Raphael Kaufman

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  • in reply to: Justice in Balto.? #874529

    Hi Health, I haven’t been around for a while but I see that you have remained consistant in your position. My statement was correct. the instigator of the confrontation is the one at fault. Whether or not the shomrim guy instigated a confrontation was a matter for the court to decide. The court apparently decided that he was, in fact the instigator. In any event, getting out of the car to “talk” to the “victim” was a bad idea. The Shomrim kid should have reported to the police and followed the “victim”. He would only be justified in taking further action if he witnessed an assault taking place.

    P.S. I do, in fact, believe that the kid was tried fairly and the anit-semitism that you and others on this blog perceive to exist in the U.S. is in your mind. That is not to say that there are no anti-semites in America. It’s just that institutional and social anti-semitism simply does not exist in the U.S. I know you believe otherwise, but you believe a lot of other things that I see differently. Biz 120, we’ll find out who was right. Mestammeh we’ll find that we were both wrong.

    in reply to: Cowboy #872519

    If your idea of what a cowboy does comes from television you will be in for a rude shock. Handling cattle is dirty work with long hours for relativly low wages. It’s also not a little dangerous. If you are serious (and if you’re a teen or a young twentyish) there are a couple of avenues you could try.

    1. Look for summer work on a small ranch (“small” varies depening on the part of the Country). Small ranchers are always looking for cheap labor. Be prepared for long hours af dirty, back breaking work, some of which may have nothing to do with cattle. If you make a good impression, the rancher will expand your duties.

    2. If you’re older and are able, buy a small ranch or a hobby ranch. Hire an experienced hand and learn from him (almost always a “him”).

    3. Learn to ride a horse really well. While a lot of moving around on a ranch may be by truck or 4-wheeler. The real work of cowboying is done astride.

    3. Do your homework. There is plenty of modern literature on animal husbandry and ranching business.

    Zeit Matzliach

    in reply to: Justice in Balto.? #874521

    Akuperma, They were not denied a jury trial. They elected to have a bench trial in the probably correct belief that a Baltimore jury would have thrown the book at them and a bench trial was their best chance of a fair hearing and aquittal. As a matter of procedure and law, a confrontation that leads to a fight is the fault of the one who initiated the confrontation. What the defendants should have done is stay in the car and radioed the police as was there approved procedure. Even if they were concerned about the woman pedestrian’s safety, The law did not permit them to intervene with force unless they witnessed an actual assuault.

    in reply to: Haggadahs for the seder #1065234

    The Maxwell House Hagadah is atill available for free at Shoprite

    in reply to: Sixth Sense #862357

    Malcom Gladwell wrote a very interesting book called “Blink” about the power of intuition.

    in reply to: Traffic lights #861748

    Between the hours of 12 midnight and 5:00 am, traffic lights are only advisory.

    in reply to: Nature or Nurture? #861982


    in reply to: Photographers in Women's Section #861823

    I recall hearing (can’t remember where)that it is less of a problem for women photographers to photograph men than for men to photograph women. Anyone here that?

    in reply to: Article In Jewish Press #861885

    It may be trite to say that, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, but sayings don’t become trite unless there is more than a grain of truth to them. Physical attraction is clearly a very important part of shidduchim but different folks are attracted to different manifestations of beauty. I have seen happily married couples who, you will pardon me, are so ugly that one could make a “nishtaneh habrios” on them but to each other they’re fine. I, myself, am not exactly GQ material but my wife thinks I’m good looking and I have not been able to disabuse her of that notion for 42 years.

    in reply to: Internet Filter – Jewish or not #861776

    Hey Logician, as the gemara in Sukkos explains, the higher the spiritual madrega of the individual, Abaye in the gemara’s case, the stronger the yetzer harah. I can’t speak for the Gatesheader but I, personally, am on such a low spiritual madrega that the yetzer harah doesn’t concern itself with me.

    in reply to: Internet Filter – Jewish or not #861762

    The problem with filters that use key words is that the can block sites that you need to access that are totally innocuous. Koshernet may be okay, but the best internet filter is the one between your ears. If you have children, though, use a strong filter and never allow a child to have private access to an internet linked device.

    in reply to: Men & Mirrors #861250

    I cannot tie a tie properly without looking in a mirror

    in reply to: murder mysteries #857710

    Re Sherlock Holmes. I guess if it was good enough for Rav Yaakov Kamenetski, it should be good enough for your son

    in reply to: Memoir called "Unorthodox" and its effect on us #868938

    I find it interesting that a well known anti-chareidi blog also calls her a liar.

    in reply to: Americanishe Meshugasim #854165

    How about these? Personal freedom, religeous liberty,equality of oportunity, (yeah, I know that some of these are honored more in the breach than in the observance, but they are the stated founding principles of the the Nation and The U.S. has been struggling for the past 200 odd years to follow them.)

    in reply to: The Koach of our Gedolim: A Story with Rav Chaim shlit"a #851438

    Wolf, don’t flatter yourself. You’re nowhere near the worst person in the world. You’re not even in the top (bottom?) 20.

    in reply to: Is it mutar to be an organ donor? #853687

    Zahavasdad, that is a point I have been making for a while. People who undergo bypass surgery where heartbeat and respiration have been stopped or people who go into cardiac arrest and have to be resuscitated are halachicly dead during that period and all halachos pertaining thereto apply. Is wife becomes an almonah and is free to marry. His sons become his heirs and he no longer owns any property.

    I one is scheduled for heart surgery one should take halachic action to secure his property and must re-marry his wife upon his recovery.

    P.S. If you want to say that such folks aren’t really dead, please explain why not. It appears to me that we can be mechayei meisim under these certain limited circumstances. that is one of the conditions of b’tzelem Elokim. Of course, HKBH has unlimited ability to be mechayei meisim.

    in reply to: Thread for Those who Cannot Read #851367


    in reply to: JD/MBA COMBO #851310

    PBA, getting a JD is only a bad idea if you want a job. A JD/MBA is more likely to find employment.

    in reply to: #851466

    “The Ramchal did not live to see Soros, Chomsky, Levi Aron or Dwek.”

    Perhaps not, but he did live to have seen or have heard of Johannes Pfefferkorn Y”S. Soros, et al, are pikers compared to his rishus.

    in reply to: english names for misheberach for cholim:is it permitted? #850940

    BTGuy, English is basically a Germanic language with many loan words from other languages as is the case of Yiddish. One of the reasons that Yiddish speakers had a relativly easier time picking up English is it’s similarity to Yiddish

    in reply to: english names for misheberach for cholim:is it permitted? #850939

    R’ Moshe ZTL, has a teshuva concerning Jewish names. Is maskana in that case was that any given name is a Jewish name. I.E. Violet bas Doris

    in reply to: Going from Baal Habos to Full-Time Learning #850919

    The up side is obvious. The down side is loss of income and abdication of of family responsibilities. If one is able, I can think of no better way to retire than to return to the Beis Medrash.

    in reply to: wouldnt it be great if israel attackes Iran on Purim #851328

    It seems to me that the ones most eager for Israel or the U.S. to go out and whup Iran are the ones who don’t actually have to go out and do the whuppin’.

    in reply to: Random Questions #850459

    Interestingly, while road traffic in the U.S. keeps to the right, railroads in the U.S. keep to the left as they do also in the U.K. The Engineer (Engine Driver in the U.K.) sits on the right side of the locomotive and the trains pass right side to right side.

    I remember reading that the the reason that British drivers and others keep left derives from the railroad tradition, and American drivers keep right because the board upon which the wagon driver sat pulled out of the left side of a Conestoga wagon.

    A not really related bit of trivia is that, while the command pilot of an airplane universally sits in the left seat, the command seat of a helicopter is the right seat (for a completely different reason that the ones mentioned above).

    in reply to: Unorthodox, thats definitely not the worst of it all. #850205

    Started to comment but thought better of it.

    in reply to: what does "yeshivish" mean? #850424

    Longrekel, I once saw a shidduch description “Chassidish, with it.” I kid you not.

    in reply to: our dor and the dor hamabul #1207599

    Health, if a toeiva marriage contract was enforceable in the Dor HaMabul, then it is no better or no worse than legal toeiva marriage today.

    P.S. Saying that today’s generation isn’t worse than the Dor HaMabul is certainly “damning with faint praise”.

    in reply to: Is there a Chiyuv to be friendly? #849942

    The key word in the OP is “customer”. If you’re not pleasant to customers, pretty soon you won’t have any and the question will be moot. (not “mute”)

    in reply to: LYEING #850006

    Health, what I meant to indicate was that it may be mutar for a doctor to lie to a patient to prevent anxiety. I recall reading that there was some halachic controversy over whether or not a doctor (we assume a frum doctor) is even ALLOWED to tell a patient straight out that he/she has little or no hope of recovery.

    in reply to: What's the argument against having a Madina? #852526

    Torah Yid, It’s you who need to get your story straight The Hasmoneans violated Torah from the get-go by usurping Malchus Beis David. Bear in mind that Torah observance in 150 BCE was a little different (okay, a lot different) than today. The Hasmoneans by and large were publicly observant but were either indifferent or actually hostile to Rabbinic Judaism. Note that the most successful Hasmonean king, Alexander Yanai, killed 50,000 talmidei chachamim.

    in reply to: Stepping Over Someone & Growth #1222626

    Golden mom, a lot of what we do and don’t know the source comes from peasant folk superstition. Don’t blame shtusim on the Holy Kabalah.

    in reply to: LYEING #850003

    There are two kinds of lies. Lies that benefit the liar, either materially or psychically, and lies that benefit the hearer. The later may be permitted to, for instance, spare someone’s feelings or to prevent sinnah, as in the case of HKBH Himself modifying the words of Sarah Immeinu, or to save a life.

    Question: Is a doctor allowed to tell someone straight out that they have been diagnosed with cancer and have a short time to live? Would you want to know if there was no reasonable hope?

    in reply to: what does a din torah cost? #849584

    Papa, establishing systems of justice is one of the sheva mitzvos. Having the Government pay the judges is perfectly acceptable under the requirement of the mitzva

    in reply to: Hamsa #849371

    Toi, it’s not a hand with two thumbs. It’s a flower. The Hamsa is not specifically Jewish. It is popular as a charm against the Evil Eye throughout the Arab world

    in reply to: size of the earth #849622

    Eratosthenes of Cyrene (Circa 200 B.C.E.) not only proved that the Earth was round, but correctly calculated the circumference (about 24,000 miles). You can Google him to see how he did it. Chazal certainly new that the Earth was round.

    I’d like to go back to last Monday so I could pay my phone bill on time.

    in reply to: If you could chooseÖ #1004217

    The power to cloud men’s minds.

    in reply to: Da'as Torah #847538

    Troglodyte literally means “cave dweler”.

    in reply to: courage or cowardice? #848963

    There was a pretty detailed halachic analysis of the issue on Gil Student’s blog. (no Link). Notwithstanding the halachic issue of whom to evacuate first, I think we can all agree that the Captain was a jerk. I mean, “I tripped and fell into a life boat”. Puleeeze.

    in reply to: Computer advice #848872

    I have bought several refurb laptops from eCost. Quite satisfied.

    in reply to: Why are the Hashgochos promulgating a fraud: Oat Matzos #1146808

    Rashi specifically defines shiboles shual as oats (avino b’laz). The problem with that is as described above by other posters.

    1. oats does not look like the other four

    2. oats are a not from genus triticum as are the other four.

    3. oats have no (or little) gluten.

    4. Oats did not grow in Eretz Yisroel or Bavel.

    Personally, I think that the description given of shiblos shual fits emmer wheat (a different species from bread wheat)which grew in abundance in Israel and Bavel. One might say that Rashi, not being familiar with other varieties of wheat, was simply mistaken, but I think that you have to be a Reshone to say that. Personally, I do not and would not use oat matzoh for matzas mitzvah nor do I make hamotzi on oat products.

    in reply to: Accounting #846743

    You could also join the FBI. FBI Special Agents need to have either a law degree or an accounting degree.

    in reply to: Seizures #869832

    Health did not offer medical advice although he is qualified to do so. He posted medical information as found in open source material. He just saved you the trouble of looking for it yourself.

    in reply to: question about rabbenu tam zman for ending shabbos #845616

    I’m a little hazy as to the origin of the 72 minute zman. Yerushayim is roughly as far south as Savannah Georgia. Clearly 3 kochavim beinonim are visible long before 72 minutes and Maran must have known that, living as he did in Tsfas. As I recall, the length of bein hashmashos is related to the time it takes to walk a specific distance. I don’t remember if it was a mil or a parsang. Can anyone lend some clarity to this?

    in reply to: Starbucks in Middle America #843289

    “…And there is country music playing on the speakers. ”

    The horror!

    in reply to: Rav Elyashev Bans Nachal Chareidi #848546

    Health a view isn’t kefira just because you prefer the position of certain rabbonim (a minority, I might add) to those who hold otherwise. As for having to face di v’cheshon biz 120, remember that you also will have to face the Beis Din shel Ma’alah. Are you ready?

    in reply to: US Troops urinate on dead Taliban #843266

    These Marines should be Court-Marshalled. Not for urinating on the bodies of the dreche Talibanim who would have happily beheaded and mutilated their bodies had the situation been reversed, no, they should be charged with criminal stupidity for video-ing the maaseh and posting it on Youtube. Man, what WERE you thinking?

    in reply to: Shmuely Boteach 'Cross's Line #849514

    My opinion of Shmuely Boteach as a shameless publicity seeker notwithstanding, I note that neither myself nor any of the other posters have actually read the book. Henry Kissenger is famously quoted as saying “even paranoids have enemies”. A correlary of that concept might be that even jerks like Boteach might occasionally say something worthwhile.

    Also, whether true or not, the possibility of the subject of Shmuelies book being a ” a wholly-observant, Pharisaic Rabbi” isn’t as far fetched as it seems based on events of the recent past.

    in reply to: Shul in Louisville Kentucky #844098

    BTGuy, the Georgia cops whould be more inclined to give you a hard time because of your NY license than because of your Kipah and tzitzis. Listen, I’ve worked all over the South and the rest of the U.S. The reaction of an ovewhelming majority of Americans, when confronted with a peyos bearing, yarmulka wearing Jew would be, “Hm, that’s interesting.” The Fact is that Americans don’t hate Jews or, for that matter, like Jews. Americans just don’t care. They don’t care what your religion is or what you look like as long as you’re like them in midos, you know, hard working, truth telling, etc.

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