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  • in reply to: Where are the darn snow plows?! #1054992
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    They’re stuck in the snow of course, just like everyone else. What else could have possibly happened?

    in reply to: Help me plan my Israel intinerary #1000084
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    Don’t forget to learn. Stick as much to your regular learning curiculum as you can.

    in reply to: The joys of ketchup! #998193
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    Only recipe I wouldn’t go for that featured ketchup is cottage cheees with ketchup, that Gerald Ford had for breakfast the day he became President.

    in reply to: RCA sides with apikorsim #998642
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    Their position that the current state of Israel (I do not mean the land, I mean those governing it) is somehow holy. It is not. True Torah Jews would be working to bring the state to Torah in a Torah fashion, not sit back and wait for it to happen when some etherial peace with the Arabs gives them the chance.

    in reply to: Should I let my son start dating? #997970
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    Let him date! Doesn’t matter what others do or not. Listen to him, let him try his best, and be there for him whatever the results of any given shidduch attempt happen to be.

    in reply to: The evils of ketchup #998362
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    Ketchup makes a lot of things taste really good. The only ketchup recipe I took exception to was Gerald Ford’s cottage cheese and ketchup on the morning he became President.

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    Actually, Torah is more important. It is also important to have an adequate parnasa to pay the bills, including home necessities and tuitions. This guy actually seems to have it together, and I’d say to let him and his future wife decide how they will work things out with each other. There’s very little that’s really secure these days. He could land a job only to be fired in a year or two due to new management, etc. Ultimately, as pointed out in other entries, parnasa is decided by Hashem. We need to determine in our own individual cases what our appropriate Hishtadlus is.

    in reply to: Should every kollel guy be called Rabbi or Mr.? #996921
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    I get called Rabbi about half the time somebody wants a donation. And no, I don’t like it. I think it cheapens the work real Rabbonim have taken to get there.

    in reply to: How many inches do you think is a blizzard? #999133
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    2 inches per hour resulting in a 10 inch or more depth.

    in reply to: Current Events and the Daf #993597
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    I was thinking exactly the same thing. Made me chuckle a bit.

    in reply to: Snow in Jerusalem #994158
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    I’ve been through 3 or 4 of these. Yerushalayim is not and never will be prepared for a snow storm! Although this one, enveloping all of Israel in one form or other is worse than has happened in years.

    in reply to: Traumatizing Children with Horrific Tales #1006126
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    I’ve been to some homes where children are told about G-d getting angry at the Jewish people and punishing us. Even though it’s true, I’ve often had the impression that it wasn’t handled as it should have been based on the ages of the children who were being told.

    in reply to: Are America and Israel still allies? #991519
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    Are Jews (including Israel) and Torah allies? That’s the root question to all our problems.

    in reply to: NEED URGENT ADVICE #988280
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    Get him into a Chofetz Chaim yeshiva, such as Missouri Torah Institute in St. Louis, where my son goes. They literally saved his Yiddishkeit, and every official photo with him in it shows him in some type of varied color shirt. He’s made some lasting friendships there with his Roshei Yeshiva, his rebbeim, and his fellow classmates.

    in reply to: Is beefalo kosher? #987805
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    Not only is it kosher, but it has less fat than regular beef, and is therefore better for you. In some out-of-town places, like Denver, it’s been hard to come by lately because of the upheavals in the schita industry. But it has all the benefits of beef with less of the risks of disease associated with fat, etc.

    in reply to: Black hatsónafka minahs? #1024255
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    For myself, as someone who wasn’t raised frum, I do it because most of the people I’ve known who are intent on learning and doing Torah lishmah wear black hats. I want to be among them. I realize that not everyone who wears a black hat comes under a true Torah rubrick in their private lives, and I am also aware of some who do not wear black hats who are very knowledgeable and conscientious in their Torah observance. I’m just reacting to what my own experience tells me is the people I want to identify with.

    in reply to: Any weird mouse stories? #998729
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    What about one that bites a cat? If you ever have a story like that it should get a Pulitzer Prize!

    in reply to: At what point is it considered studying too much? #985105
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    It all depends on the person doing the studying. Ask your Rosh Yeshiva or your Rov, someone who’s a Torah authority who knows you and can help you make an objective decision.

    in reply to: Why are some people so smart? #1043572
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    Two possibilities:

    1. They’ve given themselves Smicha without doing the work for it.

    2. They’ve forgotten that shailos need to be asked of an established Torah Rov, and not of the man-on-the-street people who are most of those who frequent the CR.

    in reply to: Are the Chilonim and Datiim Tziyonim the biggest problem? #983830
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    To Yichusdik: Check out the Gemara. There’s nothing but rabbonim — greater than our gedolim of today — who were disagreeing about everything, and it’s now at the top of the list of Holy literature.

    Also, Berel Wein’s books about other disagreements and power struggles between people who were avidly Yireh Shomayim. It’s true that the Chillonim and Zionists aren’t the only problem, and that we have severe problems within the Torah world. But if we keep things in perspective and each of us tries to be the best that we can be, our grandchildren will be around to tell about it, and they’ll be frum too.

    in reply to: Protesting Same-Gender Marriage in New Jersey #985995
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    Although the current mainstream seems to have endorsed immorality across the board, I think that our relative silence about it is, mostly, frustration about how things like this have been going the last few years. It is my prediction that no serious candidate for President of any party will ever again oppose same-sex marriage, or a host of other moral losses because they will stand no chance of winning.

    What I would observe is that the talking that goes on during davening (including by Roshei Yeshiva, etc.) indicates very strongly that we’re not paying the attention we need to to what we say to Hashem. Perhaps it’s mida kneged mida that he’s not paying attention to our lip service for His Torah in regard to the moral issues of our time.

    in reply to: What is your salary? #981741
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    Right now it’s $0.00. I’m a furloughed Federal Employee.

    in reply to: Special treatment in Yeshivas #983169
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    I’ve come up with a term for it. “Torah Incorporated.”

    in reply to: Changing tfillin from right to left #977587
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    I don’t know there’d be anything wrong with it, but you need to ask an actual Rov with expertise on the subject, not the Rabbi-wanna-be’s that often respond on CR.

    in reply to: My understanding of Shomer Negia #968581
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    It was definitely an obligation to help her in some way, which could easily have been done without touching the girl herself (unless she was injured, in which case someone who knew how to treat the injury had the obligation to see to that). I (a man) once rolled my ankle while walking down a street, and it took 5 minutes before I could walk again. A lady stopped and asked if I needed help. “Shomer negia” is never an excuse to help someone who’s having a problem.

    in reply to: Canadian Provinces Should Become U.S. States #1106822
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    It seems to me that we lost our chance to make Canada a part of the U.S. during the Revolutionary War.

    in reply to: Do you care about the royal baby? #968182
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    The British Royal Family is definitely the subject of varying opinions as to whether we say the brocha for seeing a royal person. I certainly hope for the best for the baby and the entire royal family. That’s my point of view as a Jew.

    However, as to the tabloid coverage, these are publications that have absolutely no intellectual content, and with the exception of some technicalities are no better than pornography. At the very least, they get into discussions as to the personal lives of “celebrities” that are nobody’s business. So as to their coverage of the Royal Family and the expected baby, I have absolutely no interest whatsoever.

    in reply to: Which Non-Jewish personality inspires you? #960717
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    Neil Armstrong, for extreme humility after having been the first to walk on the moon.

    Also, a girl during the 1999 Columbine High School shootings who was asked by one of the assailants, “Do you believe in G-d?”, and answered “Yes, I believe in G-d,” as her final words before being shot dead.

    in reply to: Famous Personalities who are Jewish #1027121
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    I really prefer the “Personalities” who tried to avoid celebrity status, whose lives were about living for Hashem and being models for the rest of us:

    Moshe Rabbeinu

    Aharon HaKohen

    Yehuda HaNasi

    Rav Ashi: Redactor of the Gemara

    The Vilna Gaon

    The Chofetz Chaim

    The Chazon Ish

    Rav Steinaman, Shlita

    Moshe Feinstein, Z’TL

    Rov Elyashiv, Z’TL

    Rov Kanievski

    Just several that I thought of that way outdo any “contemporary personalities” who claim to represent some lofty notions of government, but feed their own egos in the process.

    in reply to: Would like to give away #958002
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    Some of my medical problems that cause real impairment, including missed work and short paychecks, but the doctors can’t see anything. Best recipient: all 100 million+ Arabs and other anti-Semites.

    in reply to: Best prank calls #956302
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    I left somebody a phone message from a Mr. Bear. The number was: the Denver Zoo.

    in reply to: Mind-blowing statement from the Iben Ezra #977621
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    JEWISHNESS: Perhaps you need to read the Iggeress HaRamban, which states that we should not think negatively about the rich, but should realize that Hashem entrusted them with such wealth for reasons known only to Hashem. I have no idea where the Ibn Ezra says what you say he says, but I have a hard time believing that such a statement would have come from any Talmid Chacham or from any Yireh Shomayim

    in reply to: Where is Goq????? #956215
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    Welcome. Hope you can stand to make a serious, well-thought comment only to be called a “Troll” once in awhile, and never being enlightened even to what a “Troll” is.

    in reply to: Who is the prime minister anyway #955846
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    Actually, an often used phrase in Sefer Shoftim (the Biblical book called “Judges”) puts the current situation very well, no matter who the PM is: There is no king in Israel, and every man does what is right in his own eyes.”

    in reply to: Is smoking mutar? #954646
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    HaRov Asher Weiss,in his Haggadah, states explicitly that smoking at any time, Yom Tov or not, is absolutely assur because of the now proven danger to health and lives. He’s a real live posek in this generation.

    in reply to: Staying up tonight #953483
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    I tried it for about 2 years but gave it up. Why? Because trying to daven in the morning was all but impossible. Shavuos, like any other day of the year, we’re supposed to daven with proper concentration and kavano. Now I actually have a medical condition that flares up and becomes totally debilitating if I don’t go to bed by a certain time each night. So I will certainly do some learning after the Seuda this evening. But after an hour or so, I’m going to get to bed.

    My son also told me that his Yeshiva Rebbe led a discussion as to staying up all night, and pointed out that the minhag is a bare 400 years old. It is absolutely not Halacha, and the Rebbe said much of what I stated about the need to be able to daven properly. So, you’re not doing anything wrong by not staying up. You are likely doing yourself, as well as Hashem, a big favor.

    in reply to: Women Shtieging on Shavuos #951668
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    This is not a feminist issue. It’s a Jewish issue. Although women have no obligation to learn there is no doubt in my mind that those who do turn out to be the leading teachers and the strongholds of families that remain Jewish al-pi HaDerech. The women I’ve most respected since coming to a Torah way of life are those who could have been rebbeim in their own right had they been men. They are tzidkonios and they bring others to emulate them.

    in reply to: Longest date #952463
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    18 1/2 years. See, my wife and I have continued to date each other since we’ve been married.

    in reply to: Kallah Circles the Chattan #950243
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    To see if the Chassan gets dizzy from it. If he does, well, you know what happened when Bnei Yisroel circled Yericho 7 times. Otherwise, he’s probably strong enough for whatever hurdles marriage will present.

    in reply to: What did you think was cool… #1002584
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    The moonlandings. They, and the efforts leading up to them, were the first subject matter that I have ever loved. When I began to study Mishna, Gemara, etc., as an adult I made it a goal to learn to love those Torah study texts the same way I loved spaceflight and the moonlandings. I think I finally achieved that in the last year.

    in reply to: Best Nintendo games for ADD children? #947264
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    While I empathize with families whose children have ADD, I am really sick and tired of NO consideration, NO studies of, and NO medical and moral support for ADULTS with ADD and for their spouses and children. My wife has ADD, and my reactions to her behavior before we knew what she was dealing with almost destroyed our marriage. While we’ve both learned more about ADD, and I’ve learned to help us both work around the issues that can result from it it’s been a lot of try, and fail, and try again. SOMEBODY OUT THERE: Get your act together and start working with the ADULTS!

    in reply to: Objecting to a prayer. #945588
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    I wouldn’t participate in an event that would feature a prayer I would object to.

    in reply to: Are you a belieber? #945647
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    It certainly was an insensitive comment on his part, but definitely not out of character for someone of his mindset. He probably didn’t change anybody’s mind one way or the other, so on balance there’s no actual harm done. Those who learn Torah Lishma will remain committed to Hashem and Torah. Those who would be influenced to join some Christianity or some other non-Torah movement would likely have done so anyway. (Which is not meant to condone their choice, but just to state the fact of the matter.)

    in reply to: Do I exist? #945174
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    The philosopher Rene’Decartes has a famous quote attributed to him, “I think, therefore I am.” So one day, Decartes walks into a bar for a couple of drinks. After about the 2nd or 3rd drink, the bartender asks, “So, would you like another drink?”. Decartes replies, “I THINK NOT,” and disappears. Just another aspect from which to consider this thread.

    in reply to: How would you respond to Savage on Metzitzah #1027977
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    Is this Michael Savage, the infamous talk show host who hates Torah Jews? I’d put him in Cherem.

    in reply to: Can a Golem Speak? #945008
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    I’ve never tried, so I don’t know.

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    I’ve never heard of this. However, whether to learn on Nital Nacht (Xmas eve according to the most well known opinion) sounds a bit similar. When a group of us asked our Rov his position, he said, “You should know that there a several different shitas as to what the actual date of Nital Nacht is. So some people are very machmir to fulfill all opinions and don’t learn for the entire winter.” So my position, backed by my Rov is to learn at will what I want whenever I want unless barred from doing so by actual halacha (such as Gemara on Tisha b’Av).

    in reply to: Tzitzis in or Tzitzis out? #984335
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    I wear my tzitzis out most of the time, particularly at work and at home. At work there’s nothing about doing so that would threaten my job or benefits. However, there are times when going on a public bus to run errands that some of the other riders get into behaving like idiots regarding seeing a Jew with tzitzis and asking some really bizarre questions. So, there are times prior to entering such a situation where I do tuck my tzitzis in, and I wear a billed cap over my yarlmeke. Also if I had reason to believe that I might actually be endangered by goyim seeing me with tzitzis and yarlmeke.

    in reply to: Shadchan speaks #946378
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    ALL of you above need to learn how to spell.

    in reply to: Happiness #938079
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    By doing what Hashem said in His Torah as interpreted and passed down to us by the sages from Har Sinai to the present, and by not dismissing ANY of those requirements when they don’t happen to fit some personal or political agenda.

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