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pba- What does a tomato taste like?
coffee addict got it right!!September 16, 2011 1:35 pm at 1:35 pm in reply to: Nobel Prize-Winning Physicst resigns over global warming scam #809934
pba- Wouldnt you love to win the peace prize and the join the ranks of Barak Obama, Jimmy Carter and Yasser Arafat?! Well actually, it would be fun to resign in protest of that!September 15, 2011 7:26 pm at 7:26 pm in reply to: Nobel Prize-Winning Physicst resigns over global warming scam #809931
If the scientists who researched this ad nauseum had to fabricate data to try to corroborate their theory, how can anyone still belive this nonsense?
Droish V’Kabel Schar
You can buy them online and have them installed, although some
may ask for justification prior to installation.
You can also get ticketed for using lights/sirens with out valid reason, and are a diservice to those that use them for good cause.
There are hundreds of books on the Holocaust, each being hashgacha pratis whether its about someone who survived or killed H”YD.September 13, 2011 1:29 pm at 1:29 pm in reply to: How to search for assets/bank accounts of a deceased childless relative? #809740
According to the NY website “If there has been no activity in the account for a set period of time, usually between two and five years, your money is considered unclaimed or abandoned”. So if its already been a few years since this person died any money he may have had should appear soon(ish)
There is a hair removal cream that some use in place of an electric shaver.
mikehall12382- What Mod 80 is likely saying is twofold. Firstly we firmly believe that all knowledge is in the Torah. Learning full time and in depth will give someone knowledge in all areas, not just in “Talmudic studies”. This knowledge is pure, unadulterated truth.
An MO Rabbi who might not spend most of the day learning Gemora, Rishonim/Achronim and is not familiar with all 4 parts of Shulchan Aruch, will need to obtain this knowledge from other sources to be successful. This knowledge is often tainted and biased and may reflect itself when he gives advice. There is a big problem with a Rabbi trying to help you using Freudian psychology and not the Ramchal, Rabbeinu Yonah, Rambam or Kuzari.
Spanish steps- Is just that; a wide set of stairs where people hang out. After 5 minutes you’ve seen enough.
The same goes for Fontana di Trevi. Just a place where people hang out.
Collosseum was interesting. You must also visit the old shul by the Jewish Quarter.
I did not go to the Vatican, as I was told you need to walk through the Sistine Chapel as part of the tour, and Rabbonim say you should definitely avoid it.
One thing you cant avoid, unfortunately, is all the nude statues… although if you go to Florence you need to see Michaelangelo’s sculpture of David!
Watch out for pickpockets, they are all over.
Tomche- I agree a portion of the crisis may be the desire to marry younger, although I dont know the stats from 40 years ago.
But to respond to your post, not all people are getting married.
Secondly, even if the proportion is the same, if for example 5% dont get married, 5 out of 100 and 50 out of 1000 is the same proportion. But 50 unmarried is a larger number, hence a crisis.
chayav inish livisumay- Simply put the average salary for a physician and attorney is double or triple what the average Rebbi makes. Not to say that there arent professionals with out jobs, but lets focus on the average. The average Rebbe also has more children. So even if they find a job, it will most likely not cover there expenses.
On a Rebbe’s salary, after taxes, mortgage, insurance, tuition, transportation etc… there is almost nothing left for food, clothing and any extras.
I second what Bowwow said- valid hishtadlus needs to be made, and one shouldnt say that he will be different than the trend and be self sustained on one Rebbe salary
real-brisker- Did you know that many of the Tannoim, Amoraim, Rishonim etc.. had other professions?
Check on Luach. Passaic has a group called Passaicjews, and Teaneck has TeaneckShuls.
Many people only use products with a heimishe/chassidishe hashgocho, mainly because they want the additional stringencies that may exist with these hashgochos. When such a consumer sees a package of Mike and Ike with just an OU, s/he wont know if the product was manufactured with the standards that s/he wants. The heimishe/chassidishe hashgocho is just saying that this product conforms to those standards.
Assuming they piggyback off the original hashgocho, the consumer should be able to consume the same product even without the additional hashgocho sticker on it.September 1, 2011 4:25 pm at 4:25 pm in reply to: If you really want to do something and are told no #805027
PrincessEagle- While I am also curious to know which sport, I suggest you dont reveal it. Better not to have others say something like “I asked my Rov and he said it was fine”.
If you asked someone that you respect, you need to follow it. You may want to ask him again to see if its permitted in a private setting- women are allowed to go swimming as long as there is a god mechitza.
PBA- You have a good question but a distincition can be made as Chein said. When someone sees you wearing a suit they most likely can not know which brand you are wearing and don’t assume its a suit made with Shatnez; hence no maaris ayin.
Regarding YD 87, this wouldn’t apply to having a coffee with pareve milk after a flieshig meal because its so prevelant and one immediately assumes its pareve milk. However, to drink pareve milk straight up during the meal is a problem because that is not common. See the link I posted above- Thanks Mod!
mommamia22- We all feel your pain. We have all had times where we compare ourselves to others. Just to echo what has already been said, the grass is NOT greener on the other side. HKBH gives each person nisyonos, some all of us can see, others are private.
That said, after reading what you wrote “I feel like a drowning person who can only gasp for air before the next tidal wave washes over me, threatening to overcome me” I think you may want/need to seek help from a psychologist experienced with dealing with depression. If these feelings persist and interfere with daily life you may be clinicaly depressed.
Hatzlacha Rabbah… and remember, Hashem hears every tefilla.
PBA- Are you refering to the shatnez in your Boss suit?
Sam2- I couldnt agree more. All too often we hear of marriages that break up within a short time after the wedding. While there are instances where new information comes to light afterwards, ore often than not the case is they were pressured, though it was just pre-wedding jitters or assumed things will improve.
People- PLEASE speak to a Rov or profesional shadchan that you trust whenever you have any doubts.
Where in Ramat Eshkol are you? Closer to Givat Hamivtar, Sanhedria, or Maalot Dafna?
The Hatzolah part could be 1. that when he heard that a kid was complaining of chest pain he figured it was nothing. Which is likely the case in 99.99% of the time (unless there was some sort of trauma). But when he heard that they called Hatzolah he may have changed his mind.
2. He may have had similar occurrences and it turned out to be nothing each time. But when they called Hatzolah…
3. The story he was told the first time may have been different than what he heard on his radio.
4. He may have gone so others shouldnt have to come for nothing.
Thank you Tomche! 🙂
MiddlePath- Can you explain why No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock sold for 140 MILLION dollars? Suprematist Composition by Kazimir Malevich sold for 63 Million? Or my favorite, White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose) by Mark Rothko, sold for $72.84 million??
And yes, I have been to one or two of the fine art galleries in Italy. (I think it was the Uffizi)
Nope, but someone I know well did.
I kinda see both sides.
The shadchan wants to know to be more on target which future shiduchim, and the one was told no wants an explanation to better know what they need in a spouse.
On the other hand, you dont want to embarass anyone, and if you say s/he is too frum or not enough, too quiet/loud etc.. the shadchan may go to the other extreme.
Often, after spending many hours with someone one on one with few interruptions you pick up on subtleties which when expressed in words may seem harsh or severe and taken the wrong way about both parties involved.
PBA- It does not at all mean that.
bpt- Read bein_hasdorim’s explanation – which had me LOL!
Talking loud, very animated, constant use of words like “like” and OMG, and over exaggerating everything are some of the signs. When you see one you will know it… and probably start laughing!
Hollywood played -and continues to play- a large role in the demoralization and debasement of our society. Not to say that the hippie movement of the 60’s and 70’s didnt play a large role as well.
bekitzur- Where did you hear that? There are more than 65 starbucks items currently on the OU website.
PBA- Maaris Ayin is not to be confused with having to be dan lkaf zchus. Even if you can think of 10 valid reasons for someone being in a treif restaurant, it doesnt mean others will think the same.
Also, did you know that something that is assur to do because of maaris ayin may be asur even in your own room with noone else around to see?
See below for an in depth article by R’ M.D. Lebovitz of the Chof K on maaris ayin. http://www.shemayisrael.com/parsha/halacha/volume_5_issue_12.pdf
happiest- I dont understand what your Rav told you. Generally, the problem is when the utensil was cleaned with hot water together with another treif utensil, not that the sponge is dirty.
Either way, not sure why you cant buy fountain soda. The soda you are drinking is cold and according to most poskim “covush” (soaking for 24 hours) wouldnt apply here.
With a coffee pot, its possible it was placed in a treif sink or dishwasher together with other utensils and now you are drinking hot coffee from it.
It takes several years before the savings pay for itself. Afterwards you can actually make some money as the electricity generated feeds into the grid and your power company pays you for it.August 23, 2011 2:20 pm at 2:20 pm in reply to: Does taking on more chumros make one a greater tzaddik? #801118
yic- The Ramban disagrees with Rashi and says it is not talking about arayos, its referring to abstaining from permitted things. (I did say there are other pshatim)
See what R’ Frand writes (from Torah.org)
“…The Chasam Sofer points out that whether we accept Rashi’s interpretation or the Ramban’s approach, the message of this mitzvah is one of abstinence. One could perhaps erroneously come to the conclusion that the only way to achieve this level of sanctity would be to lock oneself on the top of a mountain in a monastery. One could think that one should ideally have nothing to do with people; one should not get married and have nothing to do with the opposite gender at all. The Torah therefore makes clear that the “holiness” of a monk is not desirable. This section was specifically delivered “b’hakhel”. Everyone was present – the men, the women, and the children.
One must be a Kadosh [a holy person], but one must be a Kadosh in the context of the congregation and the community. One must get married and one must raise children. One must play with his kids and spend time with his family and be a part of the community. The Torah wants the holiness of complete human beings.
The Kotzker Rebbe used to stress “MEN of holiness you shall be to Me” [Shmos 22:30]. “G-d is not looking for more angels.” The Torah was not given to angels [Brachos 25b]. It was given to human beings who have wants and desires and are social animals. In that context we are commanded to develop holiness.
Therefore, specifically Kedoshim Tihiyu, of all mitzvos, was relayed in a mass public gathering to emphasize that despite our obligation to achieve holiness through a certain degree of abstinence it must be in the context of the community, together with one’s wife, one’s children, and one’s neighbors. “
R’ Yisroel Reisman (who is against most of these segulos) said in a shiur- I forget from whom- that a segula for many things would be to learn the mesechta associated with the request. For example, looking for Parnasa, learn Masechtos Brochos. Looking for a shidduch, learn Masechtos Kiddushin. No jokes about some of the other masechtos please!! 🙂August 22, 2011 7:42 pm at 7:42 pm in reply to: Does taking on more chumros make one a greater tzaddik? #801101
The famous pshat in Kdoshim Tihiyu is to refrain from things that are permitted, meaning taking on stringincies and the like. (There are other pshatim)
So yes, taking on chumros is meritorious, although I dont feel that gives someone the title of tzadik.
1. Charlie said- “Texas has created a lot of jobs, but it has also lost a lot of jobs. Hence the still high unemployment rate.”
I say- I havent seen a report on which states lost the most jobs, but do you know the uemployment rate is only 0.2% higher than NY? The population growth in Texas is 2.0% while in Ny its 0.2%. So with a 1.8% higher population growth it is only 0.2% behind NY, yes TX is creating waymore jobs.
2. Charlie said- “If the business climate is so much better than New York, how come it has higher unemployment? Clearly, there is something more to creating jobs than being friendly to business.”
I say- same answer as #1.
3. Charlie said- “Texas is among the three states that have increased spending the most in the past three years:”
Then he agrees that TX will drastically cut spending and say- “Yes. They will add to umemployment, harm Texas’ already troubled education system, and drive even more Texans to Mexico for health care, not to mention adding to unemployment. These are no times to be either cutting spending or raising taxes (which have the same macroeconomic effect).”
I say- First you say increasing spending is a negative, and then cutting spending is a negative. What do you want?
And to respond to your comment, he is increasing spending now, and hopefully in 2013 the economy will be much better and more private sector jobs will be available. Sounds good to me.
4. ObamaCare may have lowered costs for Medicare recepients, but did you know Medicare is mostly for people over 65? How do you think the rest of the country is faring? Also, the big companies are the only ones that can actually afford ObamaCare. Its the midsize companies that dont have billions or even millions in profits, or millions to spend on lobbyists that are most affected.
And what do you think happens when an employeer has higher medical insurance costs- he thinks twice before hiring.
5. Like I said, I dont agree with Perry’s comment. It was grossly inapropriate and he should apologize.
That said, I would hope President “Mr. Lets tone down the rhetoric” would speak to his own people as well.
rt- Thank you for the correction on Biden. Like I said, I dont agree with the name calling. But Obama is implementing a socialist agenda, and was very close with Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. He was first introduced as a senate candidate in their house, and served on a board together with Ayers.
But lets not get distracted. Does anyone havre anything in response to my previous post? As many have been saying, in an honest intellectual conversation Democrats dont have any response.
Charlie Hall- Lets be intellectually honest, ok?
1. Texas has a higer unemployement rate than NY. True, but did you compare job creation in the two states? Did you know that Texas is number 3 in the nation for population growth while NY is number 45??!! That means Texas created way more jobs than almost any state in the nation. To be fair, the Dems are agreeing with me, but say Perry had NOTHING to do with it. Its all oil or military related jobs. Come on!!
2. Texas has highest property tax in the nation.- While you did manage to find a report that said something like this, I’ll be dan lkaf zchus that you were grossly misinformed. That report is only tax percentage of home value, not the dollar amount. NY and NJ have the highest dollar amount taxes in the country.
Also, did you know that texas has zero, yes, zero (0) income tax? The total tax burden in TX is much lower than NY. Also, once we are quoting from the taxfoundation webiste, have you seen the 2009 State Business Tax Climate Index which ranks NY as the absoute worst business tax climate state in the nation? Oh, and Texas is the 7th best in the nation.
3. TX has increased spending. Charlie, did you bother to read the next line in the article?? “… Texas, is also on track to spend significantly more in 2012 than in 2008, but the two-year budget Texas just enacted calls for very deep cuts in 2013 that would bring spending below 2008 levels.” They are making very deep cuts in spending.
4. Big supporter of corporate welfare. So he gave a few million dollar grant, and 30 million low interest loan back in 2004, big deal. Should i compare it to the billions Obama gave to bailout companies? Or to the hundred or more large companies that were given waivers from ObamaCare? Can you please explain that?
5. Perry’s comment on Bernanke. I agree with you that he was out of line, and should not have said that. But need I compare that to Janet Napolitano or the VP of the USA, Joe Biden calling the Tea Party terrorists??
Seriously, its becoming increasingly difficult to belive that the Dems line of reasoning is based on ignorance, and not on deliberate distortions of the truth.
I look forward to further discussions based on fact, not rhetoric.
yitayningwut- My partial solution is to have girls start going out when they turn 21. This will cut down on the population growth discrepancy as they can date boys closer to their age. If all girls did this then 21 will be the norm instead of 19 and no sitgma or boys wanting your girls would exist.
An added benefit will be that these girls will have more time to mature and develop a career for themselves… as well as enjoy a couple of more years with their friends with fewer responsibilities.
Anyone see an issue with this?August 15, 2011 2:17 pm at 2:17 pm in reply to: Where can one find out who finances a specific organization? #798090
Chalila- Why dont you reveal the name of this organization if you are trying to spread the word? Or is that against YWN policy?
I believe we want the niftar to be resting on the actual ground which is how it is done in E”Y.
In the US, since the law is a coffin must be used, the wood that is used is one that disintegrates quicky so the niftar will be on the ground as soon as possible. I’ve heard that some remove the bottom board but I have not seen it myself.
Personality Disorder is a vague term which can have several different classifications, many of which are in the DSM-IV.
I think you already answered your question.
Thank you. I should have said if it can become yad soledes bo.
Even if you had a blech, dont forget that you still cant place a cold liquid on it that will start to boil.
I stand corrected. Thank you
Peacemaker- Please read the original post again.
“According to many poskim, I am allowed to sue”
Health- Why would BSD ask a question here looking for adivce while providing false information?
A din torah would be necessary if there is a disagreement between two individuals. BSD is not really looking to sue. He wants to file a claim with the homeowners insurance. As this usually lends itself to a deductible and potentially higher premiums, a psak from a Rov allowing him to proceed should be enough.
If, however, the homeowner is denying responsibility then you may need to go to a din torah before filing a claim because the claim will cause him a finaicial loss.
Feif Un- Please check out the Hatzolah of Passaic/Clifton website where you will see a letter from 2007 signed by many Rabbonim in Passaic/Clifton…..including the Rosh HaYeshiva, R’ Meir Stern Shlita.
Of course its practical…..that is if the husband earns enough to support the family comfortably and the wife enjoys being a stay at home mom.
Not unreasonable, but dont expect an honest answer.
While this may not be always the case, I know many bochurim that stopped smoking regularly after getting married,