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March 22, 2023 5:45 am at 5:45 am in reply to: Flying to Israel #2175694
I don’t remember which airline that let me daven by myself in privacy. It definitely wasn’t el al. Also, never ever fly Iberian airlinesMarch 22, 2023 5:45 am at 5:45 am in reply to: Flying to Israel #2175693
@ujm Turkish airlines is very good, but Istanbul airport is a complete wreck. It is the worst airport I’ve been to, and it’s extremely chaotic. There’s absolutely no order. And Turkey is not a good country to spend time in jail. They can arrest anyone on a whimMarch 21, 2023 7:40 pm at 7:40 pm in reply to: Flying to Israel #2175645
Swiss airlines is also very good. Free beer as much as you wantMarch 21, 2023 7:40 pm at 7:40 pm in reply to: Flying to Israel #2175644
Royal Jordanian is very good. It is completely safe. Jordan is the most stable country in the middle east. It is very professional and comfortable. The stopover in Amman airport is a real pleasure. The flight to Ben Gurion is 20 minutes, and you get to view the entire Eretz Yisrael in full observationMarch 21, 2023 7:39 pm at 7:39 pm in reply to: Flying to Israel #2175643
You think wrongMarch 16, 2023 9:27 am at 9:27 am in reply to: podcasts and WhatsApp statuses are so great #2174289
It is far more destructive than constructiveMarch 14, 2023 9:34 am at 9:34 am in reply to: How to do teshuva for breaking shabbos? #2173496
Talk to a professional (a talmid chacham/psychologist, someone who is both), not the coffee roomMarch 14, 2023 9:33 am at 9:33 am in reply to: How much does a shadchan charge? #2173495
I met my wife on Jwed, so we didn’t need to pay a shadchan feeMarch 14, 2023 9:32 am at 9:32 am in reply to: Does anyone know a rabbi to talk to? #2173493
Chabad. Org perhaps?March 2, 2023 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm in reply to: 39 lefty liberal anti democratic violent thugs arrested (Haaretzism) #2170674
One for each melacha of shabbos?
My father was in mesivta in the 70s. He would frequently be told off by the rosh yeshiva fir shmuzing with beis medrash bachurim. I actually understand that very well. That isn’t shtoltz, it’s a boundary that has a clear purpose. Not a discussion for this thread, but I don’t think the message has any impact at all in this generation of no boundariesFebruary 27, 2023 3:47 pm at 3:47 pm in reply to: Shalach Manos – Is Bourbon a food? #2169659
Water is not a manah, even though we make a bracha on water. I wonder whether something with little to no nutrition can be counted as a manah. Tequila, arak, 96, etc might not be enough to be yotzehFebruary 27, 2023 3:47 pm at 3:47 pm in reply to: The Five Most Likeliest Candidates to be Moshiach #2169667
Sam Klein, what is ‘unbelievable’? My mother also taught me numbers when I was three. If you’re just learning addition and subtraction now, I wouldn’t recommend starting with meaningless gematrios.February 26, 2023 9:00 pm at 9:00 pm in reply to: The Five Most Likeliest Candidates to be Moshiach #2169403
@mentsch1 menashe or efraim?February 26, 2023 2:21 pm at 2:21 pm in reply to: The Five Most Likeliest Candidates to be Moshiach #2169353
1. Not you
2. Not me
3. Someone who is a direct descendant of Shlomo Hamelech, so that rules out most of beis Dovid
4. Someone with a sword, but that’s just my assumption
That’s it, I’m not misyaches to your number 5 suggestionFebruary 26, 2023 2:21 pm at 2:21 pm in reply to: Shalach Manos – Is Bourbon a food? #2169354
It definitely is considered a manah because it is made from grain. The question would be if arak or some other types of non food based liquors would count
It’s a remnant holdover from prewar Europe, when bnei Torah were routinely scorned and belittled. Things take a very long time to adjust in our cultureFebruary 25, 2023 8:32 pm at 8:32 pm in reply to: Rabbeim- ditch the drink #2169135
I’ll ask my rosh kolel how to understand the mishna berura.
Damoshe, there is nowhere that says to only to the mitzva through wine only. If someone prefers, he can have a drop of wine and the rest from other drinks or even skip wine altogether. I personally get nauseous sometimes from wine, but I have an easy time with whiskey. Also, there is a mitzva to eat and drink the entire day, not just after hamotzi. I usually start drinking after mincha gedola. Regarding bentching, you can keep some control of yourself and still be able to bentch. Alternatively, you can bentch in middle of the seuda after a few courses and still continue with the mishta. For maariv, there are many later minyanim depending where you are. Also, you don’t have to be completely back to full strength in order to daven so long as you’re sobered up enough to act and talk regular (as opposed to completely sober in order to drive).February 24, 2023 8:15 am at 8:15 am in reply to: Rabbeim- ditch the drink #2168944
@simcha613, the Mishna Berura does NOT say that. He says “וכן ראוי לעשות” and it’s going on the words of the Rema “וישן ומתוך שישן וכולהו” He’s saying for those who wish not to drink so much, then it’s proper for those people to sleep a little. No where does he say this is the mitzva min hamuvchar. The Rema say “ein tzarich” meaning it’s a way out for those that can’t.
Gedolim do get drunk on Purim, but they have complete shlita that not everyone notices.February 24, 2023 7:59 am at 7:59 am in reply to: Rabbeim- ditch the drink #2168914
Nebach, it seems no one understands the definition of ‘drunk’ in the English language or in halacha either. There is no mitzva to get “stoned drunk.” Chalila for a Yiddish to ever drink to the point of losing control. That is שכרותו של לוט. It is never ok to lose control of oneself!
The mitzva is to be ‘משתכר’ which means to be drunk. That means intoxicated. It is a mitzva to be in a state of intoxication. That’s it. If you don’t understand how a Torah Jew can be intoxicated AND responsible simultaneously while maintaining complete control of himself, then you need to go educate yourself and stop giving your input whether pro or con.
Let those who are fully able to do this mitzva properly do it without being told off or prevented in any way. And if you can’t handle alcohol, then stop pretending. אונס רחמנא פטריהFebruary 23, 2023 9:29 am at 9:29 am in reply to: Once Again, I Will Not Be Getting Drunk on Purim #2168483
Aaq, I don’t understand your comparison. Are you saying that drinking is a סרך איסור כרת?February 22, 2023 5:51 pm at 5:51 pm in reply to: Once Again, I Will Not Be Getting Drunk on Purim #2168298
If you’ve never been drunk, so then what exactly is your point? Are you saying you’re exempt because you are unable to do this holy mitzva? Are you trying to somehow be an activist against something that is a mitzvas sofrim? Or are you just defending your dignity from those who would somehow try to mock you for your inability to partake of this mitzva? (Would someone actually be so insensitive? Are you perhaps the one trying to mock those who just want to serve Hashem, chalila?)February 19, 2023 1:57 pm at 1:57 pm in reply to: An ancient Jewish Kehilah in Turkey – since around 3,460 – ceased to exist this #2167233
I thought all the remaining Jews in Yemen left since the civil war
They are your future wivesFebruary 9, 2023 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm in reply to: My own theory about global warming and rising sea levels #2164213
@goldersgreen, הןFebruary 8, 2023 8:52 pm at 8:52 pm in reply to: Brainstorming an Alternate Term for Boyfriend/Chassan and Girlfriend/Kallah #2164036
My woman, isha, potential acquisition, my charge, trainee,
Depends how you relate to her truthfullyFebruary 8, 2023 8:46 pm at 8:46 pm in reply to: Quick Quote about Older Singles from Rabbi Zelig Pliskin #2164033
The solution for older single guys? Be עז כנמר and go up to any girl you think you may like and ask her out. Just do. Just do. If the avos hakedoshim were hanging around a well to find their wife, I can’t think of anything more ‘inappropriate’ than that. You too, just do. חטוף!
Do you forget that all the kochos are to Hashem? אין עוד מלבדוFebruary 2, 2023 7:55 am at 7:55 am in reply to: What’s Our Response to Environmentalists. #2161859
I don’t think Avira quite understood my message.
Gadol, I hear under the Manhattan Bridge just past Chinatown has a very unique flavor. Also the water just off Rikers supposedly is something really specialFebruary 2, 2023 7:55 am at 7:55 am in reply to: My own theory about global warming and rising sea levels #2161858
Zushy! That’s why I said think about it! The only way your theory would check out is if the entire surface of the earth was flat and equal level. Do I need to elaborate? As soon as you notice that there are various topographical differences, your theory crumbles to piecesFebruary 2, 2023 7:55 am at 7:55 am in reply to: WANTED — Looking to Hire Immediately #2161857
Ujm, I’m somewhat well versed in psychotherapy. I think I would be an ideal candidate to help you full timeFebruary 1, 2023 2:11 pm at 2:11 pm in reply to: What’s Our Response to Environmentalists. #2161631
Avira, maybe you should go drink water from the East River. The Torah doesn’t say it’s contaminated, so go for itJanuary 31, 2023 12:09 am at 12:09 am in reply to: Lessons Learned from the False Arrest of the Innocent Tzadik in Flatbush #2160998
Whenever my wife tells me to stop doing something, I shout ‘but it’s not illegal!’January 30, 2023 1:01 am at 1:01 am in reply to: WANTED — Looking to Hire Immediately #2160662
Are you trying to hire a full time psychiatrist?January 29, 2023 9:22 am at 9:22 am in reply to: My own theory about global warming and rising sea levels #2160462
Well this theory would only make sense if the entire world was as flat and smooth as kitchen countertop. Think about itJanuary 27, 2023 8:48 am at 8:48 am in reply to: What’s Our Response to Environmentalists. #2160136
It’s not proven?? That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard recently. The evidence is all around and literally in front of you. Take your head out of your artscroll gemara for one momentJanuary 26, 2023 5:44 pm at 5:44 pm in reply to: What really needs doing in E. Israel #2159837
Why all the paranoia and self righteous indignation? I never said anything anti chareidi or even brought up the subject. I myself identify with chareidim.
I just thought that the OP’s post seemed to be focused only on chareidi related infrastructure, and it appears to be oblivious to everything else. Chareidim are not 20% of the country, it is about 12% so it’s a little weird to be expecting all thisJanuary 26, 2023 6:53 am at 6:53 am in reply to: What’s Our Response to Environmentalists. #2159760
It’s unfortunate that people who are supposed to learn gemara are unable to distinguish between climate change and pollution. These are two separate things entirely. Specifically, plastic pollution destroys our bodies in more ways you can imagine. And plastic is literally ruining every aspect of our living conditions. It’s poison and it get everywhere! Go ahead and keep poisoning yourselves. Don’t worry, if you can’t notice any damage It’s probably because it’s already gotten to your brain. And of course you’re an apikores if you think poison is not a good thingJanuary 25, 2023 2:30 pm at 2:30 pm in reply to: What really needs doing in E. Israel #2159522
You seem to be under the illusion that only chareidim existJanuary 24, 2023 4:56 pm at 4:56 pm in reply to: Taxes in Eretz Yisroel #2159220
It’s ok! If someone can be so helplessly misinformed as to believe that taxes are ‘mostly for defense’ then howdo you expect him to not be an am haaretz? The United States spends the most on defense, and it hovers around 5% of total spending. The sheer lack of knowledge and common sense is what’s constantly making all this egg noodles for brainsJanuary 24, 2023 4:56 pm at 4:56 pm in reply to: What’s Our Response to Environmentalists. #2159223
Here’s what you do: use as much plastic as you possibly can. Get as much plastic residue and microplastics into your body and your young children. I mean you don’t want your kids having healthy brains because they might start to think and possibly be concerned about the air they breathe and the food and water they consume. No, it’s much safer to just fill them up with plastic while you still can and so they won’t have healthy minds capable of rational thought. What could possibly be wrong with plastic? I mean, it just goes to a landfill and stays there right? It definitely doesn’t reenter our water and food supplies, and certainly doesn’t break into microplastics and fill the air. That would be insane!
Go show those libs!January 24, 2023 4:56 pm at 4:56 pm in reply to: Are guns allowed to be carried on shabbos? #2159226
@coffee addict what does wearing it on a belt have to do with anything? It is hotzaah no matter how you wear it. Without a proper eruv, it is 100% asur deoraisa. If it’s pikuach nefesh, people should daven at homeJanuary 22, 2023 11:05 am at 11:05 am in reply to: Quick Quote from Alexander Lukashenko #2158399
I figured that the kedusha of the magical tzibur is passed in through the mother or at least from one parent. There seems to be chalukei dei’os.
Jokes aside, Voldemort is actually supposed to be a mashal for Hitler yimach shemoJanuary 21, 2023 6:06 pm at 6:06 pm in reply to: Quick Quote from Alexander Lukashenko #2158268
Wow! That is truly inspirational! Halivay I get such an exalted eulogy when it’s time for me to be composted.
But actually, wasn’t he himself a mamzer? Or does the yichus only take after the mother?January 17, 2023 10:30 am at 10:30 am in reply to: Jews Who Lived Under Muslim Rule #2157015
If people improved their reading comprehension, then maybe they would have noticed that specifically excluded the holocaust from my comparisons. Ever since Napoleon liberated Europe, Jews experienced a significant increase in freedoms and civil rights. Of course everything is from Hashem. Since the beginning of the 1800s, the Ashkenazi population increased more than tenfold. Obviously it is an incredible nes, but you can’t ignore that in Muslim lands, Jewish population has stagnated for centuries and only started to pick up the pace after being under European colonial powers.
It’s definitely true that European atrocities were far greater in scale. But those were individual occurrences that happened periodically. Overall, Jews were able to live under lawful and effective governments. Muslims however made life so fraught with danger and chaos that it was considered a normal routine, and the tragedies were not as distinguishable. Life was generally much more unstable, and prosperity was almost nonexistent.January 17, 2023 10:30 am at 10:30 am in reply to: Quick Quote from Alexander Lukashenko #2157003
“From this day forth, you put your faith in me”
– Lord Voldemort, on the day of his demise
Lord Voldemort, originally known as Tom Riddle succeeded in ruling over wizards in Great Britain in 1996.
He was assassinated in 1997 after unsuccessfully quashing a rebellion in ScotlandJanuary 16, 2023 9:57 am at 9:57 am in reply to: Jews Who Lived Under Muslim Rule #2156683
Incredible how much choshech there can be when information is so readily available. When did people become so averse to education?January 15, 2023 4:00 pm at 4:00 pm in reply to: Jews Who Lived Under Muslim Rule #2156555
@ujm you’re just either lying or woefully ignorant. No one is denying all of the atrocities under Christian rule. It is severely exaggerated. Xmas pogroms were not an annual occurrence. The large scale tragedies were intermittent amd infrequent. There was almost always a lawful government in control in various degrees of efficacy.
Your claims about Muslim rule are about as true as my super ability to levitate myself at willJanuary 15, 2023 10:55 am at 10:55 am in reply to: Jews Who Lived Under Muslim Rule #2156462
The Rambam wrote that Jews under the Muslims were persecuted far more than any other civilization in history. He lived well into the era of crusades and Christian persecution.
Any historian can tell you as a matter of fact that up until the holocaust, Jews in Europe were treated exceedingly better than those in Muslims lands. You don’t learn about Muslim persecution of Jews because it was so constant and brutal, that it wasn’t limited to specific events. The corruption, extortion, injustices, the stifling of all cultural and economic development, and the frequent slaughters and executions were a normal and constant routine. However, in European countries (even in the more backwards regions of Eastern Europe) the severe persecutions were limited to sporadic events. Jews did have the benefit of lawful governments and relative stability.
This is precisely what enabled the Ashkenazi population to explode from barely more than 1 million in the year 1800 to over 13 million in the 1930s. Sfardim increased from less than 1 million in 1800 to about 5 million in the 1930s (and that’s already many decades after being under European influence and colonization).
Learning history from your high school rebbe doesn’t always work out. (Unless you have a history class from Rabbi Langer.) But reading actual books discussing history will maybe help you get rid of the psolesJanuary 14, 2023 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm in reply to: Have Seminaries outlived their purpose? #2156273
Many girls can have a tremendous yeridah from going to seminary and develop destructive midos