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I heard a shir from R’ Akiva Tatz where he pointed out that the root for the word “water” is based on their word for “what”.
At least this is so in Hebrew, English, Latin & Germanic languages.
Either way, I think there is a (big) book written on the subject that the OP asked.May 20, 2011 2:03 am at 2:03 am in reply to: Anyone see these rediculous "Doomsday" Ads in Subway? #770004
It’s totally crazy, but how can they backup what they are saying?
Which is the same question I ask about all of their beliefs…
I don’t understand what changed with bicycling in the past years.
I’m being somewhat sarcastic, but also serious when I ask this: “What happened all of a suddent that people are wanting to land on their heads instead of other parts of their body that are much more ready, willing & able to hit the ground before their cranium?”
When I was younger, no one wore a helmet. And no one ever got anything more than cuts & scraps on their legs & arms when in an accident (including bicyclists getting hit by cars). What changed so that hitting your head is now a problem associated with riding a bike?
HIE, I used to live in a modern-orthodox community where most of the community believed that you should earn a living & then learn in your spare time.
I wish not to give details about the community other than there was very little Torah learning, even during people’s “spare time”…saying “earn a living & learn in free time” sounds great in theory, but in practice it rarely happens.May 11, 2011 1:45 am at 1:45 am in reply to: What makes your blood pressure go up on a scale of 1-10? #765856
“and watching someone iron with spray starch doesn’t?
I used to used to iron my uniforms with spray starch & then hairspray, so that the creases would be very sharp & stay like that for a long time (it was a requirement that we had). One time I left the iron sit too long on one spot of the hairsprayed shirt & *POOF!*…the shirt went up in huge flames!
Either way, the thing that makes my blood pressure go up is kids running around the shul during davening.
“what really got me upset though is too see these groups publicly burning the Israeli flag and even more so in front of the Ponevich yeshiva.”
lovebeingjewish- Yes, that can be upsetting to see pictures of someone buring their states flag.
But you also have to remember, it’s much more complex than what we see in that photo & read in that article.
BTW, if you choose to study this subject, I think that one of Rabbi Berel Wein’s big books has an overview of it that will explain what you need to know.
However, if you are adventerous & decide to get more in depth, then it will become MUCH clearer as to why certain groups act certain ways to other groups….but be prepared, some of it is hard to swallow & it’s going to make you ask a BUNCH more questions. B”H, I had access to a rabbi & 2 secular professors that were very knowledgeable in this matter. But it still hurt.
No one is against Israel. They are against the State of Israel.
It’s not so much a “concept” as it is history.
You see, the religious Jews have always been coming to Israel little-by-little for the past 2,000 years. They were not allowed to come in a massive “wall” of immigration for fear that it would upset those that lived in the land (I can give you sources for this ruling, but I have to look them up. Can anyone post them if you know where to find it off the top of your head? Thanks)
However, (and I’m leaving out much history that got up to this point) Theodor Herzl, an non-religious & misguided Jew (he wasn’t necessarily a bad person, he was just a little misguided in his earlier years) decided to bring about a massive wall of secular Jewish immigrants to Israel.
The problem with that massive wall was that it fueled much hatred from the “Palestinians” (truth be told, they hated us before it). And a lot of the issues that Israel is experiencing now with the Palestinians is because of this.
The history is pretty complex, but it actually goes back a lot further than 1948. Most of the history also began in Europe.
Either way, the early rabbis were opposed to the massive immigration, since they knew it would cause these same issues. However, after the rabbis saw they had no control, they decided to push for the immigration.
This is just skimming the surface. I studied if for about 15 hours a week for 5 months & had access to a library full of books written by both sides (the secular side & the religious side) & I can tell you that this subject is very enormous.May 10, 2011 4:03 pm at 4:03 pm in reply to: Firestorm After ‘Der Zeitung’ Deletes Hillary Clinton from Iconic Photo #1052643
Why hasn’t anyone bothered to ask him what he thought of the doctoring of the photograph. (Hint to YWN — this is an opportunity for a scoop if you can somehow manage an interview!)
Charlie, why do you introduce such logic, reason & sanity to this thread? We were having a perfectly good argument based on assumptions, bias & putting words into other people’s mouths.
I’m still wondering what “I think someone is being “toleh buki sruki” on the head of the Ralbag” means. Anyone?May 10, 2011 12:09 am at 12:09 am in reply to: Firestorm After ‘Der Zeitung’ Deletes Hillary Clinton from Iconic Photo #1052612
“they made yidden look like backward radicals.”
And in the yidden’s eyes, the goyim that deny Torah look just as backwards. It goes both ways. What’s your point?
“there are literally millions on non frum jews and gentiles reading this story to whom the concept of tznius to this extent is foreign and they think we are flat out crazy! read the comments!”
Again, what’s your point? It’s not the Torah-observant Jews fault that the non frum jews & goyim have no concept of modesty.
“I know the newspaper had no intention of causing this outcry but unfortunately it has occurred. there are many who are comparing us to radical muslims, not exactly the image we care to cultivate.”
Jews are being compared to “radical muslims”? Radical muslims drive planes into buildings, shoot missiles at school buses, blow up houses of worship & beat/shoot/behead woman. How is it the Jews fault that the world wants to blind itself from the fact that Jews have NOT done anything like this?
I think someone is being “toleh buki sruki” on the head of the Ralbag.
Can someone “paraphrase” that for me?
I thought that you could do it through the OU or Young Israel.
You can probably get their contact info & ask them by going to their websites.
I thought this topic was going to be about the people with a lot of tattoos & stuff.
It’s so hard not to look/stare & think “Did he actually pay someone to mess up his body like that?”
BTW, isn’t it halacha not to stare at people (any people)?May 9, 2011 9:45 pm at 9:45 pm in reply to: Firestorm After ‘Der Zeitung’ Deletes Hillary Clinton from Iconic Photo #1052603
“They were not allowed to alter the picture. It was the rules of using the photos
It was a huge Chilul Hashem”
How’s this a Chillul H-shem? They said they didn’t see the fine print & that they had removed it because of their religious views of modesty.
Where is there any Chillul H-shem in being truthful & modest?
Alwaysrunswith, it sounds like you know really know what to expect. That’s good.
Mbachur. I think she is referring back to a previous incident that was happening with car tires being stolen in Jersey.
Has anyone had Sabich? I had one in Israel & it was amazing. Eggplant & egg, who knew?
Zeeskite, it’s already too late. The thread has already been started elsewhere.
Alright, my spin on this is 12+13=5^2
As you can see we have 2 completery DIFFERENT sets of numbers on either side of the equation.
Also, the “numbers” on the left side (12&13) are much GREATER than what’s on the right side(5&2; which are LESSER).
However, the right side is EQUAL to the left side.
My take on all of this is that BOTH MEN & WOMAN are DIFFERENT, GREATER/LESSER & EQUAL.
Since I was actually a small boy at one time & the fact that I’ve been around many of them as they have grown up, I’ll throw in some of my observations.
I would make sure that you always have clean rags/napkins around to clean them up. But remember, soap is another toxic enemy of young boys. Use sparingly.
Always have a first-aid kit available. Boys tend to get many scrapes, scratches,cuts & boo-boos. And boys don’t *really* feel any pain either, we only cry when we want attention. But the first-aid kit is just so that nothing gets infected & so that a boy can have an assortment of cool-looking band aids to show his friends.
Boys like to get into everything & they like to go places, so you have to watch them so they don’t crawl up the side of the refrigerator or something. You laugh now, but just ask any boy’s mother & she will tell you stories of how he tried sled down the stairwell sitting on her favorite cutting board. Backwards.
Toywise, they can be very creative. Just give them a cardboard box & they’ll be fascinated with crawling in & out of it for days. Or just give him a stick & he’ll spend hours whacking everything in site. It doesn’t sound like fun to most women, but then again, they never tried it. Their loss.
And during some years of their raising, boys will be easier to deal with than others. The ages between 12-15 are not these years. But once they get past those years, they grow out of it (whatever “it” is) & they START to settle down & get focused in life….it seems like that during these years, boys really try to reach out to a “role-model” & they do not want to be around their parents (it changes though after they get through this stage). They usually get very impressionable at this age by whoever they find as being “fascinating”. You can use this to his advantage by getting him to study under a rabbi that he has a fascination with. He can grow very quickly with a rabbi that he is fascinated with, since boys at this stage have a lot of drive & energy. They just lack focus.
I mean, when do you get to have a real debate like that EVER?;) just because popa brings stuff that are interesting to debate into the cr does not mean hes antagonistic about anything. from the posts HE posted, he did not sound antagonistic. just fun!
- I don’t know which debate your talking about, but I once had a similar question to one of his recent ones.
I thought the question was rather good, but I think that if you don’t know him, then it might have come across as a personal attack….I did at first, but then I noticed that he posted it, then I knew that it was more of a interesting question to make people think.
“@Health: Thanks for responding. But wasn’t Dovid Hamelech punished for doing what he did? Or was that for something else.
Please let me know”
Like Health said, the gemara explains this.
Someone could type the explanations to this answer, as well as the answers that will arise after you hear the explanations. But it’s easier if you just ask your rabbi to explain it.
Homeowner, it’s also illegal in some places that have canals & other waterways.
I’ll save you the details of how too much bread & too many birds/ducks can clog up certain things in a waterway, but I think chocandpatience knows what happens.
I believe the bread can no longer be edible. Otherwise, it works backwards & is bad for parnasah. And there is also something in kabbalah about never throwing ANYTHING out that is still useable/edible. It’s very bad & we’ll leave it at that.
Either way, I’ve seen people hear this segula on Shabbos & they get so excited that they throw the crumbs out to the birds. I’m pretty sure it says in the Shulchan Aruch that you can’t feed birds that you don’t own on Shabbos. But I would ask a rabbi to make sure.
Either way, I prefer to feed fish.
(NOT kidding!) I really want to know.
“goq- I just hafta say- Im so excited to hear of someone else who eats pretzels with mustard!! I always thought it was only my fam! :)”
s2021, are you talking about hard or soft pretzels?
I’ve NEVER heard of people doing it with hard pretzels. But on the soft pretzels it’s very common in the US.
“There seems to be quite a bit of misconception and misinformation here.”
Englishman, there is no misconception or misinformation. I am purposely ‘avoiding’ certain facts since I don’t know who is reading these posts.
“I don’t believe for a minute that obl would even consider imparting w/any valuable information.”
That’s why they just ended up throwing him off the back of a ship.
“I am curious, though, if you consider it a remote possibility that he’s been captured for information.”
What info? The info that the US has been looking for the past 10 years is “Where is Bin Laden?”
If the US wanted to use him as an info source for future attacks, then I’m sure they would have kept him in his compound & just kept a tight survellaince on any messages coming in or out. If he is captured, then they can no longer get current information.
Yid.period. Thanks, that list is similar to what I have on mine, so that means it should be fine. I was curious about going without a tent, so I think I’ll be adventerous & did you encounter any bugs or animals at night? BTW, I’m up for your Pesach story. What happened?
And for you & Yeshivaguy1, how long did Yam L’Yam take?
Are there any trails that are more “Torah-centered” & go through historical sites? I would really like to go to historical places that have significance in the Torah & which have some spiritual significance, while avoiding other places such as Tel Aviv.
That frustrates me too.
One of my (Sephardic) friends hides his food from people, because he say’s he doesn’t want them casting the evil eye on it.
Another kid that I went to school with used to just confront the people & say in the rudest possible way “Why don’t you just take a picture? It’ll last longer.”
Dave Hirsch, I agree with you. It is way too risky to claim that he’s dead if he’s not.
However, in the government, anything is possible. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I have worked for the government & know that try to cover up massive & risky things (vaccination side-effects, epidemics among soldiers, etc.).
However, in all of those cases, it was clear they had alot to gain & little to lose by covering it up….but what can they really gain by faking Osama’s death? It seems that they would have much more to lose (which would be whatevers left of their reputation) than to gain (which would be…???).
Cucumber, you’re trying to figure out the Brits? The Brits? The people that “ruled the world” & yet decided to stay on some foggy island in the middle of the cold North Sea when they could have moved base to an exotic place like Jamaica? Those Brits?
You’re coworker probably has the same IP address. So either way it traces back to your work….and I’m sure that you don’t want someone calling your work asking who sent them an e-mail.
Of course, there are many other “clues” that people don’t take into account when they try to send “anonymous” e-mails. Things such as grammar, verbs they commonly use, lack of capitilization & incorrect usage/lack of punctuation can all give clues as to who sent the message. Assuming he has received (or will receive) other e-mails from your actual account.May 4, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm in reply to: Getting Married & Trying To Decide To Have TV Or Not #764357
“There are 6 shuls in las Vegas and its one of the faster growing jewish communities”
Let’s deal with 1 problem at a time…
Yes, they can track you. There is no way around it.
I assume that you’re not trying to do anything wrong, but I’ll just explain that I worked with a volunteer organization & we used to track down scammers/spammers all over the world. Tracking an IP can take 5 seconds.
Even if they used a proxy, there were ways to get their info (although it’s a little more complicated & a lot more time-consuming).
And public computers make it even easier to track down people. Internet cafes. Public libraries. It doesn’t matter, the people are on camera the second they walk into the place….
“Is this a trick question?”
I think it is, since a man isn’t suppose to be holding the door for a woman he isn’t married to.May 4, 2011 7:28 pm at 7:28 pm in reply to: Is It Worth Releasing Bin Laden Photos To Prove That He's Dead #764406
“I would not be surprised if Osama was captured alive & is being waterboarded at this very moment somewhere in the basement of the Pentagon.”
I heard it’s much, much worse.
In the Pentagon basement, they set up a mock TSA airline security booth where he has to wait in line for 5 hours just to get to an agent who spins him around, taps him with a wand & then brings him into a back room….midah keneged midah. Midah. Keneged. Midah.
“When Pesach passed, I unchecked all my Pesach shiurim, and removed them from my device (you can set up the Itunes to only copy checked items).”
This is good advice & I do it as well. There are a number of good FREE shiurs by rabbis such as Rabbi Noach Weinberg, Rabbi Akiva Tatz, Rabbi Dr Dovid Gottlieb & many more.
I used to ride the train everyday (2 hour round-trip, 5 days a week) & carrying/reading a book was not only hard, but dangerous at times. But I found that with my mp3 I could get in an extra 10 hours a week of learning a week (& unlike a real shiur, you can play it back to catch things that you might have missed). Technology, if used correctly, can be a very great tool in learning Torah.
Yes, use a password to protect it. It won’t make it as safe as non-wireless setup, but you still have to precautions.
BTW, did YWN just do a story on how the FBI raided the wrong house because the guy was using his neighbor’s wi-fi?….if you didn’t read it, John Doe was doing something he shouldn’t have been doing online & the FBI decided to pay him a visit. However the IP address & account info showed up as his neighbors, since that is the owner of the wi-fi that he was signed onto. It ended up the FBI busted down the wrong door…oooooops
I had an iPod touch that I used for college last year. It’s a good product; I really enjoyed being able to go online & use different apps with it.
However, I had to return it after a week, since I’m a guy with big fingers & it was a pain trying to touch the correct buttons. I tried but it’s just too small, just like many phones nowadays.
Either way what are you getting it for? Music? Shiurim?…I just downloaded 70 (1-hour long) shiurim onto my mp3 player (it’s actually a Sony ICD-UX200 recorder) last night & it took up less than 1GB, so maybe that can give you a ball park figure of what to look for if that’s what you are using it for.
“Someone who gets bkaas is like he worshiped avoda zara. Dont do it.”
By the way….I was joking about my ‘grenades’.
BTW, I’ve heard 2 rabbis explain that a person getting angry is not just “like” someone who practices avoda zara, but it IS practicing avoda zara.
Also, I remember my rabbi telling me that in kabbalah you should NEVER break anything out of anger. Even cracking a pencil. Very bad. Ask your local sephardic rabbi for details…
…Bin Laden is found this week, but the egg of a robin still eludes us…
Helper47—Nice & thank you.
We should all just mod our own business…
I’ve never really been to a Chinese auction. Quite frankly, I didn’t really know you could buy one.
I have some stress balls which I squeeze…..except their not really stress balls, they’re grenades dressed up like stress balls. And I don’t really squeeze them, I just pull the pins & throw them at the people that made me angry. Hope this helps.
“I am so frustrated! I know that being part of a big, warm family comes with a lot of good but its so annoying when the go and repeat things….”
True story. I once went through therapy for this reason & the therapist just kept saying “Yeah? So big deal.”…it made me even more frustrated. I’m laughing as I think back to it, but at the time it made me so angry.
Either way, what drove me to therapy was the fact that not only did my family talk about my private matters, but most of the community that I lived in knew things about me that I didn’t want them to know!
To illustrate, one of my friends decided to tell her hair-dresser my life story & the hair-dresser got mad because she didn’t approve of how I became a baal teshuva….You can’t even make up a story like this, I mean, I didn’t even know her hair-dresser and now, not only does she know my life story, but she has also passed judgement on me…and I’m a complete stranger!!!
However, I remember I was at a Shabbos table & it just so happened that H-shem decided to bring a group of us together that were having issues with this topic. I can still remember how great that night felt. Everyone at the table felt so relieved to tell stories of their most embarrassing moments. It was actually very theraputic…but also sad. It made us realize that this is an issue in many Jewish communities & therefore, we decided to be more on guard with our own tongues, since the change should always start in our own lives/thoughts/views/
@boredinoffice, that doesn’t always work since there are many other ways that people can find things out. I can think of certain situations that have happened to others in the past, where they never mentioned certain things to anyone, but still people found out through other ways.