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  • in reply to: Morals In Religion #1886804

    Oh, and @opinionated-2 being accused of something and not getting caught at something are two very VERY different animals.

    in reply to: Morals In Religion #1886767


    Sadly enough, do you think that there are no “frum” jews who are considered highly moral and ethical, who do not chat on their wives, taxes, beat their children and treat their employees exceptionally poorly? Do you think that there are no frum yidden that go out daily and cause tremendous chillul hashems?

    Again, he cheated on his wives. Well, there are many places in this world where multiple partners are permitted (and in some cases, encouraged). They are only immoral because those are not your personal beliefs of our social mores. That doesn’t mean that those people don’t have ethics.
    As For lying.. you have never lied? Do you consider yourself a moral person? Can you say with complete certainly that you have always treated employees with the respect they deserve? That you have never ever cheated anyone? That you’ve always paid your cleaning ladies, maids, landscapers, etc., fairly and never argued over pennies with them?
    I don’t know what you do, or who you are obviously… but by your definition, no one in the world has morals. None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. I consider myself a highly moral and ethical person. I stand up for what I believe in, and have thought my children to do the same. BUT, I’m not frum, so, does that mean that I, too, am an immoral person because I don’t have the same beliefs that you do?

    in reply to: Morals In Religion #1886171

    But you see @Charliehall, that, precisely is the point. Many feel Donald Trump has no morals. Many feel he does have morals. What morals are, is a matter of opinion, granted, it’s a societal decision, regardless, it’s opinion.

    in reply to: Morals In Religion #1885846

    I think that the first point of morals in any discussion is the difference between morals and ethics.
    Morals are society’s definition of right versus wrong (keeping in mind that different societies have different morals)
    Ethics are whether or not you choose to FOLLOW the “rules” set by the society you CHOOSE to live in.

    Religion, yiddishket, frum, charedi, whatever term you want to use, is a society of it’s own, but each sect has it’s own concept of what is moral. And it’s not our place to judge or determine that one sect’s moral code is wrong just because it’s different than another’s interpretation of Talmud or Gemorrah when it comes to halachah. That being said, it is difficult to have a true conversation on morals (and ethics) in Torah, because if two people are having a halachic discussion and they are from different sects, they will have different interpretations of what is morally right or wrong, and they would both be correct,
    It’s like the “Schroedinger’s Cat” (physics example, look it up) of religion.

    Just my two cents.

    in reply to: Help! Husband OTD #1848285

    You’re posting HERE for advice? This is NOT a medical or psychological website, and frankly, NO ONE here is qualified to give you advice. NO ONE here truly knows the situation. Get OFF the Internet, and go speak to an honest go God REAL HUMAN BEING.

    in reply to: How muck Brisket/roast Per person #1846618

    A good rule of thumb is 1/2 lb of meat per person, even if that person is a child. It’s best to have more than not to have enough.

    in reply to: Does seminary’s cause a shidduch crisis? #1835882

    Seriously? Do we really NEED another thread arguing the same riiculous points?

    in reply to: Does seminary’s cause a shidduch crisis? #1835266


    It just kind of hugs you, like a nice bowl of hot creamy soup on a freezing cold day. 🙂

    in reply to: How girls are causing the shidduch crisis! #1835263

    And now there is this Ted Talk topic…

    Does seminary’s cause a shidduch crisis?

    in reply to: Does seminary’s cause a shidduch crisis? #1835262

    Oh for the love of Pete…


    <Eye Roll> It’s amazing… my eyeballs get so much exercise reading these pages thy are the most well developed muscles I have…

    in reply to: How girls are causing the shidduch crisis! #1835106


    I forsee you being divorced multiple times… and I truly sympathize with the poor girls you somehow manage to coerce into marrying you… OR, you will grow old, and be single, and become the city nebach… all because you are acting like a spoiled child who had his “motzes” taken away. Nebach. I won’t be responding to any more of your posts… because I refuse to waste my time with a person who CHOOSES to be a nebachle..

    in reply to: Pointless #1834821

    In truth, when someone has a firm belief in anything, there is little chance that anyone can sway them to another point of view. I used to teach my students that it was important for them to be able to SEE another’s point of view, even if one does not AGREE with their point of view. Granted, this is something that actually takes practice.

    Regardless of who I vote for, I can understand, even though I heartedly disagree with, other peoples’ opinions and thoughts regarding who they choose to vote for. Being able to see, even understand another’s point of view, is a very useful skill to have, and frankly, it makes arguing with someone who is a complete lackwit (of which there appear to be an inordinate number of here), a lot of fun.

    in reply to: How girls are causing the shidduch crisis! #1834799


    Got it. Thanks.

    in reply to: How girls are causing the shidduch crisis! #1834734


    You are openly admitting that you are planning on going into a marriage where you won’t know if the poor girl who would marry you, is 100% in line with your hashkafos, you would divorce her. Are you SERIOUS??? In the Yeshivish velt, the couple dates for the long period of all of two weeks or so, so there is really no possible wa y to know everything about your potential spouse… and you are ALREADY planning a divorce? What girl or parents in her/their right mind(s) would go near you??? You don’t go into a marriage planning a divorce! Marriage is very difficult young man! It’s difficult under the best of circumstances, and you are talking about someone who has to be in line with you a thousand percent. Such a thing is never going to happen. You are not marrying a Stepford wife. You are not marrying someone who was raised specifically to marry YOU, you are marrying someone who, believe it or not, thinks, has brains, and who speaks (often for herself). If you want someone who is a million percent in line, marry an Arabic woman in a Burka, because that’s as close as you will get to complete and total blind obedience.
    <shaking my head> I truly have sympathy for the girl you end up marrying, and her family… because your expectations are completely unrealistic.

    in reply to: How girls are causing the shidduch crisis! #1834683

    Please forgive my typos, I was on my phone instead of my laptop (as per usual) and my eyesight is not as it used to be.

    in reply to: How girls are causing the shidduch crisis! #1834529


    You are very very young…so I will share with you two things with you that I have instilled in my children and that I sincerely hope you carry eith you and learn from.

    1. “Lashon” is paramount. Dont say something you dont mean. Ever. So THINK before you speak. You used verbiage in your original post, whether you meant it or not, used wording you now regret, it does not matter, you still used the word “allowed”. And thatcword, with respect to a decision about dating or marriage shoukd be carefully thought out and considered.
    ALWAYS think before you speak, and especially before you type, post or “submit” button.

    Abd two, and what I remind my daughter especially of, is this: if you want to marry a person of good strong character, then YOU also have to have good strong character.

    And finally, three is thst NO MATTER who a person is, where they come from/grew up, what their “yichus: is that rehardless of who their family is, what race etc., the ONLY thing that matters is if that person is a God Fearing MENTCH. Without mentchlichkeit, even the wealthiest person n.v has NOTHING.

    Why do i tell you this specifivally? Because your posts, all of them on this thread, have lacked thought snd mentchlichkeit. You are defensive and closed off to understanding and comprehending what it isvthat others are telling you.
    Most of all, i genuinely believe that you posted this to irritate and rile people up, and i believe you are quite disingenuous.

    in reply to: How girls are causing the shidduch crisis! #1834063

    I took umbrage with the fact that this 23-25 year old little pisher seems to think that the girls should”not be allowed” to turn down dates with them.
    Not be allowed?? Seriously? How very absolutely absurd. You aren’t married at 25? Big deal! Maybe you’re not meant to marry at that age, and just because a girl reaches an advanced age and is not married yet, or is divorced does not necessarily mean there is a problem with her. Sometimes, things are just not meant to be. But, for a 25 year old, someone who is just barely legally permitted to buy alcohol, to pass judgement on other people who are not yet married is insulting… which could ALSO be why he is not married yet.

    in reply to: How girls are causing the shidduch crisis! #1833734


    Reading is such a vital part of education… perhaps the co-ed school you went to did not adequately educate you. I did not say one single word about having any specific type of machtonim has diddly to do with cattle. My comment about being treated like cattle was on the “presumption” that a parent would or would not “allow” a child to turn down a date. I sincerely hope that by the time you reach a true age of wisdom, you never force your child to go out with anyone… and if you will notice, I did specifically state “why these girls should be allowed to turn down” ALLOWED???? You put a ring through the nose of a COW in order to force them to go where you want them to go. Girls, are not COWS.

    in reply to: How girls are causing the shidduch crisis! #1833495

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    @AviK I come from a “pedigreed” background,a HIGH pedigreed background, and yet, the people from said background act like animals, treat others with disdain and disrespect, are frequent Lashon Horah and Rechilus speakers, throw money around to get unethical and often illegal acts committed, and in general do not behave in a manner that befits a ben torah of ANY pedigree, it sickens me. But that’s neither here, nor there. I don’t give two hoots about pedigree if it doesn’t come with an entree of decency and character. Not an appetiser, not a side dish, but an ENTREE.

    In fact, regardless of WHO my child chooses, so long as he or she has a decent character, respects their elders, knows how to behave around others (especially on Purim), is kind to strangers, children, animals and “serving staff i.e. janitors etc., I would encourage a marriage. As long as that person, whomever they may be, is a mentch par excellence, I’m perfectly ok with that.

    in reply to: How girls are causing the shidduch crisis! #1833471


    Not only would I ALLOW her to turn down such a shidduch, I would ENCOURAGE it. Better single and happy than married and treated like cattle.

    in reply to: How girls are causing the shidduch crisis! #1833316

    There are so many things that are absurd regarding your statement that I’m not even sure where to start… but I will attempt to do so. To start with, allow me to reiterate what you you stated earlier…
    “Just to clarify, I would like to know what dafka could possibly go sour in marriages between
    formerly MOdox bochurim (like my roommates and I) and super Yeshivish girls???

    If the answer is “nothing”, then there is absolutely no reason why these girls should be allowed to
    turn down myself or my roommates.
    Especially since the value systems of both parties are 100% identical, in spite of the difference in
    family backgrounds.”
    I was going to write a list of all the things that can possibly go wrong between a bochur (or any man really) that talks to a shtender for 18 years, which hopefully doesn’t talk back, and a girl, no matter what the background, but let’s just say someone from a very similar background, but she actually has the power of speech, but I ran out of paper. Being all of the ripe old age of between 23 and 25, and wisely, aged, and worldly, one must presume that you know all and see all. Thus, perhaps allow me to respectfully postulate that people change… all the time. This, there are no two people who are so perfect in similarity and background that there are never any problems. To simply name one: The concept that a 23-25 year old boy thinks that when he marries the “right” girl from the “right” background, there will not be any problems. Give me a moment to catch my breath while laughing manically.

    Then I started to write a list of the difficulties that two people, ANY two people from simllar backgrounds but raised in different homes, and I ran out of notebooks, so I started writing on the walls.

    Then I started to write a list of why your question is so ridiculous and the use of the sentence “there is absolutely no reason girls should be allowed to turn down myself or my roommates”. I’m sorry, are you looking for a wife or a farm animal? What do you mean “ALLOWED”. Even during bibilical times, women had the CHOICE when it came to whom they wanted to marry.

    At that point, I thought to myself the following. You are between TWENTY THREE and TWENTY FIVE. You are BABIES, and certainly completely and wholly unprepared to marry and have a family, God help you. Your expectations are completely asinine and unrealistic, and I actually feel extreme sympathy for your future wives, and your mothers (since you learned those idiotic ideas from somewhere), and third, I will now pray daily that neither of my children marry into your families. Mentchlechkeit is worth millions more than the most money in the world.

    in reply to: How girls are causing the shidduch crisis! #1833084


    Couples that marry, especially in the religious world, at 17, 18, 19, have NO concept of what love is. A couple that decides to marry should respect and like one another. Love comes later. You are being unrealisitic if you think, even for one moment, that a teenager knows what love is. Respect, they know, enjoying another’s company they know, love, they do not know. Additionally, allow me to remind you that the problem with “standards” and “money” and other such nonsense is a problem with boys and their families too, not just with girls. If there is a shidduch crisis, it is because both the boys and the girls are making it so.

    in reply to: How girls are causing the shidduch crisis! #1833056

    This is actually painful to read on a myriad of levels, but please induge me in starting with the first.
    A definite lack of education, or displaying a lack of education: I.e., please see post on the bottom from poster @lkwdstrong and my corrections/comments ARE IN CAPITAL LETTERS. This was actually painful to read.
    For the record, I will not, nor did not, date anyone who could not speak or write English properly, and I know many other girls/women who feel the same way.


    (OK) (k while i(I) do feel ur (YOUR) pain, OP, allow me to explain pls (PLEASE)… 1st(FIRST) of all, for a lot of girls, a few months of support aint (IS NOT, SINCE AIN’T IS NOT A WORD) gonna (GOING0) cut it cuz (BECAUSE) they wanna (WANT TO )marry long term learners… who wont (WON’T) be going into business for 5+ years… but never mind that, sometimes girls feel that they waited this long (however many years) to find their bashert and dont(DON’T) feel they shud (SHOULD) be giving in in what they consider such a big way… perhaps we shu (SHOULD)d be starting with the high skwl(SCHOOL) girls and teaching them how ppl (PEOPLE) are dif(DIFFERENT) and pp (PEOPLE)l change and we dont all need to marry the same guy who grew up mad yeshivish… one more point- i (I)think guys need to realize how painful it is for a girl when all her friends are getting married one by one n (AND) nothing is coming for her… whether or not she goes out… they dont (DON’T) want to be causing the shidduch crisis at all!!! ty (THANK YOU) for understanding, may Hashem bentch u (YOU) and (YOUR) ur friends with ur (YOUR) basherts bkarov!!!
    So, why do I “pick” at spelling (although I left punctuation and grammar alone)? Because frankly, if someone is planning on learning full time, someone else is going to have to support the family (at some point), and shidduch crisis or lack thereof, being able to speak/write correctly is extremely important

    in reply to: Should we be medicating our kids? #1757418

    To add more of my “cents” in…
    A pharmacological solution is not, in of itself, a solution. Any person, but especially a child who has the need for pharmacological assistance, needs to be cognizant that medication is an “assist”. It is not a solution. A child needs to understand that he or she has the ability to have control over his or her behavior. The medication will not “fix” the behavior problem, rather, it will give the individual time to “pause” and consider what would be best behavior choice.
    Medication should never be used on its own. It should be used in conjunction with a mental health professional.

    in reply to: Mental Health and Judaism #1749099

    You are obviously educated, which is great to have an intelligent conversation, debate or dialog with.

    The Torah also (as far as I can recall) does not state that one does NOT get PTSD or any other challenges, after killing EVEN if doing so because G-d said to do it. Being unaffected by killing a human, is a sign of something else entirely.

    in reply to: Mental Health and Judaism #1748086

    Actually, I know that @Rational was speaking tongue in cheek, and thought it was rather amusing… but..then again, weird things tend to entertain me.

    in reply to: Mental Health and Judaism #1748085

    1. To Mentsch1
    Going through my divorce I also came to STRONGLY realize that many “ravs” are pressured to and often do succumb to the political and financial pressures of making sure that they do not “offend” the wallet to which they are succumbing. Granted, this occurs more often in smaller towns and cities, but not everyone has the luxury of nebach living in NYC or Lakeood Eyr Hakodesh (please note the extreme sarcasm which I have added for my own entertainment). A respected, educated,good, honest, ethical rav is hard to find. So is a respected, educated good, honest, ethical mental health provider. For the record, you can find a respected, good therapist or psychologist that is female, you will be hard pressed to find a respected female “rav”. There is an ENTIRE gender out there that is overlooked when it comes to needing certain things. During the years I was single, married, divorced, etc., I came across a significant number of women who simply were not comfortable talking to a male rav. And why should she? Her entire childhood was structured so that she was kept away from boys, sex and boys were considered taboo subjects. They were never discussed. And then, one day, she turns 18 and suddenly, she’s dating for about 4 minutes, she still knows nothing about the opposite gender, and she’s thrown into the role of wife. She is never taught about how to communicate with the opposite gender, she is likely never going to be comfortable speaking to a rav in private as he is not her husband (whom she barely knows anyhow).. and I am barely scratching the surface.
    Boys are the same way BTW. They essentially talk to their shtender for 18 years, and the shtender never talks back. Then he gets married after 20 minutes of knowing this foreign person… and OMG, she talks back! He has no idea how to talk to her, he has no idea how to communicate with each other.
    This is so irresponsible I can’t even begin to describe the number of problems it has caused within communities.

    Oh, and BTW, I will work with almost anyone. I have worked with children, adults, and almost every felon population known to man. I have worked with law enforcement officers primarily for the past 10 years (almost). I work with sex offenders, murderers, drug dealers and gang bangers. But I REFUSE to do marriage counseling. It is my personal belief that marriage counseling causes more harm than good, and I believe that to be true regardless of whether it’s a good rav or a good psychologist. Every individual who does counseling makes mistakes, we all do.

    However, I will tell you this. ANY PERSON who carries a weapon that kills in today’s world HAS to be fully prepared for the chance that they will take a life. Perhaps in the times of the Beis Hamikdash mental status was different. But in today’s world, even drawing one’s weapon against another person has an irreversible impact on a person. And, as a former law enforcement officer, though my time on the job was short, the concept that I may have had to take a human life was NOT an easy one to swallow. God may be infallible, but he made HUMANS fallible. Yes, he created us, but he also created mental and physical illnesses that cause harm to us. If God created us to be without harm, why would He have created the things that cause harm? It is contradictory.

    I will say this. I HAVE been in that situation… and it creates something in my mind, that demon, or ghost, or memory (everyone has different words for it) comes to visit at night when I sleep. And many times, it’s not worth it to go to sleep knowing the terrors that visit when my eyes close. And that doesn’t include the night terrors from the years of abuse at the hands of family… trauma does terrible things to the brain.
    Because of MY personal experiences, I would trust a good PERSON, regardless if they are a rav or a psychologist, any day.

    Second, with regards to diseases and disorders now being created by the APA… well, I can’t argue with you about that. I happen to agree with you. I believe this latest gender dysmorphia to be complete garbage. There are two genders, not 12 or 16 or whatever number they have now come up with. Just because a person identifies as a penguin does not mean he is a penguin. And I understand that basic halachah doesn’t change, but with the advancement of technology, certain halachos have to either be adapted, or adopted
    (how would a religious astronaut keep shabbos on board the shuttle?)

    But enough of me rambling… These are topics I could talk about forever…

    with respect to @Rational
    I can generally tell when a person is being something akin to a donkey… and I either play with them merely because I am entertained (I have been told numerous times to stop playing with my food), or I ignore them, because they aren’t worth the energy. But, thank you 🙂

    in reply to: Mental Health and Judaism #1747916

    To Laskern

    Interesting point you bring up… but not all teachers are like that rebbe BUT…
    My children attended a school while we were going through some very difficult things as a family. Because of the importance and unfortunately trauma of these issues, the school had to be aware of what was going on, and so were the teachers. These issues went on for several years, but, we insisted and instructed each and every teacher that the expectation of the child should not, under ANY circumstances be lowered. In spite of what we as a family were dealing with, our children had a tremendous amount of love, support and stability, and the children received mental health assistance as well. They had a solid and warm support system.

    In spite of that, several of my eldest child’s teachers told us that they were treating our child differently, because they had sympathy for the situation and did not want to put added stress or pressure on the child. Thus, they significantly lowered their expectations, causing the child abject misery for the remainder of their educational career

    Another child, who happens to have special needs was placed in the mainstream class with the rest of their classmates. Unfortunately, the city that we were living in, did not (at that time) have any “official” services for students with this child’s type of need (long story). So, the child received an “aide” to assist them with their studies.
    The “aide” was a newly married, fresh faced from Israel individual who knew virtually nothing about education short of what they had seen when they were in school. Ironically, I was this individual’s teacher for one year, during my extremely long educational career before I switched careers. Throughout the school year, I would receive several disrespectful emails (maybe got three over the course of the year) from the “aide” regarding my child’s actions and education, progress or lack thereof and so on. The emails were short, did not address any true nor accurate information, and essentially stated that my child would never succeed and the aide did not know why they were wasting their time.

    This was not ONE email. This was the tone of EVERY email. In response, I very civilly sent back curt, but kind emails thanking this “aide” for all they did… whatever that was. My child LOVED this aide. I suspect it was because the aide did not require anything from my child, and left my child to their own devices. For my child, it was books and reading.. so, that’s what they did, all during class, all during recess, they never went outside and played, did not play during gym, did not play with other children, did nothing but read for an entire year. This, as you can imagine, thrilled and delighted me, but unfortunately, I was extremely limited in how I could handle the situation.

    At the end of the school year I contacted this aide and had a frank conversation with them. I asked the aide if they LIKED my child.
    Of course, the immediate response was yes.
    I then asked about the emails, the few and far between once, and the tone within. From this aide, whom I had taught well over 20 years before when they were in 2nd grade, had the nerve to say to me “Parents have to respect me. It is not my job to contact parents, if they need something, they have to contact me. You should feel lucky I sent you anything at all” I will respect YWN by NOT repeating what I said to the aide after that.
    Then I asked the aide again, if they LIKED my child. Again, the immediate response was yes. I responded with the following (and this is actually the point of my story).
    “All teachers will not like all their students. I am well aware that you do not like my child. The tones of your email and your disrespectful attitude throughout this conversation clearly reflect that. It is OK for a teacher not to like a child It is something that happens, and you are NOT going to like every child that comes your way. I KNOW you don’t like my child, and that’s OK. What is NEVER OK is for either the parents OR the child to EVER know that you do not like them. EVER.”

    Children with special needs or labels frequently have lower expectations required of them, and are often the target of bullies in school. It’s sad that some of those bullies are the adults.

    in reply to: Mental Health and Judaism #1747909

    I’m going to ignore whatever Neville says because it is obvious he has little to no education in the background of psychology.


    : You are absolutely right. Most cases of PTSD are preventable.



    That, is how most cases of PTSD can be prevented.

    in reply to: Mental Health and Judaism #1747840

    @The Little I know.
    1. Thank you.
    2. I am going to ramble, and go from subject to subject, and probably lose you a few times because I have MANY squirrel moments as I like to call them. I am SEVERELY ADHD AND ADD, but still managed to stay focused enough to get my many worthless pieces of expensive paper without drugs.
    3. I both agree and disagree with some of what you wrote. You are correct that the yeshivos and even the public schools are filled to beyond capacity. However, the interplay between discipline and education often don’t work because the rebbeim and teachers are not taught HOW to teach. Often they are people who need jobs within that community, and poof, instant teacher. But they are not teachers nor instructors. In the “days of old” you had rebbeim and teachers smacking or hitting the students with rulers or even worse, with their hands, causing the children to fear both going to school and learning. This caused generations of students not only to hate learning, but to harbor decades and decades of resentment towards schools, religion, families, and so on, only causing more pain, which often then manifested more abuse, whether in families or in communities.

    Sadly, violence often begets violence, and cycles perpetuate themselves unless consciously broken (which is a very difficult thing to do).

    These days, there are more educated rebbeim and teachers and morahs even, but it’s rare to find any of these people holding valid state teachers licenses. It’s not like college or university is strongly encouraged. But when it comes to educating our children, education of the teachers should be TOP priority, and it’s really not.

    There is a blatant lack of respect that is almost subconsciously encouraged by the schools in how their “English” or General Studies teachers are treated. Regardless if that teacher is frum or not, the English and General Studies teachers are often paid far less, not treated the same with regards to “Bonuses” at yomim tovim or summer break, and left out at Chanukah time because they are (as I was told for many years) “just an English teacher” (even though for quite a large number of years I was the ONLY teacher in the entire school to hold a valid teachers license). Children see that, and learn from it.

    Keep in mind btw, that because I was “just an English teacher” I was not entitled to maternity/paternity leave when my children were born, causing terrible financial hardship. But again, that did not matter because I was “just an English teacher”. But I digress… going back to your comment….

    A well trained teacher or rebbe knows exactly how to handle both education and discipline in his/her classroom, and can do so without interrupting the flow of the class. A really good teacher/rebbe will keep the ‘troublemaker’ in class, and will adapt his/her teaching style to those of the children in his/her class. For example, a teacher might teach the same unit in visual, audible, and tactile styles, ensuring that all the learning styles of the class are met. And a teacher for older students will ask their students how they learn best, since by high school most children know in what way the information sticks with them. A VERY good teacher will make sure to adapt his or her lessons each year to ensure that the material does not get boring, and that the students will actually learn something year to year. The teacher cannot be bored with his or her lesson either, because that will translate to the students getting bored. The first year I taught, I leaned against the door jam as I was lecturing, and essentially bored myself to sleep. I realized that if I was bored enough to fall asleep WHILE talking/teaching, my students were even more so. I immediately changed everything about the way that I taught.

    Teaching and educational methods, along with ways to ensure that lessons work, how to evaluate those lessons, and how to deal with children with behavioral needs, special needs, ADHD and ADD children, even children on the pervasive development scale, could all have those needs met in a multi stage and mainstream classroom, but these methods that are taught, and often taught WELL in college. But, college educated teachers are far and few between in yeshivos and day schools.

    3. You are absolutely correct about cookie cutter lessons, but again, there are ways for a creative teacher to “spice” those lessons up, and change them, even slightly, from year to year. What unfortunately does not change, is that schools that get any money from the government for any reasons, are required to have their students take state exams of some kind, all of which are standardized. Thus, the teacher finds him or herself teaching to a test, which is basically a lot of useless information that the children will never, ever use.

    Additionally, there are a large number of extremely bright, intelligent children, who do not test well, and therefore, are then labeled and stuck in classes that are not good for them, often boring, etc. (which can then cause additional problems), all because of an asinine test that hasn’t changed since its inception, and is essentially a tool that sets many children up for failure. And those children, because they have been improperly labeled or tagged, will therefore never have their true educational needs met.

    Norms, as you state, are a very very dangerous thing. By definition, and of course statistically, a child that doesn’t meet that specified percentage of the “norm”, or doesn’t quite meet the required numbers, is then statistically set up for failure each and every year post that first test. The first failure that a child becomes vitally aware of, will be the measurement that both they, and the schools, will measure them for the remainder of their academic career. Making a predetermined norm is likely one of the most destructive things that schools, as well as diagnosticians could have possibly done.

    I could give an individual an assessment and if that individual scores a 31 or higher on certain scales, they would be “predetermined” to be a psychopath, exhibit psychopathic behaviors, etc. If that individual becomes aware of their score, they then have an excuse to behave in an inexcusable manner, saying “well, this is what I am because someone told me that this is what I am. Take it up with them”. If the person has no knowledge of where he or she falls on the psychopathy checklist, he or she could end up becoming something brilliant and amazing. Perhaps he or she goes on to cure cancer. That person never takes advantage of his potential situation just because they might fall on a scale set up by a person or group of people who think one way and one way only.

    And, it is in my personal opinion, that conforming to any predetermined norm has the potential to be very dangerous. People become sheeple instead of potential leaders, children with exceptional imaginations have them lectured or beaten out of them, when the imagination could have created something amazing. Conformation… is dangerous if not done correctly. We are not encouraging our children to be something amazing and wonderful, something different. We are telling them to do exactly what the rest of the children do. So, if the rest of the children act like vilde chayas, then we are telling our child, conform to that, that’s the way to do it. If as adults, the general norm is to cheat and lie on one’s taxes, and then use HUD, Welfare, Medicaid and food stamps… that’s the norm that we anticipate out children will conform to. But it’s still not right, even if everyone else is doing it.
    Additionally, I want to add something that is “hinted to” but not stated outright. Just because a child is different in how he or she thinks, or that individual questions G-d, or even his or her religious observance, does not mean that this person is mentally ill or unstable. And, it is exceptionally important in today’s day and age, that we not immediately insist that people who act differently, perhaps not as “expected” or a person does not “conform” to something he or she is morally, ethically, or simply just opposed to, immediately run to seek mental health assistance. We do a tremendous disservice to people when we take someone who does not conform, and stick them with a mentally ill tag.

    in reply to: Mental Health and Judaism #1747819

    Oh, and another thing… to Rabbi of Crawly…

    PTSD is actually a clear and rather significant mental disorder in today’s world The sheer amount of trauma that law enforcement officers, fire service officers, emergency medical services, doctors and nurses, as well as military veterans, especially those that have seen combat, takes its toll on the brain.

    The human brain is not designed to take a life without some form of consequence. There is a reason why the homicide, suicide, divorce and addiction rates among police officers especially, are so high. And it’s not because some doctor or some psychiatrist somewhere told these individuals that there was something wrong with them. Quite the contrary. Individual counselors and medical doctors who are fully aware of the lifestyle of people who lose lives or take lives will tell you that it causes irreparable damage to the human psyche. But those that have never had any experience or exposure to what first responders deal with, would be happy to say some of the same ignorant and irresponsible things that you have stated. And ANY of us that experience mild, moderate or even severe Post Traumatic Stress, will tell you that it is very VERY real.

    And, for the record, stress (as a simple definition) is merely the body’s reaction to change. Stress by itself is neutral, the cause of that stress is what determines whether the stress is good or bad, and how the body will respond to it. For example, having a baby causes stress on both the mother and the father, but it is a positive source of stress. Having a four year old die in your arms also causes stress, but it is a very negative stress. Both examples will cause a change in lifestyle, but one is going to be positive (hopefully) and one will always be negative, though both will cause years of change to that person.

    in reply to: Mental Health and Judaism #1747793

    @Syag Lchochma

    Thank you. Interestingly enough, I’m anything but. I won’t put my name, Hebrew or otherwise on here, but.. if you daven.. please keep me in mind.


    in reply to: Mental Health and Judaism #1747750

    Just to add my two cents in…
    I am a PhD and worked with children for several decades…
    There is a VAST difference between legitimate Attention and Attention Deficient/Hyperactivity Disorders and conduct disorders or behavioral disorders. Children will generally act out in school if there is something going on at home that they cannot control, if they are bored in class, or if they haven’t had adequate sleep or nutrition. There are studies that show a direct correlation between ADHD and lack of sleep or even sleep disorders in children. In today’s world, unfortunately, children are not getting the same amount of sleep, play time outside or nutrition.

    A Vitamin D deficiency in people will frequently start when children are young, and do not get enough sunshine. Lack of Vitamin D can lead to all sorts of medical issues (especially in men) as people get older.
    ADHD and ADD can be treated with appropriate medication. If the child is “zombied out” in class or at home, they are either on the wrong medication or their dosage is way too high. ADHD and ADD medication should never be used in order to control behavior. Children who may display symptoms of ADD and ADHD should be seen by a Child Psychiatrist as well as their primary care physician prior to taking any psychotropic medication, and the child should be carefully monitored after taking such medications. However, it is also encouraged that children taking psychotropic medications should be seen by a therapist, licensed social worker, counselor or psychologist for cognitive behavioral therapy. The child would need to learn to control his behavior WITH the medication, the medication should not be expected to fix, or cure, the child. Thus, when a child misbehaves, it can’t be blamed on whether or not he or she took their daily medication, but the child needs to understand that the medication is only one step of the process, they also have to be invested in their behaviors.

    If the child does not have ADD or ADHD, but they are just acting out or severely misbehaving, regardless of the reason, their actions should be controlled through CBT or DBT, NOT through medications. The child has to learn appropriate behaviors in and out of public or they are in danger of developing a conduct disorder.

    Conduct disorders can lead directly to psychopathic behaviors as they get older. If a child with a behavior or conduct disorder is medicated, the underlying problem is never resolved, all you would have is a child that is such a zombie, he is physically unable to do anything, not school work, not play time, nothing. So all you essentially have is a chemically lobotomized child, who will never learn the right way to behave in public or in various situations.

    Again, just my two cents, education and years of experience talking…

    in reply to: Footsteps, ?????? ?????? #1166073

    Sparkly and Thinking out Loud..

    two things. I worked in kiruv for many years. That in of itself should tell you something. One thing that I learned in high school, which I believed but never believed… was that when you sweep the floor, the floor gets cleaned up, but no matter how good the broom is, it will get dirty. and two, NCSY is great for teenagers. What about those of us in the ADULT population? Like thirties, forties and up?

    in reply to: Footsteps, ?????? ?????? #1166064

    You know, zahava’s dad..

    I’ve followed your posts for years… I agreed with some, I disagreed with others, but you’ve always remained respectful, something that many in the coffee room have shown an inability to do.

    I respect you greatly for that. I now have more respect for you. You’ve made my point in a cleaner way than I ever could have. I’ve been told that I’m well versed in the art of diplomacy, but you’re the master. Thank you for that, it’s lovely to see. Zahava (whomever she may be, may she be long lived and healthy) is a lucky young woman. I’m only sorry my father doesn’t have as much pride in his own children.

    Thank you.

    in reply to: Footsteps, ?????? ?????? #1166061

    Hi Ben Levi,

    Thank you for your response. Allow me to counterpoint…

    1. I was in the same boat as you. Instead of being rushed to the Emergency Room, I was maligned and told that there was no other excuse for my behavior other than to be addicted to narcotics.

    It took me passing out, being misdiagnosed and then wrongly medicated, having my heart stop, and extreme measures taken (Thank goodness my DNR was overlooked, too) for me to get the medical attention I desperately needed. I was then diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness that has taken me years to deal with having and getting somewhat under control.

    Does that mean that I no longer see doctors? Does it mean I no longer see people? Of course not. In fact, I have made my living serving others. However, I no longer see THOSE doctors or go to THAT hospital, and I am significantly more wary, suspicious and hesitant to see any medical professional that I don’t fully and completely trust unless I feel that my life is in danger, in which case I immediately request an ombudsman from the hospital or a medical advocate to speak with and for me.

    2. I realize that this is a widely unpopular opinion, but your OPINION is that Torah is the road map for the map of life. If/when someone gets lost, they can pull over and stop their trip, they can take a break and regroup or they can ask for directions. IF when they ask for directions, they are again and again given the wrong directions, at some point, they will stop asking.

    Regardless, thank you for your comments.

    in reply to: Footsteps, ?????? ?????? #1166057


    You are very kind. Thank you. I have a lot of grievances towards the family that I was part of at one point. But one thing I can honestly say I have tremendous gratitude for is that the years of abuse made me a very strong woman.

    Have an easy fast.

    in reply to: Footsteps, ?????? ?????? #1166056

    Syag Lchochma,

    I am doing very well thank you. I don’t know what blog you are referring to… But I am more than happy to communicate privately with you if the Moderators are willing to mediate an email address exchange.

    That’s entirely up to them.

    I have thrived. I’m no longer part of the abusive community or family I was. I am thank god far far away and happy that way.

    I won’t tell you that there arent things from the past that I don’t miss, because that would be a lie, and one thing that I promised myself I would not do any longer is play into the “lies, manipulations and word games” that were perpetrated in the community I was part of once upon a time, however, what I do not miss, and never will, is the shaming part that went along with trying to get someone to come back to the “fold”. Shaming someone will only push the person further away, and at the end of the day, the fact is IF that person comes back it’s because they can’t make it on their own, not necessarily because they wish to.

    That’s not a reason to be religious.

    in reply to: Footsteps, ?????? ?????? #1166051

    I’m sure I will get attacked over this.. but I’m going to do it for “knowledge” sake. So I’m guessing I’m going to be labeled an “eruv rav” by what I’m going to state:

    I am not religious. I made this choice as an educated, mentally stable, not criminal adult. My reasons are personal and I will not discuss them here. It should be noted that those that choose to not live a frum lifestyle are not necessarily criminally insane or mentally unstable. As one poster said, some of us suffered so much trauma at the hands of “supposed” G-d fearing individuals, and people who claim to be “frum” and “yeshivish” that we were simply unwilling to remain frum. And claiming to be G-d fearing, and yet abusing your children or your spouse, is completely the antithesis of what Yiddishkeit is supposed to be.

    Additionally, I want to note that a jew that chooses to live a not frum lifestyle, no matter the extent, is NOT a goy. You can claim that they are lost, off the derech (which is another term I don’t like, because if we compare ourselves to generations past, we are ALL off the derech), but we are not goyim. I was born a Jew, and whether or not I live as a Jew, I will die as a Jew.

    Someone actually had the nerve to tell my son that his mother (me) was a goy because I was not frum anymore. My son thought that because I was a “goy” according to this person, that he was one also. One should be very very careful what terms they use.

    I contacted Footsteps when I first got out, because I needed help processing what I was dealing with. The abuse, alcoholism, neglect, and then public shaming, the humiliating shunning, the lack of any support and the sheer volumes of rechilus and lashon hora spoken by the RABONNIM of the community, let alone my own “family” almost killed me. Footsteps was referred to me by someone who wanted to help.

    To say that Footsteps was not a help would be a significant understatement. There was no encouragement, and if I wanted or needed help, I would have to go into the city, which was not an easy feat.

    They would not speak with me over the telephone, and the only resource they would give me was one where again, I would have to go into the city to speak with them. That’s not to say they weren’t going to help me, but again (I’m stressing this for a reason) they would not help unless I was there in person.

    I managed to make it, survive, and thrive even, in spite of their not being willing to help or provide counsel over the phone or via email. But, I wouldn’t refer them to anyone who desperately needed assistance. It was a worthless experience, and a waste of previous time and energy.

    I’ve done my research into Footsteps. While I personally believe that Joseph is being a little contradictory using words like “yemach shemo” and essentially shaming those that use the Footsteps program, is a bit harsh, to say the least, I also believe that to some extent, he has a point. Footsteps is not the organization that they publicly claim to be.

    in reply to: Girl I want to get engaged to wants me to change my Rabbi #1047150

    Reb Dovid,bit sounds to me like you are looking for an excuse to break up with this girl. Give her her name so I can call her and warn her away from you. You sound archaic and selfish, not to mention absolutely and completely intolerant, and no one should have to live with that. I hope you and your rav are very happy together.

    in reply to: LIST THE HOUSES WHO DON'T SHOVEL HERE #1005306

    This thread is so inappropriate. If you see a house that doesn’t shovel, walk in the street near there. And before you all jump down my throat about how dangerous it is to walk in the street, I know, but most of you do it anyhow on the way to and from shul on shabbat. A thread like this is PURE malice… and considering how many threads I read about why tragic things occur to Jews, consider a thread like this.

    MODERATOR: Perhaps THIS thread you should remove?????

    in reply to: Going off the Derech #1183031

    I can’t understand why this thread is still up, and hasn’t been closed by the Moderator yet. All the other “OTD” threads get shut down, but this one? Still going? For what purpose?

    WOW, I feel for you, it’s hard to be a parent and think that you’ve done something wrong. BUT, I’m an OTD, and I can tell you, with certainty, that when a child goes OTD, it’s NOT always the fault of the parents. Sometimes it is, and sometimes it’s not. Go see a professional, a therapist (NOT a Life Coach. Aries, I respect what you do, but a Life Coach is not a licensed therapist) and the Coffee Room is far from professional.

    I can tell you from personal experience that in my case, it was the home, the school, the community… there were many many factors.

    Can we close this thread now so that the name calling and blame and fault stops?

    in reply to: cheap shalach manos #917737

    Give a lump sum to a food bank gemach, print out cards stating a donation has been made in lieu of Mishloach Manot because of the high hunger rate amongst Jews, and the necessity of feeding people (or something along those lines), send Mishloach Manot to one person with 2 food items with different brachot so that your halachic obligation is met, quit worrying about keeping up with the Jonses, Smiths, or anyone else. Food doesn’t get wasted, recycled, or thrown out. There isn’t a need to bake, cook or worry about a heksher, and a local tzedekah gets a much needed boost before Pesach.

    in reply to: OTD Phenomenom #907328

    @Herr Himmell: I’ve already explained myself. If you are having difficuly with your comprehension, I suggest you get yourself tested. I will not respond to your poorly disguised attempts to pretend to act like an appropriate “frum” person again. Especially since I believe that you and Vochindik are one and the same. People with multiple personality disorders need to be heavily medicated, have you thought about seeing a psychiatrist?

    in reply to: OTD Phenomenom #907319

    @groisnachas: There is only one thing I miss about being religious. My siblings.

    That is it. I can make my own food, my own shabbat, I can sing z’mirot, or whatever. I have never felt comfortable in shule, or in the community, regardless of where I have lived, and much like Runs With Scissors, with whom I can very much empathize, I am disillusioned, disappointed, disgusted, pick any of the multitude of “D” or other lettered adjectives that one chooses with frum judaism. Not because of God, but because of the people.

    The difference, is that I wanted to walk away for years and years, and when I finally made the ultimate decision to do so, I was so glad that I did. I have never in my life been more at peace. In terms of the situation in Israel, I may not consider myself religious anymore. That does not change the fact that I still very much consider myself a Jew. Born a Jew, Die a Jew. Period. And, my feelings regarding Israel have not changed. They are what they were 20 years ago, and 20 years before that. I love my children. They are the love and light of my life. However, should they come to me and state that they too have decided to not be religious, I would not love them any less, nor would I discourage them. Their choices are theirs and theirs alone. Never would I do to them what I see being done to other children all across the world. A child is a gift, and should be treated like one.

    @iced: I am pretty sure that one cannot equate being irreligious with being an alcoholic or a drug addict. I know, unfortunately, quite a number of “frum, black hat, yeshivish” individuals who are alcoholics, abusive, pedophiles, and drug addicts. And yet, they are welcomed into the loving arms of the frum community because they act and dress the part. I have only three words for that. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong.

    in reply to: OTD Phenomenom #907317
    in reply to: OTD Phenomenom #907307


    The moment I put on pants for the first time, in spite of the fact that my kashrut and shabbat observance were impeccable, I became trash in the eyes of the community and my family. Less “strict” or another form wouldn’t have mattered. A step away is a step away. And again, I’m quite content where I am. It doesn’t matter how many times I’m questioned, that’s not going to change.

    in reply to: OTD Phenomenom #907306

    @Groisnachas: I have a considerable amount to say with regards to parenting. However, at this time, I am unable to do so, simply because I believe that it would give away entirely too much as to who I am, and where I was raised. I am unwilling to do that at this time. What I will say is this.

    Jeffrey Dahmer, a noted psychopath, whose very behaviors were so immoral that he himself was killed in prison, had parents that loved and cared for him in spite of his “character flaws”. So did David Berkowitz (Son of Sam), amongst others.

    One thing stands out, though publicly decrying their son’s behavior, Dahmer’s father and step mother also publicly stated that while they did not in any way shape or form condone their son’s behavior, he was, and always would be their son (not step son, not killer or pervert, but “son”, and for that reason, they would always love him and support him in any way they could without supporting his criminal actions.

    With all that being said, how many children and adults that go frei have parents and families that can say the same things to and about them, simply because they have chosen to not keep shabbat or kosher?

    That, in of itself, should be a lesson in parenting.

    in reply to: OTD Phenomenom #907297


    I simply could not agree more. I come to this site to “Stay Connected”.

    I am not sure why I keep coming back. I must have a sadomasochistic streak, because the more I come here, the less I have the urge to return to “the fold”.


    I am denying to acquiesce with your position regarding your statement paying a heavy price for those that are OTD (in the yeshivish world of that particular definition).

    So tell me, whose sins are worse?

    Again, I am opening myself up for questions. If you would like to know, ask, but I will do my best not to lower myself to hypocrites and vendettas, and I will attempt to not respond to stupidities.

    If you have nothing constructive to say or ask, than say nothing at all.

    in reply to: OTD Phenomenom #907291


    Thank you for that.

    Sometimes I wish I still had some faith in people left. Unfortunately, the rabbonim of which you speak must live in some other cities, because the ones in the cities in which I dealt with were worth nothing.

    And, for the kindness with which you are treating me, may YOU have much nachas from those around you.

    @ready now: What makes your advice “good” versus “bad”? Is your advice good because you’re the one giving it? I joined in this conversation for the same reason that the other poster did; in order to give input that was asked for, not for advice, and not for other reasons. I’ve given good and bad advice. I’ve been the receipient of good and bad advice, but I would never say that my advice is good simply because I am the one giving it. Narcissistic much?

    If one chooses to name other reigions by name, they will. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. That’s a choice that you are more than welcome to make, just as we all have choices. There are choices in every day life that people make, and my firm and strong belief is that the heavy criticism that extra narrow minded judgemental and even hypocrtical individuals such as (insert name here) push people such as myself, further away.

    I’ve made mention of Faranuk Margolis’ book before, it’s a supreme read, and quite on the mark, but I will go ahead and mention it again. I suggest for any of you that are really curious, as opposed to those of you that are merely here to “lovingly” inform those of us that have made our choices, that we are going to hell,to read this book. It will open your eyes.

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