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March 2, 2023 2:52 pm at 2:52 pm in reply to: Teen Violence in Lakewood #2170728
>>>Are we going to pretend it doesn’t exist and hope it goes away or do something proactive?
Other than giving opinions what else are you volunteering to do?February 7, 2023 1:24 am at 1:24 am in reply to: Quick Quote about Older Singles from Rabbi Zelig Pliskin #2163135
>>>They tell me things like: You should not be so picky!
(Do they suggest that I marry someone with whom I do not feel I will get along?)
“You might have missed your bashert!”
(Great! What can I do about this now?)
The above is the famous opinion of the Steipler . I know someone who asked those questions directly to the Steipler himself. The Steipler answered that after enough years of going out and not finding anyone who you think will work out it’s time to realize that this isn’t working. The person should have their parents find a Shidduch who they think will work for them. Meet briefly to make sure there is no major aversion and if not just engaged.
Note the Steipler did not actually give this advice to anyone that I know. He was talking in theory. In any specific situation he may have said otherwise.
But the point remains. A person reaches a certain point where their continued refusal to get engaged to anyone they are meeting makes the risk of an unhappy marriage because their parents will make the wrong choice smaller than the risk of their not getting married or their getting married in ten years to someone a lot worse than who their parents would choose for them now.February 1, 2023 5:28 pm at 5:28 pm in reply to: Lessons Learned from the False Arrest of the Innocent Tzadik in Flatbush #2161689
>>>if she thought an attempted kidnapper was on the loose, even if her own son was safe, it certainly is a pikuach nefesh situation.
Falsely reporting someone for kidnapping is also causing a pikuach nefesh situation. Just imagine how this story would have ended if there didn’t happen to have been a video camera in the shul.January 22, 2023 7:54 pm at 7:54 pm in reply to: I Worked For The State… #2158619
>>>If you say you’re a racist and or against the American government you won’t have to serve
DON’T try this. The judge can decide that you are in contempt of court if you do. Then you are really in hot water.January 3, 2023 6:41 pm at 6:41 pm in reply to: Differences between newspapers and Jewish news sites #2153690
Because the newspapers hold themselves to a much higher standard of frunkeit than the online venues.
I can think of many think that online venues allow that the newspaper wouldn’t. Conversely I never heard hear of anyone getting chizuk from an online venue but I have heard people express that about certain newspapers.December 28, 2022 8:25 am at 8:25 am in reply to: George Santos – NY District 3 #2152018
On a political and moral level I would place him along AOC because they both campaigned on similar lies pertaining to their background but not necessarily their policies. AOC campaigned on being “the girl the Bronx” when she really grew up in the suburbs (to escape the policies she tries to implement)
On a political and moral level I would also place him as high above Joe Biden whose entire essence of his campaign and self description was deception about who he is and how he would govern. Biden claimed to be a “moderate, a consensus builder who leans across the aisle who will restore civility to American politics and honesty and integrity back to the Oval Office”
And of course Biden also told the same type of lies about his background and experience. He claimed his house was destroyed in a fire, that he was a civil rights activist who was repeatedly arrested (noting to be proud of) that he was an award-winning student who earned three degrees and many many other liesDecember 28, 2022 8:25 am at 8:25 am in reply to: Quick Quote From Yankel Feferkorn #2152019
Which yeshiva(s) did Yankel Feferkorn attend?
Where is he these days?December 26, 2022 7:22 pm at 7:22 pm in reply to: Is the Torah against venting? #2151589
The question is discussed in the poskim including the CC Hilchos Shemiras Halashon 6:4. It is beyond the scope and the wrong forum to discuss this online so ask your LOR
One thing is certain however. Not only is venting Loshon Hora online not permitted doing so has a terribly destructive personal effect on the people who do so.
Say the question in the OP of “So, ideally, how is a Jew supposed to express their negative feelings in a healthy way?” were asked in a non-Jewish venue as “ideally, how is a someone supposed to express their negative feelings in a healthy way?” constructive people would not answer “start venting to other people all about some of the world’s problems that you have come across”December 16, 2022 1:50 pm at 1:50 pm in reply to: Going down the wrong street #2148680
>>>Your making a good argument. But there are even better arguments.
Without articulating what they are you aren’t really saying anything other than expressing a belief.
I’ve read many, many anti-Israel articles and pretty familiar with the anti- Israel view. Even so I’ve yet to see anyone even TRY to make an intelligent argument that Israel has the ability to achieve peace by giving in to Palestinians without in – best case scenario – taking serious risks to the lives of Israelis for a questionable commitment of peace.December 16, 2022 10:48 am at 10:48 am in reply to: Going down the wrong street #2148574
>>>For now forget the exact words Kuvult used.
No. Doing that I may as well ignore his entire post . Which reminds of some of the vitriolic bloodthirsty antisemitism I’ve seen anywhere .
>>>The point is, that one can be totally pro-Israel and still acknowledge the truth.
By “truth” you actually mean the opinion widely held by the anti-Israel crowd.
>>>And the idea that Israel might be in a weak position to defend itself, is not really true.
Why, do they do such a great job defending themselves against Gaza missiles that you want more and larger borders of that nature (I happen to still support the Gaza disengagement but the West bank is a very different situation)
>>>When you say that Israel has a right to defend itself, a proponent of a two-state solution can respond that Israel can defend itself enough from any invasion.
Missiles from Gaza aren’t an invasion. The pro two state solution crowds protests when Israel responds even to that. Just imagine if that were the case with all of the West Bank.
None of this however has anything to do with Kuvults post which was saying that people hate Jews because they have the nerve of not wanting to do something that they think can get them killed. Such antisemitic is usually something you only see on the most blood thirsty antisemitic sites
>>>Modern, no one said everything was perfect before the zionists came, but it was nothing compared to Europe.
While the entire Jewish population of Eretz Yisroel was so small there were fewer people to start up with and kill. On a proportional level things were not better than in Europe at the time. They certainly couldn’t come close to how much better countries like say Germany were treating their Jewish residents at the timeDecember 16, 2022 7:59 am at 7:59 am in reply to: Going down the wrong street #2148409
I’m clueless about what you are trying to say. Can you explain in terms that even I can understand?
>>>can anyone give attention to the question, if pali got their own state,…Would it be better for Israel to give them a country in that case?
Look at the Lebanon wars and the Gaza wars for the answer to that question. There is no way Israel can just obliterate or even successfully win a war against a hostile neighboring country that is constantly attacking them.
>>>Mdd, why did the arabs almost never bother the old yishuv, for centuries?
They didn’t? That isn’t the picture you get when reading about life in Eretz Yistoel in the 1800s. But of course when neither group had any interest in ruling there was less friction.
>>>The Arabs didn’t “start” it; foreigners came to their area and looked as though they were going to take over. The chalutzim started it.
By that logic the main Arab issue should have been with the British Mandate who indisputably came as foreigners and did – not just looked they would – take over
>>>It’s not “lefty” historians, it’s literally the government archives etc.
Not really. In any conflict you going to find ways to fault some of the behavior of some on both sides but no serious unbiased historian agrees with the “Arabs were minding their own business… the Zionists came… the Zionists then did… that you are trying to peddle.
>>>Why are you surprised that a group which killed its own, as in the altalina, and were said by rav chaim to he rotzchim in the 1910, would kill goyim unjustly?
Without going into the details or defending anyone they didn’t just open fire on a rival group because they were blood thirsty. Most countries would have acted similarly during the Altalena story. The reason Rav Chaim (allegedly) gave for calling Zionists Rotzchim would be true about most secular Jews. No reason to single the Zionists out.
>>>Why jump to defend them?
Because those who make these type of arguments are usually using them to justify murdering Yidden today over seventy five years later. As Rav Yakkov Kametsky said the Neturey Karta who run around doing Arab propaganda are RodfimDecember 14, 2022 8:53 am at 8:53 am in reply to: Dealing with confusing relationships #2147607
You need to speak to someone in real life but based on the way you are describing the situation you should stop running after them and try to find others instead
The Gemara Bava Kamma 92B brings the following common expression קרית
חברך ולא ענך רמי גודא רבה שדי ביה
If you called to your friend and he did not answer you, throw a large wall at him
The expression actually means not to help those who spurns your offers of help and the Gemora points that there is a posuk saying the same thing but the literal meaning is also an important piece of advice. There is just a limit to how much you an run after people to be their friends. For now let things cool off and then see .
But as above you should ask someone in real life who knows the situation
>>>In theory, if Israel would agree to create a state for the palis, what would happen.
Put it this way. I’ve read many, many anti-Israel arguments and comments. I’ve never seen anyone even TRY to make an intelligent argument claiming that Israel has the ability to have peace by making concessions and giving away land to the Palestinians.
Even the antisemitic one dimensional pro Arab arguments rewriting history claiming that Israel is 100% at fault for the current situation , the Arabs were just minding their own business until vicious Jews/Zionists came and started up with them etc… still don’t try to intelligently and credible argue that Israel today could change the situation if they wanted toDecember 14, 2022 8:48 am at 8:48 am in reply to: Going down the wrong street #2147604
>>>The Palestinians with some automatic rifles & crude rockets are a non threat.
>>>This is what bothers people about Israel (& Jews)
>>>Yet we’re crying to the world like Israel is on the verge of being destroyed & people resent that.
This is from the most anti-Semitic posts I’ve seen on YWN for a while (and I’ve seen plenty of antisemitic posts here)
The prospect of Palestinians having a Gaza like border across much of Israel with the easy ability to shoot missiles and for terrorists to get across? How dare those filthy Jews cry over a thing like that. That is we resent them….December 12, 2022 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm in reply to: Most Important Issue of 2022 #2146863
>>>Because I read the stuff in the CR and I ask myself “THIS is what people are arguing about???”.
If that’s the way you feel don’t read the CR at all. I don’t disagree that not everything in the CR should be read or said but when I sense that a thread is going to devolve into serious aveiras (usually leitznos not Loshon Horah I stay off it. ) K’shem S’Mitzvha lomor dovor hanishma kach mitzva shlo lomor dovor h’aino nishma. No one here is interested in musser from me or you.
>>>Like seriously, there’s nothing better to do than to waste your time bashing Chabad.
You can take that complaint to many Gedoley Olam. Including your namesake Rav Ovadia Yosef who also strongly criticized certain aspects of Chabad.
>>>Or wondering if a certain sefer is pastnisht.
That is the type of thread I didn’t open because I’m confident that not all the comments approached the issue with proper seriousness but I’m confident the issue wasn’t “pastnisht” As above some of those who signed against it are Gedoley Olam. Your comment is seriously belittling them and inviting Loshon Horah and motzey shem ra
>>> But all the insults, the put-downs, the Loshon hora, the judging.
This reminds me of the expression “If only the ears could hear what the mouth is saying” . Your OP is not full insults, put-downs, and judging???December 12, 2022 8:06 am at 8:06 am in reply to: Chasidus Without Context #2146770
>>>Is this really the biggest issue facing Klal Yisroel in 2022??
99.999999% of what people hock about on and offline aren’t really the biggest issues facing Klal Yisroel in 2022. Do you repeat this comment multiple times a day? Do you only talk about the biggest issue facing Klal Yisroel in 2022?December 11, 2022 5:44 pm at 5:44 pm in reply to: Going down the wrong street #2146617
>>>Anthony blinken is supposed to be the keynote speaker for j street
Firstly he already was and secondly he was the least hostile to Israel of the speakers. There were also seven Democrat congressmen who spewed straight anti-Israel vitriol. Blinken for his part said that the US would judge Isreal based on it’s policies not based on who is in it’s next government . But his speaking at a venue as anti Isreal as J Street was widely understood to be saying what Rabbi Zweibel said by l’havidil the Aguda convention about dealing with the American government as a frum organization: It brings to mind the posuk in that weeks parsha
וַיַּ֥רְא יַֽעֲקֹ֖ב אֶת־פְּנֵ֣י לָבָ֑ן וְהִנֵּ֥ה אֵינֶ֛נּוּ עִמּ֖וֹ כִּתְמ֥וֹל
Blinken spoke at J Street to make the Israelis get the same hint. As a diplomat he was careful not to actually say it but left it to the other Democrat congressmen speaking there to do soDecember 7, 2022 7:41 pm at 7:41 pm in reply to: Anti-semitism: Republicans vs Democrats #2145788
The poll is meaningless. Had it been about Biden meeting with anti-Semites like Farrakhan you would probably get even more lopsided results with Republicans opposing and Democrats supportingNovember 27, 2022 6:43 pm at 6:43 pm in reply to: Is a Kashrus Agency the Moral Police? #2142679
How is not giving a hechser to an establishment where bad behavior will take place make someone into the moral police? That is no more being the moral police than not selling matches to a little kid.November 27, 2022 4:16 pm at 4:16 pm in reply to: Who You Enable by Voting Democrat #2142634
Whose life would have been saved had the Warsaw Ghetto uprising not happened?
Had those in the ghetto had arms (1) it would have had a lot better chance (2)many people would have been able to escape the ghetto altogether.
While there is some debate whether Rav Menachem Ziemba and other Gedoley Torah in the ghetto supported it absolutely no one claims to have heard from them that they oppose itNovember 27, 2022 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm in reply to: Does Hashem Want Us to Survive? #2142582
How many Chasam Sofers, Reb Akivo Eiger or Avnei Nezers were there in the previous generations? Versus the simple folk who seem to have been a lot less learned than the simple folk of todays generation.November 27, 2022 8:24 am at 8:24 am in reply to: Who You Enable by Voting Democrat #2142495
>>>The Nazis did what they did despite the “partisans”
How many partisans were there to cause a German loss ?
The partisans never faced mass Nazi roundups and mass murder. It would not have been something the Germans would have spent so many soldiers on. The partisans had a lot higher survival rate than those who weren’t partisans.November 27, 2022 8:23 am at 8:23 am in reply to: Does Hashem Want Us to Survive? #2142497
>>>We don’t even reach the ankles of our Elter Zeidas and Bubbes in Yiddishkeit.
Perhaps you don’t but I can think of plenty of people who are Talmidey Chachomim and Yorey Shmoyim whose great-grandparents were total Am Haartzim and who were not particularly frum. While it can’t be judged who Hashem values more given the respective circumstances faced by both groups on an external level it doesn’t seem correct to say that the current generation does not have many who far surpass their great-grandparents in Yiddishkeit.November 27, 2022 12:21 am at 12:21 am in reply to: Who You Enable by Voting Democrat #2142442
>>> If Jews were armed in Europe, they couldn’t outshoot the Nazis.
Perhaps not but the Nazis and their collaborators would not have had the manpower to deal with an armed group resisting nor would they have been willing to deal with the amount of casualties that group could have caused.
Tomos Nefsey Im HaplisitimNovember 25, 2022 10:04 am at 10:04 am in reply to: Who You Enable by Voting Democrat #2142250
>>>The handouts should be a temporary springboard.
If they were I would strongly support them too. But that isn’t remotely what they are.November 24, 2022 3:11 pm at 3:11 pm in reply to: Who You Enable by Voting Democrat #2142102
>>>When we talk about toeiva isn’t it a toeiva to hear the views above about helping the less fortunate through your taxes?
There are no liberal groups who preach giving YOUR money to the less fortunate. They preach giving OTHER peoples money away to do so . They talk about the obligation “society” has to avoid taking responsiblity as individuals to help others
It is a toeiva to hear people talking about helping themselves through OTHER peoples taxes. And it is certainly no Mitzva to forcibly take money from one person to help another.
Gezel is a teoiva too. ..
The gemara does not give it that as one of the explanations for what “Chesed L’Umim Chatas” means but I was told there is a Medrash that says “Chesed L’Umim Chatas” is because they consider forcibly taking money from “A” to give to “B” to be an act of “chesed”November 24, 2022 2:10 pm at 2:10 pm in reply to: Who You Enable by Voting Democrat #2142077
>>>The sink and swim mentality of the Republicans is not Torah view.
Azov Tozev is only when the person is making his own effort. And it is true that most poskim agree that you have to support a ani who is too lazy to work they don’t suggest it on a societal level. I was also told by Rav Tuvia Godstein ztz’l not to give tzedoka to someone who says he can make more money collecting than working (ask your own shaalos!) I know of plenty of people who say they don’t work because they make more off the programs
And politicians obtaining or staying in power by giving other peoples money to those who will vote for them is certainly not the Torah view. In fact the Gemorah gives that practice as one of the meanings of “Chesed L’Umim Chatas”.November 23, 2022 6:34 pm at 6:34 pm in reply to: Who is a bigger threat in America #2141926
>>>As a famous Rabbi used to say, “May Hashem save us from both Jesse [Helms] and Jesse [Jackson].”
There is zero comparison between the two people. Helms did not go around spewing anti-Semitic drivel like Jesse Jackson did. He was also nominally involved in helping Soviet Jews as well as being very Israel.
Like any prominent right wing figure the left accused him of being a racist but he certainly never openly espoused hatred or used us against them talk like Jackson did.November 23, 2022 6:32 pm at 6:32 pm in reply to: Who is a bigger threat in America #2141923
>>>A study in 2020 identified 893 terrorism incidents in the US since 1994. In that period no deaths linked to antifa were identified yet 329 murders by white extremists or other right-wing extremists were identified.
I’m suspicious of these type of studies to begin with but anyway as liberals love to say that is a deflection. Antifa is not the only left wing group that goes around killing people, nor or Antifa the only danger presented by the left wing. Most importantly it ignores the high murder rate, crime and anarchy in places where the left control even when the murders aren’t racially or politicly motivated.
>>>So instead you have to revert to claims about how the left loves BLM or Antifa and the right is against White Supremacists
I’m not reverting to any claims . Bottom line is “defund the police” was widely adopted among the left and tolerance for the BLM remains strong. The perpetrators were mostly slap on the wrist punishments if even that.
>>>Of course, make sure you note the US is roughly 14% black versus about 60% white.
Whoa! For a liberal that is an implicit shockingly racist statement. Why the automatic assumption that the far left in the US would only be coming from the 14% black population? In fact I think the white liberal colleges are far more likely to be the breeding grounds and organizational apparatus of the far left taking power than the black community.November 23, 2022 1:34 pm at 1:34 pm in reply to: Who is a bigger threat in America #2141851
Neither of them are Tzadikim. The results of the extreme right or the extreme left taking over are always almost the same. BUT there is no serious threat of the extreme right taking over in the US. The demographic that could or would join it is simply too small to ever take over.
Conversely the threat of the extreme left taking over the US during the next few decades is a real possibility. It is a clear and present danger r’lNovember 19, 2022 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm in reply to: How smart are u? #2140469
>>>1) why do we pour water from becher into wine bottle before kiddush?
I’ve never see anyone do so
>>>2) it says if you’re sandek for 4th or 5th generation (which one?) you go straight to gan eden, mekor?
Probably the same place that is says if you have seven sons you go straight to Gan Eden. Along with various other straight to Gan Eden methods. To be sandek for four generations you would need major arichus yomim.November 16, 2022 3:56 pm at 3:56 pm in reply to: Before You Get Excited About DeSantis Running #2138750
>>>No moderate republican is going to connect with the working class people of MI WI and PA
Even if true no other Republican candidate can possibly alienate as many people as Trump will. In MI, WI and PA and everywhere else.
>>>If DeSantis wins the nomination, the left is going to say he’s Trump 2.0
No matter how wins the nomination , the left is going to say he’s Trump 2.0 or worse
>>>Don’t fall for the NeoCon trap. Trump deserves another chance in a non-Covid year election.
Trump had way too many chances already. He blew them allNovember 14, 2022 1:57 pm at 1:57 pm in reply to: Pandemic amnesty #2138050
>>>Sacred belief? Since when is science sacred?
I was being sarcastic. In the parts of the secular world where corona was overdone both belief in science and the LGBT community are sacred by them.
>>>And what does belief have to do with science?
For those mentioned above their trust in science is a belief system that persists even in the face of strong contrary evidence.
As above I was being sarcastic and I not going to debate this with the believersNovember 13, 2022 9:49 pm at 9:49 pm in reply to: Pandemic amnesty #2137831
>>>how do you believe we reached this point when the Pandemic is pretty much over?
I am vaccinated and 100% pro the corona vaccine (although I do believe that some of what it’s opponents are saying is true as well and would not vaccinate a child with it)
The answer to your question is that Corona was fading away in frequency and intensity by the time the vaccines became common. Not only that, almost all the vaccinated people I know -myself included- ended up getting Corona anyway. When was the last time you heard of someone who wasn’t vaccinated dying of Corona?
To be clear I’m still 100% pro vaccine and do believe it was a factor in diminishing corona both in frequency and intensity. I just don’t think the current situation verses April 2020 in itself proves the effectiveness of the vaccine.November 13, 2022 2:37 pm at 2:37 pm in reply to: POLL hocul-zeldin #2137764
>>> all it takes is kids to be told it in schools;
You would vote for someone based on who your kids come home from school saying to vote for?
>>>emails can be sent out,
Those emails are quickly going to make it to The New York Times and other virulently anti-Semitic sites that will twist them to say something they aren’t and cause even more problems. Look what happened with Rabbi Fruchthandlers letter.
>>>rabbonim can speak about it in shul on shabbos
What about rabbonim who don’t speak in shul every Shabbos or who never speak about politics and certainly not on Shabbos (probably the majority) Do you want them all to get involved in elections? I don’t
Anyway who would be spreading the message to the schools and shul rabbonim? How would they do it a way that is much more private than the way it was already done?November 13, 2022 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm in reply to: POLL hocul-zeldin #2137730
>>> my rosh yeshiva said that askonim should have told people quietly to vote got zeldin, because he seems to want to help the yeshivos, but not publicly,
How many people could askonim privately contact to give over the message? How would they counter the messege that would be blaring everywhere from the “askonim” who have personal interest in Hochul winning that would be screaming everywhere “Vote Hochul. She is a great friend of the community!!!”
That would also would have created a situation where no one will even TRY to get the frum vote anymore. If the standard will be that the frum community is always told by to vote for who those we think will win anyway what does the candidate in the lead have to lose by taking anti-frum positions? What does he have to gain by offering anything? Our vote is anyway determined by who we think will win.November 13, 2022 10:50 am at 10:50 am in reply to: Pandemic amnesty #2137703
>>>The question is should we let bygones be bygones or should we demand accountability?
We absolutely should demand accountability. Even if there were intentions that the road to gehonim is paved with (good ones)
An amnesty would prevent anyone from learning lessons.
Think of Bill de Blasio and Coumo who told us we can’t daven in a minyan or send our children to school or keep businesses open, while he encouraged violating these rules for the sake of the George Floyd protests. You want an amnesty for that? And didn’t De Blasio refuse to give an amnesty to shuls, schools and struggling businesses after the Supreme Court declared the red zones unconstitutional? He and his ilk deserve an amnesty? Not in this world and not in the next.
And what about emergency powers which gave our would-be totalitarians like Cuomo license to exercise total control over citizens who used to be protected by the Constitution. If nothing else, legislate to eliminate that from ever happening again.
And putting politics aside what about the destruction to the sacred belief in science those who tried to control us using the lines of “follow the science” or “pro health” policies about what turned out to be junk science with the censored and marginalized voices being correct after all? American trust in scientists plummeted like a rock after covid. Say Ch’v such a thing would happen again. How many people will ignore true scientific and medical due to the recklessness they exhibited last time? How will they regain trust without accountability?November 11, 2022 8:10 am at 8:10 am in reply to: Made up greatness #2137460
>>>We are taught every man in Europe was a Talmid Chochem who finished Mishnayos by 8 & a Siyum on Shas at his Bar Mitzvah.
Who taught you that?
I never heard anything remotely similarNovember 9, 2022 9:39 pm at 9:39 pm in reply to: Let’s Say Republicans Win the Midterm Elections? #2137159
>>>Republicans don’t have a platform. Like is said in my OP. There’s no leadership and platform.
What platform other than stopping Democratic damage could they possibly have ran on in the midterms? There was no way they could have won sixty senate seats to override vetoes and Biden repeatedly committed to vetoing any legislation they would introduce and pass . Even without having a clue about what that legislation may or not be.November 9, 2022 9:39 pm at 9:39 pm in reply to: Made up greatness #2137161
Rav Sholom Svadron once said “I asked a Rav if I can make up stories to inspire people in Yiras Shamyim. He told me yes….and raboisi I just told you the first story I made up….”
Note: I’m very hesitant to write this online because I think that some will now say Rav Sholom Svadron once said that he asked a Rav if he can make up stories to inspire people in Yiras Shamyim. He told him yes….November 7, 2022 7:44 pm at 7:44 pm in reply to: Has it Been that Bad(Midterm Edition)? #2136301
The world never falls apart quickly after anyone is elected. The doomsday predictions about Trump were a lot less realized than ones about Biden. No, Trump did not set off a nuclear war when he was in a bad mood one night like they told us he would etc. But since this is discussing Biden I’ll focus in him.
I didn’t vote for Biden and he turned out a lot worse than I thought he would be. I did not expect the over 10% inflation (I know they claim it is less) the total incompetence when it comes to dealing with anything, and yes those who predicted that there would be an Israel-Gaza war within a few months of his election were correct. etc.
The above isn’t even my main issue with him. Back in 2020 I really believed that he was a centrist, and a person who would return us to the days of civility in politics , I really believed that he was a person far ahead of Trump in personal morals. Wow was I wrong. The guy is a crazy leftist , a pathological liar just like Trump and always looking for fights and to spew hatred and rancor just like Trump did. Other than his being born blessed with a more outwardly pleasent personality (and a press that is always looking to cover up for him) he is just like Trump. Without any of the good policies Trump enacted.November 7, 2022 5:12 pm at 5:12 pm in reply to: Should Yeshiva Bochurim go out and vote on Tuesday’s election? #2136257
Yes. They absolutely should go out and vote Do you think their time is more precious than say Rav Moshe Feinstein who even when he barely left his house anymore , went by wheelchair to vote?November 5, 2022 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm in reply to: Meikil=Less Religious? #2135651
>>>Is the strict opinion always the better opinion?
If it was halacha would follow Beis Shamai.
>>>Is being Meikil inherently worse?
Being meikal about what and why? Not always is being machmir the right thing in a specific situation but as the old joke goes: A guy who was always meikal and always found rabbis to give him hetterim dies. They take him to a room with a bench, a rickety shtender, a Shas and a cup of hot tea. “Where am I? “ he asks “Gan Eden” they answer “Do you know how many rabbi would tell you that being in a room with a gemorah where you can just learn undisturbed is Gan Eden? “November 2, 2022 6:37 pm at 6:37 pm in reply to: POLL hocul-zeldin #2134873
>>>I don’t understand Zeldin. I just checked his record and it is anti-abortion and anti-gay, why did he take a gay running mate?
He didn’t take him The NYS lieutenant governor nominee is elected independently of the governor nominee.October 31, 2022 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm in reply to: POLL hocul-zeldin #2133932
>>>With all these Jewish endorsements for zeldin if Hochul wins the election expect her to hit us hard
Based on her behavior in office I expect her to hit us hard even if we do support her.
Even in the PRO Hochul ads in the frum publications she does not commit herself to doing anything that will benefit the frum community after the election.October 30, 2022 6:21 pm at 6:21 pm in reply to: Is every Yid a big tzaddik? #2133766
>>>The very definition of a tzadik is someone is not a beinoni. Someone who is never mesiach days from the Hashem (at least according to the best of his abilities).
Where is that definition coming form? A tzadik is not a benoni the same way a cohen is not a Yisroel
but that isn’t the very definition.
The Rambam Hilchos Teshuva 3:1 says
כָּל אֶחָד וְאֶחָד מִבְּנֵי הָאָדָם יֵשׁ לוֹ זְכֻיּוֹת וַעֲוֹנוֹת. מִי שֶׁזְּכֻיּוֹתָיו יְתֵרוֹת עַל עֲוֹנוֹתָיו
צַדִּיק. וּמִי שֶׁעֲוֹנוֹתָיו יְתֵרוֹת עַל זְכֻיּוֹתָיו רָשָׁע.
מֶחֱצָה לְמֶחֱצָה בֵּינוֹנִי
I’m unwilling to say that the typical person who is Shomer Torah U’Mitzvos does not have more zcuyos than aveiros and therefore meets the Rambam’s criteria of being called a Tzadik.
Without giving any boich svoras why are you so sure otherwise?October 30, 2022 3:20 pm at 3:20 pm in reply to: The Rothschild Family #2133699
It’s very unlikely that a frum person who got married in 1770 and had ten children like Meyer Amschel Rothschild did has no frum descendants at all but from his five sons who went into banking it is safe to say that none of their descendants are frum. Therefore if he has he has frum descendants they would be from his other five children who have no money .
Of interesting note the only major Rothschild scion to have been killed by the Nazis during the holocaust for being Jewish wasn’t actually Jewish. Élisabeth de Rothschild was a Catholic woman who married Philippe de Rothschild. (she officially converted)