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  • in reply to: Being sensitive towards tragedy #1970708
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    RBS2 Becaue infallibility is for the pope. We have Par Helem Davar and Par Haba Al Kol Hamitzvos for that very reason.
    A korban is pointless if the corrective mahshva or action is ignored. Sensitivity is looking long and hard at the klal uprat and finding cause for the tragedy .That is the point of this weeks second parsha, of Ramban hilchot Teshuva and of Maharal on Sara Imenu’s captivity in Egypt. In long past generations, they new how to do a collective chebon nefesh on why the “korban” was necessary. such as for tach vatat. On churban Eropa, not so much. Today the Gedolim are saying we don’t know, we can’t know and we can’t ask questrions

    in reply to: Confession #1970407
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    Rabosai, it is not enough to feel pain or to log it as just another tragedy or message, or to say we must be mehazek. In time, we must ask some questions, and introspect.
    Some outlines:
    was the bickering and jockeying for control of the tzuyun between edot not off-putting enough

    were the of rabonnim past and present who said not to participate not worthy of being listened to

    if torah is magna umatzla, perhaps this “hilula” is not reason enough to leave the bais medrash

    The concept of vacation is a foreign idea. If one needs to find thrilling situations for feeling devekus, why isnt the day to day torah life fullfilling enough

    The korban tomid and the avodah waa accomplished by one mishmar oif cohanim, one mishmar of leviim, and ten ansheu maamad. The anshei maamad were representatives of the klal. WE don’t have the korban, but it’s importance and it’s messages are still relevant. The importance of the ‘hilula’ is arguably, not the same as the the importance of the avoda.

    Do we have chain of custody mesorah that lag bOmer is the yahrzeit

    could the minhagim of Tzefat and Teveria have remained in Tzefat and Teveria why are they relevanrt to anyone else

    There is a money and kovod trail to follow

    May HKB”H grant us clarity, teshuva, and nechama

    in reply to: Interesting story in 3/25/21 NYT #1960917
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    Why is this listed as “interesting story” when it is in reality tragic? To be enamored of, meshubad to, or chv”s involved in public sporting is a curse of the Tochacha (vayikra 26;38, a possible issur lav (אל תפנו אל האלילים) and against the mussar of הושע 9 1. We should have the sense and sensitivity to keep these things far from us and to teach our children why

    Maodim l simcha

    in reply to: Why Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin Is Pasul #1957397
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    charlle h ; the kumran teffilin had fallen apart and had been reassembled by the Arab antiquity thieves
    and thus the arrangement was not authentic or conclusive.

    in reply to: Israeli vs. American hand shmura matzo #1956558
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    CTL: I started 30 year ago on my ownsome with just a good familiarity with the halachos (qualified to paskin for myself. I did have some input on the phone from Rav Heineman, and a backhanded approval from the local vaad head. In EY where this is way more common, some people beat a path to me because a private operation on erev Pesach is a golden opportunity. (personally the zman is not special to me, but I do like warm matzot at the Seder. The fellow I invited brought along a Rov who is a major posek for the local chassidish kehilos. He is an experienced roller but needed some direction with my delicate whole wheat. He left with his three matzot after the zman issur chametz. That was all the plumba that I need. Had similar experiece with broad shouldered halacha whiz one YT spent back in NY.

    in reply to: Israeli vs. American hand shmura matzo #1956242
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    mods, this my third attempt to weigh in on this. This not to sneer at Israel made matzot but caveat emptor. I am eye witness to a scene where commercialism trumped halacha on the watch of a Badat’z.
    This is a bakery where multiple doughs are worked under heavy crushing pins while the rollers roll in succession and have two tables to alternate. I understand this is a common process here. I was standing there when the 18 minute timer expired. The first table was stripped down and repapered, while the rollers wiped their stainless rolling pins with rags from a trough sink. They did not wash their hands and went to work at the next table ! This is in distinction to what I saw in NY where the cleaning of everything is done by others while the rollers wash their hands and present their 500 fingernails to a mashgiach. I personally regard the former as chometz , while I did not avoid hand matzot (I am home baker for 30 yrs) having seen what I did, I no longer use commercial hand matzoh.

    Halacha quotes many deos telling baale nesfesh to be present and/or involved in the production of ones own matzas \mitzva, this is difficult or worse if you are OOT and certainly if OOC (ON OTHER CONTINENT). Keep it local rabosai, and for anyone contemplating the jump to home baked, I have nearly given tutorials in other thread.

    Thank you for that which was omitted 

    in reply to: “Eretz” Yisroel = Frummer? #1742047
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    יהוד מדינתא from Ezra 5:8 Ben Gurion and his chevra may not have known, but they were on the right track.

    in reply to: best place to live? #1513471
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    שקולה ישיבת ארץ ישראל כנגד כל המצוות
    ספרי

    in reply to: Yeridas Hadoros #1509435
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    It is a given that we honor and appreciate our for bearers for having transmitted the mesorah in conditions that although normal to them, seem incredibly difficult from our vantage point . We can say that the generation as a whole in all it’s intense complexity is less worthy than the proceeding, but that individuals can rise beyond the level of their zekainim, the baal teshuva is the proof of concept. It is also notable back in the mimetic framework , prior to the Orech Hashulchan and the Mishna Berurah the bar for what was an am ho’oretz was lower

    in reply to: Ashkenazi Cooking Kitniyos on Pesach #1497403
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    I plan to make some tehina on cho hamoed for use on Shabbos.

    in reply to: What tastes better Hand Matzah or Machine Matzah? #1493986
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    CTL: pleasantly surprised to find another home baker. Maybe it is catching on.

    in reply to: What tastes better Hand Matzah or Machine Matzah? #1491799
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    Home baked, obviously hand, and one has control of freshness and whole grain content.

    in reply to: Is there any way to prevent mass shootings???? #1470837
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    Yes.
    single point access with trained armed, and profiling security people at every school.

    getting the act together with single database real background check, meshed with opening up phsych records. As most school shooters fit a very specific profile, the work should be narrowed.

    A better armed and carrying populace.

    in reply to: Minhag Hamakom #1469211
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    Mihag Hamokom has been reported deceased in many locations. And according to twisted’s astute analysis, in other locations it has been resurrected for nefarious purposes.

    in reply to: What does 70cm tzitzis mean? #1455375
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    cm is centimeter. It cannot refer to the width because 70 cm is more than an amah. Even one cm is more of a rope than a string. mm does not work well for width either 70 mm being close to 1/4 inch

    in reply to: Can a live person be soulless? #1447581
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    I heard a pshat on what becomes of a rasha merusha or a serial poshe’a. He is likened to a shofar or lulav from an ir nidachas. The item can be seen and held, it is fully physical, but its spiritual value is zero due to “ketutei mictas shiurei”

    in reply to: Is recreational cannabis muttar? #1447576
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    We are servants of the Creator, and while the servitude is benevolent, there is no down time. Engaging in anything that harms your tzelem is insubordination. That includes the goings on on Purim, and for some every shabbos and Chag.
    בכל דרכיך דעהו

    in reply to: Mesichists Explained by ChabadShlucha #1408913
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    to 770 Chabad: re your first post . Maybe you should have left out the “mamish” at the end to preserve achdus and put some distance between this and minut. A fig leaf. ynwim?

    twisted, a refugee from Chabad.

    in reply to: Living in Israel while being unknowledgeable of Hebrew #1406363
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    I know people who are here thirty years or more, and they never became functional in Ivrit, Their social group was always other anglophone retirees and relations with neigbors, medical issues and contact with government ( or the water company) is always handicapped by the not universal presence of English speakers. Then there are certain bubbles such as parts of Romema, Rechavia Har Nof, and Ramat Eshkol in erussalem and in Bet Shemesh area where many live oblivious to the local language.
    Children generally have a better time of it. I came to EY with a pair of pre teens, and they were fluent enough within a year. My grandkids are fully bi or tri -, lingual , and even more if you count Newyorkish and South African English two separate languages

    in reply to: Moreh Nevuchim #1405176
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    K-Cup: It was a group of mixed adults 20-60 y. o. I greatly value my anonymity, so that’s it for the details.

    in reply to: Moreh Nevuchim #1404901
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    I” curicularized” it using the Rav Kapach edition, most of chelek bet and all of gimmel.

    in reply to: Shailos – Psak Halacha Hotlines #1404889
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    <but not a random posek on the phone>
    I can testify that some of them are not “random”. I was in the daled amos of one such, while engaging in a hechsher mitzva on a erev yom tov. His phone did not stop ringing and I was impressed with his warmth and broad shoulders. I have be zoche to be in “fly on the wall” situations with some of our treasures of kodesh.

    in reply to: A Stiff Neck #1404299
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    Of my many meshugasim, one is that I don’t like to be disturbed while washing dishes. If MIL called, I would take the call, and return to the sink when I could give it quality time/ attention.

    in reply to: Cookie in a Cast Iron #1396883
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    I routinely bake stuff ( yeast cake, “overnite bread” and flat breads in cast iron skillet. The iron has a non stick coating of petrified oil, and a dusting of flour on top makes most stuff non stick. Dutch ovens (on my wish list) enameled or seasoned are excellent for baking.

    in reply to: I am superior to you because of the coffee I drink. #1391420
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    I heard a talk from a guy in Bali explaining the value of fresh (24hr) roasted beans. I started as a coffee barbarian, then learned with someone who mixed beans and brewed in grind,/drip setup, and ultimately went back to supermarket barbarity. Resettling in EY was a further step down in the quality of freeze dried, and the Elite Names is plain junk ever for me. Boiled Turkish (botz) is a special treat.

    in reply to: Are all these protests in Jerusalem really a kiddush hashem? #1387453
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    To Joseph and fellow travelers from the rabbinical infallibility camp. We can gain some clarity from navi and its explanation in Bavli( Bav Basra 21) that malfeasance of a talmid reflects poorly on his rebbe. I think is is not hard to come the concept of orur oseh meleches hashem rimiah when seeing yesterday’s picture of these people blocking an ambulance. In the same theme, the chareidi oilam and rabbanim freely admit that their finest products will be smmaded up by 2.5 years in the army. Lost on them is the concept of a Jew rooted so deeply in his mesorah that he can withstand any nisoyon. Shoddy workmanship seems to rule the day. Hashen yeracham olenu.

    in reply to: Are their chickens in Humash? #1383088
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    Chicken is mentioned in Talmud Bavli, regarding a homicidal chicken in Jerusalem.

    in reply to: Etrog Jam #1379617
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    iacis: make esrog jam or eat it in any other way. The ones grown for food are less cared for, less sprayed and consequently rather ugly looking.

    in reply to: Etrog Jam #1379308
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    Don’t do this folks, etrogim are intensively sprayed to keep away citrus scale (an insect that latches to the skin and exudes a protective shell.) There is no telling how much pesticide leaches into the fruit and pith. I have seen pumpkin sized Teimani etrog sold for its vegetable use. They are not that pretty on the outside.
    Frumguy, if you etrog tastes horrible raw or cooked, you should be choshesh that you etrog in not the fruit mentioned in the Mishna Sukkah 4:2 that on the seventh day the children threw down their lulavim and ate their etrogim. The Teimani is edible as is, and the yanaver has a small and tastey fruit center, as did the infamous Corfu. From coins of Bar Kochva, and other period art, it would seem the original etrog was a squat fruit with a very elongated pitom.

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    in reply to: Vegas Massacre: 59 Good Reasons to Outlaw Automatic Weapons #1378844
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    I find it sad for someone to contemplate restrictive action based on a narrative from a government muad to lie, and which is currently regarded with derision in the vast alt media. (many of whom also have credibility issues but not all) I find it sadder still that this has not been raised in this company of refined minds until page two. I am retreating to my succah for a mood lift.

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    Not figures but anacdote in EY. I had been seeking a second bat zivug (since stopped) by means of two Jewish dating sites. Filtering for radius, education, 50-60 age range and religious level, there seemed to be thousands of divorcees, many childless, and a fair amount of never marrieds. This is necessarily smaller by many measures than the real #s. Rabbanut logs their caseload, and it might be a source if an actuary type felt the need.

    in reply to: Feud between Chabad & Breslov #1353342
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    I have a Chabad bloodline running through me, and though I was on a Litvishe Brisker traectory, I hobnobbed at 770 in my youth. It struck me to see Morracan/Israeli rechokin that were chabadnikized, thinking that it would be a greater hashovas aveda to restore their native mesorah, as Rav Ruderman had done. I had an unfortunate argument with a big-wig on the nusach at the chupah of a sefardi chatan/lubavich kalla. His answer was lo khalacha and his arrogance was off the charts, Years later the מכין מצעדי גבר placed me as a baal koreh at a chabbad minyan. It would seem, that at least in public, there is no creativity, no original thought, as every discourse starts with “The Rebbe says”. It is sad to see Torah learning stunted in service of a narrative.

    in reply to: Rosh HaShanah 5778 Menu Plans, Family traditions, New Ideas, etc. #1348528
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    Back in my meat eating days in chu”l I asked my butcher for a rack of lamb due to it’s distinctive “crown look”. He could not get me lamb, and possibly the way we treat gid hanasheh, we can’t get enough ribs to make the circle He got us a standing rib roast which was amazing in itself and easy to spiff up.
    Creplach soup is another classic. I stuff it with spiced rice and bamboo shoots,
    For those that eat nuts, pumpkin pie ( made from crook neck squash)

    in reply to: I need new Retzuos on my Tefillin #1330785
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    Some twenty year ago or so, I went to one local sofer and he offered me a choice of machine processed or hand processed. I asked which is better, and he said the machine processed. I chose the latter . Those retzuos are still good, buttery soft and with some longitudinal creases that show it came from a cow. This was before the advent of black on black. I recent ly replaced retzzuos on a different pair. The black on black smells toxic, feels and looks like plastic with hard edges, and shows no sign of breaking in. And yes, go to a reputable sofer

    in reply to: My son will be in Yeshiva at the end of August for the year. #1330214
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    A family member uses Dr. Fund,t and I and family mostly get along well with Meuchedet, some prefer Clalit. Also work out where chosen specialist works most often because not every clinic has good or any availability of specialists. If you have any family or other resource attached to the yeshiva or the yeshiva community, it would be well to seek there.

    in reply to: How to remain a ben Torah after leaving Kollel #1330204
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    I don;t chap the hava amina. Is there not an indelible pnimius to someone who learned so long?

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    Last weeks haftara

    וילכו אחר ההבל ויהבלו
    its a seasonal thing, chill

    in reply to: Techeiles 🔵❎🐌☑️🐟 #1322711
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    Is this not another layer(concept o) nignaz ? we have sky blue and turquoise, with primary sources saying is navy, or green or yellow? Or how much of/ how many strings?

    Another idea. There is a klal that heftza shel mitzva from the animal realm should be from a kosher source, the only exception I know of is the tolaas shani in the mishkan. Any others out there? I don’t trust the folks at p’til techelet, I will patiently wait for the blue fish with black blood. With fins and scales. There was great effort to posit a Hebrew tahor unicorn of immense size for the yerios tachash. Teiku.

    in reply to: Are Crocs Tznius 🐊🐊 #1322296
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    What is wrong wiith pink? I take the example of HGRMF who wore a pink shirt in the famous Yeshiva of Staten Island photo. I look good (and feel pretty) in pink. Unfortunately mine succumbed to the laundry, and they are hard to find in Yerushalim. Maybe it is the aversion to red, which is a chumra that cropped up along the way. And maasim bechol yom that women wear pink.

    in reply to: Sefardim own Ashkenazim #1311651
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    The last word, or almost last word in dietary science, is that you should pick an ethnic diet and stick with it, all the better if it is your own. I am a vegetarian and stopped eating fish, but I still love my horseradish. My bubbe served elaborate meals with the only acknowledgment of being in Brooklyn an entree of sectioned sugared grapefruit. Every thing else was standard Belorussian fare. She and her siblings reached ripe old age without much infirmity. Ptcha and rotech anyone?

    in reply to: Pilgrim Jews #1303827
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    CTL, twas apologizing for the NYC centrism. I’m gone 8 hrs east for more than ten years, but the nostalgia, or stubborn shortsightedness still runs strong. Please accept my apology and also for all the other “oots”

    in reply to: Pilgrim Jews #1303469
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    My great grandfather came in 1905 to northern NJ and set up shop as a rav, shochet and mohel. He was a chabadnik of some yichus, and functioned as an outreach professional at the turn of the century. They had been wealthy until his daughter, my bubby needed a halizta . They were held up for all they had, so perhaps they were economic migrants, but the virulent anti semitism of the last czar could also have been a factor. Zeidi, came in 1907. The yorzeit for the people of his shtetl is Lag Bomer. They were murder en mass by the nazis and others y”s.

    On the other side of my ancestry, around the same time, my grandfather came and worked on a farm in Connecticut for eight years before he could pay the passage for grandma. They came from a place close enough to be called “near Warsaw” but far enough that they were rural folk, and that farming was the natural fit for him, but the poverty must have been severe. They settled in Brownsville Brooklyn and were members of Adas Israel of Brownsville and New York. I have led a futile search of those early years, but some of my past runs through Connecticut and Brooklyn. That I am a shomer torah umitzvos is a statistical fluke.

    There is a book “Chachmei Israel of New England” that collects the stories of many like my great grandfather, that settled in nidach outbacks (sorry CTL) and had functional single generation frum kehilos

    in reply to: Condoning by silence (T) #1290230
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    “then why do we teach them that stealing is wrong?”

    Indeed, in my EY neighborhood stealing is wrong, with the exception of stolen shopping carts appropriated for hauling (sometimes) stolen wood in honor of the Holy minhag of Lag b’Omer. Here the silence is deafening, and I have been tongue lashed fior bringing the subject up.

    in reply to: Charedi a Reaction to Haskalah #1218671
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    If my memory serves me correctly (50/50 chance) the above mentioned maamar appears in Sifri, but changes “dress” to that they were not baalei LH. Dress has obviously changed many times, as have names. For names, have a look in divrei hayomim> Languages have changed, the shvatim spoke the mamaloshen of the imahos, which was Aramis. And b’avosenu horabim, its been a long time since there was universal shmira from Loshon Horah. The long golus in many places has caused all this change, because these details were no longer the nisoyon or avoda… until very recently

    in reply to: Singular term for cattle #1215321
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    The poverty of modern English is not reflected in other languages

    in reply to: Frum Peppers #1215333
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    Yes, lightbrite, my humble garden has firepower, the feared capcasin.

    Lul, green are just unripe fruits. They ripen to the very untzius red, or chasvesholom yellow, and the past nit orange and purple.

    in reply to: Frum Peppers #1215327
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    My homegrown (really frum) pepper list:

    Jalapeno

    Thai Lombak chille

    Shata (local serious heat for crushed dry flakes)

    Anaheim Chile

    Ordono (upright multi color small hot fruits)

    Tears (kmashmao, inherited from someones Phillpeno aid)

    Sweet pickler

    long sweet spice (Nardello)

    I don’t trust my peppers to just anybody

    in reply to: PSA – Do thorough research before making public halachic statements #1215727
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    For those who “haven’t heard or have a narrow view of the halachashpere, there is a longstanding practice of adomo.bore nefoshos on rice itself and that only if not overprocessed into shehakol. And yes even among non chassidic ashkenaz.

    in reply to: Little Froggies #1211868
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    Ibn Ezra also has crocodile as first deah.

    in reply to: Vaccination #1212679
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    Vaccinations are mandated. Why is that?

    The drug companies producing them are indemnified. Why is that?

    I generally accept science, but one must do due diligence in following the money. If all studies in favor(if any) are funded or conducted by the drug companies, gov’t agencies or any of their agents, what validity does it have? Western medicine and big pharma have acted as a top down mafia for a long time. You are lucky to find a doctor who will think out of the box of his/her education, and if too public about not following the party line, the effects can be brutal.

    There is also questions on herd immunity, as the efficacy of vaccination does not necessarily extend into adulthood. Of course an adult should have a much stronger immune system compared to a infants and toddlers, but how many immunodeficient adults are walking among us, without the protection vaccine from 30-40 year ago. If there is an open minded scientific opinion out there how about an agenda free opinion?

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