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Re: Money Orders (USPS RIP 11/3/17) Seems clear to me that he is saying there is an avenue that is as accessible to the average person as the PO was and is capable of supporting some volume. Did you expect him to say something like:
Go into location x
Look for the sign by checkout that says Amex bill payment here.
Swipe up to 30k debit
Rinse and repeat
Watch method die in 48 hours?

I donít know if he put in lots of legwork, to find this avenue or acquired the data point in exchange for something he shared with someone else, but it sounds like he is giving a small amount of direction to others and banking on the fact that someone who finds it by putting in lots of effort will not compromise it by disseminating it widely. Makes sense to me.

January 18, 2018, 02:31:21 PM
Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising Can we define judgemental since there seem to be a lot of ( self described non-judgemental) people throwing the term around in accusation?
If I have a business and wonít hire a minority that is judgemental. If I am a woman and wonít hire a male personal trainer to train me in my home thatís not being judgemental. That is setting appropriate boundaries for myself and not a reflection of how I value the other person.....

Why is it so difficult to understand that there are those who based upon their level of observance donít feel itís appropriate for themselves to be around improperly dressed women without them being judgemental as to the character of those women?

January 30, 2018, 12:23:32 PM
Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising
reason 51 why I avoid jews. A friend of mine, big baal tzedaka MO guy was not invited to a fundraiser because his wife dresses immodestly.

This mentality and those that perpetuate it will be gone in 15 years

So you think they should have ignored their principles and invited a guest that would be immodestly attired to get their hands on his money?
So you avoid Jews. Do you prefer the non jewish fundraisers like the Presidents Club Charity Dinner they just had in London. Iím told anything went in terms of dress. Very principled people, those folks.

Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Herman used to hand out shawls to wedding guests who were immodestly attired back in the 1920ís. That sensitivity is still there almost a century later. If you are waiting for everyone to become desensitized you are going to be waiting a long time, my friend...

January 30, 2018, 07:20:25 PM
Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising
What rubbish. Which mesorah do you speak of ? Sitting and learning all day and living off government funding isnt our mesorah.

Who decides what dress code is jewish? did the jews at har sinai wear black hats ?

Now we get to the bottom of it. You have a problem with the whole yeshiva lifestyle and denigrate it but expect them to be tolerant of other lifestyles to the degree that they should be willing to compromise their belief system to accommodate those who would dress in a way that conflicts with their belief.....

January 31, 2018, 01:27:55 PM
Re: Jokes Master Thread An Arab diplomat visiting the US for the first time was being
 wined and dined by the State Department.  The Grand Emir was
 unused to the salt in American foods (french fries, cheeses,
 salami, anchovies ets) and was constantly sending his man-
 servant Abdul to fetch him a glass of water.

 Time and again, Abdul would scamper off and return with a
 glass of water, but then came the time when he returned
 empty-handed.  "Abdul, you son of an ugly camel, where is my
 water??"  demanded the Grand Emir.

 "A thousand pardons, O Illustrious One,"  stammered the wretched
 Abdul, "white man sit on well."

January 31, 2018, 06:19:55 PM
Re: Jokes Master Thread My good friend has 2 tickets for the 2018 SUPER BOWL, both box seats. He paid $2,000 for both tickets, but he didn't realize when he bought them, it was going to be the same day of his Chassanah. If you are interested, he is looking for someone to take his place. It's at Ateres Avrum in Williamsburg @ 3pm. Her name is Chaya. She'll be the one in the white dress.
January 31, 2018, 08:38:40 PM
Re: Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising
Im saying that, judaism is closely linked to society. A fact MANY refuse to accept even though its the baseline of halacha. Do you know how many times the mishna and talmud etc prohibit something because its something the egyptians do or heretics do etc.. those things are not prohibited forever.

Likewise, I find it ridiculous that malbush means that we all need to dress based on some 18th century europe custom / costume.

Regarding modesty, I would argue that as social norms have changed, a woman showing her elbows or shoulders is not ervah etc

I find quantum physics amusing. All those scribbles and stuff that doesnít make any sense to me or any of my friends. I canít even see what in the world these people are droning on about quantum indeterminacy and such garbage that makes zero sense to me. I think everything just took a wrong turn after Newton and everyone just went off the deep end. So the whole thing is just ridiculous and irrelevant. Iím willing to debate any quantum physicist to prove the futility of his lifeís work.

Obviously coming from someone who had no more than casual contact with quantum physics such a statement is unqualified and reveals the sheer ignorance of the one making such a statement. If one would spend years speaking to top scientists in the field and going through thousands of volumes of published literature on the subject his opinions would carry some weight.

Likewise if one were to make a serious effort to learn the Mishnah gemorah medrash yerushalmi, Zohar, words of the rishonim, achronim, the hundreds of books of authentic Jewish philosophy, shaalos uteshuvos, writings of the later and contemporary achronim, spend time talking to the experts in the subject (the Gedolim and profound Jewish thinkers of the generation) then one can be taken seriously if he is dissmissive of the whole ideology and how the current body of Halacha and the leaders of Torah Jewry and their ideologyís developed. You, my friend, are passing summary judgement on the whole ideology with only the most basic, passing understanding of the tens of thousands of volumes of knowledge on the subject written by what are objectively acknowledged as some of the most brilliant men the world has ever seen. Please come back when you have acquired  some meaningful knowledge in said subject and you can then consider yourself qualified to debate the issues.

February 01, 2018, 04:35:27 PM
Re: DavidRotts63 Cant figure Out why this thread title changes
You have still not made a coherent argument why it should not be here. You dont like comparative religion...thats not what this was. There were some serious emunah questions raised. Is that something that you're uncomfortable with? Why doesnt it belong here?

Hereís what I think would be a reasonable standard of what belongs.

ďStam Yayim, tznius, x minhag is rediculous and a corruption of the mesorahĒ= no good.

I donít understand x minhag in light of y. Can someone explain?= good.

This part of the Torah/ Gemara/ rishonim doesn׳t make sense/ isnít believable= no good

I have a problem understanding x in light of y or because it seems to defy logic etc. can someone provide sources/ explain it to me in a way that makes sense to me= good

Lubavitcher Meshichistin are  Ovdei Avoda Zara and arenít real Jews= no good

Can some explain how the lubavitcher Meshichistin reconcile x with y? = good

The x Jews think they have the answers but they are hypocrites because they talk in shul= no good

I have a hard time understanding how Jews who believe in hashem talk in shul= good
Etc. etc.

Does that sound like a reasonable standard for the forums?

February 27, 2018, 08:25:23 PM
Re: Torah & Hashkafa Questions (PC Free For All)
Is a strong desire to gain money and wealth; greed be a form of idolatry?

Reminds me of the oldie but goodie:

Two beggars are sitting side by side on a street in Rome.

One has a cross in front of him; the other one the Star of David. Many people go by and look at both beggars, but only put money into the hat of the beggar sitting behind the cross.

A priest comes by, stops and watches throngs of people giving money to the beggar behind the cross, but none give to the beggar behind the Star of David.

Finally, the priest goes over to the beggar behind the Star of David and says, "My poor fellow, don't you understand? This is a Catholic country; this city is the seat of Catholicism. People aren't going to give you money if you sit there with a Star of David in front of you, especially when you're sitting beside a beggar who has a cross. In fact, they would probably give to him just out of spite."

The beggar behind the Star of David listened to the priest, turned to the other beggar with the cross and said: "Moishe, look who's trying to teach the Goldstein brothers about marketing!

February 28, 2018, 12:49:36 PM
Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread How about an Anti-Assisted Birth movement. Hashem wants us to give birth like the nashim tzidkanios did in mitzrayim. Itís mefurash a Rashi. Women should give birth on their own on the privacy of their homes, not in a hospital assisted by an OB; they are all just in it for the money- the whole system, from the ultrasound companies, to the prenatal vitamin producers, to the formula companies, to the OBís and hospitals are all in cahoots to make millions by providing unnecessary healthcare. Studies show that hospitals are full of dangerous germs and there are hundreds of lawsuits that proved that doctors have actually harmed babies during delivery, in some cases resulting in severe brain damage. Vinishmartem meíod lenafshoseichem means it is positively a mitzvah to stop harming our precious children by using the money-hungry healthcare machine. Besides, kol kevudah bas melech penimah.

Thereís a reason why our great-grandmothers didnít have such a pevalence of autism and so many other diagnoses. Our babies werenít meant to undergo the trauma of a medically assisted birth! Let us reconnect with our precious mesorah of self delivery that we tragically abandoned in favor of the corrupt medical system!

Now, to find some signatories.

March 11, 2018, 10:37:30 PM