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  • in reply to: rambam v other rishonim #2087179
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    False dichotomy. He was both one of the rishonim, and have rationalistic tendencies

    in reply to: Shofar #2081173
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    Google Bar Sheshet Ribak shofars. I’m not certain, but I think they might sell direct to consumer as well.
    The shofars in Judaica stores around me in NY are mostly importing from Israel. If you do buy from a manufacturer, just beware that there are a lot of Christians who produce shofars, some of which are beautiful, but they cannot be used for tekias shofar on Rosh Hashana.

    in reply to: Shofar #2081106
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    There is no such thing as an ashkenazi or sefardishe shofar.
    Shofars are manufactured from the horns of several animals. One of the more popular companies is run by the Bar Sheshet family, but there are lots of manufacturers. The shofars you see in Judaica stores are typically imported for sale.
    Ashkenazim prefer using a curved rams horn. Most have on the market we’re partially straightened during manufacturing and are just curved at the large end. Some sefardim (and some ashkenazim) have a preference for a fully curved rams horn that was not straightened at all. They are relatively rare to come across and more difficult to blow. Some sefardim are accustomed to use the horn of a kudu, but there is nothing that makes the shofar sefardi or ashkenazi.

    in reply to: Parents and singles #2073377
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    If your parents are not as efficient as you are, then by all means, speak to shadchanim directly. I spoke directly with shadchanim in addition to my parents doing their thing, and they were much more efficient than I was.

    in reply to: Parents and singles #2073178
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    It’s more efficient.

    in reply to: Why aren’t autistic people that are orthodox open about their diagnosis #2044832
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    So they are already sometimes perceived by others as socially awkward, and now you are suggesting they start introducing themselves to you with “Hi I’m Yankel and I have aspergers”.
    You should get out and meet more people- they are often very open about it even if they don’t feel the need to walk around announcing it

    in reply to: Terra Chips #2021616
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    @reb eliezer:
    Whether or not potato chips need bishul yisroel depends on what the definition of Oleh al shulchan melachim is.

    If the mods allow, see this OU halacha yomi from a while back

    https:// oukosher .org/halacha-yomis/if-potatoes-are-subject-to-bishul-akum-what-about-potato-chips-must-kosher-certified-potato-chips-have-bishul-yisroel-status/

    in reply to: I’m still waiting…. #2019287
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    @avira- I’ll give you the Ramban, although he wasn’t a posek in the way the word is used today. He wrote much fewer teshuvos than his peers, and I think of him more as a mefaresh- and one of the gedolei hamefarshim at that.
    How do you know Ramchal was a poseik? Who did he pasken for?
    I was responding to philosophers statement that “ The Ramban was a poisek in his dor, the Ramchal in his dor, etc, etc“

    in reply to: I’m still waiting…. #2019137
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    @philosopher. Neither Ramban nor Ramchal were poskim, Ramchal even less so.

    in reply to: Quality of NYC Vaccination Center Operations #1951370
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    Yankee Stadium

    Very orderly, 10-15 wait in line to register and confirm eligibility. No wait from registration to the nurse that administered the shot. Process and side effects were clearly communicated, shot administered, then straight to the observation area where I sat for 15 minutes and was offered water and OU certified fruit punch.

    They were letting people pull over on the side of the road to park in the “no standing” zone because lots were closed, and they were not ticketing.

    in reply to: Bracha for Covid-19 vaccination #1938414
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    יהי רצון מלפניך שיהא עסק זה לי לרפואה כי רופא חנם אתה. ואחר הטיול יאמר ברוך רופא חולים, כמבואר השולחן ערוך לכל טיפול רפואי

    in reply to: Joe Biden seemed to be using some sort of earpiece during the debate #1905729
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    Everybody on TV wears an earpiece and mic

    in reply to: State of the MO communtiy #1894553
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    @commonsaychel: there were plenty of MO in Touro when I was there who would have otherwise gone to YU.
    Yes, I can list off several MO businessmen in that tax bracket and no, I will not post their names online, but if you search enough on public filings you can find some too.

    in reply to: State of the MO communtiy #1894474
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    @commonsaychel:
    Charlie Hall’s comment about strollers very much describes RJC if you have ever passed their building on a Shabbos morning. Maybe he also had Hebrew Institute in mind, but whether you count Hebrew Institute or not his comment is valid.
    YU has lost enrollment to Touro, but that doesn’t mean they are no longer MO. Mercaz HaRav is a single yeshiva and isn’t MO.
    I don’t know where you get the idea that most frum business men are black hat or chasidish. Do you mean most frum business business men in the diamond district? Most frum men you know of? I work with plenty of frum business men who are MO, chasidish, yeshivish black hat, [fill in your label here] and don’t see any lack of MO frum business men who are koveia itim just like their yeshivish counterparts and they work successfully side by side despite having different world views.

    in reply to: State of the MO communtiy #1894467
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    @besalel: Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky, Rabbi Netanel Weiderblank, Rabbi Daniel Stein, Rabbi Dovid Zirkind, Rabbi Yitzi Genack.

    That’s besides for the more senior poskim, Rav Hershel Shachter, Rav Mordechai Willig, Rav Mayer Twersky, Rav Eliakim Koenigaburg, Rav Michael Rosensweig and the rest of the RIETS faculty.

    in reply to: State of the MO communtiy #1894465
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    @commonsaychel – Hebrew Institute is not the only Synagogue in Riverdale. RJC (Rabbi Zirkind) is modern orthodox and bursting at the seams with young members. YIR (Rabbi Willig) is almost finished with their expansion project.
    We might not be Brooklyn, but there is a thriving community here and conversation is friendly and generally doesn’t devolve to “my Judaism is bigger than your Judaism” type arguments.

    in reply to: Time to remember the soldiers #1855006
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    Joseph
    The story about RSZA zt”l may be found on page 380 of Rabbi Lau’s אורו של עולם.
    Now for you to cite why you disagree with RSZA zt”l

    in reply to: Nebulizer #1844459
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    Big difference between anecdotal evidence and relying on a doctor who pleaded guilty in for malpractice which led to the death of a cancer patient who was grossly misdiagnosed and treated. Did you bother to Google this “doctor”?

    in reply to: Grape Juice Light #1707550
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    “All OU grape juice that has printed on the bottles “Kosher for Kiddush” contains at least 51% single strength grape juice, and everyone would agree the bracha is Borei pri hagafen”

    oukosher.org/halacha-yomis/may-one-use-grape-juice-kiddush/

    shebbesonian
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    What is bloyeh bluskeh?

    in reply to: Valdictorian speech for mesivta #1535138
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    Not sure what to say about a Mesivta whose valedictorian isn’t able to independently think of the message he wants to convey to his fellow classmates and rebbeim, or at the very least be able to spell the name of the award he is going to receive.

    in reply to: Yeshiva High School Graduates versus Public High School Graduates #1310535
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    I can vouch for the integrity of the regent in the yeshiva in which I teach math. The regents are proctored by a few teachers in a gymnasium where all the desks are spread apart by a distance of the width of a few desks. The teachers alternate sitting in the back and pacing up the aisles. No teacher grades the exams of his/her class and the exams are graded according to the given rubric.

    in reply to: Vallis Tzitzis #1225556
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    Thanks!

    @lightbrite – Vallis is the name of a family in Israel that makes very good tzitzis.

    in reply to: who is "The Gadol Haddar" of America #1228549
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    I sure hope he bases his answers on more than just the mechaber, rama and MB, otherwise you should probably find a new rabbi. What does he do when a question arises that is not in ???? ????? He just paskens straight mechaber and rama? How does he answer questions about ????? ??????? ????, which is barely covered in ???? ????? What does he do about questions about technology that didn’t exist in the time of the MB? What happened to ????? ????, ???????, ??? ?”? ?”? ?”? ?”? ??”? ?????

    in reply to: Kashrut Technology #1219859
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    Bump.

    What’s the point in a kli shlishi sink? It still won’t make it ???? ??????? to wash meat and milk dishes together. ???? ???? ??? ???? ??.

    In general, all of our kosher innovations only work when they are cost-effective solutions to a common problem. (Think kosher lamp, timers etc. they are relatively inexpensive, usually not that much more than a regular lamp or light switch.) Why spend money on an oven that allows you to cook meat and milk in the same oven when you already could if it’s a ??? ???, you could cover it if there is ????, and in most cases you won’t need your oven for both milk and meat simultaneously?

    in reply to: Home-baked Cookies in MM #1227815
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    Meno,

    You’re not addressing my point. I know that kashrus issues CAN arise, but unless you have reason to suspect that they have, ?? ??? ???? ????????. Next time I go through ??? ???? and ?????? I will ??? ??? count how many times the ????? ???? say ??????? ?????? ?? ???????.

    in reply to: Home-baked Cookies in MM #1227806
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    What are you worried about in the kitchen? If you have reason to suspect that the person brings non-kosher into their kitchen or doesn’t keep milk and meat separate then by all means, don’t trust them (I certainly wouldn’t!). But without reason to suspect anything, ?? ??? ???? ????????.

    Regarding cholov yisrael and cholov stam: If you believe that cholov stam is actually ??? ?????, then you probably shouldn’t eat food that was made in pots that were used to cook with cholov stam. (I can think of reasons to be lenient even there like ?”? ?? ?”? and ???? ?? ????, but I’ll leave that aside) If you believe that cholov stam is ????? ???? ???, but you want to be like Rav Moshe’s ??? ??? ?????, then you should be okay eating from those pots.

    To clarify what I mean when I say ?? ??? ???? ???????? – you can trust somebody that his food meets the standard that he purports to keep. For example, you can trust that the meat in my house is glatt kosher (unless you don’t trust me, which is fine being that I am anonymous), but don’t assume that my challah is yoshon unless I knew you were coming and checked to make sure the flour was yoshon before I served it.

    in reply to: Home-baked Cookies in MM #1227802
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    Meno,

    Different chumros/kulos was built into my comment. I understand why somebody would refrain from eating other people’s meat dishes, because there is much more area for problems to arise and your standards may not be the next person’s standards.

    But for cookies and cakes, there isn’t much area for my standards to be different than anybody else’s, besides for chodosh/yoshon, trumos and maaseros and cholov yisrael if they aren’t parve.

    in reply to: Home-baked Cookies in MM #1227771
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    Has nobody heard of ?? ??? ???? ????????? Unless you have a reason to be suspicious, you should assume that somebody who keeps kosher is baking kosher cookies for you. It is fair to suspect that the flour might be ???, but you can just ask about that if you’re makpid, and if you are worried about products from ??? ????? you can separate ?????? ??????? yourself.

    in reply to: Have we argued enough about Chanukah? #1206021
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    Nope. Nobody.

    in reply to: A gadol on his own #1197942
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    @WinnieThePooh – That story about R’ Chaim makes no sense. Do you really expect me to believe that somebody who has extensive knowledge of kol hatorah kula would miss the many sources that talk about bishul (and different types of bishul at that)? Not only that, in R’ Chaim’s own sefer (???? ?????) he writes about how to make tea on Shabbos.

    in reply to: Divorce in the jewish community #1204425
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    @Health

    “A person shouldn’t buy fancy clothing, whether they can afford it or not!”

    Strongly disagree. A person should buy fancy clothing, within their means, and wear it on Shabbos and Yom Tov.

    “All expenses have to be divided equally”

    I disagree again. Why should I spend more on myself just to make the expenses equal, when I am more than happy to make do with less and use the extra money to spend on my spouse and children?

    And to connect it with the thread, spending less on yourself and more on your spouse, whether that is money spending, or time spending or focus spending, will reduce the likelihood of divorce in the long run.

    Signed,

    A happily married husband with children

    in reply to: Star-K updates Starbucks list #1192512
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    lilmod – I would conclude the same as you. However, I can imagine a case where you are not traveling that the Noda B’Yehuda may apply – suppose somebody must attend a business meeting in a Starbucks. Of course you can order an espresso or Americano which poses no issue at all (because the espresso machine parts are not washed with anything else). But if the person doesn’t drink espresso, it might be considered to be the b’dieved case of the Noda B’Yehuda.

    in reply to: Star-K updates Starbucks list #1192510
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    I would cite the Yad Efraim as well, but I don’t have it on my computer and I left that volume in yeshiva today.

    From the Noda B’Yehuda it seems that there doesn’t need to be a pressing need to be mattir on the road, just the fact that you don’t have an alternative makes it an automatic b’dieved situation.

    Also see Gilyon Maharsha YD 122 who says that even minhag kedoshim was to be lenient about drinking coffee from a coffeehouse that serves non-kosher. I also don’t the source with me, but if you want I can type it up tomorrow.

    in reply to: Star-K updates Starbucks list #1192509
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    ??”? ???? ?????? ?????? ??? – ???? ??? ???? ??

    ?? ??? ???? ????? /???? ???/ ?? ???? ?????? ????? ????? /???? ????/ ???. ??? ???? ?????? ???? ??? ??? ??? ?????? ?? ??? ???? ???? ??? ????? ??? ??? ?? ???? ????? ????? ?? ??? ??? ?”? ??”? ?????? ???? ???”? ???”? ??????? ??”? ???”? ??? ??”? ???? ??? ?????? ??????. ??? ????? ?? ????? ?????? ????? ??? ???? ????? ?? ???? ?????. ??? ??? ????? ?? ?? ??? ???? ???? ??? ???? ???? ??? ??? ?????? ????? ???? ???????? ???? ?? ???? ????? ????? ????? ??? ???? ????? ??? ??? ?????? ???? ???? ??? ???? ???? ????? ????? ????? ????. ???? ????? ??? ?? ????? ??? ????? ????? ????”? ???? ????? ????? ?????? ????? ??? ???? ??? ??? ????? ???”?. ??? ????? ?????? ???? ?????? ??? ??? ??? ???? ??????? ??????? ???? ??? ????.

    in reply to: Star-K updates Starbucks list #1192499
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    Meno – above the asterisk is a link to their Kashrus Kurrents article on the topic. If the mods let in the link, here it is:

    http://www.star-k.org/articles/kashrus-kurrents/601/dont-drink-the-coffee/

    As for the airplanes, I believe the reasoning is based on the Noda B’Yehuda that the article quotes. I have not seen it in a while, but IIRC he says that the lack of an alternative makes it an automatic b’dieved. So if you are on an airplane and need a coffee, since there is no other way to get a coffee it would be muttar to drink it.

    in reply to: Late for davening and Davening late #1187814
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    We are not as holy as you and have nothing better to do with our time, besides for wonder about other people’s aveiros.

    in reply to: Chanukah Presents for husbands #1112726
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    As far as I know, Jews don’t give Christmas presents. But many give Chanuka presents. I also give sukkos presents, pesach presents and shavuos presents, birthday presents and I was just in the mood presents. Some wives appreciate their husbands coming home with something special for them on special occasions. That’s Jewish enough for me.

    in reply to: Chanukah Presents for husbands #1112718
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    Since when do goyim give chanuka presents?

    in reply to: Chofetz Chaim guys #1108455
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    Maybe she thinks the Mishna Berura is too machmir sometimes, so she would rather go out with an Aruch Hashulchan type of guy.

    in reply to: Na Nachs and Meshichists #1108160
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    One of them isn’t dead

    in reply to: the apple sign… #1088127
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    idiotic. (hey, you asked for my opinion!)

    in reply to: Music on ????? ????? #1062801
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    nope

    in reply to: The satmar protest #1063069
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    Netanyahu speaks for more Jews than the Satmar Rebbe does.

    in reply to: Is Hertz German #1056743
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    every time I hear somebody say we shouldn’t buy German goods I go out and buy one just because.

    in reply to: Is Hertz German #1056733
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    I’m German-made, so I guess you can boycott me.

    in reply to: Starbucks kosher? #1188779
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    Not sure why my response wasn’t posted, but go to page 17-18 of the crc article that I linked and you will see what they consider to be kosher with no shailos, kosher, but with various shailos, so better to avoid, and simply not kosher. You will see that espresso, americano, iced latte, are are all kosher with no shailos, provided you ask them to make it in a disposable cup, both in store and at kiosks. I’m not sure why you are hesitant to be dan l’kaf zechus, where there are clearly plenty of drinks to get that are perfectly kosher.

    in reply to: Starbucks kosher? #1188775
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    the plumber – you are being very deceptive, maybe even outright lying. if the mods let this go, here is a link to the crc starbucks file http://www.crcweb.org/Starbucks%20cRc%20Full%20Article%20April%202011.pdf

    They have clear charts with check marks and x’s for what’s recommended and not recommended, and they have separate columns for in-store and kiosks. So please stop with the deceit.

    in reply to: Starbucks kosher? #1188766
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    the plumber – i know exactly what they meant. They have 3 levels. Not recommended – i.e. not kosher. Recommended, but relying on certain leniencies, i.e. kosher m’ikur hadin. Regular coffee falls into this one if I recall correctly. And recommended l’chumra. Espresso falls into this one, and if I recall, the reason is because the espresso machine is not washed with other keilim. So a plain espresso poses no problem for anybody. Unless you put in milk, then it’s just not cholov yisrael.

    So, with no stretch of the imagination, you can be dan l’kaf zechus that people are either getting regular coffee or espresso.

    in reply to: Starbucks kosher? #1188753
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    Either you didn’t check with the CRC or StarK, or you have poor reading comprehension. They both have comprehensive lists of what they say is okay to get, okay but not recommended, and what not to get at Starbucks.

    So why not be dan l’kaf zechus that they bought something that is kosher, and I’ll be dan l’kaf zechus that you weren’t aware of the CRC and StarK comprehensive lists.

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