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April 30, 2013 8:50 pm at 8:50 pm in reply to: Upgraded from a smartphone to a kosher phone? Tell us how your life improved! #949994
just my hapence,
“I’m not really convinced that smartphones can be equated to physical addictions like smoking and alcohol”
Take a look at the wikipedia article on “smartphone addiction”. I think you’ll find it very enlightening.April 30, 2013 8:17 pm at 8:17 pm in reply to: Upgraded from a smartphone to a kosher phone? Tell us how your life improved! #949990
“You need a smartphone to Skype as you use the Camera.”
Laptops? Netbooks (which are even cheaper than smartphones)?April 30, 2013 8:17 pm at 8:17 pm in reply to: Upgraded from a smartphone to a kosher phone? Tell us how your life improved! #949989
“I dont always hear the phone…etc”.
Umm, I’m very happy for you. Can you tell us how that’s connected to this thread?April 30, 2013 7:39 pm at 7:39 pm in reply to: Upgraded from a smartphone to a kosher phone? Tell us how your life improved! #949984
Why would she need a smartphone to skype?April 30, 2013 7:31 pm at 7:31 pm in reply to: Upgraded from a smartphone to a kosher phone? Tell us how your life improved! #949983
just me hapence,
“Plenty of people I know went right back to smartphones after having a kosherphone because they were so annoyed by the kosherphone user experience”
Of course. Plenty of people also go right back to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes after trying to go without. Doesn’t mean they benefited from it, does it? It’s just like any other addiction.
“and never looked back.”
Of course not, you had that nice shiny screen to look at instead :-).
“I shake from fear at the thought of ever having to use a kosher phone again… it left me traumatized.”
I’m pretty sure your sentence just proves my point.
” I do think the American rabbonim did not because they don’t want to make a psak that “h’olam lo yachol la’amod bahem”
As far as filtering, the venishmartem website gives the various filtering options for smartphones. I think it’s poshut that there is no way any sane person could think that having unfiltered internet on his phone could possible be ratzon Hashem. There no way that 99% of people won’t be nichshal. “Ma yaaseh haben velo yecheto”.
To be fair, American Rabbonim did not forbid smartphones. Which is why I only switched to a kosher phone when I moved to E”Y. (Once I had, however, I definitely wished I had done it before…)
When I lived in the U.S., I had a Samsung I8000 Omnia (HD 8GB) which I was very happy with. Then I moved to E”Y and upgraded to a kosher phone. No instant email, no internet etc. My family life improved incredibly. And what do you know, my business didn’t even suffer…
Best phone I ever got.
What were the tzedukim’s and Karaites Tefillin? How would they know what tefillin are if they didn’t accept Torah Shel Baal Peh?
Did you miss the part where I said I asked a Rov?
I did ask a Rov. I don’t know how you define “big”.
Can you tell me a little more about Rabbi Yavrov? I’ve never heard of him (which doesn’t mean anything,of course).
Please take your nasty, insulting comments elsewhere. We’re trying to have a MATURE discussion here.
I tried calling, but there was no answer, which is why I spoke to the other Rov. But maybe I’ll try the number again.
“It is hard because some of the major brands here switch from Badatz Eida HaChardeidis to CS B”B for Pesach”
After hearing that there is a problem with the hechsher, I also noticed the above, and it made me very, very uneasy. Once wonders how come all those companies go specifically to this one hechsher. I really hope there isn’t another huge kashrus scandal in the making here…
That’s funny. Just tonight my wife bought me a package of them, and I was about a third through and REALLY enjoying them, when I saw the hechsher on the package. I went over every inch of the package trying to find another one, but I failed :-(.
So that was that for the mentos 🙂
But if you have a reason why you think they should be ok, please do tell me!
I asked another choshuve Rov in my neighborhood (a chassidish one this time) about the Ch-S hechsherim. He told me I can rely on the Petach Tikvah one, but to stay away from the B”B one.
So two important Rabbonim, one Litvish and one Chassidish, seem to agree that at the very least the B”B can not be relied upon!
It’s a sad but true fact that in order to further their own agenda, people will say things in the name of gedolim which those gedolim never said.
Unless there’s a clear written source, there’s no reason to believe R. Elyashiv ever said something like that.
Yes, he told him directly.
Sharp, it’s not just a rumor, R. Berkowitz told it to someone I trust.
Dash, why is it irrelevant when a choshuve Rov says a hechsher shouldn’t be relied upon??
Shoe store assistant: thanks for the number!
“It is not worth it if it pushes away yidden from yiddishkeit.”
And it is so worth it when it’s mekarev Yidden. There’s an organization in E”Y which tries to take over the official Halacha shiur which non-religious kallos must take in the rabbanut and turn it into an incredible, beautiful experience for the kalla. They currently teach about 15% of the non-religious kallos in E”Y and have been mekarev thousands of young couples this way…
I find it fascinating that someone who isn’t an Israeli Chareidi knows so much about their motivations, for example that “They go to Yeshiva not to protect Israel but to avoid the draft”. To quote your own words: “was Sanhedrin re-instated when I wasn’t looking? Have you been declared a Navi?”
In addition you write “I’m sick of hearing about how the Chareidim “protect” the Medina. Nobody knows that and nobody has reshus to say that.” It seems the Gedolim disagree with you. But I agree that if you are indeed a Sanhedrin-declared Navi, that you may be right while they are wrong.
You must have missed the part in the opening post which reads:
“PLEASE DONT POST if all you want is to criticize chareidim, Gedolim, etc.”
Yussel, Facetious, and Toi,
There is nothing wrong in trying to understand the reasoning with a Gadol. No one is disagreeing with him, we’re just trying to learn and understand. “Torah hee v’lilmod ani tzarich”.February 10, 2013 9:31 pm at 9:31 pm in reply to: Insanity!! Netura Karta Sicko Forces His Boys Into Frum Girls School in Antwerp #928929
The main Flemish Belgian Jewish news site says the rumors about the Friedmans having left Antwerp are seemingly untrue, as the family was seen walking around antwerp.
thanks for the French post. Best laugh I had all day 🙂February 7, 2013 3:48 pm at 3:48 pm in reply to: Insanity!! Netura Karta Sicko Forces His Boys Into Frum Girls School in Antwerp #928921
Verdict overturned on appeal!
I noticed that everyone is ignoring zeeskite’s mention of Shlomis bas Divri, so I figured I’d mention it again.
Shlomis bas Divri.
nonononononooooooooo please dont start this topic again…!!!
MODS please close this before we have another allout war between the “leftist modern shkotzim” and the “right-wing irrational fanatics”, which as we all know are the only two types of people in this forum.
I was once told by someone that Rav Neventzahl said in the name of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach that there is an oral tradition going back to the Gra that Avraham ben Avraham’s sacrifice tremendously weakened the cochos hatumah in the world, to the point where one does not have to be makpid on 4 amos. Incredulously, I asked one of Reb Shomo Zalman’s sons about this, and he confirmed it to me!
I have found this thread to be a very interesting discussion with interesting taanos on both sides.
Which is why it’s unfortunate that some of the posters fall back on a cheap shot like accusing those who disagree with them being Joseph.
Unless you have proof, try to not mix in irrelevant accusations.
And so, YWN lost its last vestiges of “Yeshivishness” with a forum thread (started by a moderator no less) about a series of goyishe books which have inappropriate content.
Who are the Rabbonim who support YWN again…?
P.S: Yes, I read the books and enjoyed them. But YWN is not the place for it…
Your comment is entirely irrelevant, hateful, spiteful and totally not to the point. The percentage of chareidim burning dumpsters is negligible.
Please spew your hatred of chareidim elsewhere.
Do YOU realize, that staying in kollel forever has nothing to do with it?
If you don’t, maybe look into the issue a little more before you comment on it.
If you do, don’t troll.
Can someone tell me a little more about the Chinuch and the religious level of the Yeshiva community? How good are the schools? Do they give a good, solid education (from the religious perspective)? What’s the situation with the youth? Are there more/less/the same amount of problems than in yeshivish communities in the U.S.?
“What is the evidence that it didn’t occur?”
MorachRach, that may be a valid question in some third-world country. In the U.S., however, the law is that you’re innocent until proven guilty…
She’s older than that. What’s heat treatment?
Not in E”Y!
You’re either an incredible troll (probable) or a deeply disturbed person (possible). In either case, you urgently need to make yourself a Rebbi who can guide you in the correct path of Torah, because your posts show that you’re unfortunately very far from it, whether you’re a troll or not.
Being that this thread got hijacked by the very important twizzler discussion, it seems that my post about Jewish homeless people got overlooked, so here it is again:
I had no idea there is a significant frum homeless population! That’s horrifying! Do you know this for a fact? How many people are we talking about (although each one is for sure a tragedy!).”
I had no idea there is a significant frum homeless population! That’s horrifying! Do you know this for a fact? How many people are we talking about (although each one is for sure a tragedy!).
Amein, and thanks for the good wishes. The one I was referring to was Parshas VaYeitzei ???”?. There are two of them, it’s the second one; the title starts with the words “Chizuk Gadol…”
Also take a look at some of the other sichos there on bitachon. There’s one in Vayigash, and a shorter one in Toldos I think.
All the best
First of all, David Bar-Magen: May Hashem give you a Yeshuah quickly and easily, and may He shower you with bracha v’hatzlacha, good health and happiness.
Second of all, I’m in a very similar situation to yours. And “im lo yo’il lo yazik”; try to say Parshas Hamon every day, as per the Yerushalmi it’s supposed to help with Parnassa. Also, if you even have just a few minutes a day, try to learn a sefer that deals with bitachon that speaks to you. Personally I have been getting tremendous chizuk from “sichos chizuk” from Reb Tzvi Meyer Zilberberg. There were times when I was so down I was sure that nothing in the world could give me hope, and that sefer would usually do it. Try to borrow the volume on Beraishis (or find a shul that has it) which has some incredible sichos for people in tzoris. Actually, any volume will do, it’s just that Beraishis has one VERY powerful one which I’ve recently seen. If you’re interested, I’ll look up the page b”n.
Third of all: Try to be dan l’kaf z’chus to those posters here whose posts lack the required Jewish Midah of Rachmonus, as one of the following probably applies to them:
1. They may be non-Jewish trolls,
2. They were born with the middah of achzaryus, and this is their big Yetzer Hora and nisayon in life (to those of you to whom this applies, some good advice: get off the internet so you don’t constantly raise the temperature in your afterlife)
3. They are people who have had a hard life and have become cynical, bitter, distrustful people (idem for getting off the internet),
4. They’re idiots.
Fourth of all: to those of you to whom one of the four points above apply: thank you for having made it clear to the rest of us who you are, and on which side of the fence of Jewish values and Hashkofa you stand.
And specifically to shmendrik: I’m as right-wing and yeshivish as they come. I’ve probably learned more years and dapim than you have. Which is why I can tell you that the amount of chisaron b’bein adom lchaveiro and bad middos (let’s start with gaavah…) you have shared with us in this thread is simply astounding.
It’s one thing when you want to make uber-yeshivish comments in a hashkafa thread. But doing so in a thread where you use your so-called Torah knowledge to further trample on a down-trodden Yid is disgusting. I sincerely hope you’re merely an idiot, because the alternative would be scary for you.
Personally I think the mods should ban you for your comments in this thread, which are as trolly as they come…
“I will IY”H explain the super-rationalist position”
Sam, very interesting post. If what you write is correct, the ironic outcome is that the super-rationalists are actually abandoning logic and common sense in order to further their rationalist agenda.
“So you think the “power of a gadol” is that he can look at a list of names and see whose time has run out? Nope, they are human just like you or I.”
“That my friend, is kefira.”
It’s not kefira, it’s close-mindedness. There are plenty of eyewitnesses, including myself, who have seen gedolim do and say things which can’t be explained naturally. Unfortunately when it goes counter to crisis’ (and others) beliefs and world view, they would prefer to believe that me, uneeq, and all the other witnesses are blatant liars rather than entertain the notion they may be wrong.
So they’re either close-minded, or they feel so threatened (not sure why) that they prefer to put their fingers in their ears and shout “NANANA -I CAN’T HEAR YOU”.
Talk about double standards, I just went through the YU cover-up thread, which, sadly, was closed right as it was getting more and more fascinating.
Although I am quite Yeshivish and tend to disagree with many of the more MO posters here on various issues, I always understood that they had a different view than mine and could respect that. Especially when it came to the subject of child abuse.
It was therefore absolutely shocking to me how “pareve” some of the oh-so-vehement-anti-abuse posters were once the subject was YU.
Hypocrisy at it’s absolute, and very disappointing, best.
I am not Joseph. I imagine the mods can confirm this through ip’s etc. But thank you for strengthening the point I made.
“Kol hachosheid beksheirim lokeh begufo”. I b”n will not forgive you until you ask for mechilah.
“Don’t bother responding to him.”
Why, because he has views which differ from yours? That’s called fanaticism.
“If you think this is an issue then I think you have much larger issues to deal with.”
There’s two possibilities here. Either we’re being overly fanatic, or you’re not being sensitive enough to a serious problem here. Many here seem to think the video was bad, so maybe some introspection is in order for you?
It may have nothing to do with looking at forbidden things. In E”Y there has for many years been a clear psak, signed by gedolim of every stripe, litvish, chasidish and sefardi that having a non-kosher phone is forbidden.
I don’t know the halachic parameters here, but I would think that the fact that the erstwhile eid felt he doesn’t have to listen to practically all the gedolim was a factor.August 23, 2012 6:52 pm at 6:52 pm in reply to: Interesting: Position of HaRav Eliyahu Meir Bloch ztl on the State of Israel #893205
“So, many gedolim saw the establishments of the medinah as a sign from HKBH-0 as indeed it is.”
So you admit that there were gedolim who didn’t. I am in awe of your erudition and Torah knowledge which obviously must be very great, if you can then say with such certainly that those gedolim were wrong.
“Pure, unadulterated zealotry, to no useful purpose.”
Actually I think a zealot is someone who isn’t willing to see someone elses point of view or opinion, much like you seem to be doing…
Zeeskite and Englishman,
You two don’t get it. Shlomis Bas Divri was brought up way back on the first page of this thread, and the whole issue was carefully ignored for the rest of the thread by those whose worldview it didn’t fit.
And know you two have to go and bring it up again. C’mon, get with the program!