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Re: Pesach Program in Greece Cancelled Just Now!
I go to a pesach program with my inlaws;

What to wish someone who is making:
Pesach at home - חג כשר ושמח
Pesach at in-laws - חג כשר
Pesach at hotel - חג שמח
Pesach at hotel with in-laws- חג...

April 23, 2017, 09:52:05 PM
Re: Origins Of Chassidus (The Good the Bad and the Ugly) And Is there A bad Jew?
Are you so comfortable saying that the Vilna Gaon, whose brilliance and insight I could not possibly do justice to, was easily misled by others into taking such drastic action? That is a terrible accusation to make against such a gadol and against his daas Torah
Are you so comfortable saying that all of the Chassidim were koferim and everything else described in the cherem?

Someone was wrong in this whole story. There are three options;
1 - All of the Chassidim
2 - The Gr'a
3 - The witnesses

Now, which of the three do you think is the most charitable version of events? Or is there another option?

June 11, 2017, 05:25:39 PM
Re: Origins Of Chassidus (The Good the Bad and the Ugly) And Is there A bad Jew?
As was stated above many were fearful that chassidus was another false Mashiach, which had a terrible and tragic effect. Physically and spiritually.

Shabsai Tzvi had many gedolim that believed him in the beginning. Why is it hard to believe that the Gra was reluctant to let chasidus grow into a serious movement that according to what he was hearing can devastate a Klal Yisroel that was still reverberating from the Shabsai Tzvi effect? Had they Nipped the bud with ST it would have save an untold amount of grief, pain and despair.

You are explaining why at the time it seemed like the right thing to do. You are missing the point which is that chassidus was not another ST. The Gra did not know that at the time. There are two possible explanations for this error, either he misinterpreted the information that he got or he did not get good information. Choose one of the two.

June 11, 2017, 06:22:21 PM
Re: Origins Of Chassidus (The Good the Bad and the Ugly) And Is there A bad Jew?
why couldnt he have been right?

Because to suggest that he was right is to say that the Alter Rebbe was a Moshiach Sheker.

It is also irrelevant if he could have been right when the fact is that he was not.

June 11, 2017, 06:35:11 PM
Re: Churban Baischa lo shachachnu I assume you are qualifying your question with "Al pi derech hateva" because if not than the answer is clearly yes. (Except maybe the infighting, because of the sinas chinam it represents)
July 30, 2017, 03:20:01 PM
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August 14, 2017, 06:42:23 PM
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September 13, 2017, 06:42:10 PM
Re: How much should a nice esrog cost this year?
IIRC the last many years there has always been " a reason'' why this year the esrogim /lulavim were unfortunately a little more expensive.
i dont remember a year where the mochrim were saying wow this was a great year and the price will be commensurately lower.

I can't speak for past years, but my brother in law is very involved (in picking, not selling) and he told me several months ago that the only way they will get the farmers to continue to do business with them is to pay them significantly more for the next few years.

This doesn't excuse the price gouging on the Israeli Esrogs, but I guess that's capitalism ...

September 25, 2017, 07:00:27 PM
Re: How much should a nice esrog cost this year?
Nu? I gotta hear this. Sounds like a gem.

Short version; Yeshiva didn't provide enough toilet paper. A bochur decided that since it's the yeshiva's responsibility he is not going to buy his own, and if there isn't enough he won't use...

Moral of the story, he's 100% right but who was smelled?

September 26, 2017, 09:13:25 AM