WolfishMusings

Forum Replies Created

Viewing 50 posts - 1 through 50 (of 7,543 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • in reply to: Selective Service System – Do you register your sons? #1828039

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    My answer to the OP’s question is 100% legal and within both the spirit and letter of the law.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Bachurim marrying early #1827606

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    I got married at 21. Still happily married nearly three decades later.

    But I’m a rasha gamur, so what do I know?

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Selective Service System – Do you register your sons? #1827605

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    No, I did not register my sons.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Games for Shabbos #1815701

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    My family and I just recently got the game Spyfall. Great game (especially with more than four players) and no problem with Shabbos (as the game only consists of cards).

    The gist of it: All the players are at a location (determined by the cards), but one person is a spy and doesn’t know the location. The players begin asking questions of one another. The job of the players is to figure out who is the spy. The job of the spy is to figure out where they are.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Controversial opinion (T) #1808307

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    its their property
    That’s mistake number one.

    and no 1 shld interfere w/ the free market.
    And that’s mistake number two.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Is it okay to learn (Torah) During Davening? #1808306

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Is it ok to learn while your rosh yeshiva is giving a shmuess or shiur?

    When I was in school, the RY gave a shiur in Yiddish once a month. The shiur lasted between an hour and a quarter and an hour and a half. This was the only Yiddish used in the Yeshiva at all.

    I didn’t understand a word of Yiddish. Being forced to sit there for that long as a kid with literally nothing to do was, to me at the time, torture.

    One day, after the shiur, he said to me “I’ll give you $20 if you can tell me over what the shiur was about.” He *knew* I didn’t understand Yiddish. I’ve never ever (that I can remember) wanted to punch someone in the face in my life, but his comment drove me about as close as I ever came to that.

    I just walked away.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Talking in Shul #1808305

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    How can they al be talking, what is the שליח צבור doing?

    He is talking too, is he not?

    The Wolf

    in reply to: What defines a messed up school? #1808304

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    What defines a messed up school?

    Any school that would allow me on the grounds.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Everyone Must Answer: Your Favorite Song #1808303

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    I refuse to answer. What are you going to do about it?

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Inviting divorced women to your Shabbos table? #1808302

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    We very often (at least every other week and often more often than that) had a divorced woman by our table (and sleep over at our house) on Shabbos. I guess this proves, once again, how horrible I am. But don’t worry… I won’t be having this person over to my house again.

    The Wolf

    You may want to try rereading the post

    in reply to: Does a Divorce indicate a Family lacked Shalom Bayis? #1806291

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Do all marriages indicate that the couple was extremely anxious to leave thier parents house,because they simply couldn’t deal with the pressures of living at home anymore?

    No. I was not anxious to leave my mother’s house and I had no problems living with my mother and sister. I got married because I loved (and, nearly thirty years later, still do love) my wife and wanted to spend my life with her.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Frum podcasts other than Headlines #1806292

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    I listen to the following Jewish podcasts:

    5 Minute Daf Yomi by Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld
    Chochmat Nashim Podcast
    Daily Halacha by Rabbi Eli Mansour
    Headlines
    Iggros Moshe A to Z (inactive, but the archives are available, and I’m subscribed if anything new should come along)
    Maimonides Minute by Rabbi Scott Kahn
    Responsa Radio – Jewish Public Media.

    Please note that not all of these podcasts will agree with your hashkafic outlook. Listener discretion is advised.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Is it okay to learn (Torah) During Davening? #1806293

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    I will sometimes learn something after I finish Shmoneh Esrei, but I close the sefer as soon as Chazaras HaShatz begins.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Do you love all Jews… #1801559

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Wolf, what is the basis for that judgment?

    I have to have a basis for hating someone?

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Do you love all Jews… #1801558

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Meno, Avrohom only davened for any hypothetical innocent Sedomim, not for the guilty ones.

    That’s not true. He was asking to save the entire city, not just the righteous people that may have been in it.

    On the other hand, it should be pointed out that you don’t have to love someone to daven for them.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Do you love all Jews… #1801224

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    There is one Jew that I do not love. It is because he is a rasha gamur and (as I’m often reminded on these boards) it is a mitzvah to hate him.

    The Wolf


    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Fine. I’m a coward.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: restaurant on first date??? #1765854

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    after trying that, we were thrown out of the bowling alley. then the boy proposed to me and I said yes!! mazel tov

    Worst. Plot. Ever.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Will Classical Music Come Back in Style? #1765855

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Who said classical music ever went out of style?

    And, certainly, there is plenty of good instrumental music being made today.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: restaurant on first date??? #1764642

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    The Wolf: Of course you’re an unrefined boor. You were raised by wolves.

    🙂

    The Wolf

    in reply to: restaurant on first date??? #1764543

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    If I were looking for a wife (I’m not, I’m happily married over 25 years), I would have no problem taking a woman to a restaurant for a first date.

    I guess it’s just because I’m an unrefined boor.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Women’s Suffrage Must End #1757571

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Has anyone noted the irony that one of the voices advocating an end to women’s suffrage and criticizing leadership by women has a username that commemorates a male politician who made one of the biggest mistakes in the last century?

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Admission Cards #1753549

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Undercove,

    I’m still waiting for an answer to my question. The fact that you are not answering leads me to believe that you don’t have an answer.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: learning from an artscroll #1753531

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Before Artscroll, the Gemara was a closed book to me.

    Since using it, it has helped me to become familiar with the terminology and methods used in the Gemara. The more I used it, the more I learned how to read the Gemara without it. Since using it, the Gemara has opened up to me to the point where I can open a non-Artscroll Gemara and figure out, in most cases, what is going on.

    The result is a deterioration in the quality and depth of understanding in all areas of Torah study, from Mishna and Gemara, through Poskim and Shutim. I doubt there is a way back.

    I guess it was terribly selfish of me to contribute to the communal deterioration of learning in all areas of Torah just for the sake of my own learning. The classic case of a mitzvah haba’ah b’aveirah.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Admission Cards #1749265

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Undercove,

    I ask my question again…

    My understanding is that an admission card is given to parents when their past accounts are settled.

    Can you please tell us ( a ) if I am wrong (and if so, how), or ( b ) why using this process to ensure the yeshiva receives monies it is entitled to results in the money being stolen?

    Can you please answer?

    Thank you.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Admission Cards #1747911

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Undercove,

    My understanding is that an admission card is given to parents when their past accounts are settled.

    Can you please tell us ( a ) if I am wrong (and if so, how), or ( b ) why using this process to ensure the yeshiva receives monies it is entitled to results in the money being stolen?

    Thank you.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: First ever Artscroll gemara – help finding #1744779

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Dear Mods,

    Thank you!

    Cover:

    IMG-1425-1

    Copyright page:

    IMG-1426

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Are you makpid on Shva Na ? #1744104

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    To the best of my ability, yes.

    I don’t necessarily get it right every time, but I try my best to pronounce a Sh’va Na/Nach correctly, especially since it sometimes changes the meaning of the word.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Less than 50% of Sephardim don Tefillin. #1743735

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    The vast majority of Sephardim are right-handed. The same is true of Ashkenazim.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: First ever Artscroll gemara – help finding #1742622

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    I actually own it. Is there something you want looked up?

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Holding hands after a Chuppah #1742619

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    It’s 28 years after my chuppah. We still hold hands.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Did Hillary really win the popular vote #1733580

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    There is one flaw in your argument: Despite your silly argument that they should not count, New York and California do, in fact, count.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Sports #1725437

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Sports are a form if avodah zara where one worships the human body and physical form. It is the opposite of ruchniyus and kedusha where we value the soul and spiritual pursuits.

    And yet, just about every yeshiva allows their kids to play some form of sports during recess. And just about every summer camp allows kids to play sports.

    I guess practically every yeshiva and camp official are facilitating avoda zara, according to you.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Is there a hetter for staying up both nights of Shavuos? #1725425

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    I don’t know. I don’t even stay up all night the first night.

    (I usually take a half hour nap after the meal and then go to shul for the rest of the night to learn.).

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Shidduchim between FFB and BT’s #1724822

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Would you be comfortable with having your son/daughter marry a BT? Why/Why not?

    Yes, I would be comfortable.

    1. When my children get married, they will be old enough to judge a person’s character and decide his or her merits based on their actions and middos, not the circumstances of their birth.

    2. I, myself, am a ba’al teshuva and am married to someone who is frum from birth.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Chassidim vs. Beis Yaakov #1723831

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    You mean why would a school call itself a Bais Yaakov instead of just a “Jewish girls school?” Same reason a place would call itself a yeshiva or mesivta instead of a “Hebrew Day School.” The titles signal the type of institution.

    So, in other words, it’s just branding?

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Mrs. Husband Name #1723371

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Well, I tried to convince my wife to go by Mrs. Husband Name.

    She refused.

    She pointed out that my first name isn’t “Husband” and my last name isn’t “Name.”

    I couldn’t really argue against that…

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Shaving during the Omer #1723359

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    For some it may be muttar. CYLOR
    For some, they may not have started observing the mourning portion of the Omer until today (Rosh Chodesh).

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Chassidim vs. Beis Yaakov #1723284

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    OK, I know this is a stupid question, only worthy to be asked by an idiot like me, but I honestly don’t know the answer:

    What, exactly, is a Bais Ya’akov? How is it different from any other girls’ school?

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Where to go on a date? #1723178

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Good to see this thread. I’m always on the lookout for new places to go on dates.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Building a Mansion #1723175

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    One of my kids moved out and now their room is vacant. I guess I have to remove it from the house…

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Scranton, PA #1723174

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    I think I heard that there was an office there.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: In Chad Gadya – HKBH was “wrong” #1718766

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Who says the goat was innocent?
    Who says the cat is wrong for doing what cats do naturally? Who says the dog is right or wrong for doing what dogs do naturally?
    How can fire and water be right or wrong? Neither have consciences? Perhaps the “blame” belongs with whomever set the stick on fire or dowsed the fire with the water?
    The Malach HaMaves is an angel and doesn’t have free will. It does what HKBH wants it to do. It can’t be “right ” or “wrong.”

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Proudly Had Eggs and Cheese This Morning. #1711833

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Come to think of it: Both the cheese and the eggs might be treif. The cheese made from cows undergone that stomach procedure and the eggs from a chicken that was a treifa.

    Yes, you figured it out. I purposely sought out a cow and chicken that were teraifos, just so that I could have non-kosher cheese and eggs.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Proudly Had Eggs and Cheese This Morning. #1710710

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    If you’re one of those people that puts ketchup on your eggs, I will consider you the epitome of evil.

    No ketchup on eggs. Even the completely evil have standards.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Eggs: chumra to treat then like fleishig #1709972

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Wolf, maybe you are machmir to be maykil.

    Not adopting a chumra (especially one I never heard of before today) does not being being maikil.

    Next you’re going to tell me that I’m being maikil because I allow electric lights to stay on in my house over Shabbos or because I eat gebrokts on Pesach.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Arranged Marriages #1709938

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    There’s a famous maaseh about the Satmar Rebbe speaking with Rav Bick. The Satmar Rebbe was upset tha tcouples were meeting 8 times before getting engaged instead of 2. Rav Bick told him, “you say 2 because you’re a mesader kiddushin. I say 8 because I’m a mesader gittin”

    I guess they would both hate me, as I went on many more than eight dates before getting married.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: Eggs: chumra to treat then like fleishig #1709943

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Anyone keeping the chumra of treating eggs like fleishig (because they are produced by chicken)?

    No. I have eggs and cheese often.

    I have never observed this chumra, never heard of it, and have no intention of ever following it.

    Just another sign of my moral bankruptcy.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: why am I a rasha? #1709939

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Evil people don’t look at themselves as evil

    I would challenge that assertion.

    The Wolf

    in reply to: The Shach #1709696

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    The posuk says ‘u’k’shartem’ (you shall bind them) , not “v’hinachtem’ (you shall place them) – indeed, we routinely call it “putting on tefilin” = “hanachas tefilin”, rather than the way the Torah calls it: “keshiras tefilin”..

    Well then, I guess I must be a complete idiot and am ha’aretz, since I have never made the bracha of “asher kidishanu b’mitvosav, vitzivanu, l’kasher tefillin.”

    Thank you for educating me.

    The Wolf

Viewing 50 posts - 1 through 50 (of 7,543 total)