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  • in reply to: Is Israel part of galus? #1743091

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    I read a really interesting explanation of this topic in the name of Reb Mottel Pegrimansky, one of the great thinkers and baalei musser of pre and post war Europe. He asks, why is there no reference to the establishment of a Jewish state, before moshiach comes, anywhere in tanach, chazal, the zohar or similar places where we find descriptions of moshiach’s arrival. You would think something so momentous would be mentioned if it was part of the geulah OR if it was part of the pre messianic suffering, both of which are described in great detail. His answer is that the state must simply not be part of either one. Rather it is a nisayon, can we stay true to the Torah in a Jewish state. It’s not mentioned because by definition a nisayon cant be revealed ahead of time. However before we can get to the ikvusa d’moshichusa, we need to go thorough many nisyonos and Israel is one of them.

    in reply to: Sports #1727725

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    Rebbitzen golden, to compare kashrus and shabbos to sports is disingenuous. There is no way you actually consider those 3 things at the same level. And if you do, well that is the height of daas bal habayis, you’d have to lack perspective completely and I would say you would probably be raising some confused children. When we confuse feelings with halacha, and we can no longer show our kids logical reason why something is wrong, they put the idea in their head that the whole religion is illogical because they cant separate hashkafa from halacha either. Maybe that’s what happened to you when you were younger, and that’s why you confuse sports with kashrus or shabbos. And you can answer that I just dont understand how serious an “issur” following sports is, but I would challenge you to find any issur to follow sports, or even to watch. Going to a stadium may be problematic but even here there are many who would allow it just as they allow taking your children to the circus on chol hamoed. Just a few months ago a well known rav in eretz yisroel was seen on a viral video learning at an English soccer match. He clearly had no interest in what was going on, but felt this was a kosher way to spend quality time with his children and grandchildren.

    in reply to: Sports #1726900

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    I’m not sure if we are talking about adults or children. Certainly it would be better for an adult not to be involved in this shtus. But I would say, and my Rav agrees, that when it comes to children, sports is the lesser of most evils. Certainly something like woodworking would be more kosher, but not every kid will be grabbed by that. Besides sports there are so many other temptations kids can fall into from online gaming, to movies, to the apikorsus and worst things you can find on the internet. We have to think long and hard what the ramifications are before we say no to an outlet. Will saying no lead him to something better or worse? Besides kids who play ball naturally want to follow the professionals because they like the sport. So if I want my kids to be active and healthy, I would let them follow the pros and hope they grow out of it as they mature. Many of our gedolim in America grew up following sports, i doubt any of them grew up in the other schmutz kids could easily fall into nowadays

    in reply to: Answers for the tuition crisis #1687360

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    I know this would never happen but there would be big savings in multiple yeshivos merging together to form very large institutions. The rebbeim for the most part wont be the ones to lose jobs because you would still need x amount of rebbeim and moros for y amount of students, but all the administrative costs, the building costs, operating costs, transportation costs would decrease significantly. Its extremely inefficient to have multiples of small size schools as some of our larger communities have. As I said I know it wouldn’t happen but people said they don’t want holes poked into ideas, they want ideas, so here’s an idea. What do you think?


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    There was no big meeting amongst the yeshivos where they decided to require white shirts. This is a situation that has evolved over time. Our gedolim from Europe who came to America all wore white and this has slowly trickled down. Now we are where we are and a boy who is on yeshiva is making a statement by wearing colored. A statement that he doesn’t want to be part of this community. There is nothing inherently wrong with blue. There are many communities in Klal Yisroel and many of them have some sort of exterior “levush”. If someone finds themselves moving towards MO they may put on a suede kippah, if someone starts relating towards a more chasidish life they may start wearing a bekiche, mizrachi, a kippa seruga and these are all modes of dress that have evolved over time.

    in reply to: Should YWN report on …. #1674296

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    Zehavasdad,
    I’m not sure what you mean that his life is a Kiddush hashem, his home life has been trashy tabloid fodder and he missed a quarter of this season because of a steroid suspension. So off the field he’s no role model and on the field he looks for cheap shortcuts over hard work

    in reply to: Is it healthy for yehiva bochurim to learn from a artscroll? #1674138

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    Should a 3rd grader use a calculator to do his homework? Most would agree that he shouldn’t. I, as an adult use a calculator for most of the arithmetic that I perform on a daily basis in my field of work, despite the fact that I could do it almost as quickly on paper. However it’s still important that I learned all the basic concepts of arithmetic in my early school days. A yeshiva bochur is learning how to learn. Yes as a balabus he will use the artscroll to learn his daf yomi, even though he doesn’t need it and there’s nothing wrong with that.
    Additionally his skills that he honed in yeshiva will help him with every other sefer he may open for the rest of his life, where there may not be an English version, whether hes looking up a halachah, preparing a dvar Torah for his shabbos table, or any other topic he wants to learn.

    in reply to: Pre-paid Cell Phone Plans #960964

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    I heard a couple horror stories about lycamobile. Terrible customer service, they didnt even answer the phone some of the times, and no roaming whatsoever is a problem. There are holes in every company’s coverage but they have roaming deals with other networks that allow them to fill it. On Lyca, if t mobile’s towers dont reach you for a minute, you have no cell phone. Overall, a lot of the issues my friends had were probably due to it being such a new company (in america), so I’d only take the chance for a month if I already had the t mobile phone

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