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The Baal Shem Tov was once shown from heaven that a certain simple man called Moshe the Shepherd served Hashem, blessed be He, better than he did. He longed to meet this shepherd, so he ordered his horses harnessed to his coach and traveled, with a few of his disciples, to the place where he was told the shepherd lived.
Then he got up and said, “Master of the world, I’m just a simple shepherd, I don’t know any Torah and I don’t know how to pray. What can I do for You? The only thing I know is to sing shepherds’ songs!” He then began to sing loudly and fervently with all his strength until, again, he fell to the earth exhausted without an ounce of energy.
After recovering, he got up again and began to call out, “Master of the world! What is it worth that I blew on my horn and sang songs for You, when You’re so great? What more can I do to serve You?” He paused for a moment and said, “There’s something else I know how to do and I’ll do it for Your honor and glory!” He then stood on his head and began to wave his feet wildly in the air. Then he did somersaults one after the other, until he collapsed on the ground, exhausted. The Baal Shem Tov and his disciples watched all this from a distance in amazement.
The shepherd lay there silently until his strength returned. Again, he began to speak and said, “Master of the world, I’ve done what I can, but I know it’s not enough! What more can I do to serve You?” After pausing to reflect, he said, “Yesterday, the nobleman who owns the flock made a feast for his servants and, when it ended, he gave each of us a silver coin. I’m giving that coin to You as a gift, O G-d, because You created everything and You feed all Your creatures, including me, Moshe the little shepherd!” Saying this, he threw the coin upward.
At that moment, the Baal Shem Tov saw a hand reach out from heaven to receive the coin. He said to his disciples, “This shepherd has taught me how to fulfill the verse: ‘You shall love the L-rd your G-d with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.'”
There also may be a difference between a business loan that was interest bearing and a personal loan.
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a 95 year rich man who will sign a prenuptial that i get everything when he dies!!!
There are young never married girls who think along those same lines…
Is this the Lipa style glasses?
It’s tangentially related to nfgo3’s closing.
Au contraire. I am the quite opposite of what you described.
Isn’t it customary that friends and acquaintances that make a shidduch (but are not a professional shadchan) take less $$ and even sometimes get an expensive gift in lieu of cash?
When Jesse Jackson was a waiter, he used to spit in white people’s soup.
Ten little Injuns standin’ in a line,
One toddled home and then there were nine;
Nine little Injuns swingin’ on a gate,
One tumbled off and then there were eight.
One little, two little, three little, four little, five little Injun boys,
Six little, seven little, eight little, nine little, ten little Injun boys.
Eight little Injuns gayest under heav’n.
One went to sleep and then there were seven;
Seven little Injuns cuttin’ up their tricks,
One broke his neck and then there were six.
Six little Injuns all alive,
One kicked the bucket and then there were five;
Five little Injuns on a cellar door,
One tumbled in and then there were four.
Four little Injuns up on a spree,
One got fuddled and then there were three;
Three little Injuns out on a canoe,
One tumbled overboard and then there were two.
Two little Injuns foolin’ with a gun,
One shot t’other and then there was one;
One little Injun livin’ all alone,
He got married and then there were none.
One little, two little, three little Indians
Four little, five little, six little Indians
Seven little, eight little, nine little Indians
Ten little Indian boys.
Ten little, nine little, eight little Indians
Seven little, six little, five little Indians
Four little, three little, two little Indians
One little Indian boy.
I wish I could say I was…
The only “problem” is the bonehead who thinks its an issue for her friend to date someone she has ‘feelings’ for, that she would even mention or make such feeling clear. No need to worry about such a boneheaded thing.
Sac, The guys might become crazy, I agree with that, but often the girls were crazy all along – which is worse in my opinion.
Sac, I feel sorry for you if your friend has feelings for your bashert.
eclipse – I saw you today! I was the person passing your house just as you came out…
You don’t have to apologize to anyone for getting engaged to who you get engaged to.
“WADR-with all due respect” already long exists — exactly as that.
makes a strong argument that many of the well known tales are predated by Jewish tales of the same motif.
Even IF that has any truth to it, they twisted it out of form to the point of oblivion. Much as they took our Torah and twisted it into their corrupted version thereof. (Without us whatever little civilization they have, they would be nothing but savages.)
If the organization has a gazillion (or whatever number is enough) kashrus inspectors, why not?
in jewish and non jewish society, traditionally men brought Parnassa, and women brought up children.
Exactly Professional. I fully agree with you that should continue today. Men should bring the parnassa and women should stay home with the children.
Tzvi, In one word: Yes.
deiyezooger, Dinei momoinus takes precedences over dina d’malchusa.
You are 100% correct on all counts!
Well said Derech HaMelech.
Lying is a big no-no.
haifa: One needn’t proofread a forum post. If it is readable despite any typos, it suffices. Period.
There isn’t enough space for to list the cons. For starters, you will be joining the company of something very dominated by self-hating Jews, Jewish anti-semites, and Torah haters of all shades.
Anyone who expects a tip, doesn’t deserve a tip.
How is he Kovea Itim.
Telecommuting is the best of both worlds.
Ofcourse: From experience in helping in shidduchim, I’ve noticed the older single girls have way more abnormalities than the older guys.
Tipping optional and it is always okay to not give a tip. Period.
eclipse: You’ve given up on the prospect of marriage ever again?
real brisker, you are 100% correct. I applaud you for not tipping such mechutzif who had the audacity to ASK for a tip!
iyhbyu, I’ll answer that as soon as this month’s episode of Law & Order is finished.
Your answer should have been $3.75.
ROB: But the underlying point of not changing ones customs vis-a-vis havara also applies here.
How can Lashon Hora apply when posters are anonymous?
popa: Hagaon HaRav Yisroel Belsky shlit”a is supporting him in doing just that.
Regarding High School, the only reasons it is allowed is either because education is mandated by State Law (in New York it is until age 17), or simply because if they did not have High School education in the Yeshivas, parents would simply send their kids to worse places to get it.
But it is definitely looked upon not as a l’chatchilah, but rather as something that is annoyingly necessary in the current environment.
Today, there are a small number of High Schools in America – particularly in Lakewood – that do not teach English. Also, many Yeshivos do try to reduce the amount of secular studies as much as possible, through knocking out the last semester of English, and a number of kids are leaving HS early to enter Bais Medrash.
Rav Chaim Segal ZT’L, the Menahel of the High School at Yeshiva Chaim Berlin was once told by Rav Shach ZT’L that if possible, he should not be teaching English studies. In Eretz Yisroel, almost all Chareidi Yeshivos do not have English at that age. Rav Aharon Kotler ZT’L made some kind of commitment not to allow English studies on the HS level in Lakewood. The exact details, and if this was actually a Takanah or merely a preference, is not clear and depends who you ask. In any case, Rabbi Elya Svei, Rosh Yeshiva of Philadelphia and a student of Rav Aharon’s, was asked why he allows English in Philly if Rav Aharon was against it. What difference can there be between the town of Lakewood NJ and Philadelphia PA? Reb Elya answered that he has no choice, and that currently, the Baalei Batim would not send their kids to the Yeshiva except under these circumstances.
Is any of this the ideal? No. It is not. Is it justified? The schools say it is, as they have no choice. But the point is not what the Jews do, its what Judaism wants. Everyone agrees that it would be a higher level, a preferable situation if we would indeed not learn English even at the HS level, at least not beyond what is necessary to survive. Nobody claims it is an ideal.
Ask who is his Rebbe and how close they are.
It worked!! It worked!!
You need to apologize to the Baalei Tzedaka that you denigrated, despite them giving you the opportunity to fulfil the mitzvah of tzedaka, you spit on them and said you would stab the poor in the back because they follow Rav Moshe, Rav Ahron, Rav Elchonon, Rav Boruch Ber, and the Rema.
(Time to add some life to this thread…)
We need to be mekarev our MO brethren.
BTW, does anyone think that perhaps Madoff’s son killed himself because… he was Madoff’s son?
1. If it were the case, would you be proud if your father was Rav Moshe?
2. If it were the case, would you be embarrassed to mention that your father is the Son of Sam serial killer?
Mike – I doubt you previously ever gave much more than a quarter. And I wouldn’t believe it even if you claimed otherwise.
You wouldn’t be embarrassed to mention that your father is David Berkowitz (Son of Sam), if that were the case?
You wouldn’t be proud to mention that your father is Rav Moshe Feinstein, if that were the case?
Chrain (horseradish). Night and day. No particular brand.
TheGoq: She was on line already, and he walking off for a minute to the meter does not give up her place.