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May 15, 2023 6:25 am at 6:25 am in reply to: Angels no, electricity yes? #2190332
Godol, Likewise, a significant percentage of !IEC workers and powerplant operators are Israeli Arabs, either Xtian or Muslim.May 15, 2023 6:25 am at 6:25 am in reply to: Artificial Intelligence vs G-d #2190331
UJM, what’s needed urgently is to program and instill the Three Laws of Robotics in all AI devices.May 15, 2023 6:24 am at 6:24 am in reply to: Angels no, electricity yes? #2190330
I have been a practicing electrical engineer for over 50 years and am currently involved in building two power plants in Israel. It is my observation that previous and current poskim did not and do not have a clear idea of how electricity is generated, distributed and used, or even what it is. The best, understanding, albeit still flawed, was that of R’ Shlomo Zalman, ZTL. The problem is that these Gedolim have to rely on “experts’ to explain the metzius and the technical details of the issue to be decided. That requires a basic level of specific knowledge, often lacking, to understand what the “expert” is saying. This leads to fundamental errors. As a simple example, I have seen articles and Piskei Teshuva that refer to a “flow of electrons” This is not correct. Electrons don’t flow. The remain in their in their respective atoms. What flows is the energy transmitted from atom to atom varying the energy state of the electrons in the process. Tis creates a varying magnetic field around the conductor in which the energy actually flows. This, and other misunderstandings, have resulted in, what i consider, erroneous psakim, or correct psakim for the wrong reasons.May 9, 2023 9:33 am at 9:33 am in reply to: A Chief Rabbi Attends the Coronation in a Church? #2188561
Check the haftorah of parshas Metzora. The last couple of pesukimMarch 12, 2023 8:33 am at 8:33 am in reply to: See the Big Picture! #2172785
Not necessarily on point, but it always annoys me when people make a big deal out of President Obama’s Arabic middle name (Husein). His first name is just as Arabic, Barak being the Arabic version of Baruch.September 14, 2022 8:30 am at 8:30 am in reply to: The Bringing of Meshiach through Sheliach Hakein #2124448
how is chasing away the mother for no tachlis showing mercy?September 14, 2022 8:29 am at 8:29 am in reply to: Bring some Kedusha #2124446
Shmulkes, your opinion is duly noted. Thank you for your input.
Moish26, Didn’t stop you from diving in, did it?September 12, 2022 8:21 am at 8:21 am in reply to: Classics and Beyond Shoftim – Hybrid Power: #2123547
“… realizing that one dies will keep Shlomo Hamelech humble.”
Ought to work for everyone, but somehow it doesn’t.September 12, 2022 7:51 am at 7:51 am in reply to: Shidduchem in 2022 #2123540
I have no idea of what the OP is trying to say.
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Uh, do you guys realize that you’re ON the internet?September 7, 2022 9:22 am at 9:22 am in reply to: Ki Tzeitaei – How to fight the Yetzer Hara, Our Bad Inflinations #2122086
I know that this is an awkward question, but what inclinations are we talking about? Is Ta’avah in general a problem or are talking about specific ones. For instance, ice cream. I really love ice cream. Whenever I see the display in the supermarket, I think about how good it tastes and how I’d like some. Is that what we’re talking about?September 5, 2022 11:20 am at 11:20 am in reply to: Ki Tzeitaei – How to fight the Yetzer Hara, Our Bad Inflinations #2121248
I had an inflination. They gave me antibiotics for it.September 4, 2022 11:43 am at 11:43 am in reply to: Thank you for your love, best wishes and prayers #2120931
BD’E HaMakom yenachem eschem b’soch sha’ar aveilei Tzion v’YerushalayimAugust 23, 2022 8:55 am at 8:55 am in reply to: Julius & Ethel Rosenberg & Donald Trump #2117522
Thanks CT. You are of course correct. I was just playing the Coffee Room game. I think you mentioned that you specialize in wills and estates. I’m almost 80 years old and my will probably needs updating. how can I get your contact info?August 23, 2022 8:50 am at 8:50 am in reply to: BTL degrees #2117521
Avira, an undergraduate degree was never officially required for entrance to Law School. It may be considered for admission but a High School dropout could get in if he (or she) aces the LSAT.August 18, 2022 8:19 am at 8:19 am in reply to: The coffee room is ussor and I’m trying to make sure people chap #2116294
A couple of thoughts:
1. How do you know that you are communicating with a woman? The Coffee Room is anonymous. How do you know that Reb Eliezer isn’t a woman?
2. It’s a woman’s voice that is ervah (most say singing, some say even speaking), not her written word.August 18, 2022 8:19 am at 8:19 am in reply to: Israel LAnguages #2116293
UJM, you are constant reminding us all that “we are in golus.” It’s that attitude that’s keeping us in golus.August 18, 2022 8:19 am at 8:19 am in reply to: Israel LAnguages #2116292
Bear in mind that English is pretty much the universal language of comerce in the world. While Mandarin Chinese may be the most common native language, English is, by far, the language spoken by the most people. If you want to do business in the world, you’d better speak English.August 15, 2022 8:30 am at 8:30 am in reply to: Mesorah and Levush #2115192
The idea that someone who doesn’t wear the levush isn’t as “serious” as someone who does is insulting, not to mention egregiously wrong. If you think that what’s on your head is more important than what’s in your head. You’re gonna have some ‘splainin’ to do biz 120.August 15, 2022 7:49 am at 7:49 am in reply to: Julius & Ethel Rosenberg & Donald Trump #2115179
No official organization, not Congress, the 1/6 committee, Dept. of Homeland Security, the FBI, CIA, NSA or the rest of the alphabet is considering espionage charges against Trump, not that mishandling of classified documents is a petty matter. Complicating the issue is that, as President, Trump was the final classifying authority. He had the authority to declassify with few notable exceptions, just about everything.
P.S. The Rosenbergs had it coming.August 9, 2022 8:49 am at 8:49 am in reply to: Was Hordus a Jew? #2113386
Alexander Yanai was both the Cohen Gadol and the Melech. If he said the conversion was valid, it was.August 8, 2022 8:08 am at 8:08 am in reply to: Was Hordus a Jew? #2112984
Hordus was an Idumean and a halachic Jew. Alexander Yanai conquered Idumea (Edom) and converted the population. Hordus was of the third generation after the conversion so he was kosher l’kahal. Or course, that doesn’t necessarily mean he was a good guy, but he did rebuild the Beis HaMiqdash.August 8, 2022 7:34 am at 7:34 am in reply to: Was Hordus a Jew? #2112981
Hordus was an Halachic Jew. The Hasmonian king, Alexander Yanai conquered Idumia (Edom) and converted the population. Horus was of the third generation after the conversion and, therefore was kosher l’kahal. P.S. Just because he was an halachic Jew doesn’t mean he was a good guy, On the other hand, he did build the Beis HaMiqdash. The Beis HaMiqdash that’s shown in every book and the models in every museum depict his binyan.July 31, 2022 10:42 am at 10:42 am in reply to: Humor in Torah #2110488
The humor and sarcasm found in TANACH serves an important purpose. It illustrates, even proves the veracity of the narrative. For instance, In Parshas Beshalach, Klal Yisroel is on the banks of the yam Suf. In the distance, the can see the dust raised by Pharoe’s chariots racing after them. So what to they do? Do they cry and beg for salvation? No, they crack wise, “What’s the matter? weren’t there any cemeteries in Egypt? You had to bring us out here to bury us?” Who else but us speaks like that? To me, it speaks to the fact that Yetsias Mitzraim isn’t a fairy tale (Ch’V). It was a real event that happened to real people.July 27, 2022 1:53 am at 1:53 am in reply to: Monkeypox — The new AIDS #2109282
Jackk, Monkeypox is, in fact, about as serious as chickenpox plus, if you’ve had a smallpox vaccination as a child, you’re almos certainly immune.July 24, 2022 2:05 pm at 2:05 pm in reply to: Summer and Winter #2108388
Some of these posts are good arguments for secular studies in yeshiva
On the principle that even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while, that Reform or whatever congregation is correct. Halacha can be a bit more flexible that some of the proposed anti-abortion laws. See Rabbi Maryles blog for a detailed discussion.July 18, 2022 9:04 am at 9:04 am in reply to: Supreme Court Rules – States Can Ban Abortion #2106772
Just a note: There is clear, objective evidence that life does not begin at conception. Ova can be fertilized in vitro which certainly is conception. The embryo can then be cryogenically frozen to be thawed and implanted at a later date. A living organism cannot be so frozen without killing it.July 17, 2022 11:03 am at 11:03 am in reply to: Humor in Torah #2106548
The value of humor in Torah is that proves the veracity of the narrative and that Yetzias Mitzraim and other events in TANACH happened to real people, not just characters in a story.July 6, 2022 9:06 am at 9:06 am in reply to: Kesuba vs Kollel #2103666
A Kesuba is a contract much like any commercial contract one may see in the secular world. Like any commercial contract it has Standard Terms and Conditions (sometimes referred to as “boiler plate”) which, among other things, obligate the Chasan to feed, house, clothe and otherwise support the Kallah. This is what is often read at the Chasannah. Also like a standard commercial contract, it can have appendices, called tosfos ha’kesuba which can specify, explain or limit the standard terms and conditions. It is my belief that any deviation from the standard kesubah, such as the kallah or her family supporting the Chassan in kolel, be stated in the tosfos with specific durations, amounts and other conditions as may be agreed upon. (P.S. these conditions or modification need to specified in the kesubah, not the tenayim,)July 4, 2022 9:56 am at 9:56 am in reply to: Hashgacha Pratis #2103001
I’ve had this thought about hashgacha pratius: If there is no such thing as tevah. If the entire universe, from a falling leaf to the paths of the galaxies, is run by the specific Will of HKBH. Then the study of science is at the highest level of kedusha because it is the direct study of the Ratzon HaShem, and His Ratzon is predictable according to discoverable principles.July 4, 2022 9:51 am at 9:51 am in reply to: Price Controls to Fight Inflation #2103004
Just a note to CTL. Do you mean the “Disgraced, Anti-Semite, EX-President Richard Nixon” who saved Israel in ’73 and got us out of Vietnam? And by the way, When Kennedy and the Democratic party actually did steal the election in 1960, unlike the current disgraced ex-President, Nixon thought more of his Country than of himself and refused to contest the result for, as he said at the time, “it would tear the Country apart.” You mean that Nixon?
P.S. You’re supposed to be an educated guy. What happened? Did you sleep through 10th grade?June 20, 2022 12:44 am at 12:44 am in reply to: Visiting the Har Habayis #2098448
If going up to the makom hamiqdash is a state tumah is an issur kares, how were Rebbi Akiva, et al, allowed to do it?May 31, 2022 9:33 am at 9:33 am in reply to: Sensible gun laws #2092712
A couple of notes:
1. Re M1 Garand. I own one. purchasing an M1 is no different from purchasing any other legal rifle. fill out the 6673, pass the NICS check, pay and walk out. Just be prepared to pay over $2000
2. The military definition of an assault rifle is a gas operated rifle that accepts removable magazines firing an intermediate power cartridge and capable of both semi and full automatic fire. Since rifles capable of full auto fire are already regulated by federal law, an “assault rifle” is basically anything the state or local governing agency says it is. Usually they define such as a semi-automatic rifle capable of using detachable magazines havin a separate hand grip and a muzzle devise such as a flash hider or threaded barrel and, oh yeah, a bayonet lug. Note that a Universal Carbine, which is a civilian version of the famous M1 carbine used in WWII and Korea, even though it is semi-automatic and does accept detachable magazines, is not so classified because it lacks a separate hand grip or muzzle devices.
3. Semi-automatic rifles have been used for hunting in the U.S. since Remington introduced the modal 8 in 1911.May 1, 2022 4:13 pm at 4:13 pm in reply to: words that are not commonly used these day, #2081569
Those aren’t words. They’re broke English and illiterate Yiddish.April 2, 2022 8:54 pm at 8:54 pm in reply to: Declaration of War #2074768
Huju, where did you look it up? The Medrash mentions that Nero became a Jew but is there any other contemporary record of that? It’s true that Nero hated and persecuted Xians. There the ones who said all the bad things about him.