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  • in reply to: Lessons for us from the Black plague #1840631
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    Avi K, why can’t they learn on the phone? I just finished learning the daf with my usual shiur. Everybody dialed in.

    in reply to: Should yeshivas stay open? #1840480
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    Dr. Joseph, please provide evidence for your statement that the risk is “very low.”

    in reply to: Shuls Closed While Restaurants Opened?! #1840471
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    From an email widely circulated in Far Rockaway: “Many local Roshei Yeshivos and Rabbonim discussed myriad aspects of the current situation at length this morning. In consultation over the last few days with Gedolei Yisroel in the U.S. (Rav Dovid Feinstein shlit”a; Rav Shmuel Kaminetzky shlit”a; Rav Feivel Cohen shlit”a, and others), as well as with several prominent and reputable doctors and infectious disease experts, we have arrived at the following guidelines. …”

    in reply to: Shuls Closed While Restaurants Opened?! #1840272
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    Abba_s, I take it you’re under 60 and in good health, so you see little risk in going to shul. There may be a like-minded person in shul who’s infected and shows no symptoms. You in turn may become infected and also show no symptoms and then infect others. Or you may be among the 20% who become severely ill and require hospitalization. The idea of social distancing is to prevent the severe cases from overwhelming the hospitals.

    Where I live, all the shuls and schools are closed. This step wasn’t taken lightly, nor was it taken in a vacuum. Gedolim were consulted and they were unanimous that this was a painful but necessary step.

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    An enterprising couple in Israel got around the limit of 10 by getting married in a supermarket, where the limit was 100.

    in reply to: Cancel Pesach Programs #1839747
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    TLIK brings up the situation of older people who go to hotels because it’s difficult for them to make Pesach at home. They’re precisely the demographic who’s most at risk from this virus.

    in reply to: Is this evil? #1839746
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    What makes you think he’s more of a risk to you than you are to him?

    in reply to: Cancel Pesach Programs #1839292
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    Actually the ban is for foreign nationals coming to the U.S. Citizens can come to the U.S., and I believe anyone can leave. Of course, this will cause havoc in flight schedules.

    in reply to: Lousy choices #1838672
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    To expand on Eli51’s comment, there’s absolutely no reason to be a registered Republican this year (at least in NY/NJ) because there are no Republican primaries to speak of. In 2016, there were presidential primaries for both parties, so you could voice your opinion either way. Of course, by the time of the NY Primary (April 28) and most certainly by the NJ Primary (June 2), that opinion probably won’t be worth much. So not only do NY and NJ voters not matter in the general election (since neither state is a swing state), but they also don’t matter in the primary season.

    in reply to: Is coronavirus BAD?? #1838452
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    The one country that’s doing massive testing — South Korea — has 50 deaths for 7,134 diagnosed cases. In other countries, only people with symptoms are being tested, at best. In South Korea, anybody can go to a drive-in testing center, where medical personnel wearing protective gear will swab your nose and throat. The LA Times has an interesting article entitled “What is the fatality rate for the new coronavirus, and why does it keep changing? “

    in reply to: World Zionist Congress elections #1838449
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    Inquiring minds want to know if the NK in NKChossid612 stands for Neturei Karta. And which of the 613 mitzvos does he eschew?

    in reply to: New York: Time to Say Goodbye #1837192
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    People move out of New York (at least the NYC area) because housing is so expensive. My daughter and her husband were paying considerably more to rent a one-bedroom apartment in a middle-class Long Island town than their mortgage payment for a large house in the Sun Belt. There’s no way they could afford to buy a house in the NY area. Neither taxes nor plastic bags were major factors in their decision.

    in reply to: The Secret of Hamantaschens! #1837000
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    The secret is that hamantaschen is already plural, so the s is erroneous.

    in reply to: Bloomberg or Trump? #1832998
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    It makes no difference whom CTL or I vote for, since we live in states that are solidly blue. I’m guessing the same is true of most CR denizens, given that the majority of frum Jews in America live in NY and NJ.

    in reply to: What programming language is better to start learning? #1832005
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    The OP doesn’t mention why he wants to learn to program, so it’s hard to give an answer. “More promising” hints that he’s looking to work as a programmer. I haven’t worked in the field for almost 20 years so I’m not up to date on what’s in demand, but learning to program is pretty much the same regardless of language.

    in reply to: Wedding Costs….In Law Chutzpah #1832003
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    When I read the OP, I was surprised that you asked if you should tell your son and DIL. Are they unaware of your activities in the CR?

    in reply to: landscape painting watching Israel? #1830682
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    It’s called pareidolia. People see images of Elvis, Yoshka, etc. in their toast or whatever. The Old Man of the Mountain is a famous one. I think it’s still on the NH license plate even though it collapsed several years ago.

    in reply to: What happens if the Corona Virus spreads to the U.S. #1827936
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    Actually, colds are caused by a coronavirus, so we have all been affected by one. The dangerous coronaviruses are SARS, MERS, and the new one from Wuhan, China, which is being called 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

    in reply to: LED or lost empty dollars? #1827858
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    Dr. Pepper mentions LEDs not meant for enclosed fixtures being used in them. Most of the cheaper LEDs fit in this category. Most of our fixtures are totally enclosed so I haven’t switched those to LEDs, mostly because I haven’t done the homework to figure out which ones are suitable.

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned a major problem with CFLs: they contain mercury so they shouldn’t be disposed of in the garbage. It’s not a big deal, since places like Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Best Buy recycle them.

    in reply to: A Third of Israeli Youth Don’t Enlist in the IDF #1826000
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    Phil, while it’s obvious that Joseph is doing what he usually does, the number of chareidim getting mental health exemptions (391) is much smaller than the number of chilonim getting them (2097). Yes, the growth rate is greater, but it’s starting from a smaller base.

    in reply to: Selective Service System – Do you register your sons? #1825999
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    Anonymous, there will always be bone spurs.

    in reply to: What happened to Jewish Radio In Flabush?? #1824003
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    Whatever happened to dina d’malchusa dina?

    in reply to: Eating “Beyond Pork” #1821846
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    Git, you’re not supposed to eschew pork because it’s disgusting, but because the Torah says so.

    in reply to: Plant=based chazerfleish in your shabbos chulent?? #1821221
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    akuperma, I recommend avoiding restaurants that serve foul.

    in reply to: Guns in Shul #1821219
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    I don’t see how Rav Chaim’s psak shtims with the ads for Stop the Talking in Shul. In those ads, it says Rabbi Eytan Feiner (of the White Shul) ask Rav Chaim how much his shul should spend on security, to which he replied that if they stopped talking in shul, they wouldn’t have to spend anything.

    Yaakov Doe, your niece in Texas told me that lots of congregants there carry weapons. And it’s common for people in some shuls in Israel to carry.

    in reply to: Siyum Hashas: The Daf Yomi Cycle didn’t End on 1/1 #1819078
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    Thank you, moderators, for editing the OP.
    If you you were in traffic for #12 and #13, you’ll know why #13 was on a secular holiday. Also, as cold as it was on January 1 during the day, it would most likely have been worse at night. Motzai Shabbos is not an option for people coming from far away.

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    1, if they don’t want to back out of their driveways, they should back in to their driveways.

    in reply to: Parking IN driveway #1812174
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    CTL, you have a driveway that you’re not using and you won’t let anyone else use? Isn’t that midas S’dom?

    in reply to: White House Chanukah Party #1811717
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    Milhouse, of course no one is surprised that an evangelical minister has the beliefs he has. The strange part is that he was invited to speak at a Chanukah party. And if you think he loves us, I have a bridge to sell you.

    in reply to: Ain M'arvin Simcha B'Simcha #1811320
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    Moishy, if you were born on Tisha B’Av or Yom Kippur, you can have a cake but you can’t eat it.

    in reply to: Parking IN driveway #1811313
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    Gadol. a lot of people have magnets or bumper stickers that are strong evidence that the owner is Jewish. Sometimes there might be a sefer on the seat or dashboard.

    in reply to: White House Chanukah Party #1810871
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    knaidlach, could you elaborate? Why do you think it’s a good thing for there to be Chanukah parties in the White House? Do you feel the same way about the White House Pesach seder?

    in reply to: Proof Avraham Avinu Ate Kitniyos #1808591
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    Sunflower seeds do not grow in pods. Check out a Youtube video on harvesting sunflower seeds if you don’t believe me.

    in reply to: Proof Avraham Avinu Ate Kitniyos #1808371
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    People make porridge out of sunflower seeds?

    in reply to: Proof Avraham Avinu Ate Kitniyos #1807942
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    Milhouse, the thing that contains the cacao beans is called a pod. The thing that contains pomegranate arils is not. If, as you say, the criterion for kitniyos is that the seeds grow in a pod, please explain why corn (maize) and sunflower seeds are kitniyos.

    in reply to: Sephardic and Ashkenaz Weddings #1807943
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    As iacisrmma said, the coat is not universal among Ashkenazim. What’s the origin of this minhag? So the chasan can make a quick getaway if he chickens out?

    in reply to: Proof Avraham Avinu Ate Kitniyos #1807617
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    Uh oh. Cacao beans grow in pods. No more chocolate on Pesach.

    in reply to: Husbands in Gett Situations #1807274
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    meir G and lakewhut, if there weren’t kids, why would he be asking about help for fathers?

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    Yaakov Doe, I believe the temple that became Mesores was Reform, not Conservative.

    in reply to: Proof Avraham Avinu Ate Kitniyos #1806945
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    The malachim didn’t eat either. Probably because they didn’t mish.

    On that note, why didn’t Avraham and Yitzchak take a plane to the Akeida?

    The couldn’t get through security with a knife and fire.

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    Ben, you oversimplify. While it’s true that the unemployment rate is very low, that’s not necessarily an accurate picture of the job market, and it’s certainly not clear that the Trump tax cut is responsible for it. I just read an article in Quartz about something called the Job Quality Index. The JQI measures the quality of jobs, and it doesn’t paint the rosy picture that the unemployment rate does.

    To answer your question about how to discount the taxes if those who don’t pay taxes, we already refundable credits like the Earned Income Credit.

    As for the effect of the Trump tax cut on different groups, can you find documentary evidence to challenge this statement? “In general, higher income households receive larger average tax cuts as a percentage of after-tax income, with the largest cuts as a share of income going to taxpayers in the 95th to 99th percentiles of the income distribution.”

    Don’t forget that the deficit has increased greatly due to the tax cut.

    in reply to: Mods? Mods? #1805632
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    Sounds like a case of throwing out the baby with the bath water. Why not just delete the replies that mentioned the unmentionable? BTW, given YWN’s extremely intrusive (possibly seizure-inducing) you-know-whats, I don’t see how anybody can use it without that naughty software.

    in reply to: Why does my son’s Rebbi have a smartphone ? #1805626
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    I think the real issue isn’t that he has a smartphone. It’s that he often checks it during class.

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    Klugeryid, I’m not an authority, but I believe that when the fetus is a considered a rodef, abortion is mandatory. For example, if continuing the pregnancy will result in the mother’s death. Joseph, killing IS legal in some circumstances.

    in reply to: Mods? Mods? #1805334
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    What happened to the thread about offensive ads?

    in reply to: Why does my son’s Rebbi have a smartphone ? #1805335
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    Joseph, apparently you haven’t watched television lately. I am sometimes exposed to it in clients’ homes during the day, and it’s really bad. I can’t imagine what’s on after the kiddies are in bed.

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    Halacha is not 100% against abortion. There are situations where abortion is mandated.

    in reply to: Why are the liberals going to bus dangerous youths from OOT into Flatbush? #1804899
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    I believe there’s more than one yeshiva that rents space in a conservative shul. Also, whence the “OOT” in the topic’s title? Aren’t all of the students in the proposed charter school from NYC?

    in reply to: Whats Baltimore like nowadays.Still OOT or suitable for intown fam #1799000
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    Rachamim, best post of the decade, maybe even the century.

    in reply to: Moisha’s Supermarket – A Request #1798992
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    Gadol, Moisha’s, like most Brooklyn kosher stores, does offer delivery and many people use it. But for various reasons, many people can’t or won’t. For example, I work in the neighborhood but live outside their delivery area. Others find it difficult to be home when the delivery is expected.

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