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  • in reply to: Selective Service System – Do you register your sons? #1825712
    Yussel
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    CT Lawyer:

    You are right; thank you. I apologize to Reagan for blaming him all these years. BH I was born during the small window of time when exempted me from registration.

    in reply to: Selective Service System – Do you register your sons? #1825522
    Yussel
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    I still can’t believe they re-instituted registration. This was done by Reagan. Why do we need it?

    in reply to: Is it okay to learn (Torah) During Davening? #1803362
    Yussel
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    You are supposed to listen to chazaras hashatz and answer amein.

    in reply to: Jewish music with english words=Goyish. #1760112
    Yussel
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    yserbius12: In the days of The Rabbi’s Sons, Carlebach, etc. the music was not the way it is today. Even the early Mordechai ben David (i remember when we still called him by his name and not MBD) had more “soul” to it than what we hear today.

    in reply to: Jewish music with english words=Goyish. #1759910
    Yussel
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    I don’t know if it’s goyish but most jewish music produced today is not very good. it’s too loud, too beat-driven, and it’s all from a cookie-cutter mold designed to produce songs for weddings. There’s very little genuine creativity in modern jewish music because (like it’s secular conter-part) it’s designed to be sold as a commercial product to make money.

    in reply to: Lo Titgodedu? #1743561
    Yussel
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    Yes.

    in reply to: First ever Artscroll gemara – help finding #1742529
    Yussel
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    Not easy to find. I think it is better than then ones they did after it. Less stuff on the page to confuse you and it still leaves room for a person to have to learn rather than just spoon-feeding everything.

    in reply to: Are there levels of holiness? #1739510
    Yussel
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    No.

    in reply to: Unacceptable Grammar #1738381
    Yussel
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    When did “Asei” become “Essay”?

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    Yabia Omer:

    You might as well be talking to a wall for all the good it will do you. The “worship” of “gedolim, poskei hador, sar hatorah” etc demonstrates the truth of what the Rambam wrote in the Moreh about the difficulty of weaning people off Avodah Zarah.

    Yussel
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    UNCLE BEN:

    DOes a person have to have lived through a particular historical period in order to know anything about it? If that is the case then we can take ALL works of History and biography and throw them on the trash heap.

    Yussel
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    Because we live in the age of “Gadol Hador” “Sar Hatorah” “Poseik Hador”. Our generation has a nearly pathological need for these figures so we can worship them and give up any individual responsibility for ourselves. No need to do anything when you can have the Gadol Hador decide everything for you.

    in reply to: Source in Torah and/or Gemara for Kapparos #1034349
    Yussel
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    I think there are serious problems with this minhag. Many rishonim were against it.

    in reply to: Source in Torah and/or Gemara for Kapparos #1034347
    Yussel
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    However, there is NO SOURCE in the Torah OR the Gemara for this minhag, is there?

    in reply to: Need help surviving R'H davening #1033211
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    Lior:

    You are right, it’s NOT supposed to be a concert. THAT is the problem. If they just did the chazaras hashatz without all the schmaltzy singing, I would be much happier.

    For reasons I don’t care to share here, I cannot daven in another shul.

    in reply to: Im Going to Uman.I will pray for you there. #1038439
    Yussel
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    I didn’t know chesed was measured in pounds/tons. Interesting. How many litres of Torah will they be learning? How many yards of Tefilah?

    in reply to: What are the Signs that Moshiach's arrival is imminent? #1031084
    Yussel
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    We are supposed to serve HaShem Yisborach in this world AS IT IS NOW! When Mashiach comes, he’ll be here. Until then, just live according to the Torah and leave the big questions to HaShem.

    in reply to: Jewish Trivia- looking for a Pasuk in Tanach #1011195
    Yussel
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    CHeck the last perek of Megillas Ester. There’s a pasuk there that ends with “divrei Shalom v’Emes”.

    in reply to: Does anyone know where I can get mezuzos that are REALLY a shemirah? #978590
    Yussel
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    Halevi:

    As others have pointed out, to claim that a person can have tzaros caused by his fulfilling a Mitzvah is hard to understand.

    in reply to: Does anyone know where I can get mezuzos that are REALLY a shemirah? #978576
    Yussel
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    Halevi:

    What does that have to do with my comment?

    in reply to: Does anyone know where I can get mezuzos that are REALLY a shemirah? #978572
    Yussel
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    Perhaps you might want to look up what the Rambam has to say about using the Mezuzah as a “shemirah”.

    in reply to: Shidduchim for children from broken homes #978402
    Yussel
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    It’s easy to be idealistic if you are not in such a situation. The fact is that when the parents are divorced, things are not easy for the kids and the spouses of those kids. Making a chasunah when there are divorced parents involved can be a nightmare. Also, every time there’s a simcha, the same problems come up and some people just don’t want their kids to get involved in a situation like that, so they shy away from shidduchim with divorced parents. Let’s not be too hard on these parents. There are REAL issues and challenges involved.

    in reply to: Why no mention of Rav Ovadiah in Monsey/Lakewood, etc. #978758
    Yussel
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    About Time: the truth slipped out in your post. Your point #2 about the Kulos of Rav Ovadiah indicates your disapproval of an approach that tried to make things easier rather than harder and tried to keep more people within the world of Torah. Rav Ovadiah had the shoulders to do that. Others did not like what he was doing because they think that more chumros are needed to safeguard Yiddishkeit.

    in reply to: Why no mention of Rav Ovadiah in Monsey/Lakewood, etc. #978736
    Yussel
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    I”m not a sephardi and I don’t have any particular beef with Lakewood. I was more shocked at the fact that my son’s yeshiva did not even MENTION the Petirah, forget about having a hesped.

    I am modeh that my complaints have crossed a line where I am attacking Lomdei Torah and for that I apologize. I thought I sensed some lack of respect for the Gadol, but my objection was misplaced. Also, it is most likely true that Rav Ovadiah himself would not approve of anybody attacking Yeshivos in his name.

    in reply to: Why no mention of Rav Ovadiah in Monsey/Lakewood, etc. #978730
    Yussel
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    Yungerman:

    You take what would otherwise be a reasonable argument and make yourself look foolish. I never suggested what you are suggesting I said. Businesses in NYC is one thing. However, a Yeshiva, like BMG is a place devoted 24/7 to Torah. One would expect that at least the people THERE would feel the pain of the loss of a Gadol like Rav OVadiah in a way the rest of us might not. And YES, one might expect SOME display of that feeling, not just business as usual.

    in reply to: Why no mention of Rav Ovadiah in Monsey/Lakewood, etc. #978717
    Yussel
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    Yungerman from Lakewood:

    Saying a Hesped is not “just doing something”. The world of Torah lost a GIANT and the Roshei Yeshiva of BMG could not find ANY time to say a few words to show they felt the loss? Perhaps, as somebody else suggested, Rav Ovadiah did not represent “our Torah”? Perhaps in Lakewood, they don’t feel the loss?

    in reply to: Why no mention of Rav Ovadiah in Monsey/Lakewood, etc. #978712
    Yussel
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    My point is that the Litvish Roshei Yeshiva of Eretz Yisroel stopped the learning and sent their talmidim to the levaya. It’s the beginning of the zeman there too. Why couldn’t Lakewood take 15 minutes to say a hesped for a Gadol Batorah (he was a Gadol even if he was a Sephardi. How dare anybody suggest he deserves less kavod because he was a Sephardi).

    in reply to: Reflections from the levaya of Rav Ovadia zt'l #977903
    Yussel
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    Did the Agudah publish a statement about it? I see that the non-jewish candidates for Mayor of NYC said something, but our American Gedolei Torah can’t seem to bring themselves to say something. Why?

    in reply to: Shul Attendance: Privilege or Responsibility? #969707
    Yussel
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    Just one point. I am not sure that men have a chiyuv to daven with a minyan. Men must daven everyday, but the language of the Shulchan Aruch appears to suggest that it’s a good think to try to daven with a minyan but not a “Chiyuv”.

    in reply to: Dress for Vort #969591
    Yussel
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    Four replies and only ONE actually answers the question. She’s not looking for Mazal Tov. She looking for useful information.

    in reply to: My understanding of Shomer Negia #968597
    Yussel
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    If this girl was really under her luggage, maybe the yeshiva boys did not see her and thought it was just a pile of luggage?

    in reply to: Pacing during davening #965651
    Yussel
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    I agree. Not only the pacing and screaming out the davening, but also during learning. Some guys seem to think that it’s not real learning unless the entire beis medrash, and the whole neighborhood, can hear them screaming, and humming, and signing nuggunim. I can’t concentrate on my davening or learning because of these people. Why does everything in Yiddishkeit have to be so loud??

    in reply to: Orianna Falacci #959952
    Yussel
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    Falacci died a few years ago. She was very outspoken on the issue of Islam and terror. She got in the face of Khomeini and Kissinger, just to name two.

    Great comment by Golfer!!!

    in reply to: Why Do People Speak This Way? #1008323
    Yussel
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    How about this (which I hear from the Bais Yaakov girls)?:

    “I’m being by my friend this Shabbos”.

    in reply to: Rashi Biography and the Heart of Darkness #960286
    Yussel
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    I know my idea sounds odd but consider the following:

    1. The character in the Rashi biography is Curt and in Conrad it’s Kurtz.

    2. The Rashi character, Curt, has a plan to bring benefit to the Jewish People and improve their situation, just as Kurtz did in Heart of Darkness.

    3. The Rashi character, Curt, writes a pamphlet in which he outlines his plans to save the Jewish People, in a clear, well-written script, but at then end, writes something about death in a scrawl. The Conrad character, Kurtz, writes a pamphlet outlining how he will bring civilization and “light” to the people of Africa, in a neat handwriting, but ends it in a scrawl where he writes “exterminate all the brutes”.

    4. Rashi’s character Curt is tall and gaunt, almost skeletal-like and so is Kurtz in Heart of Darkness.

    5. THe person telling the story in the Rashi book is met, on his way to see Curt, by a Russian dressed in a wild outfit who tells him how great Curt is. Conrads character, Marlow, is also met by a Russian who tells him about how great Kurtz is.

    These things jumped out at me when I read the Rashi book. I don’t think this is co-incidence.

    in reply to: Inspiring non-Jews #958646
    Yussel
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    Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Albert Camus. Hans Scholl, Sophia School, Christoph Probst, just to name a few.

    in reply to: How to Keep Our Children on the Derech #958702
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    simcha613:

    Good Point. We seem to be living in a culture that promotes an “I can control everything” mind-set. There’s a shiur or a sefer or pamphlet for every topic showing how we can fix virtually every problem there is. The truth is we have little control over what others do, including our children. The canard that kids go off the derech because we don’t sing zemiros as the shabbos table is just that, a canard. People have the free will to do whatever they want and the most we can do is to try to control OUR OWN behavior.

    in reply to: Looking for deeper meanings to psukim in aishes chayil (Mishlei) #957728
    Yussel
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    Great!! True Chochma is kissing the hand that ties you to a beam and beats you. Sounds like psychopathology to me.

    in reply to: Mind-blowing statement from the Iben Ezra #977645
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    Son of Man:

    Read Ibn Ezra. He quotes a bunch of pesukim, all of which appear to be written from a perspective LONG AFTER the events they describe. That includes the speech of Moshe Rabbenu.

    in reply to: Mind-blowing statement from the Iben Ezra #977641
    Yussel
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    Son of Man:

    The reference IS there, on Devarim 1:2.

    Perhaps, if you allow yourself to examine this issue without your prejudices, you might come to a greater level of understanding. Don’t allow yourself to be boxed in by what somebody told you to believe.

    in reply to: Mind-blowing statement from the Iben Ezra #977635
    Yussel
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    Son of Man:

    It’s NOT just the last 8 pesukim. It’s other pesukim in other sefarim of Chumash that Ibn Ezra casts doubt on regarding who wrote them. THAT is the mind-blowing part.

    in reply to: Mind-blowing statement from the Iben Ezra #977624
    Yussel
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    Son of Man;

    It’s Devarim 1:2.

    in reply to: Mind-blowing statement from the Iben Ezra #977623
    Yussel
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    Son of Man:

    I don’t have a chumash with me now, but it’s at the beginning of Sefer Devarim. I think it’s where the Torah says “Me’ever HaYarden”, but I’m not certain. Ibn Ezra refers to the “Sod Ha Yud Bes”, the secret of the 12. The 12 is a reference to 12 Pesukim in the Torah which, according to Ibn Ezra, were not written by Moshe Rabbenu.

    in reply to: Mind-blowing statement from the Iben Ezra #977615
    Yussel
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    I don’t know about that, but there IS a mind-blowing Ibn Ezra which hints at the idea that some of the pesukim in the Torah were NOT written by Moshe Rabbeinu, or even Yehoshua.

    in reply to: Talking during davening #1117218
    Yussel
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    BTW, The Be’er Heteiv on this siman in Shulchan Aruch, discussing “sichas Chulin” during Chazaras HaShatz states that one should not sing along with the Shatz.

    I don’t recall anybody ever getting too upset in shul when people sing along with the Chazzan.

    in reply to: Beautiful Mi Bon Siach tunes #954697
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    Mee Von Siach

    in reply to: Fruit of the Forbidden Tree #953848
    Yussel
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    I think part of the problem is that we don’t really remember what things were like before these decisions became law. In the old days, police would beat people during questioning, never inform them of their right to be represented, deprive them of sleep for days, arrest family members to force confessions, and the list goes on.

    The courts came up with these rules to reign in the police. The thinking is that if the police know that criminals can walk free if the police screw up, then perhaps the police will be more careful. Also, the thinking is that it’s better to let the guilty go free than to imprison the innocent.

    in reply to: Talking during davening #1117196
    Yussel
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    Wolf:

    We must daven in the same place 🙂 It annoys me alot, but, as happened to you, when I asked people to daven quieter I was told I have no business asking that. I guess you can’t fight city hall.

    MDD:

    Are you out in the streets on Shabbos trying to stop the Chillul Shabbos going on right before your eyes? Do you go to the churches to stop the Avodah Zarah? Do you go to all the treif restaurants looking for Jews so you can stop aveiros. There’s no end to what you could be doing to prevent people from sinning. Why pick on this one thing?

    in reply to: Talking during davening #1117193
    Yussel
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    Toi:

    I DON”T have a live and let live approach to talkers. I ask them to keep quiet. But if I am not successful, I don’t stress out about it.

    in reply to: Talking during davening #1117188
    Yussel
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    I don’t know why my comment was not posted, unless it ran afoul of the YWN thought police!! I’ll try again.

    Talking in shul is bad, but it’s not the end of the world. Perhaps we should all just “tend our own gardens”. If somebody is talking and disturbing you, ask him or her to stop.

    I, for one, am equally annoyed when people daven so loud that I can’t concentrate. I am also annoyed by the Yeshiva boys and kollel yungerlite who can’t stop “talking in learning” even when davening is going on. I do my best to daven in spite of what is going on and annoying me.

    Let’s all stop trying to show how we are holier than those “other people” and just serve Hashem for a change.

    (NOTE TO THE THOUGHT POLICE: If this is not mild enough for you, then just forget it)

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