Reb Shlomo

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  • in reply to: Minyan Chol hamoed in Great Smoky Mountain Park #2077407
    Reb Shlomo
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    Kahal Yetev Lev D’Gatlinburg

    in reply to: Minyan Chol hamoed in Great Smoky Mountain Park #2077408
    Reb Shlomo
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    Seriously. I believe that the Sheraton in Gatlinburg is owned by a shomer shabbos yid and pre-covid they used to run a Pesach program every year with some of the more wealthy Jews of Atlanta. NCSY used to run a program there (not on Pesach) every year and I believe that there is a Sefer Torah on premises. Call up the OU and ask for the contact.

    in reply to: I took the 2 shots & 1 booster should i take the next one ? #2077073
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    I just took the 4th shot last week because medical science says that I have less of a chance of dying from Covid if I take it. Being close to 80 years old I am at risk. Nowhere in halacha does it say that taking the vaccine makes me a less frum yid than someone who refuses to take it. In fact, Rav Chaim Zatzal when asked, paskened that it is a chiyuv and not a reshus to get vaccinated and it is on video for all to see. I do not know of any anti-vaxer who is more frum than the Gadol Hador was.

    in reply to: President Biden’s Supreme Court nomination #2056949
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    In the ideal world the most qualified individual should be the nominee. But this is the “real” world where everything is done according to politics. Biden promised Rep. Clyburn of South Carolina (who is black) that he would nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court as a payback for Clyburn having gotten him enough votes to win the presidential primary in South Carolina. Clyburn is now trying to take it a step further by asking Biden to nominate a specific black woman from South Carolina.

    in reply to: Highschools with Secular Education #2052244
    Reb Shlomo
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    My experiences were way back in the 1950s and 60s. Never having been blessed with children I never had any reason to involve myself in choosing Yeshivos. So I would not be the proper one to advise you. Many of the Yeshivos that existed in my time have either fallen by the wayside or evolved completely to the right. You need a much younger person to advise you who is familiar with the current scene.

    in reply to: Highschools with Secular Education #2051988
    Reb Shlomo
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    Many of you here on this forum are probably younger than me. I am 79 and attended yeshiva through high school in Borough Park. The Yeshiva that I went to was considered very frum by 1950 standards. In fact many Roshei Yeshivos in Lakewood & Brooklyn who are my age were my classmates. Limudei Kodesh was from 9 to 1. Mincha and lunch followed. Secular studies were from 2 to 6. There was no night seder except for Mishmor on Thursday night for 2 hours. We were well prepared for all Regents exams and yes, college as well. Those who became some of our gedolim today went on to full time Bais Medrash. I went to Brooklyn College for 4 years, a local college where I could live at home in a frum environment. From there I went into business while I went to a part time yeshiva half a day for 7 years to avoid being drafted to Viet Nam. One I was old enough for my draft classification to change I was able to devote full time to my business and get married. i did not have the proverbial rich father in law to put me through kollel for 10 years. By today’s standards I would probably be considered an apikores or worse. But that is how it was in the past.

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