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The problem with getting a number of the number of jews there is “Who is a jew” , most of these censuses count someone with a jewish father as jewish and many people hid their jewish background under communism and their offspring might not know they were jewish, so that’s why these numbers are just guesses and there are people who are just finding out they have jewish ancestry (Could mean Halachic, maybe not halachic)
The President of Ukraine is Jewish (Zelensky) , the former Prime minister was Jewish.
50,000 people identify as Jewish in Ukraine (No clue how many are halachic, but obviously many are)
200,000 are eligible to emigrate to Israel (they have 1 jewish grandparent, meaning could be Halachic jewish, Are married to a jew or have a parent who is eligible to emigrate (Also could be halachic jewish))
It might be the country with the 5th largest Jewish population in the world
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I am not a chabadncik and far from it and there is a lot I disagree with Chabad about
I will say the following at this time of year there are a lot of public tree lightights and they look cool. People who arent so frum will want to participate, What chabad has done has made the Menorah lighting cool and people will want to come. Their events are interesting and exciting. How many not yet frum people see the big menorah with the Cherry Picker and the Blow torch along with the exciting event they have with it and will want to participate. They have music and are event not be missed. People want to go. They can draw hundreds and thousands of people to such an event
these events are not aimed at you, they are aimed at a different crowd. Until you can get Hundreds or thousands to attend your candle lighting event, Its best to admire them from a distance
there is a product called Big Gay Ice Cream, It has an O-U on it. There were some people who tried to get the OU to remove the Hechsher on it
Kalmen Yeager, Simcha Simcha Eichenstein , Chaim Deutch , Simcha Felder and Daniel Rosenthal are all Democrats
Trump lost because of 3 reasons, In no particualr Order
1. Corona …People did not think he really cared about it.
2. Personal Behavior / Tweeting . People didnt really like his personal behavior, the insuilts, the tweets
3. Mail Voting There was no fraud with Mail voting, but mail voting is easier than in person voting, It takes 5 mins and you dont have to stand on line to vote for hours. Trump claimed this was a fraud instead of telling his supporters to mail in vote, The dems encouraged people to vote by mail and these were banked votes
Rabbi Moshe Lichtenstein
but that aside if a Gadol tells you not to wear a mask to not to get a vaccine are you going to listen
The most likely will be Morrocco and Tunisa.
There are a lot of Sephardic Jews from those places and they still have ties to their home countries unlike Ashkenazic jews who have few ties to eastern Europe anymore
Rockland was won by Mondaire Jones, a socialist
If someone R’L wanted to go drive to McDonalds on Shabbos and eat a bacon Double Cheeseburger. I bet everyone would do whatever it takes to stop them, they would never use “Personal Choice” as excuse to avoid the issue
Kol Bnei Yisroel Arevin Zeh L’Zeh
Rav Aaron Glatt who is a Rav and head of infecteous diseases at a major Hospital (and the Rav many have looked towards for advice because he really is an expert) has said He was asked about such a case of someone who attended minyans who was positive and didn’t want to tell anyone because he was afraid they would throw him out of the minyan
I personally know FRUM people who died and other FRUM PEOPLE who were sick for a long time (And others sick for a short time)
The virus is not a hoax, It is real and affects our communities. I don’t care if others think its OK to protest and risk getting themselves sick. That should not be our consideration. Better to be safe now and have lots more Rosh hashanas to celebrate
If you can daven by Chabad, Saratoga Springs (Chabad of Saratoga) near Albany
There is only so much money you can charge for tuition, at some point people will give up.
You cant tell someone they have to pay $100,000 in tuition (For multiple kids) when they only make $50,000 a yearJuly 9, 2020 2:06 pm at 2:06 pm in reply to: 17th of Taamuz – A Tough Nut to Crack Connecting 5 tragedies which occurred #1880942
July 4, 1776 was Shiva Assar B’Tammuz
It is Assur Min H’Torah for a Jew R’L to move out of Brooklyn Ir Hakodesh.
The only MAYBE Heter is if one moves to Yerushalayim, maybe there is a heter for that, but ask your local Posek to see if that is permittedMay 18, 2020 4:23 pm at 4:23 pm in reply to: Which cities in the US will have summer camp open? #1861902
Hotels are considered essential in NYC and they are open (Some might be closed because of lack of Business)May 13, 2020 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm in reply to: Dr. Scott Atlas of Stanford: Confining Young People to Makes No Sense. #1860262
Reb Chaim is 93 years old and obviously someone at risk (Because of his age, I do not know any other health issues)
If Reb Chaim lived in your community, would you feel it was OK for you younger healthier person to go to shul or the Beis Medrash while Reb Chaim is in quarentine?
Wont of the worst hit states is Lousiana and thats a red state
Israel is different than the US because the kids who went to Israel for a year were basically sent home and told not to expect to come back. There is no remote learning with these kids and I hate to say it, but many of these places cater to Americans as sort of a Jobs program
How does that explain the deaths of Rav Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron Or the Novominsker Rebbe
Alot of thing for Pesach were done differently than normal, Normally people are very Machmir for Pesach for cleaning and kashering, Because many people made pesach for the first time or the first time in a long time, Many were told of the Mekail position. Many people probably learning that “Chumras: damaged pesach and pesach without them was much more plesant
The reality is that its tough.
The best advice I can offer is maybe get some nice wine and there are places like Meal Mart where you can get prepared meals. So at least you can have some nice food.
When this first started there were a few shuls still open and I was told that as long as at least one shul in the neighborhood read the torah, there were opinions that this was good enough.
As the backup gets larger and larger, I suspect something along the lines that there would be one minyan of 10 men who would read all the missing leining for the entire community however long it takes. Perhaps with a fast reader as it could be significant and change Baal Koreh so people go eat, rest room and other needed breaks. but if the Minyan started around Netz and countinued until Rabbenu Tam time, you could probably do most of the missing in on Shabbos
I saw that Lubabicher story, for 80%-90% of the people living alone, it would work, They will be disapointed, but they will manage and survive. Its the 10-20% of the people who cannot manage that I am concerned about. For example there are people with Aids who had planned to spend the Yom tov with their families, they have the aid for a reason.
I am sure you know people too who are more on the edges of society that barely manage in normal times. Focus on these people, not the 60 something divorcee, who lives alone, Is fairly healthy, who had planned to spend Peseach with their children and grandchildren, Is disappointed they cannot, and has to spend the seder alone. They will survive and manage.
I know people who are alone who cannot do their own seders. Im sure you know such people too. I do not know what these people will do . Unfortuantly One of them I know got themselves invited to peoples houses (A really bad idea)
There might be people who were sitting shiva until Erev Peseach and didnt even have time to prepare
As I read the Home page of YWN and see all the Petriot, and you are concerned about Minyanim?
I am sure all those families who lost a loved one have suffered more long term damage than someone who didnt daven with a Minyan
Lakewood, Williamsburg, BP , Kiryat Joel etc is extra dangerous, You have large families living in close quarters near other large families also living in close quarters
Most of us are not Zoche to have such property with a basketball court, Tennis court or in fact any other court
At this time it is Daas Torah NOT to have a Backyard Minyan
The correct answer is You dont know and nobody else knows either
Rav Hershel Schecter is telling people to sell virtually at this time
Hagaon Rav Dovid Cohen has issued a P’sak Against Davening B’tzibbur During Coronavirus Crisis, Calls it ‘Cheftza Shel Aveirah’ and “Atzas Hayeitzer’
The more modern schools are using Zoom, I dont know what the Charedi schools are doing
<e> Please name specifically which Gedolim said that Yeshivos, Butei Medrashim and Shuls must close.
Rabbi Mordechai Willig
Nobody says stop the learning, just stop going to the Beis Medrash. Learn from home and do a Chavrusa via phone and video chat
In Teaneck the Rabbanin have shut down all schools and Shuls
ANtibiotics do no work against Viruses, they only work against Bacteria
Putting aside the Half-time show, The argument against watching sports is Bittual torah, not Prizus (Many football teams do not have cheerleaders (The big teams like the Giants, Packers, Steelers and Patriots do NOT have cheerleaders ) and the half time show is not shown on tv
And if you go to other sports like Baseball , hockey or Basketball there are no cheerleaders (I dont think soccer has either) Its all about the Bittual Torah
Actually somethings create more global emissions like portable generators
We’re not talking pritzus here, we’re talking watching a football game while turning it off for the pritzus and watching something yid appropriate (Chazak or Simcha leiner)
Aish had a halftime shiur
Its not lame at all, the problem is when someone is told to act like someone greater than them, and they fail, many times the con sequences are worse.
If someone cannot live up to be the Chofetz Chaim (Which they cant) they might give up saying its too hard (Making things too hard only creates opportunties for failure) . Better to live up to your best and not the Chofetz Chaim, You can succeed at being your best, you cannot succeed at being the Chofetz Chaim
The Superbowl is not just a game, its an event. People get together , eat together and watch the game together.
thats why even not sports fans watch it.
If you can learn all day without breaks, then you should not be bittual torah for it, but for those of us not on that madreiga of the Choftez Chaim or other gedoli yisroel we need to pick our battles
Joseph is a greater tzdiak than the Rabbanin at Aish who had a Hafttime streaming ShiurJanuary 9, 2020 2:07 pm at 2:07 pm in reply to: Plant=based chazerfleish in your shabbos chulent?? #1821367
Its not Maris Ayin as most people know about these products nowadaysDecember 1, 2019 9:56 pm at 9:56 pm in reply to: Russian Olim advancing the leftist agenda in E”Y by embracing “Reform Judaism” #1806505
Actually most russians hate communism and anything that reminds them of the Soviet Union
Cardinal Lustiger is a bad example, a better example is Israel Zolli, the former Chief Rabbi of Rome who converted to Christianity in 1945 after selling out the Jewish community of Rome to the Nazis while he was protected by the Pope
Why didn’t Reform occur in Sephardic lands?
Because unfortuantly many Rabbanim were not up to the task of being the town Rabbi and didnt always do the proper thing and when Napoleon spread the ideas of the French Revolution , One of which was the Catholic Church was corrupt, some jews adopted a similar idea towards the jewish leadership and it become Reform and the Haskallah
The people saying Kaddish for Terorist, might be rabbis who are reform, but they are not Reform rabbis, much like some of the NK meeting with Ahmadinejad, they are not Orthodox Rabbis, but Rabbis who are Orthodox.
The reform leadership gives no such endorsement to such activities (They cannot stop it either)
Sephardim dont even have disputes with non-relgious. In fact the Non-religious respect their Rabanim