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  • in reply to: Obama is crying because his gun law didn't get passed #947939
    ubiquitin
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    big deal, it is easy but still harder. The examples you cite prove my point the homicide rate in Spain is 0.8 per 100,000, Norway is even less as 0.6. THe US is 4.8 (this is the homicide rate which includes all weaapns).

    These cultures have the same TV programs and movies that the US does. Yet their homicide rates are multiple times lower. you are correct that they are not 0, and that People that intend to kill will do just that.

    Yet it is important to determine why our homicide rate is so much higher than the very countries you mention, and what can we do about it.

    in reply to: Obama is crying because his gun law didn't get passed #947937
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    PBA

    I cant provide links. source is UN office on drug and crime. I found it via wikipedia

    As to your other point: granted

    though I was pointing out that it is not just the death rate that is a problem a violent act is worse whent he perpetrator has a gun as compared to a knife the children at Sandy Hook would hhave been better off had Lanza come in swinging a knife, and the individual children attacked would have been better off stabbed than shot. These are all consideration that gun control legislation would attempt to correct.

    in reply to: Obama is crying because his gun law didn't get passed #947935
    ubiquitin
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    PBA, Fine

    big deal, the problem with that argument is that other countries have the same violent movies and video games as we do. Yet the violent death rate in the US is far ahead of any other in the western world.

    (As an aside PBA, I disagree with that since the subject at hand is “gun control” thus firearm related death is waht we are discussing. We would be better off if criminals were forced to resort to other waepons since a. guns are deadlier and b. guns can kill/injure more people in a faster amount of time. Consider: on the same day as Sandy Hook a mass stabbing took place in a school in China a similar number of people were affected (24) however none of them were killed

    in reply to: Obama is crying because his gun law didn't get passed #947933
    ubiquitin
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    big deal, the problem with that argument is that other countries have the same violent movies and video games as we do. Yet the firearm related death rate in the US is far ahead of any other in the western world.

    While the problem you identify may be part of the problem, it can hardly be called “the core of the problem.”

    in reply to: Obama is crying because his gun law didn't get passed #947931
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    big deal, Yet you dont say “look at how many drunk drivers are still out there” so lets get rid of laws regarding drunk driving (i assume).

    So why use the argument “How many illeagal guns are there” as a reason not to have strict gun laws?

    in reply to: Obama is crying because his gun law didn't get passed #947929
    ubiquitin
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    sw33t, that is an even worse example! Drunk driving has VERY strict rules. For just getting in a car with an open beverage you can get arrested. The bartender who allowed an obvious drunk guy to drive home is ALWAYS blamed

    in reply to: Obama is crying because his gun law didn't get passed #947916
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    SWe33t, I saw that too and was can’t believe anybody thinks its logical. If bombs where readilly sold as guns are you bet there would be an outcry. And consider why shouldn’t bombs be readily available after all they are “arms” and according to gun nuts should be protected under the 2bd ammendment which is bit limited to guns.

    If the bombs used in the attack were purchased from “bombs r us”, do you really think there wouldn’t be calls to limit derranged people from easily purchasing a comb with out even a background check?

    in reply to: What is more disruptive in shul…. #1091462
    ubiquitin
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    Dy, Id like to point out that Idid in fact answer the question

    in reply to: Obama is crying because his gun law didn't get passed #947908
    ubiquitin
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    No Ariellah, too bad on us

    in reply to: What is more disruptive in shul…. #1091452
    ubiquitin
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    Without question the phone that goes off.

    The only thing worse than THAT is then when someone else’s phone goes off? What is his excuse to forget to silence he just got a really loud reminder to check his phone.

    And as for the guy whose phone goes off twice?!? he should be publicly shamed and expelled (permanently?) from shul

    in reply to: Washing Disposable Cups #946848
    ubiquitin
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    Im not following your logic. Do you think they are too thrifty? Or that they dont clean their dishes well?

    What is the connection between the two

    in reply to: If all of Halacha was Given at Mt. Sinai, #946003
    ubiquitin
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    Talmud, then I don’t get your question. Not all halacha was given at Sinai. period.

    There goes the premise of your question

    in reply to: If all of Halacha was Given at Mt. Sinai, #945993
    ubiquitin
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    I’m not sure what you mean by “all of halacha was given at Sinai” Obviously this this isnt true.

    The halachic process was certainly given but for example many situations hadnt arisen yet. To take a recent example, I dont think anybody would say the halacho of whether or not IVF is allowed was given at sinai (Though I wouldnt be surprised if some people did in fact think so, I have ceased being surprised at some nonsense emanating from certain circles). A framework was given and using that framework well-versed/learned poskim apply it to new situations, thus arriving at different legitimate conclusions.

    This is but one example of a source of machlokes but it explains many

    ubiquitin
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    Really DY?

    How many frum yidden live near Water St.?

    in reply to: How would you respond to Savage on Metzitzah #1028042
    ubiquitin
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    DY, it may surprise you but there have been no studies To determine whether parachutes are effective in preventing major trauma related to gravitational challenge There was a proposal to that effect in BMJ in 12/2003. Would you be willing to be enrolled in a randomized, controlled double blinded study to determine if parachutes help?

    in reply to: How would you respond to Savage on Metzitzah #1028039
    ubiquitin
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    It boils down to this:

    If you think the mohel has a right to do as he pleases to my child without asking my permission whether I would this possibly dangerous practice that a small minority of people view as a chiyuv, then that is that is the strogest reason to support the city forcing mohelim to ask permission, to protect them from these dangerous mohelim.

    If you think the mohel should ask permission, then you agree with the city

    in reply to: Are there too many seforim being published today #945313
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    I heard a great line beshem Rav Avraham Yeshohua he allegedly said in contrast to the maiseh with the Netziv: after some mechabrei Seforim reach Olam Haemes, The Ribono shel olam will look at their seforim and say “But where are all the shoes you could have made?”

    in reply to: Favorite Yiddish songs #969539
    ubiquitin
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    Tumbalalaika

    in reply to: Listening to music during sefirah while exercising #944743
    ubiquitin
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    Mutar!

    in reply to: Halocha Question – Violating a Website's Terms of Service #944011
    ubiquitin
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    gezeila?

    what was stolen?

    in reply to: How would you respond to Savage on Metzitzah #1028033
    ubiquitin
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    Drovi, if that was a response to my question you’ve strengthened the city’s case. You are advocating that mohelim do something to a child even if they suspect that the parents would not want him to do it.

    Surely you could understand why some would try to prevent that from ever happening?

    in reply to: How would you respond to Savage on Metzitzah #1028029
    ubiquitin
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    Hi PBA, sorry to bother you but you havent answered my question Ill repose it here so you dont have to scroll up

    Thanks

    What if the mohel holds it is required but he knows that the parents would not hold that eg they are not chasidish (and yes many many non-chasidim hire chasidish mohels)Do you think he should ask or just go ahead and do it?

    in reply to: How would you respond to Savage on Metzitzah #1028000
    ubiquitin
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    People arent idiots if they dont know the ins and outs of technical halacha that comes up a few times in a person’s life.

    (How many people know that theres a machlokes regarding performing priah as part of the chituch? obviously this is but one example)

    And besides I guess I do care about all people even idiots

    What if the mohel holds it is required but he knows that the parents would not hold that eg they are not chasidish (and yes many many non-chasidim hire chasidish mohels)Do you think he should ask or just go ahead and do it?

    in reply to: How would you respond to Savage on Metzitzah #1027996
    ubiquitin
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    Ok PBA, lets remove choices and make a simple yes/no question:

    Do you think a mohel should ask parents if theyd like MBP done?

    in reply to: How would you respond to Savage on Metzitzah #1027993
    ubiquitin
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    PBA, point one is semantics If you are opposed to THIS law only because of where it will lead then you are not opposed to THIS law.

    Point 3 (as you explain it now) is part of point 2 since you agree (i assume) If it WAS dangerous then you would support regulating a religous ritual.

    As to point #2, the studies are not relevant to me. Most Doctors view MBP as putting infants at risk. Anecdotaly the evidence against MBP is overwhelming speak to pediatricians even frum ones (I have) speak to residents both here and in Israel (I have) the number of frum boys who come in with infections (not just HSV) far outweighs the number of frum girls and the number of boys in general. Admittedly this is anectdotal and no reason to ban or limit Mbp.

    The only thing I support is getting parents permission and informing them of possible risk.

    Do you mind answering a question? Do you think a hired mohel should specifically ask parents if theyd like MBP done? (They dont ask about technical aspects of the bris, even halachic ones. For example the mohel wouldnt ask if he should do priah as part of the chituch or separately with his nail) Or should the mohel be allowed to decide on his own wether to do it or not?

    in reply to: How would you respond to Savage on Metzitzah #1027975
    ubiquitin
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    Pba, sorry I wrote that before your comment went up.

    Though in points #1 and 3 above you indicate that you are not opposed to THIS enactment but are afraid if where it will lead.

    (Point #2 is silly we rely doctors for medical advice most if them view it as dangerous. Calling it “junk science” or writing an article in dialogue doesn’t make that go away)

    in reply to: How would you respond to Savage on Metzitzah #1027971
    ubiquitin
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    Afsher, so like Pba you are not really opposed to the city, you are just (perhaps legitimately so) afraid if where it will lead.

    As to your question yes if there was an issue if people having brie milah done on their children without their knowledge or permission, and/or people had no idea that their is some risk involved I absolutely would support a law requiring a mohel to get the parental permission (written if neccesary) prior to doing a bris. Who on earth wouldn’t?

    in reply to: How would you respond to Savage on Metzitzah #1027964
    ubiquitin
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    Afsher, I’m not sure what you mean, the city is not opposed to circumcision. Neither is the medical community, it is a personal preferance. And yes the mohel should avsolutky get parents permission before going around circuncisising children. Everybody knows there is an element of risk involved in taking a knife to a child it is a risk we accept because it us ratzon hashem. Not everyone realizes mbp involves risk and not everyone views it as ratzon hashem, and not everyone knows if the mohel will do it.

    Pba, so beetzem you agree with the city you are just afraid of where it will lead

    in reply to: How would you respond to Savage on Metzitzah #1027961
    ubiquitin
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    Pba it sounds like u agree with the city.

    The city isn’t banning, just making people aware of the risk. We all know there is a risk involved in driving. We try to limit that risk for kids by requiring car seats/ seatbelts. I know mire than one person who before the recent hullabaloo didn’t know about mbp, and hired a chasidish mohel who did mbp. The city us saying you want to do mbp, fipne just be aware iof the risk and get parents permission.

    in reply to: How would you respond to Savage on Metzitzah #1027944
    ubiquitin
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    PBA, granted, and it is striking that he (and many others) are too dumb to realize that.

    Though to be fair I doubt in the DOH reports they make any mention of any “primitive” quality associated with MBP. They correctly focus on the one issue that matters namely the health issue.

    in reply to: How would you respond to Savage on Metzitzah #1027942
    ubiquitin
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    Heres what I would’ve told him. Describing it in vile language is unnecessarily offensive (I know that that is part of his appeal, and that sadly more often than not many of our bretheren fall for him when he is on “our” side.)

    Any “ick” factor is complelty irrelevant when discussing banning or limiting people from practicing their religion. Many religous rituals from all religions can be made to sound “weird” that should have no bearing with regard to any discussion n the matter. I’m sure nay thinking person would agree with the above. (Though I was never sure if savage could be characterized as a thinking person)

    That being said there is only one issue that should matter to the authorities (and us) in regard to banning/limiting any religous procedure, and that is health and safety of those involved. If Rov of the medical profession views it as dangerous it should be banned. period. Same as we would tell somebody not to fast on Y”K if Rov (or even one) Doctor even a goy said it was dangerous.

    Any attempt to portray any ritual as “Primitive” “icky” or “weird” is completly out of place and detracts from the real issue

    in reply to: Yom Hashoah, any thoughts? #944605
    ubiquitin
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    acers,

    Great! sounds like we are making progress!

    So if you claimed the reason why you didnt commemorate “Olympic Martyrs Remembrance Day ” Is because these days cant be created once Tishaa baav was established you would be saying nonsense (as you yourself agreed), and would have some other reason guiding your opposition.

    In other words you explained why charedim have the right to disregard Yom hashoa, not why they actually do

    I outlined 2 such reasons in my first post on this subject.

    in reply to: Yom Hashoah, any thoughts? #944599
    ubiquitin
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    acers, Great so you agree that the State of Israel can create such a day for Israel.

    in reply to: Yom Hashoah, any thoughts? #944593
    ubiquitin
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    Midwesterner your “points” are without merit:

    “TZom Gedaliah was established by the same Chazal who established Tisha B’av in response to Churban Bais Hamikdash.”

    That may very well be true, but it disproves the notion that we have no additional days of mourning after Tisha Baav was instituted

    ” Sefira is not an official azkara, only a miut in simcha. Anyone who has ever been in availus and learned the halachos should know the difference. And anyways those date back to tanaim, who were authorizeed to make such takanos.”

    Sefira is a period of aveilus(During Nissan btw, at least for many) you can try to make artificial distinctions from today until tomorrow, and no it is not from chazal. Taanis Esther isnt from Chazal either, though granted it isnt really aveilus

    ” The crusades are b’davka mentioned in kinos on Tisha B’av (Mi Yitein Roshi Mayim, Sha’ali Serufa Baesh, and others.)”

    20 Sivan was originaly for the crusades and in particular for the community of Blois that was burned

    ” And Tach V’tat was only imposed on the medina that suffered.”

    So That would mean you have no problem with Survivors and their descendants commemorating Yom Hashoah

    in reply to: Yom Hashoah, any thoughts? #944571
    ubiquitin
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    The idea that “We have never added memorial days for tragedies that affected only a portion of Klal Yisrael” Is nonsense. 20 sivan being but one example (though it is not widely commemorated today, some siddurim still have selichos (!) for 20 Sivan printed in them.

    The real reason the charedi world doesnt commemorate yom hashoah is because it was instituted from the get go as a bridge to yom haatzmaut it is designed to serve as a contrast between the galut vs geulah. This obviously did not and does not sit well with the Charedi velt.

    The second reason is that the day is not just a day to serve as a memorial to the victims. It also serves to glorify the armed resistors. The full name of the day is “Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG’vurah” The chardei world by and large did not participate in armed resistance and thus felt somwhat excluded and even slighted by the notion.

    in reply to: .999… = or less then 1 #943078
    ubiquitin
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    It is equalt to one. It has been proven in many ways it is not debated.

    Here is a simple easy to follow mathematical proof:

    1/9 = 0.111…

    ( 9 x 1/9) = (9 x 0.111…)

    1 = 0.999…

    None of the above statments are up for debate.

    The problem people have with grasping the above is that infinity is hard for the mind to grasp. Many suppose the difference between 0.999… and 1.0 is a difference of

    0.000…(infinite 0’s)…1. In other words it is viewed as a really long chain of zeros with a tiny 1 way out there. However in reality this is not the case. there is no end to the 0’s, as soon as you imagine that 1 at the “end” of your long string of 0’s, get rid of it and replace it with yet another 0. Do this forever until you are convinced that in fact there is no 1 out there and the difference between 0.999… and 1 is exactly 0. in aother words they are equal.

    in reply to: Questions About Gebrokts #941817
    ubiquitin
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    yekke2, because that is the minhag.

    mewho, no.

    in reply to: Questions About Gebrokts #941811
    ubiquitin
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    Because that is the Minhag.

    in reply to: A few Pesach questions #940427
    ubiquitin
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    There are many machlokes Rishonim involved: why Maror doesnt require haadama (either because it is patared by earlier haadama or because it is after hammotzi), theres a machlokes whether to make borei nafoshes immediately after eating a kezayis karpas since there is a long hefsek.

    By avoiding a kezayis karpas you avoid this machlokes since you certainly wouldn’t make a bracha achrona. This is how mechaber paskens.

    (though it is impossible to satisfy EVERY shitah since for example the Rambam paskens that karpas requires a kezayis like every achila, Bach says to be machmir like Ramabam)

    in reply to: A few Pesach questions #940425
    ubiquitin
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    1. No, though usually (By the sedarim Ive been too) the leader will distribute some of his matzah to everybody and you can supplement with other matzah to get to your desired amount.

    2. you are right,though dont fret about not understanding it doesnt make sense

    3. The issue is to avoid any question of requiring a bracha achrona immediately thereafter

    in reply to: K'zayis #1146875
    ubiquitin
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    Put another way, The mitzvah is “achilas matzah” eating matzah it has to be a normal derech achila for example if you eat it as achilas gasah that is not normal and you are not yotzeh. If you are stuffing your face with 2/3 of a matzah in 2 minutes that is obviously not derech achilah and not what the mitzvah is.

    in reply to: K'zayis #1146874
    ubiquitin
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    DY, that is what I’m saying. Why on earth would you measure the time frame based on bread?

    I’m curious if that makes sense to you

    in reply to: K'zayis #1146870
    ubiquitin
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    DY I’m not saying either of those. I’m saying 2 other things:

    I guess what I’m saying is for a regular person if you are struggling with the mitzva if al achilas matzah, then by definition you are doing it wrong.

    And don’t worry about measuring eat matzah Luke a normal person in a normal tune period and again by definition you are yotzeh. An olive is the smallest amount

    in reply to: K'zayis #1146866
    ubiquitin
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    DY I’m not saying either of those. I’m saying 2 other things:

    I guess what I’m saying is for a regular person if you are struggling with the mitzva if al achilas matzah, then by definition you are doing it wrong.

    And don’t worry about measuring eat matzah Luke a normal person in a normal tune period and again by definition you are yotzeh. An olive is the smallest amount

    in reply to: K'zayis #1146864
    ubiquitin
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    ” Have you ever seen an olive? They’re really not big at all. They are quite small”

    That is part of my point. An olive is tiny! So small in fact that any less isn’t even called eating (both in terms of mitzvos and issurim). If a person is having difficulty it us obvious that he is doing the mitzva wrong

    in reply to: K'zayis #1146862
    ubiquitin
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    Im not saying there is neccesaraly a mitzva to eat more. I’m saying that we don’t generally measure mitzvos to be yotze the bare minimum and call it a day. We don’t just put Tefilin on and remove them I can’t think of one myitzva let alone a deoraisa let alone one that cones once a year that we put such an emphasis and struggle to try to fullfill and be satisfied with the bare minimum

    A kezayis is the bare minimum that is called achila it is not the goal that those on a high level strive to attain. Same for eating within a kedei achilas pras. If we are struggling to finish a “kezayis” in 2 minutes and calling that the absolute bare minimum to be considered having eaten, then we are doing something wrong.

    (these may in fact be 2 different points)

    in reply to: Double Wrapping Pesach Food In Chometz Oven #939742
    ubiquitin
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    Double wrapping helps lekatchilah. The wrapping keeps out any reicha or zeiah. The outside wrapper becomes chametz, the bliaos from outside wrapper can’t travel to inner wrapper without a liquid medium. That is the purpose of double wrapper.

    in reply to: K'zayis #1146860
    ubiquitin
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    Sam2, kezayis is the bare minimum to be considered achila it is not the goal to strive for.

    In other words there is a mitzva to eat matzah. period. We want to do ratzon Hashem so we eat matzah. How much is considered eating? So on that chazal tell us the bare minimum to be considered having eaten is a kezayis.

    (I realize Imgetting repetetive thpugh its hard to convey in text)

    in reply to: K'zayis #1146857
    ubiquitin
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    Bar shatya, thanks for strengthening my point do you buy tefilin with which you are yotze (you can get for about $400) or do you spend extra to be mehader the mitzva? Do you buy a “kosher” set of daled minim or do you strive for the nicest one within your budget?

    Your nonsense about more parshiyos in tfilin or minim with your esrog is of course am haaratzos, are you suggesting that eating more than an olive’s volume of matza is bal tosif?

    in reply to: K'zayis #1146854
    ubiquitin
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    Zahavasdad, I think you are doing the mitzva wrong.

    The absolute bare minimum to be called achila is a kezayis eaten over the course of a kedei achilas pras. Ie the volume of an olive eaten over the normal time it takes to eat half a loaf of bread. By definition if this is hard to handle, their is something wrong with the “achila” and you are doing the mitzva wrong

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