was very frustrating. Also, it was possible to get around the whole filter in that version.
I decided that best not to allow the kids internet at all on their machine, and to only allow them to use mine when they had a school assignment. Unless somebody has a truly painless way to use filters, I will probably have to keep it this way. If I leave Google search off my white-list, then what happens if they need to do a school report. I then have to get involved and remember my filter passowrd and change all the settings. It is such a pain in the neck. I really don’t see any easy way, although I would like them to be able to listen to Nachum Segal etc. online.
These stories from Aries, Bestbubby and Oomis give tremendous chizuk. They reinforce for me the notion that the ikar of Yiddishkeit is menschlachkeit–kindness, nothing else. The kindness these people displayed towards others is an inspiration. They were from a generation that had so little, but yet did so much for others. The fact that these beautiful neshamos could have existed shows that the RBSH must be with our nation, as where else could these neshamos have come from?
May you all have much comfort in these memories of your precious parents, and may Klal Yisroel know no more tzaar.
Bombmaniac, it is not nice to insult. If you disagree with how I learned the gemara, feel free to offer your own pshat. But what I said is probably the clear meaning.
Again, gemara says if you don’t need to ne there, even if you look away, you are a rasha. If you do need to be there, and you see something, you are an ones. Conclusion is that even though you are an ones, if you look away, you are a chasid, (but if you don’t, you are still not a rasha). I don’t remember where the gemara is, but I think it uses the term ee ikah dracha acharina rasha hu, ee leka dracha acharina onus hu.
The gemara doesn’t seem to define what it means if there is an alternate road. What if the alternate road is 100 miles out of the way, is that considered dracha acharina? What if he needs to pass by on way to work, but possibly could apply for a job somewhere else or retrain? If anybody has more details, please post.
Just for arguments sake, I believe the gemara discusses the pasuk of otzem einav meir’os b’ra, and says what kind of a case are we talking about? If he doesn’t need to be at that place, then he is a rasha for going there in the first place. If he does need to be there, then even if he sees something, he is an ones. The gemara answers that although he is not mechuyav to look away, because he is an ones, however, if he does than he is a chassid, meaning going above and beyond what he is required to do.
So it seems to depend on how strong the need to be there is. I don’t think the gemara meant one cannot go to work because he may see something. Work is a valid need or he will starve.
Due to the great interest in my riddle, and the overwhelming number of responses (zero), here is the answer.
If the voltage is constant, you can only complete a circuit with a wire for the electrons to leave. But suppose you had a voltage that was steadily increasing (ramping up). Then the incoming electrons have more potential than those already there, and will keep squeezing them and pushing themselves in, even thought there is nowhere for the others to go. One could theoretically light a light this way.
This is called capacitance, and capacitors are an important circuit component. They are basically a sandwich of two conductors and an insulator in between. Despite the fact that direct current (DC) cannot get through, alternating current (AC) can effectively flow in the circuit. While our homes do use AC, the capacitance of a light ciircuit is too low to create enough current to light the light at 60 Hertz. A much higher frequency, or a bigger capacitance would be needed.
For example (DO NOT TRY THIS) if one would connect a big metal plate to the dangling end of the light circuit, it would probably light up to some extent, because the plate makes room for more electrons to enter before they feel squished. They can spread out (higher capacitance).
I believe most touch screens like on a GPS work through capacitance. You can influence a circuit even though your finger is insulated via the glass.
Nnnnn, That is correct. As the first electrons go into the light, they will cause charge to build up, since they have nowhere to go. Charge repels other charges of similar type, so they will prevent any more charge from entering the light, and the current will be zero, so no heat will build up to heat the filament.
Now for my next questions, is there any heichi timtza (set of circumstances) in which you could light a bulb with only one wire to the bulb? Also, are there any circuits that work despite the fact that there is an insulator breaking up the continuous metal connections.
Haifagirl, yes it does. You are getting closer now.January 6, 2010 6:34 pm at 6:34 pm in reply to: Yeshiva Principal Enforcing No-Cell-Phone Policy; Proper Or Not? #673524
Totally agree with Oomis and others that it is fine to restrict children from cell phone, but wrong to search them. However, if they are ever seen using them, then they can be permanently confiscated. (They can sign to this at beginning of year so there is no problem of gezel.)
I don’t allow my kids to have cell phone, and won’t until they are 18 and leaving home for sem or yeshiva. Parents need to monitor their kids verbal and written communication. I am not saying to eavesdrop, just to make it possible to know who they are talking to on a regular basis. If they have a cell phone, they can be talking to who knows who about who knows what, either by phone or text all the time. Kids are not old enough to have good judgment about this, and to have that freedom.
Haifagirl, you’re on the right track, but I want to know why you need a complete circuit. Why can’t it just go to the appliance you’re using and stop afterward.
BTW, a riddle. ICOT mentioned you need two wires for each light, one for the new electricity, and one to take out the used. Why bother with the second. Why not just supply new electicity to the light with one wire?
ICOT, I just checked, and I have a copy of a Time/Life book called Basic Wiring from 1978, I believe. I passed by a garage sale a while back, and it was like a dollar or so, so I bought it. Very helpful, and probably very similar to the book you mention.
The theory of electric wiring is very straightforward, however, I don’t have shimush (practical experience). What was bothering me was the use of those caps, which seem like such a poor and unreliable way to connect wires compared to soldering. In electronics, you would never ever wrap wires to make contact. Either you would solder to a terminal, or screw it on to something. If you needed to connect multiple wires like for lights, you would connect short leads to each screw terminal, from light to light in parallel. There is nothing stopping you from screwing multiple wires to a single terminal.
So for house wiring, I have done the things that involve screws, like outlets and switches, but that assumes the right wires are right there. However, when you have to plan for multiple connections on one line or box, you can’t screw multiple 14 gauge wire onto one screw. I doubt it would fit or hold properly. So from reading the book, I see that the use of these caps is industry standard for everything, and not considered shoddy.
My questions are when you have to connect multiple wires (3 or more in one splice) what is the best way. You mentioned a wire nut. Please explain what that is in more detail. Also, when working with caps, do you twist the wires first, or simply place them side by side and twist the cap over them. Do they make caps meant for multiple wires together?
Haifagirl, if you don’t care about English, you could move to Boro Park which is much closer.
Kilobear, I didn’t say mouse from mius, I said mouse from maus. Maus is the adjective, mius is a noun. I would say the English “Mess” comes from the Hebrew “Mius”, (isn’t that a coincidence?)
Anuran, while you write very authoritatively, Do you deny that the English word “Aura” comes from the Hebrew “Ora”? While the structure of many languages may be different than Hebrew, there seem to be many words that fit very well with the idea with an original Hebrew source.
Finally, Linguistics is one of those inexact sciences which is built upon much unprovable speculation. I personally also take much of archeology the same way, as people use their imagination to reconstruct big villages from a few shards of clay, and tell us all kinds of precise details which couldn’t possibly be known for sure.
Yes, it is true that many of these predictions have been wrong. The Zohar says explicitly 5480, which was 1720 CE, and that has passed.
BTW, Dr. Seuss was one of the first to investigate the Mouse/House phenomenon. He writes in Hop on Pop: Mouse House, Mouse on House. House Mouse, House on Mouse. Each is illustrated with appropriate diagrams.
Peeked at the Zohar Vayechi on Shabbos, (no I am not a kabbalist, so please don’t line up at my door for a handwriting analysis). Saw some fascinating things.
1) Kibbutz Galyos will occur before the time of moshiach, with many Jews desiring to return to Eretz Yisroel.
2) Many of these Jews will not be frum because during the long and hard golus they will have picked up some bad habits from the other nations. The remez from the parsha is that the Ribbono Shel Olam’s name is not mentioned throughout the brachos until they are finished, and only then does it say Lyeshuascha Kivisi Hashem. In other words at the Keitz Hayamim, they will first come back, and later become frum. I thought this was interesting as some complain why Hashem’s name is left out of the Israeli Declaration of Independence (it does appear as Tzur Yiroel.) This is alluded in the fact it doesn’t appear in Yakovs’ bracha either.
3) At the time when the Jews decide to return, there will be many non-Jews who want to go to EY as well and will be willing to become Geirim in order to do so. This will present a logistical problem because of Kashim geirim lyisroel ksapachas, but in the end, they will be accepted. We see this mentioned in the Israeli news and frum sites all the time with great debates over the sincerity of the frum geirim from the former Soviet Union.
These 3 things seemed to me to be decribing to a T the formation of the State of Israel by the non-frum, and the current events happening there.
ICOT, On your advice, I bought a bunch of switches at KMart to replace the sliding dimmers so I can use them with compact flourescent bulbs and save money. I have wired outlets and swithces before quite a few times. You mentioned that the dimmer is wired exactly like a switch, and should be easy to replace.
However, I found that the dimmer has its own leads which are hardwired into the unit, and the unit cannot be opened. These leads (black) which incidentally are quite a bit thinner than standard wiring were spaghetti wired via splices into who knows where. There are two dimmers and one switch side by side in one box covered by one plate. I could not trace where all these twist splices were going to. I also seemed to see one group of multiple white wires all twisted together with some copper wire wrapped around all of them seemingly to hold them together.
The whole thing got me very nervous and I decided not to do it myself, and to find somebody to do it. Why would dimmers have special leads (both on the bottom of the sealed unit, not on the side, like the screws on switches).
Also, when there are multiple switches for one room (many lights) in one box, is there always a bunch of spaghetti connecting them together, rather than one cable per switch?
I have an electronics background, and we always solder (to a citcuit board or terminal), rather than wrapping wires and putting caps on them, but do not have much experience with home wiring, which is why I wanted some advice before going in there. How are multiple lights in a room normally handled? I assume they are on one circuit, but I turned off the entire mains before beginning work. I understand they are probably in parallel, but my question is in practice, do you always see these kinds of splices in a box, or are there dedicated wires for each area of the ceiling connected to dedicated switches in the box? Thanks.
I heard George Foreman named all of his kids George, including the girls.
Cherrybim, that was a really beautiful and inspiring piece. In theory I agree with you wholeheartedly. Nevertheless, I really want the award myself. Below is a preliminary letter I have written.
Dear Award Organizers,
While I am humbled and flattered and totally surprised that you have chosen me out of the blue for this completely unsolicited honor, I regret to inform you that I am not sure I will be able to accept unless there is a hefty cash award associated with it. Please let me know the exact details, and I will get back to you with my decision shortly.
Your humble honoree,
May I kindly say a chiddush now? Perhaps the word Mouse comes from the Hebrew word Maous (disgusting). There is a big book out that has many English words that he claims cam from Hebrew like Kaiser, Caeser, Czar from Hebrew word Keser (crown).
One last thing: Wear gloves.
Mazal, I really don’t know. I tend to doubt it, because it is probably a slow, uncomfortable death. I don’t know why that was recommended for goldfish.
One thing I want to warn people is to be very careful if you handle a live mouse, because they can bite and carry diseases. In labs they train you to hold skin in back of head very tight while holding tail so they can’t wiggle and bite.
In a bio lab, one is trained to pick up the mouse by his tail, lie him down on some surface where he can grip something with his hands, and then put 2 fingers behind back of his neck, and pull base of tail sharply to dislocate the neck. This kills him instantly.
One can then throw him away. The main problem with mice is not the mouse (they are so cute) it is the fact that they go to the bathroom on everything very frequently.
It is interesting that the animal protocols allow three ways to kill them which are considered painless.
1) Cervical dislocation from back of neck.
2) CO2 gas.
3) Decapitation with a big scissors from front of neck.
The latter is very much like shechita, so it seems science is now coming round to the fact that shechita is very humane, after all.
Can you get new main drain covers easily (the big round things with a square nut on top)? Ours doesn’t seal perfectly and if there is any clog, a slow drip comes out. Do they come in plastic or with rubber rim so they will seal better? The old one is metal, but I think water gets around the threads.
Mod-42, Look, if you vote for me this decade, I will vote for you or the YW Ed next decade.
You need not look far. I am right here.
While I have sympathy for people going through this nisayon, I personally think it is one they should struggle with privately, and I don’t know exactly what the point of making it so public is. It seems kind of embarrasing, actually, to want to have everybody know these personal details about you.
I wasn’t at the gathering, and I may try to read the transcripts that NY Mom says are available, but until then I will reserve judgement.
Kilobear, I don’t think anybody was trying to legitimize it. They have a nisayon that the rest of us can’t comprehend. Whereas straight people have permissible ways to indulge their tayvos (pas bsalo), the others do not. This causes them trmendous pain. They were only asking for some sympathy which they deserve. WHo knows if they are on a much higher madreiga because they get schar for resisting things that the rest of us have no desire for. Do you think we get schar for this mitzvah? We don’t even get one ounce, since it doesn’t take any effort. The same I believe with eating rats or snakes. Most of us do not get schar for that since it grosses us out anyway, and we would never think of doing it. One can only get schar for a nisayon.
As far as it being an illness, so if we grant you that point, then al achas kama vkama you must give them sympathy. One who is sick and can’t control what he says, or a manic depressive who loses touch with reality and acts irrational certainly deserves sympathy, not anger, even if he does something outrageous like somersaults in shul.
ICOT, another question: The newer energy saving fluorescent bulbs say not to use with dimmers. If you have sliding dimmers in wall, is changing to a switch just a matter of unscrewing wires from dimmer, and putting them right back on a switch (which you can buy for about 2 dollars at Kmart), or is there any difference in the wiring to note?
Excellent, ICOT and RONSR.
As far as plungers go, the black ones with big double-layered tapered sides are much more effective than the flimsy red flat-ended ones. Having some water in the tank makes plunger work more effectively, as it fills with water, not air, which works better, as you mention. So if water level is very low, then sometimes pays to flush ONCE before plunging. However, if water level is high already, or if you flush twice, you will overflow sides of tank and have a much bigger mess to deal with. It is a carefull judgement call.
Now on the subject of showers, can those new types of single knob shower controls be fixed when they begin to wear out without breaking all the tiles and requiring a very expensive rebuilding of a shower? With a regular faucet, sometimes all you need is to replace a rubber washer. However, can similar maintenance be done with these fancy shower fixtures? It would be a poor design if you need to replace entire shower for a simple repair, but at least one person told us we may need to do so.
Another question: In a basement where the main drain is above floor level, in order to install a bathroom we have heard it will require special pump. Are there reliable? What happens if power goes out, will we have a major mess? What about using on Shabbos?
I am confused. Shidduch World says it has the backing of prominent Rabbonim. But there is now a ban on frum internet sites. Will Shidduch World have to close now?
Tzippi, Look, it would be better religiously if these people converted, first. However, it does show that the Jews are a respectable and well-accepted group in the eyes of some of the very important people in the USA. I think that this shows that anti-semitism is not a significant factor in day to day life in the USA, at this point in time. I personally have not been the target of any in secular universities and workplaces.
I think you will see a great number of Jewish professors at all the prestigious universities, as well, which also indicates that the Jews are respected, as otherwise, why hire them.
But as before, we have to look out for reverse antisemitism which is espoused by people who complain that the Jews are too powerful, too successful, control the banks, the media, etc.
Tzippi, my wife had great taste when she chose me. And that is what matters. I have trouble understanding your wording sometimes, though.
BTW, just wanted to clarify that the Yiddish word knocker is an affectionate term for movers and shakers, i.e., the A-listers, famous people, people of authority, etc.
Dogs are man’s best friends. Nice Doggy.
ICOT, thanks again. Now how about some lessons on plumbing. After that, please tell us whether a do-it yourselfer can redo a basement. I personally know a doctor that built himself a complete and beautiful office suite in his basement with his own two hands. Carepeting, ultramodern walls and shelves, looked totally professional.
One thing I will say is that just recently Donald Trump married off a daughter to a frum guy (she converted), and now I hear that Bill Clinton’s daughter is engaged to a Jewish guy. Without getting into the halachic issues, but I can’t help feeling a sense of I don’t know what, call it pride, if you wish, but the Jews have come a long way here. Years ago there were strict quotas in all the Ivy League schools to keep shlumpy looking, untidy Jews out, along with quotas on immigration to the USA, and now we are making shidduchim with all the big knockers here in this country. We are no longer viewed as black sheep.
However, there is the flip side of anti-semitism which is that even when the Jews do become culturally integrated, the reverse sometimes happens where the non-Jews say the Jews are too powerful and control everything, etc. When we have looked too poor we have run into trouble and when we have looked too rich we have run into trouble.
However, at this point in time we all must be grateful that at no other time in history have we had it so good both in the USA and in Israel.December 16, 2009 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm in reply to: Please Share Recommendations For Children’s Fiction #670148
When I was younger I loved the Hardy Boys series, and for younger kids there is the Danny Dunn series, about a kid who goes on scientific adventures with his friends and a professor.
Most non-frum childrens books have boys and girls palling around innocently (neighborhood kids who get into adventures), so I wonder if that is a problem.