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  • in reply to: Hawking is dead #1490930

    Phil
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    “This is because Hawking’s life work in pseudo-science is strongly focused on pure kefira such as black holes, big bangs, the supposed “origin of the universe” and junk science like that.”

    Joseph,

    Black holes are a reality and have been photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope. R. Aryeh Kaplan, zt”l, wrote, based on numerous sources, that the Torah’s account of creation is compatible with having originated from a Big Bang. Hawking may have spouted a great deal of theoretical nonsense and been a heretic but black holes and the Big Bang aren’t in and of themselves heresy.

    in reply to: Chofeitz Chayim about Moshiach #1486959

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    Where exactly did the Chofetz Chaim, zt”l, write that WWII would start 25 years after WWI and that WWIII would occur 75 years later? In 1930, R. Schwab, zt”l heard him say that he saw a destruction coming even more terrible than WWI but he never wrote or said anything more specific than that. The Biur Halacha was clearly his expressed hope, not his prediction.

    in reply to: Marriage? #1486682

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    “Now that i come to think of it, having a “degree” and a “plan” and being broke, is just so much better than having an actual job that brings in enough cash to support.”

    Actually, it might be better to start with a degree and a plan over an actual job that brings in enough cash for now. The reason being that the right degree can help land a job that brings in enough cash now as well as in the future when living expenses are much higher. A non-professional job that doesn’t require a degree might not have the same earning potential.

    As far as cost of living, it most certainly depends on where a family lives but $35K-$40K to start with seems like a good ball park figure. Five years down the road could mean three kids and by the time ten years passes there could be at least six. At that point tuition becomes a big budget item and you might need at least $100K in many communities.

    in reply to: Becoming More Wealthy, Becoming Less Frum #1485962

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    Joseph,

    That’s hogwash. Evidence? Nobody knows OOTY’s real story, just as nobody knows yours. For all we know, you’re both trolls, or even the same troll, living in your mother’s basement. Stop using this forum to constantly make critical statements about entire segments of Jews you don’t even know.

    in reply to: Becoming More Wealthy, Becoming Less Frum #1484923

    Phil
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    Joseph,

    That’s hogwash. Untold numbers also went OTD after being attracted to Bundism, Socialism, Communism and assimilation, which seemed to provide a way out of the crushing poverty of Jewish life in Europe.


    Phil
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    less,

    Correct. I also know of an actual situation where this happened to a well known Rosh Kollel. After attempting to reason with his neighbor, he was adviseded by his Posek to get an immediate stop work order until the matter could be settled, hopefully by Beis Din. The reasoning was that allowing construction to proceed would only cause the other party to become more stubborn due to the increasing costs invested. Every situation is different but Joseph’s blanket statement that a stop work order constitutes mesira is only more of his usual fake halacha.

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    Phil
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    “It most certainly is mesira to get a government stop order.”

    Joseph,

    You’re not a posek, lawyer or expert in any subject. You occasionally repeat a bit of information from Rabbi Miller tapes and you constantly express disdain for any kind of secular study. Yet, you make emphatic halachic pronouncements about real-world situations and criticize people without any real knowledge or sources. Does spouting fake Halacha make you feel superior?

    in reply to: Are Chareidi women judges the wave of the future? #1479380

    Phil
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    Joseph,

    I laugh every time you bend the truth and post a fake halacha just to criticize other Jews.

    So you have no response to the Rabbonim’s letter endorsing Judge Freier, which proves you wrong?

    in reply to: Are Chareidi women judges the wave of the future? #1479276

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    Joseph,

    From your silly response it’s obvious that your research has shown the Rabbonim’s letter endorsing Judge Freier to be 100% true. So why not do the mature thing for a change and admit that you made up a fake Halacha again? It’s what R. Avigdor Miller would want you to do.

    in reply to: Are Chareidi women judges the wave of the future? #1479213

    Phil
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    Joseph,

    Fake Halacha once again. There’s no way for a wife to support a family when the husband learns long-term, without attending college. We’re still waiting for you to respond to the letter from the Rabbonim who endorsed Judge Freier.

    in reply to: Are Chareidi women judges the wave of the future? #1476902

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    “They are very distracted from their domestic responsibilities.”

    Joseph,

    You don’t know what’s going on in other people’s homes and the Rabbonim who endorsed Judge Freier disagree with you.

    in reply to: Are Chareidi women judges the wave of the future? #1476765

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    “A woman’s place is not in the public arena.”

    Joseph,

    All of the Rabbonim who endorsed Judge Freier obviously don’t agree with your ruling. You don’t know as much as you think so it’s time for you to get off the internet and start listening to Rabbi Miller tapes again. You can come out of your mother’s basement when you’re all done.

    in reply to: Minhag Hamakom #1473540

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    “Mechaber only psakens that women shouldn’t go outside too much, without specifying a number”

    Joseph,

    How does one implement this halacha nowadays? Since you cited this source, please tell us how often do you let your wife and daughters out of the house?

    in reply to: Minhag Hamakom #1473038

    Phil
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    Neville,

    No problem! I’m very familiar with their views on women driving and respect their right to conduct their communities in that manner. The issue was Joseph’s fake halachos extending this to BP, insinuating that a woman visiting from outside those communities must be driven and his use of the pejorative “eyesores”. On a personal note, my wife drove while we were in KJ last summer and we saw plenty of women visitors driving; none of the residents even batted an eyelash.

    From Joseph’s previous postings and his sources, this wasn’t simply about women driving; it was about his opposition to women being out of the house at all.

    in reply to: Minhag Hamakom #1472454

    Phil
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    Neville,

    My intention was not to interrupt the halachic discussion, which is the CR at its finest. It was to compel Joseph to explain his citing of RAMBAM Hilchos Ishus 13:11, which states that a husband should not allow his wife out of the house more than twice a month. This RAMBAM is not kept in our world and you can only imagine what any Posek would say to a husband who attempted to restrict his wife in such a manner. Joseph’s citing this RAMBAM and his description of women as “eyesores” seems to indicate that not only is he against women driving, he’s against them even being out at all. If that’s what he actually believes, let him come out and say it. If not, then he’s just trolling and not interested in a real halachic dialogue.

    in reply to: Minhag Hamakom #1471554

    Phil
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    Joseph,

    The moderators approved my questions every time I posted them. It’s obvious to them and everyone else that there is no anger or ranting in my post. I asked very simple questions regarding the sources you cited and you’re on the spot to respond. The only angry person here is you and now you’re running scared from your own sources, like the bully you are. Answer the questions or stop posting.

    Please do not infer any opinions as to the tone of a post simply because it was approved.

    in reply to: Minhag Hamakom #1471528

    Phil
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    Joseph,

    More fake halacha and still trying to weasel out of answering some very simple questions. You quoted the sources and therefore shouldn’t be afraid to answer the following:

    1) Do you only let your wife out of the house twice a month?
    2) How many times have you hit her to make her do what’s right?
    3) Do you support your children past the age of six?

    Avoiding these questions only confirms what everyone already suspects, that you’re nothing more than a sick troll, an constant eyesore (your word) on this site.

    in reply to: Minhag Hamakom #1471349

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    Joseph,

    Why are you so afraid to answer questions about the very sources you quoted? Is it because you only cited them to criticize other Jews but don’t actually follow them yourself? You do know that such reprehensible behavior is the textbook definition of a filthy troll, correct? Is that how you want to be known?

    in reply to: Minhag Hamakom #1471244

    Phil
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    Joseph,

    I see you’re off trolling again about Zionism and trying to weasel out of answering some very simple questions. You quoted the sources and therefore shouldn’t be afraid to answer the following:

    1) Do you only let your wife out of the house twice a month?
    2) How many times have you hit her to make her do what’s right?
    3) Do you support your children past the age of six?

    Avoiding these questions only confirms what everyone already suspects, that you’re nothing more than a sick troll, an constant eyesore (your word) on this site.

    in reply to: Minhag Hamakom #1471010

    Phil
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    GH,

    If he were more forthcoming, Joseph would actually tell you that “Kol Kevudah” means that women should never be outside their homes at all and shouldn’t even be walking on the sidewalk.

    in reply to: Minhag Hamakom #1470423

    Phil
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    “Joseph- you didn’t answer my question”

    That’s because Rabbeinu Joseph paskens, based upon “Kol Kevudah Bas Melech Penima”, that a woman should really ride in the trunk of a car, but certainly no closer to the front than the back seat.

    in reply to: Minhag Hamakom #1470322

    Phil
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    “There’s still the issue of the tznius woman being an eyesore”

    Joseph,

    Did you read what you wrote before posting it? Creating a fake halacha so you can then call a woman an eyesore? Maybe HKB”H looks down at your eagerness to constantly find fault with other Jews and considers you to be an eyesore.

    in reply to: Minhag Hamakom #1469640

    Phil
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    ” So while you can nitpick about Boro Park, no one will deny there are Yiddishe Kehilos and neighborhoods where this issue does apply.”

    Joseph,

    You claim that a woman from Flatbush who needs to run an errand in Williamsburg isn’t allowed to drive herself there because of minhag. That’s the kind of fake halacha we’ve all come to expect from you.

    in reply to: Minhag Hamakom #1469578

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    “And just because some people who are frum do something, doesn’t make it right.”

    Joseph,

    First you created a minhag that women in BP don’t drive, so now you get to say that the many women driving cars there are wrong.

    A person who makes stuff up just to declare that other Jews are doing something wrong is in need of pretty serious help.

    in reply to: Minhag Hamakom #1469548

    Phil
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    Joseph,

    On busy streets, like 13th Ave. for example, at least 50% of the drivers are women. Regardless of where they actually may live, it means you can’t claim the minhag in BP is that women don’t drive. Unless of course you’re claiming that all those women are in violation of your made-up minhag by driving there, which I wouldn’t put past you.

    in reply to: Minhag Hamakom #1469473

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    “The minhag hamakom in Boro Park is that women don’t drive?”

    Joseph,

    You didn’t answer Meno’s question or was that deliberate trolling on your part? At least 50% of the drivers on the busier streets of BP are women. So much for your made-up minhag.

    in reply to: The Chofetz Chaim mesorah is great #1467213

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    “Has anyone yet explained why the vast majority of Gedolim and rabbonim basically stick to white shirts? Isn’t it silly of all of those leaders to avoid non-white shirts?”

    Joseph,

    Has anyone yet explained why the vast majority of Gedolim and rabbonim basically stick to wearing “long”? Isn’t it silly of all of those leaders to avoid regular jackets? This thread isn’t about regular people apishly copying the Gedolim, or perhaps you think we should all treat you like a gadol?

    in reply to: The Chofetz Chaim mesorah is great #1467092

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    Neville ,

    Nobody is saying that you should wear a colored shirt and nobody is saying that yeshivos can’t set their own dress codes. However, it’s wrong that some negatively stereotype those who wear colored shirts. It’s also wrong that a yeshiva that doesn’t normally mandate white shirts is compelled to do so because otherwise they’d be negatively stereotyped.

    in reply to: The Chofetz Chaim mesorah is great #1466592

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    Neville,

    It’s every bit as shallow to judge someone who wears a white shirt as being intolerant as it is to judge someone who wears a colored shirt as being “leftern” (your word).

    People have every right to notice the clothing that someone else is wearing but they’re not free to judge and stereotype the person if they’re not violating halacha. The fact that this happens in certain places is not to their credit.

    in reply to: The Chofetz Chaim mesorah is great #1466443

    Phil
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    Neville,

    Wearing a white shirt doesn’t make you shallow but judging and stereotyping someone for wearing a colored shirt most certainly does.

    in reply to: The Chofetz Chaim mesorah is great #1466368

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    “Could you imagine Rav Moshe or Rav Chaim in a blue shirt?”

    Joseph,

    Only a nasty troll could imagine Rav Moshe or Rav Chaim judging someone for wearing a blue shirt.


    Phil
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    “There are no Chareidim in the IDF. Only former Chareidim gone bad”

    Mods,

    Please stop supporting this sick, nasty troll and ban him.

    in reply to: The Chofetz Chaim mesorah is great #1465671

    Phil
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    ” I wear white, not because I think it’s a halachic issue, but because wearing colored would cause people to associate me with the leftern hemisphere of the community.”

    Thankfully, for the most part the USA doesn’t suffer from the societal shallowness of other places and one isn’t automatically pegged as “leftern” (whatever that is) simply for wearing a colored shirt.

    in reply to: The Chofetz Chaim mesorah is great #1465506

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    “And it’s funny how all the boys I meet that where colored shirts, are either not comfortable with it, not comfortable with people wearing white shirts, and lots of them still carry anger towards those people and the society in general.”

    Shopping,

    Most people in the USA aren’t so shallow that they look down on those who wear colored shirts, so it’s not an issue that divides and causes bitterness. Hopefully things will remain that way over here and you should find your zivug over there!

    in reply to: The Chofetz Chaim mesorah is great #1465231

    Phil
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    “And why do you think the better boys felt discouraged from enrolling in a Yeshiva with colored shirts?”

    Joseph,

    Simple. Chofetz Chaim has an unmatched eighty-five year track record of producing Rabbonim, Roshei Yeshivos, Talmedei Chachamim, Mechanchim, Yorei Shamayim and Manhigim, despite the fact that they never mandated white shirts. However, too many people in Brooklyn (and other places) judge others only by the color of their shirt instead of the content of their character, so Rabbi Harris had to reluctantly make an exception for that specific location.

    Nice attempt at trolling.

    in reply to: Working boys and shidduchim #1464499

    Phil
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    “MTAB, go give masculists a bad name somewhere else, maybe somewhere where they don’t treat dogs like babies.”

    Mods,

    Perhaps it’s time to close this thread. Schneubs has received answers and chizuk. We wouldn’t want things to degenerate into a squabble about dating and cause him to become jaded before he’s even started!

    in reply to: Working boys and shidduchim #1463198

    Phil
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    “But I feel the smartest thing is to have a viable parnassah before.”

    Schneubs,

    You’re a very smart guy. They’re going to be lining up around the block to date you!

    in reply to: Working boys and shidduchim #1463148

    Phil
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    “It hurt so much being in yeshiva, watching many of my friends learning and enjoying it…”

    Schneubs.

    The fact that this hurt speaks volumes about you. Commit yourself to learning daily, daven for “Veha’arev”, sweetness in Torah and it will be granted to you. What your friends are doing may or may not be the right path for them but you have to do what works for you and be happy with it. Sometimes, the best bochurim in yeshiva don’t consider that full-time learning may not be for them because they enjoy it so much and are doing what everyone else is doing. When they finally do realize and are suddenly burdened with the heavy yoke of earning a livelihood, bitterness sets in and they never learn a word. Having a chavrusa is helpful because knowing that he’s waiting for you pushes you to learn, even though you may be exhausted from school or from work.

    If you don’t feel the push to start dating right now, you may want to finish your courses and start working before you do so. This will set you on your chosen path and help you to really feel confident in yourself, which will make it easier to find your life-partner. You can see that the entire YWN Coffee Room is rooting for you and wishes you much hatzlacha!

    in reply to: Working boys and shidduchim #1462922

    Phil
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    Schneubs,

    From the way you describe yourself it seems like you have yiras shamayim and good midos. You did some serious introspection, realized that full-time learning is not going to be your path to success and embarked on a plan to support yourself. Good for you!

    I’m sure you realize that as difficult as learning is for you, it’s something you must do on a daily basis. Both for the knowledge you need to function out in the world as a committed Jew, as well as to keep yourself on the “straight and narrow”. Learning something you enjoy, arranging a chavrusa or attending an engaging shiur will help you to do so. Along with davening with a minyan, it’s also something that the kind of girl you want to marry will insist upon.

    Doing so will give you confidence in yourself and shidduchim should go well for you. There may be some shadchanim or girls or their mommies that look at you askance. Don’t pay any attention them, they’re not worthy of you. Keep davening for your zivug and do what you’re supposed to be doing. IY”H, you will find her at the right time!

    in reply to: Does the state really support Torah? #1462754

    Phil
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    “And as stated, the seculars receive far more government monetary benefits.”

    Repeating this again and again won’t make it true. The secular are more educated and represented in the workforce, pay more in taxes and receive less benefit than the charedim do.

    In regards to secular gratitude, you can’t expect those who aren’t raised with Torah to innately appreciate its benefits. They need to be taught by example and with love. Rioting, spitting, name-calling and demanding are not effective teaching tools.

    in reply to: Does the state really support Torah? #1462705

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    Joseph,

    It doesn’t take very long for you to turn nasty, does it?

    I never denied the spiritual value of what Torah learners contribute, nor did I recommend decreasing their government funding by even a single Shekel. The topic of this thread is State support and gratitude. The secular can legitimately argue that most graduates of their institutions go to work and pay taxes, while most graduates of Charedi institutions don’t.

    The usual tripe that the State hates Torah, doesn’t contribute enough to Charedim and therefore doesn’t deserve any gratitude whatsoever is wrong and counterproductive.

    in reply to: Does the state really support Torah? #1462629

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    Joseph,

    Charedi institutions are subsidized by the government out of proportion with the taxes they pay. The secular can legitimately argue that they’re getting a raw deal. They work hard and are taxed to pay for those who don’t have even high school educations, don’t work, live below the poverty line and therefore don’t pay taxes.

    in reply to: Does the state really support Torah? #1462292

    Phil
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    Joseph,

    Charedim and their institutions receive far more financial aid, proportionately to their population and in terms of real shekels, compared to the secular and their institutions. Charedim comprise 12% of the population, only 13% of their men have a high-school education, only 50% of their men work and 45% of their households live below the poverty line. So the hard-working secular in Israel can argue that they’re being shortchanged. The charedim are the ones that should be thanking the secular, whom they spit on at every opportunity, while they are being taxed to support them all the same.

    in reply to: Does the state really support Torah? #1462237

    Phil
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    “If the Israeli government subsidizes secular schools and universities with tax dollars, frum Israeli taxpayers have every right to expect the government to similarly subsidize yeshivos and Kollels.”

    If the Israeli government subsidized all institutions in proportion with the percentage that their constituents paid in taxes, yeshivos and kolellim would receive a tiny percentage of their current allocations. Instead, secular men and women work hard and are taxed to support yeshivos and kolellim well beyond the taxes that charedi men and women contribute. Instead of constantly thumbing your nose at all non-charedim and expecting more and more from them, how about a bit of overdue gratitude instead? It might go a long way to heal some of the hatred that charedim always insist is being directed towards them.

    in reply to: Does the state really support Torah? #1462141

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    “In hilchos tzadaka it states that if you give tzadaka unwillingly, you lose all your reward.”

    Supporting able-bodied people who choose to learn instead of work does not qualify as tzedaka, which one is obligated to give. It’s considered instead “hachzokas haTorah”, which is not mandatory.

    It’s a very sad situation when Jews can accept support from other Jews and not even have the slightest feeling of gratitude. It raises serious questions about their supposed learning.

    in reply to: Does the state really support Torah? #1461974

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    “Which “state” do you refer to. If you mean Medinat Yisrael, the obvious answer is “NO”. Israel is a secular state whose stated goal is to build a country free from the yoke of Torah. That, alone, is the raison d’etre.”

    So the USA, which indirectly supports Torah through the welfare system, deserves our gratitude but the State of Israel, which does so directly by supporting people who learn, doesn’t? Despite everything the State does and has done, it can simply be labeled as anti-Torah and therefore no longer deserving of our gratitude? If the hallmark of a Jew is gratitude, it’s such ungrateful people who are free of the yoke of Torah, not the State.

    in reply to: Does the state really support Torah? #1461642

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    “I’m going by what I head from Rabbi Miller. He said when he was in Lithuania before the war, most of the men weren’t working and they spent their days in the shteebel.”

    So? R. Miller also wrote that when he was in Slabodka, chilul Shabbos was so rampant that the public transportation, which ran every few minutes to nearby Kovno, was full of Jews going to work in the morning.

    You can’t prove anything from how things were in Europe.

    in reply to: Chabad Shlichus – Risk of Sacrificing Own Family’s Ruchniyos? #1460949

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    “The difference is that the lack of tznius is worse in Chabad than any other group which considers itself chareidi, and certainly any group which calls itself chassidish.”

    Not true. There are too many Chabad women, even in shlichus, who don’t dress as they should. Someone in the know once characterized their clothing choices as “trendy, tight and tiger-print”. However, there are certain neighborhoods in New York, near a number of leading yeshivos, where the men dress like they just left the Beis Medrash while their wives and daughters dress like they just left a Vogue shoot.


    Phil
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    “Rav Shach said had he sung Shabbos zemiros with a bren like his neighbor that he could hear, then his son would’ve been a Ben Torah.”

    Joseph,

    Had the father in question been dati, you’d be telling us how typical that is because they simply don’t care about Shabbos the way charedim do.


    Phil
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    “Phil, I’d rather leave you in suspense.”

    Joseph,

    Sorry to disappoint you. I didn’t expect you to be able to answer a simple, direct question about your scornful behavior.

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