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Re: ברוך רופא חולים People out of the hospital! I"H this thread will keep growing!
April 03, 2020, 04:34:38 PM
Re: Jokes Master Thread Chaim's mom gave him two ties for his birthday - a red one and a blue one. He was very appreciative of the gift, and thanked her. A few weeks later, he was going to a family simcha, where he knew he'd see his mom, and decided that he should wear one of his birthday ties. The blue one matched best with his suit and shirt, and he wore it to the simcha.

When he got there, he walked over to his mother, expecting her to be pleased that he wore her most recent gift - only to find her with a scowl on here face. Her first words to him - "So I guess the red one you don't like?"

April 29, 2020, 04:52:17 PM
Re: Seminary/Yeshiva Israel Rebbeim
Would have thought they’d be excited to spend a year in the holy land, and away from their parents.
If you’re right, then these societal norms are a colossal waste of money. Essentially people spending money they don’t have on something they don’t need, because of how they hope others will perceive them (should I dare invoke the words Shidduch sham?)...

A large proportion of seminary and yeshiva students only go because of social norms and will be thrilled at the first excuse to stay home.

There are a lot of motivations for kids spending the gap year in Israel, and I don't doubt that there are plenty of people who have the wrong motivation and/or just doing it to tick the right boxes on a shidduch resume.

My father A"H went to learn for a year at Torah Ohr under R' Scheinberg, Z"L in the late 1960s. He and my uncle (his twin) were among the few "americans" learning there for the year - there was no Israel "program". My Zayde felt it was important for them to live and learn torah in our land. While my dad didn't make Aliyah,  his other 3 siblings have. (We nearly moved in 1986, when he was offered a job, but my mom A"H nixed it).

I spent 1.5 years there before going to college. It was one of the most amazing and eye-opening experiences in my life. The feeling you get when you daven at the kotel, or when you are standing in a place where the stories you learned in Tanach actually happened, and you can visualize them coming to life.  Let's be honest with ourselves - most of us live in silos - Ashkenazi , Sephardi, and many times even deeper than that. You go to shuls and meet people who are very different, who's davening is the same but has a little twist or two - and yet at the end of the day, we are all hashem's children , coming together with one language (english).

Forgive me for being overly romantic. Yes, I understand that not everyone had the same feelings and experience that I had (my BIL, for example, went to the same Yeshiva I did, two years before me and left after a couple of months). But I know the value I received from my gap year in Israel, and I am forever grateful to my parents for letting me go.

May 05, 2020, 11:20:17 AM
Re: Corona virus and your shul Our shul is holding minyan out of doors. We still require masks. We do have a few to provide, but the Rav/Gabbaim are very makpid.

We're also makpid on social distancing as well.

June 01, 2020, 04:48:30 PM
Re: So How Was Your Shul This Week? Late to the party. I am in White Plains.

When Cuomo issued his order two weeks ago, the 7 shuls in southern westchester agreed that each shul will decide when it feels ready to re-open. Originally three said yes, but one backed out after two days and decided to wait too additional weeks like the other four shuls.

Our shul was one of the two that started - limiting minyan to 10 people. We have a signup. I'd love to cap it at the first 10 to apply, but can't do that for various reasons, including some chiyuvim who primarily daven at other shuls.

The first couple of days, the Rav invited 10 people, since the signup started we unfortunately have had to turn people away. Were very makpid about our ten person limit, as well as social distancing and masks.
General rules:
- Everyone wears a mask at all times - even Bal tefila/bal koreh
- Everyone needs to keep at least 8+ feet of distance from each other
- Everone brings their own tallis/siddur/chumash (We have an eiruv for shabbos)
- Aliyas are conactless. If you get an aliya, the Bal Koreh backs away from the Bimah, oleh approaches, but doesn't touch the torah, makes his bracha, goes back to his spot, and Bal Koreh returns.

For the most part it has been going good. For Mincha/Ma'ariv, we often split into multiple minyanim. (Understand we are a small kehila, weekday minyanim before corona had an average of about 20 people)

June 01, 2020, 05:00:57 PM
Re: Supreme Court Case - Espinoza v. Montana
That's a good thing when they don't rule the way people expect. Been a lot of that lately.

 I think it is a good thing, because, despite what we see as the judges 'biases' if you will, they clearly put time and effort into interpreting the law and constitution.

I think that another thing people often overlook when SCOTUS hands down a decision are the opinions within both the majority and minority. If the justices agree for different reasons, it doesn't mean that all similar cases will get equal treatment.

July 01, 2020, 01:37:33 PM