Todros Gimpel

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  • in reply to: Seminaries for more reserved girl #1614577

    Todros Gimpel
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    From your short description, she sounds like a very good fit for Bnos Chava.

    in reply to: Hawking is dead #1489670

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    It’s very interesting to read the transcript of the Bais Din Shel Maalah in session deciding whether or not to put Einstein in the Kaf Hakelah or not.

    As far as that Hawking SR”Y, a big part of his public agenda was to deny and degrade every basic tenet of Emunah.
    I’m sorry ubiquitin, someone who denies Hashem’s existence is a criminal of the worst kind, and both a non-Jew or a Jew would get Missas Bais Din for it.
    It’s true that these criminals don’t hurt other people (directly), but why is hurting Malchus Shmayim so small a sin in your eyes? Isn’t that the ultimate purpose of the world’s creation?


    Todros Gimpel
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    The Rambam in Hilchos Brachos (Perek י”א Halacha ב) writes that you make a Birchas Hamitzvos on a Mitzvah that is a Reshus:
    כל מצות עשה שבין אדם למקום בין מצוה שאינה חובה בין מצוה שהיא חובה מברך עליה קודם לעשייתה


    Todros Gimpel
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    Who would be influenced by mainstream Rabbonim speaking out against the protests?
    For those in the Peleg themselves, they obviously won’t listen to Rabbonim from the “Misyavnim” camp.
    For those in the mainstream, they are firmly against the protests (and protesters) anyway.
    So it theoretically would only influence those “on the fence”.
    The thing is, there are very few who aren’t firmly on one side or the other. (That is the nature of the land, you are either black or white. The question always is, which is black and which is white…)

    On the other hand speaking out publically against them has many problems.

    1. A public dispute between Gedolim is a huge Chilul Hashem; even larger than the protests themselves. There is nothing more important than minimizing Chilul Hashem.
      Disruptive protests in Israel are pretty common. The invalids protests are sometimes more disruptive than the Peleg ones – they just have understandably way more sympathy for their cause.
    2. Harav Shmuel Auerbach Shlit’a is a tremendous Talmid Chochom and Yarei Shamayim. There is no real dispute about that. Coming out publicly directly against him can therefore only be done for a desperate need, and even then, with a tremendous amount of thought and subtlety; taking care to minimize as much as possible the Bizayaon of a Talmid Chochom.
    3. Coming out publically against the protests, in a way acknowledges that there is another side that is large enough to require acknowledgement, and that there is really an internal Machlokes within the Torah world. The Rabbonim in Eretz Yisroel have always tried to avoid this.

    Todros Gimpel
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    Are there any well known Rabbis that allow a gorilla to count for a minyan?
    How about using cheese for Lechem Mishna , or count The Deathly Hallows as one of the Sifrei Kodesh?

    in reply to: How to distinguish "melacha", "avoda" and "ma'aseh"? #1135035

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    Melacha mostly refers to the result not so much to the action. It can be defined as “constructive work”. This is why all melachos shabbos have a physical thing that is created or changed. (besides for hotza’a – which is why it is considered less of a melacha (see Rishonim Shabbos 2a).

    Ma’aseh is the actual action of the worker.

    Avodah is what one does for another. That is why it is called an Eved and Korbanos are called Avodah – it is done for Hashem.

    in reply to: I'm returning to share a story #1133595

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    Very nice story.

    It may be permitted to be Mechalel Shabbos to save another Jew from becoming non-frum. (See Mishna Brura O”H Siman 306 S”K 57)

    Harav Yechezkel Abramsky ZT”L once made a phone call on Shabbos to save a frum girl school from closing down – as the other girl schools wouldn’t have kept the girls frum.

    Of course, you need wide shoulders to be able to decide when to apply this hetter. This Rebbe obviously has them.

    in reply to: Challenges of making Aliyah and how to overcome them? #1100524

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    Most of the issues written about in this thread are true but are usually not long-term issues.

    You eventually get used to the (usually nutty) way things are over here. Even the financial issues usually work out in the end.

    You can survive with broken Hebrew too. Most Israelis actually find it cute and endearing – and having English as a mother tongue often gives you points in finding a job – especially in the high-tech sector.

    But there are other points to take into consideration.

    I have been living in EY for well over 20 years.

    As the years went by, one by one, most of my friends found some reason to move back.

    I slowly started realizing that most chutzniks are never fully able to shake the feeling of “outsider”.

    This is even for those who seemingly “fit in”; speak Hebrew perfectly (even down to the hard “L”amed), are surviving financially and don’t have too much difficulty with the children – many chutznikim do (either because the child is too Israeli and can’t relate to their parents or is too chutznik and doesn’t fit in well).

    Living day after day with this “outsider” feeling slowly wears you down.

    This is not something you can test by coming here for a summer.

    Because of this, I’ve started advising people who want to do aliya to have a very good reason to do so.

    Once you live here for many years and your children become Israelis, it will very difficult to leave and you may regret your original decision – with no way out.

    With that said, perhaps the best place for chutznikim these days is Ramat Beit Shemesh. There is a strong “chutznik society” there and this should make it easier.

    in reply to: Scary Mussaf Seder Recomendations #1087958

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    Sha’ar Hagmul (By the Ramban).

    in reply to: Why are so many wine bottles named after Rishonim? #1067038

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    The street names in Geula always irked me.

    …bought a hat on Yeshaya.

    …the garbage dumpster overflowed on Malachi.

    in reply to: What is this roshei tovos ? #1024614

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    Need more context but perhaps it’s ???? ??.

    in reply to: The correct pronunciation of "Expecto Patronum" #1066771

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    If the dementors black cloak has buttons on the back, say Expectay Patraynem.

    You only use Expectow Patrownem for a short jacketed punctual dementor.

    in reply to: Why is Lavud Part of the HL"M of M'chitzin? #1002773

    Todros Gimpel
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    This exact kasaha had been bothering me for years.

    (I did not expect it to find it asked on a web site).

    Here is the pshat that we finally worked out last Sukkos.

    It seems that there 2 types of lavud, one that “fills up” the empty space (Ritva Sukah 16b) and a second one that “pulls” the 2 sides together (Magen Avraham siman 632 s”k 5).

    The nafkah minah between the two types is if the halachic width of the wall after lavud includes the empty space or not.

    The din of lavud by Mechitzas is of the first type while the general din of lavud is the second type.

    The general din of lavud is therefore insufficient to give a Sukkah wall a shiur of 7 tefachim because it just pulls the sides together.

    So we need the special din of lavud by Mechitzas to give the wall the full shiur which it can because it fills up the space.

    Sam2: Lavud is used to pattur hotzaa on shabbos under 3 tefachim (Shabbos Daf 80).

    in reply to: Why does R' Yoichanan need a possuk for chatzi shi'ur? #999417

    Todros Gimpel
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    What Sevara?

    Why should the Shi’ur be only for the Onesh not for the Issur itself?

    in reply to: Not Being A Slave and other rants #990150

    Todros Gimpel
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    As to the riddle… V’sain Bracha.

    in reply to: NeutiquamErro's favorite thread with an obscure title #1147235

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    We also do Quiddish every Friday night…

    in reply to: How to prevent access to wifi on tablet? #1094104

    Todros Gimpel
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    Thinking about, I have a similar problem.

    I bought my son a Hydrogen bomb and I’m not sure how put password protection on the “Explode” button.

    in reply to: How to prevent access to wifi on tablet? #1094102

    Todros Gimpel
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    The surest way to do this is to uninstall the wireless adapters drivers.

    Which operating system does the tablet run – is it an iPad, Android, or Windows based system?

    in reply to: 50,000 Heroes, ????? ?? ???? #877437

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    Health and DWBH:

    You’re right that I don’t post very often (yes, you can be shy even anonymously), but I do read almost all the threads – even the infuriating ones.

    As far as the black/white thing, I honestly don’t see why this particular issue is so controversial.

    I know almost no one that possesses enough self restraint (aka Yiras Shomayim) to sit alone in front of a computer with unfiltered internet access and have no difficulty whatsoever in remaining 100% pure.

    Being that unfiltered internet is too great a challenge for any of us, it follows that even if one has to compromise on something important to them a bit, they don’t really have a choice.

    So even if you feel that those particular Rabonim from the Asifa shouldn’t be telling you what to do with your life, it doesn’t change the fact that what they said is correct: any Jew who refers to himself as a practitioner of Judaism should not browsing the web without a filter.

    in reply to: 50,000 Heroes, ????? ?? ???? #877436

    Todros Gimpel
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    Health and DWBH:

    You’re right that I don’t post very often (yes, you can be shy even anonymously), but I do read almost all the threads – even the infuriating ones.

    As far as the black/white thing, I honestly don’t see why this particular issue is so controversial.

    I know almost no one that possesses enough self restraint (aka Yiras Shomayim) to sit alone in front of a computer with unfiltered internet access and have no difficulty whatsoever in remaining 100% pure.

    Being that unfiltered internet is too great a challenge for any of us, it follows that even if one has to compromise on something important to them a bit, they don’t really have a choice.

    So even if you don’t feel that those particular Rabonim from the Asifa shouldn’t be telling you what to do with your life, it doesn’t change the fact that what they said is correct: any Jew who refers to himself as a practitioner of Judaism should not browsing the web without a filter.

    in reply to: 50,000 Heroes, ????? ?? ???? #877425

    Todros Gimpel
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    To all those who seem so very threatened by the whole internet filter business.

    Unless you are addicted to sites that you shouldn’t be going to, the only explanation I can think of, is that you feel that your parnasah is under threat.

    Which line of business requires you to rely on 100% unfiltered internet access?

    I myself am a web site programmer who needs to access many different sites and I use a fully approved frum filtered ISP without problems.

    in reply to: Eat the morning of a Fast day #931479

    Todros Gimpel
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    There is an aspect of Halacha here.

    If you want to wake up before Alos Hashachar to eat on the morning of a fast, the Mishna Berura says you should speak out before going to sleep that you are not being Mekabel Taanis and wish to eat in the morning before Alos Hashachar.

    in reply to: Israeli Citizenship #1014985

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    Predictable yet fascinating to watch how this thread slowly descends to another pro/anti Zionist bout…

    in reply to: Zipping, how much will it save? #727649

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    Mod-80

    I did research and found that only winzip can compress jpegs that much.

    7-zip’s compression is way better for almost all other (compress-able) file types.

    By the way, what did you do le’maaseh?

    in reply to: Zipping, how much will it save? #727645

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    I looked into it and it seems like Winzip can compress jpegs about 20% better than 7-zip.

    I didn’t know that.

    MP3’s are already compressed to the max and no compression method in common use will make a difference.

    in reply to: Zipping, how much will it save? #727635

    Todros Gimpel
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    Please don’t waste money on winzip.

    First of all, 7-zip is free and is better than winzip in almost every way.

    Secondly only text based files compress significantly.

    Jpegs, audio and video files all can’t be compressed much at all as they are all compressed formats to start with. So you won’t save almost any space through zipping them.

    I fully agree with SJSinNYC that an external hard drive is a much better eitzah for you here.

    in reply to: Best Jewish Singer #1219017

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    Either Chazzan Yaakov Shtark or Chazzan Yaakov Lemmer

    in reply to: is playing the lottery gambling? #1002677

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    The chances of winning a lottery are usually so small that you don’t expect to win when playing.

    It therefore can not be considered gambling.

    Throwing your money off a bridge is Mutar….

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