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Re: Jewish Music (New CDs, hock, and opinions) Filed in the "I was not expecting THAT" section, Dedi is coming out with a new album and has released a single from it:

March 20, 2017, 12:54:00 PM
Re: The Funny/strange/interesting/random Tweets Thread
What in the world does he think the story of Purim is?

Ummm, have you not read the Megillah? The evil occupying Jews went and murdered thousands of indigenous Middle Eastern refugee children.

March 22, 2017, 03:43:53 PM
Re: 1 day or 2 days in Israel
What does that mean? We do things based on the actual halacha and/or minhag that we receive from our parents and/or our LORs. And if they were incorrect in transmitting it to us then its on them, not on us to make our own decisions and worry about our own practices. If you do that then its on you. So worrying about not putting on tefillin when your parents and/or LOR set your path for you is not something that would ever come into consideration. Creating new chumrahs and frumkeiten seems to be all the rage but its just not how it works.

I should really let this go, as we are clearly having entirely an different discussion. But, seeing as you're the guy who tossed his salad over people not getting a joke*1, I worry you may have a nervous breakdown*2 if I don't explain it. So let me dig in and break it down.

You said:

As with long as you can blame someone and point fingers after're good. The LOR has to have plaeitzas or risk burning for your transgression. If your LOR is willing to go out on a limb and say one way or the other why should you care just follow his opinion and youre good.

I then responded that for some, the how and why of doing mitzvos and following halacha is not about "point[ing] fingers after 120" or "[the] risk [of] burning." I used "missing a day of tefillin" not to say that you should be worried about missing tefillin when your lor paskened to keep 2 days, but just as a pertinent example.

You then misunderstood my post, diagnosed me with a medical condition, and created an entire social phenomena or some sort chumra culture, condescendingly excluding me and others in this newly made demographic from the "real world" - which is ironic, being that said "real" world is referred to as "עלמא דשיקרא", and your original post makes reference to a post-120 world, which I'd assume means you ascribe to that being "the real world" - but I digress.

I then tried to explain, after your misunderstanding of my post, that it is not about extra chumras or even this issue of 1 or 2 days, but my post was merely a visceral reaction to the attitude merely getting the right psak to be able to assign blame after 120 and not to have to worry about burning in hell. So I made a little quip. That's it. Not an contrary opinion, not an argumentative post. Just a quip about attitudes in fulfilling mitzvos.

Then, you further misunderstood my explanation, and doubled down on on your judgmental stereotyping and pseudo psychology.

Then, I wrote this lengthy post, putting you and anyone else who bothers wasting their time reading it, through untold misery and confusion. But hey, I had fun writing it.

*1This post, too, is written jokingly. So by your standards, I assume you will not take offense.
*2I normally would not joke about such things, but after you diagnosed me with OCD I figured I might as well.

P.S. Apologies Tapatalk readers.

March 27, 2017, 11:21:02 AM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
March 27, 2017, 02:23:41 PM
Re: Hogwarts hagadah on ddms
I want to put the greatest possible distance between myself and the troll here, but I'll try to take a few minutes later to explain it

lol. I think if you punctuate you should be fine.

March 27, 2017, 06:16:02 PM
Re: @DansDeals Twitter Notifications
These are all things out of our control, and just how Twitter decides to send it.
Oh sure, Dan can fix Google, but he can't send out a simple text message.

March 30, 2017, 08:16:05 AM
Re: The Funny/strange/interesting/random Tweets Thread
March 30, 2017, 07:44:04 PM
Re: Shlichus Addiction?
I'm at my brother's house and BH YouTube is blocked.

The video is just talking about mathematical infinity.

I'd appreciate an answer to my question

April 20, 2017, 03:54:35 PM
Re: Shlichus Addiction?
Another question to be asked, from all those espousing secular education as a preparation for life/parnossa, is whether the "Al Taharas Hakodesh" Lubavitch curriculum is optimized towards preparing for Shlichus?

I would not be surprised, if educational experts were to be invited to chime in, and be given the ultimate purpose of Shlichus (of which only a percentage of actual work is directly related to what's studied in Yeshiva), they would design an entirely different curriculum. Public speaking, language skills, communication skills, counseling skills, etc. would take center stage of such a curriculum. Yet, our yeshivas do not focus on any of those.
So our yeshivas don't properly prepare kids for jobs or shlichus. Cool.

I disagree with this. Preparation for shlichus is limud haTorah. It's not just my opinion, it's something I've heard from many shluchim including Berel Lazar, who you might think would have benefited from some sort of communications or politics class.

To be sure, the Rebbe demanded shluchim use their talents and skills, and they should certainly hone those skills and improve them. But their job is to be mekabel pnei Moshiach tzidkeinu by being meifitz chassidus and getting yidden to do mitzvos. Their job is not to deliver speeches, give invocations, or write editorials. Sure, those are important tools, but they are only tools with which to impart all the knowledge they picked up in their years in yeshivah.

As in my above example, a shliach's success is not due to his public speaking, writing or counseling acumen. When I was 14 years old on mivtzoim and a man sought my counsel on his failing business, troubled familial relationships and more, he obviously wasn't seeking my advice, but he was benefiting from my compassion. Not that I'm an especially kind personality, just that I happened to be the Rebbe's shliach to that person in that moment. And I did help him out, otherwise why would he keep seeking my counsel every week? My age, skills and knowledge had nothing to do with it, any comfort I brought to that Jew was with the power vested in me by the Rebbe.

In many ways, shluchim are like audacious 14 year old know nothing kids. They are the Rebbe's men on the spot. Sure one might be able to deliver a pilpul, another a punchline, and yet another might be able to explain bilti baal gvul without illustrations. But the power they have to effect the world in the grand way they do comes from the Rebbe, and no amount of vocational training will change that.
By the way, there are some yeshivas that do offer such classes. In fact, a relative of mine told me of a public speaking class in which they had to deliver a speech based on the techniques and skills learned in the class. He gave a speech which had all the bochurim laughing and engaged, but "failed" (I don't believe the class counted for anything) and upset the instructor who complained he didn't use the specific formula he had taught.

Sure, each school could use improvement in any number of areas, just as that public speaking teacher probably wasn't the best guy for the job. But to say that a yeshivah that only teaches bochurim nigleh and chassidus without vocational instruction is not preparing them for shlichus is like saying a medical school that only teaches medicine without communication studies isn't preparing students to become doctors.

April 20, 2017, 05:52:58 PM
Re: Shlichus Addiction?
The mashpiim are talking.
כמים קרים על נפש עייפה.
I appreciate the unapologetic responses

Wait, I went from someone messed up for life for having seen a picture of the kav to a celebrated mashpiah?

Funny how that works.

April 20, 2017, 07:09:10 PM