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“I’ve heard and seen enough of those type of shiurim in life to know that a secular Israeli could just as easily give a lecture”
smerel: So you should speak to the Rabbonim shlita giving these horrible shiurim and give them a piece of your mind, setting the record straight that they are dead wrong.
Leave them your number to consult with you before they make such future errors.
The Rosh Yeshiva ztvk’l almost singlehandedly kept the American Torah world out of any machlokes between Gedolim in Eretz Yisroel.
So it’s nothing more than the name brand…
Can an average person tell the difference if someone else is wearing a Trywhitt versus another quality shirt?
This is definitely a job for our very own in-house expert WolfishMusings. The Wolf is a major anav and will likely claim he’s not such an expert and/or he doesn’t do photography at events. But despite his great humility, and as a direct result of his absolute righteousness (something he’ll surely humbly deny), he most certainly will always be helpful to you and you can ask him to direct you in the right direction where to find a photographer shidduch for your simcha.
What makes Trywhitt shirts a higher quality than others?
Which brands are of equal quality as Trywhitt?August 22, 2023 8:40 pm at 8:40 pm in reply to: Shidduchim Between Litvish Girls and Chasidish Boys #2218610
ChabadShlucha: Shkoyach. (BTW, did you choose this thread intentionally relating to the current discussion here or you just needed somewhere to send me this pshat?)
The going rate in New York or the going rate in Milwaukee?
Ishpurim: To be very fair, JTS had much greater rebbeim than YU, such as Geonim Saul Lieberman. And is certainly on par and in the same category of Yeshiva like YU.
And as you pointed out, Hebrew National is a world recognized hechsher. So to be fair to RM, his comment that “YU is to yeshivas as Hebrew National is to Kashrus” is a fair statement. Both YU and Hebrew National are choshuv establishments.
hello99: Welcome back!! It’s been ages and ages…August 21, 2023 10:34 am at 10:34 am in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2218072
qwerty: What is your response to what I posted on the previous page of what Rav Moshe Feinstein wrote against television?
Avira, Rav Akiva Eiger didn’t write a Haskala to it. I know what you’re referencing.August 20, 2023 7:57 pm at 7:57 pm in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2217939
Please see my post #2217693 above (approximately 22 posts above this one, though it may be more by time this post is approved.) It was posted at 10:51 AM today, on this same page of this thread.
It addresses Rav Feinstein zt’l and his position on television.August 20, 2023 10:51 am at 10:51 am in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2217693
qwerty: Does Rav Moshe Feinstein have enough Lower East Side credibility in your eyes?:
Torah Analysis of Television
1 Nisan 5735
See the Rambam z”l in Hilchos Avodah Zarah, Ch. 2, Halacha 2 who explains the prohibition to read books which have material relating to avodah zarah (idol worship) and also that it is prohibited to see the pictures in them, for the verse says “Do not turn to false gods,” even if are not turning to worship them, but just to see them (as we find in Toras Kohanim on Kedoshim). After this he writes as follows: “Regarding this it says ‘Lest you investigate their gods and ask how did the other nations serve [their gods]. You should not ask about the way they served, in which manner was it, even though you are not doing that service yourself. [Asking these questions] causes you to turn to [these activities] and to do like the did as it says [in the Torah] ‘I will also do as they did'”.
We can learn from [the words of the Rambam] to all types of sins. If a person begins to interest himself in them to know what they are, in the end he will be dragged after them and rebel against the Holy One Blessed is He, may G-d protect us.
And now what can we say regarding the impure monster called “television”? On it, the eye can see all the abominations in the world (idol worship, sexual perversion, murder, etc) with total explicit detail of the actions and the people committing them. Coupled with this there is intense propoganda and shocking motivation to live a life of debauchery and lawlessness and to throw off the yoke [of Heaven] Gd forbid. The Satan dances there, for it gives him a great power to draw people Gd forbid.
It is incredibly obvious that watching that impure device is a great danger to a person’s entire Judaism. Even a person who only watches occassionally has already cooled down his faith and his fear of Heaven G-d forbid. Someone who accustoms himself to watch it has emptied himself from any shred of faith or fear of Heaven and all the good inside of him. He has turned himself and destroyed his praises G-d forbid.
It is already well known in the world from experience that a person who puts his eyes on this impure device will turn into a evil person who throws off the yoke [of Heaven] G-d forbid. One who desires to guard his soul will distance himself from this, for in the end it will make him foul, for it is destruction.
Now we have heard that there are some people who strictly observe the laws of Torah and they themselves – as well as their older children – would never enjoy G-d forbid watching this impure device. However, they allow their young children to visit neighbors and to watch there (or they do not rebuke their children for going over to watch). They say “He is only a child, he is playing around. This device will not harm him.”
The truth is this is a grave mistake which could be considered willful [disobedience of G-d’s commands]. Really, it is the exact opposite. For children, the danger is doubled and redoubled. The desire to be curious and explore ([as the Torah says] “I will do like them”) is very powerful for children. (A child’s entire development and the way he lives his life is primarily based on this desire to do like other people do). When a child sees every kind of misdeed it is like “education” and “instruction” that he should also act this way. Additionally, a young person etches everything he sees clearly into his imagination (specifically what he sees when he is excited). These images will be etched into his memory for his entire life so that even if he merits to cling to the Torah in a place of Torah, nevertheless his soul and his Judaism will bear the bitterness of those abominable images which are engraved upon his memory just like life. This will cause him to be confused in his faith and bring shocking challenges upon him Gd forbid.
There is no doubt that there parents have a great requirement to supervise their children carefully so they should not have any contact or any glimpse of this impure device in order to save them from destruction.
In the merit of doing this, they will merit to see their children and their childrens children who learn Torah and keep the commandments. They will enjoy much nachas of holiness and in everything they turn to they will be successful for good and for blessing.
We wrote and sign for the sake of the Holy Torah and hope for mercy from Heaven and for the complete redemption soon in our days.
Rav Yaakov Yisroel Kanievsky (the Steipler)
Rav Elazar Menachem Man Shach
Rav Moshe Feinstein
Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky
March 13, 1975
smerel, yes, the sheva Mitzvos are all or nothing. If a goy keeps six but violates one, he is chayiv misa. In fact, he can’t be considered to keep the sheva mitzvos even if he happens to keep them unintentionally.August 19, 2023 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2217572
No Ben Torah watches TV.
This is a letter in 1940 from Rav Elchonon Wasserman. (The original handwritten letter in Hebrew on the Baranovitch yeshiva stationary is available.):
Baruch Hashem, Erev Shabbos Kodesh Naso
I received your letters but I have no ability to do anything with this, thus I did not respond.
The yeshivos in America which are able to bring over students are the yeshivas of Dr. Revel (named Yeshiva University) in New York and Beis Midrash L’Torah in Chicago, and they both are places of danger in terms of spirituality because they conduct themselves in a spirit of freedom. And what benefit is there to flee from a physical danger to a spiritual danger. But I sent your letter to the revered Gaon, Rabbi Moshe Heinman, Dean of Mesivtha Torah V’Daas in Brooklyn, and I suggested that he request of the revered Dean of the Mirrer Yeshiva that he should also write to Brooklyn to the address below:
Rabbi Shlomo Heiman
92 Martin Street
Blessing you with life and peace and all good things forever,
Elchanan Bunim WassermanAugust 17, 2023 5:23 pm at 5:23 pm in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2217119
mdd, the Noam Elimelech, Rabbeinu Bachya, the Yerushalmi and the Zohar aren’t Chasidish.
qwerty, how old are you?
What I’ve found quite “enlightening” in this discussion is that several proponents of Modern Orthodoxy claim Moses Mendelssohn as their founding father. I haven’t heard this association previously. Especially considering that Mr. Mendelssohn is the father of the Haskala movement it seems rather shocking that at least some MO would still like to claim him as one of their own, as well.
Mr. Moses Mendelssohn’s children converted to Christianity.
Yaakov Doe: Based on your written description of yourself you could describe yourself as Chareidi, with all those attributes you ascribed yourself with. What, then, makes you MO and not Chareidi?
smerel: “none of them would say they ascribe to such a view”
Are you, therefore, declaring that Rav Aaron Kotler zt’l was wrong? The Conservative movement ascribes itself as a Halachicly observant movement that follows Halacha (unlike Reform, which admits that it eschews halacha.) Since the Conservatives do not ascribe themselves to a view of being Non-Halachic, do you therefore accept that the Conservative movement is Halachic?
The Chofetz Chaim’s intent with the mishna berurah was that it should be used when one doesn’t have a Mesorah or minhagim, otherwise, on any particular shaila or issue. The CC did not intend mishna berurah to replace one’s established Mesorah or minhagim.
Indeed, there’s a famous story where the Chofetz Chaim himself practiced a certain halacha differently than he paskened in mishna berurah. When someone noticed and asked him why he’s doing differently than what the mishna berurah paskened, he replied that his minhag avos was different. If memory serves me correctly, I think he used a kos for Kiddush that was smaller than the shiur given in the mishna berurah. (Although, I might be mixing stories regarding the kiddish kos with Rav Moshe?)
Rav Aharon Kotler ZTV’L, in Mishnas Rabi Aharon (Vol. 3, Hesped on the Brisker Rav) states that the essence of Modern Orthodoxy is the same as the Reform and Conservative. That is, change Judaism into something that more people will be willing to accept.
Rav Shimon Schwab, Mitteilungen, Bulletin of Khal Adas Yeshurun April/May 1989):
“Sometimes the Modern Orthodox halachic foolishness which is flirting with the anti-Torah establishment, may border on heresy. This is all part and parcel of the spiritual confusion of the dark ages in which we happen to live”.
“Depends on who you ask. Some would say… Others would claim…”
What kind of Mesorah is that, where some say RJBS (as you suggest), others say Moses Mendessohn (as Ely said) and others say Hildesheimer (as you also suggest)? If a hashkafic group claims to be a coherent legitimate expression, they should at least all know who their common Mesorah is from.
As far as your answer as to what the commonality between MO communities are that makes and defines a person as Modern Orthodox, what is *your* definition of MO that, let’s say, clearly establishes an individual is MO and not Chareidi or Conservative.
What makes Rabbi Hershel Schachter and Rabbi Mordecai Wilig MO (and not Chareidi) and what makes Rabbi Shlomo Risking and Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm and Rabbi Yitz Greenberg MO (and not Conservative)? And what makes Rabbi Schachter and Rabbi Greenberg both MO?August 13, 2023 10:18 am at 10:18 am in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2215562
qwerty: Read the OP in the following thread:
Is isn’t “more the norm than the exception”. It is the exception. And the problem is universal. In some other places it is more the norm.August 11, 2023 11:49 am at 11:49 am in reply to: Shidduchim Between Litvish Girls and Chasidish Boys #2215280
DaMoshe: edited the reality is that the Litvish world has an excess of girls in shiddhichim, whereas the Chasidish world has an excess of boys in shiddhichim.
But I’ll grant you that at least your moida that the wife takes on the husband’s minhagim. In the MO world today that’s considered bigoted.August 11, 2023 9:36 am at 9:36 am in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2215269
qwerty: Who is your Modern Orthodox Rabbi that feeds you these things you quote? He probably denies being MO in order to try to increase his “cred” when he makes these left-wing statements that he (and you) deny being on the left.
As far as Mr. Kahane is concerned, the Gedolim were unequivocally against his antics.August 11, 2023 8:30 am at 8:30 am in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2215204
In the Pittsburgh temple the victims weren’t even all Jewish.August 10, 2023 8:02 pm at 8:02 pm in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2215087
qwerty: 1) Which grandson? Tendler, who was kicked out of the RCA? Regardless, no grandson speaks for their grandfather, especially posthumously
2) a) Rav Miller zt’l certainly was a Godol and b) no other Gedolim disagreed with Rav Miller. Indeed, the Gedolei Yisroel were opposed to Mr. Kahane and his militancy.
3) None of the Gedolim have described Pittsburgh as Al Kiddush Hashem.August 10, 2023 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2214970
qwerty: My plumber got smicha too. Does that mean I need to say “Rabbi Cohen, please unstuff my toilet”?
Menachem, can you clarify your last point? You’re saying that it is hypocritical, wrong and playing two sides to hold like Rav Moshe regarding shaving (and not hold like Rav Shach regarding shaving) but not hold like Rav Moshe regarding Chabad (and instead to hold like Rav Shach regarding Chabad)?August 8, 2023 3:25 pm at 3:25 pm in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2214514
“If someone would claim that it is valid to not want to experience Moshiach based on Ulah’s opinion, my response would be comparing it to the Chasam Sofer.”
Menachem: How are you qualified to make that comparison, and say that anyone today who holds like Ulah is a kofer, just like the Chasam Sofer says about those who holds like Hillel; anymore than any person today can declare that someone who holds of any random opinion of a Tanna that we don’t pasken like is a kofer?August 5, 2023 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2213560
DaMoshe, I was only addressing the issue with those Lubatchers who claim that the Lubavitcher Rebbe will be Moshiach. That was the only point that you made in a previous comment of yours above that I responded to. qwerty falsely claimed Rav shach took this position, but Rav Shach did not refer to all Lubavitcher chasidim nor did Rav Shach refer to everyone who thinks the Lubavitcher Rebbe is Moshiach.
And, no, there can be no credibility to an anonymous claim that another anonymous alleged “widely respected, yeshivish Rav” said whatever the anonymous poster claims the anonymous Rav allegedly only once said in a yeshiva but never said publicly. Are we also supposed to accept that he’s “widely respected” and “yeshivish” even though you can’t remember which “major Rav” he said it over from?
But, DaMoshe, here is your most interesting epilogue when you write that “I will say that yes, there was a time when I wouldn’t count a meshichist towards a minyan.” So, please, then do share with us what changed? Why “there was a time” and not anymore? Why did you change and start accepting for a minyan someone who thinks the Lubavitcher Rebbe is Moshiach?August 5, 2023 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2213559
In the last few posts I’m only discussing the Moshiach issue, nothing else. And I can certainly buy that the meshichists are meshugoim, even though that belief doesn’t make them an apikorus.
Now regarding Rav Menashe Klein zt’l, you can read his teshuva that you’re referring to in Mishne Halachos 17. He calls for the Yechi Melech Hamoshiach to stop, and he spends two pages calling on Lubavitchers to appoint a new rebbe. He does attack the idea that the Lubavitcher Rebbe will be Moshiach, but he doesn’t call it apikorsus. What he calls apikorsus is the Bizuy Talmid Chochom that he thinks the radical meshichists cause, when they insist on rubbing their mishugas in everyone’s faces. They turn the Rebbe into a joke, and that is what Rav Klein says is their apikorsus, by being mevaze the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
It is also noteworthy to mention that a few years after the Lubavitcher Rebbe passed away Rav Menashe Klein publicly said that the meshichists are not apikorsim, and that it is not forbidden to have the belief that the Lubavitcher Rebbe is still Moshiach.August 4, 2023 11:30 am at 11:30 am in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2213486
qwerty: False. No one asked about rabbis who “criticized” them. I can name you dozens of rabbis that criticized other groups or people for many various things.
In this case DaMoshe falsely claimed they they’re like Christians, and that some anonymous “rabbi” who he absolutely refuses to ever name said if they believe the rebbe is moshiach then you can’t count them for a minyan and you can’t drink their wine. You falsely claimed Rav Shach held that position. When I pointed out the falsity of that, the only one you still are rambling about is the YU Prof. Dr. David Berger. No one else, certainly of import, makes such an outlandish claim.
You can’t name names because their are no names for you to name.August 3, 2023 7:59 pm at 7:59 pm in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2213427
qwerty: You don’t have any rabbis of higher caliber than Dr. Berger? (Which is presumably why he’s the one you’re citing.)August 3, 2023 3:58 pm at 3:58 pm in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2213368
qwerty: I have no idea what you’re rattling about. Do you have any specific names of rabbis or not? If so, please list a handful.August 3, 2023 10:16 am at 10:16 am in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2213315
Avira, None of the shochtim at Rubashkin’s were problematic?August 3, 2023 10:14 am at 10:14 am in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2213314
N0m: Kindly share the names you allegedly were told. (Unless the next line will be that they are top secret national security because if known “the bad guys will beat up those rabbis.”)August 3, 2023 8:45 am at 8:45 am in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2213249
qwerty: Rav Shach does not say that.
And whether David Berger says it or not is as relevant as whether Dr. Anthony Fauci says it or not.August 2, 2023 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2213158
DaMoshe: Is that’s a normative position, you and the rebbe would have no problem saying which Rebbe that is. In fact, you would both be proud to name him and make it well known this position of his.
So, DaMoshe, what is the name of said Rebbe and which Yeshiva?August 2, 2023 8:11 pm at 8:11 pm in reply to: Question of an ignorant, closed-minded Lubavitcher #2213140
N0m: Where do you dream these up at? Can you name at least three of these rabbis you refer to that allegedly were expecting him to reveal himself?
Avira, which psak of Rav Moshe regarding yerushos are you referring to (that isn’t accepted)?
Isn’t Yeshiva Torah Vodass officially a Chasidishe yeshiva (Nusach Sefard, etc) since the times of Reb Shrage Feivel Mendelovitz?
DaMoshe: And your point is _______ ?
SACT5: “Since the survey doesn’t split out orthodox subgroups isn’t it also possible that rather than more non-haredim orthodox Jews moving right politically, that haredim in the last 7 years have become a larger proportion of the overall orthodox group accounting for some of the percentage shift to the political right?”
Your point is absolutely true. Orthodoxy is becoming more Chareidi, mainly as a result of the higher Chareidi fertility rate even compared to other Orthodox non-Chareidi demographics. In 2013 the Pew survey indicated that Chareidim were in the low 60-something percent of Orthodox Jews. (Up until about the 1980s Chareidim were a minority of the American Orthodox.) Now the percentage is even higher.
But even granting all that, when a full 75% of all Orthodox Jews in the United States identify as Republican (or Republican-leaning), it is clear that the solidly Republican nature of today’s American Orthodox Jews is much more pervasive among all the Orthodox, rather than just the Chareidim.
An interesting point from the survey is that it demonstrates that Orthodox Jews as a whole, not just Chareidim, are very Republican, very politically conservative, very supportive of President Trump and largely disapprove of the Democrats.