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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread
Poe's law in action

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe%27s_law

Anyone who would take it at face value is clearly beyond help...

March 12, 2018, 12:26:12 AM
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Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread
Not sure if you are serious or not, but this movement would be much closer to "gram retzicha" than the vaccines.

I've spent a couple of weeks in a NICU.. The quantities of frum babies that if born at home, like in the third world countries, that would be dead is astounding.

That's a lot of dead bodies. How perversive and careless.

Plenty of mom's go into distress also. These are not rare occasions.

 to give birth like the nashim tzidkanios did in mitzrayim. Itís mefurash a Rashi? Sheesh! Of course I was parodying the anti vaxers. Millions of babies died in childbirth before modern medicine- and many mothers too. A breech baby was a likely death sentence. But you can point to to the few babies who developed birth defects and cherry pick those cases choosing to ignore the rest like the anti vaxers do....

Poe's law in action

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe%27s_law

You win.

March 12, 2018, 10:03:58 AM
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Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising
Without getting bogged down in the details of the comparables, that article was noting that certain types of commercial kitchen tools are nonintuitive in how to kasher them.

So for example, he notes that the big soup thing can't be kashered. So the protocol is don't kasher it.

He notes that the fryer needs libun gamur. So you make a protocol on how to do libun gamur on deep fryers.  A roofing torch? Ok. For how long? 10 seconds per spot? Ok.  I can tell you that your expert is also not sitting there measuring temperatures, and can't "read" the temperature of steel by sight.

The dishwasher? Make a protocol.

How is this different than every other issue with hashgacha, that you have the experts making protocols for bug washing and bishul akum and whatever, and then the rank and file does it.

I was speaking to someone who does commercial koshering for places that would probably be considered mainstream. He couldnít get all the gook off the deep fryer and said it was impractical to do libun gamur so he just did a davar hapogen, and then hagalah. He says this kind of thing is done in many of the mainstream places. The clients wonít take no for an answer so they rely on tzirufim and bidieveds and try to do the best they can. The guy would never rely on this in his own kitchen, but patrons will say that guy was in charge of the koshering so it must be really good....

March 23, 2018, 12:25:58 AM
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Re: Hot! 1.5 Dz Eggs (18CT) @Target $.99 + $10 0ff $50 food Purchase I was there early this morning and took five. Figured I should leave some for others...
March 25, 2018, 12:44:25 PM
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Re: 2lb Lakewood shemurah matza available in Lakewood My kids love it the rest of the year. They put it in the soup etc.
I just figured if someone needs, and it seems that most of the stores are out of it, I would make it available....

April 05, 2018, 05:45:11 PM
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Re: Time Travel Would you go back in time and kill Hitler as a child? It would save millions of lives of those who perished in the holocaust, but would simultaneously eliminate millions of people alive today whose parents would never have met, likely including you. Of course if you donít exist you could never have travelled back in time to kill Hitler....
January 08, 2019, 11:19:48 PM
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Re: Time Travel
If you look at life like a comic strip, or any book for that matter, it may help. You can read the book in any order, flip to the end, do as you wish, but it will have no bearing on the actual story. Being able to see the future doesn't mean you have the power to change it. G-d may very well have that power, but we are told he doesn't exercise it, as we have free will.

Itís much more complex than that. As the Rambam says, and the Tanya and others discuss  הוא המדע והוא היודע והוא הידוע
Hashemís knowledge is itself the existence of all of creation; it is not separated in any way from Him. For anything to have an existence it must be his ידיעה that gives it its existence. He ďknowsĒ everything in existence simply by knowing Himself. He, and therefore his ידיעה transcend time. He created time but is not bound by time, therefore his ידיעה (ďright nowĒ from a human perspective) encompasses all points in time from the beginning of time until itís very end, giving everything across all time itís existence. To say that he doesnít know at one point in time what is transpiring in another point in time is to to not understand His relationship to time. Since He necessarily ďknowsĒ what is taking place across all time, since that is what gives existence to all of creation across all time,  that knowledge creates the reality, seemingly leaving no room for any other possibilities. That is the problem.


January 09, 2019, 12:40:20 AM
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Re: Random Posts
DDFer @eyj  has a ridiculously good post/like ratio !! :o 8) :)

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January 09, 2019, 08:48:26 PM
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Re: Over The Top Purim Parties
Good lord. http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=tongue+in+cheek

As I said before, the letter conflates multiple issues. Therefore it's not effective.

Good night sir.

After reading this thread I have to say the letter writer missed the main issue: social media. Before the days of WhatsApp and online forums, only yentas and those with their noses in everyone elseís business would know or care what someone else in a different social circle spent on his purim party. Today itís everyone elseís business to discuss, analyze , and write letters to complain about. I wish it were still the 1990ís so I would have my 20 wasted minutes back.

March 26, 2019, 04:23:40 AM
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Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread
i got a ton in my bathroom by my garage with wings. are they termites or ants...

https://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/diff.htm

March 26, 2019, 04:26:15 AM
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Re: Whatís YOUR status symbol Number of likes vs posts 😀
March 30, 2019, 11:50:00 PM
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Re: Kobe Bryant, one of the greats RIP!
Shtickle Golus vibes how the oilams so heartbroken. Klal Yisroel in pain needs our sympathy and support more
Itís symptomatic of the golus we are in. Same for those tuning in to Rush or Hannity for hours every day, or lining up at the Trump events. (Many of my political views happen to lean conservative by the way). And there are countless other examples of areas where frum Jews have lost sight of who we are, and that we are on a different trajectory than those around us, as talented as they may be. We are on a journey that spans thousands of years, and scores of host countries and cultures, on a path from Matan Torah to the final geulah. Anyone cognizant of this can not possibly identify in a personal way with the fleeting culture and company surrounding us that will all too soon fade into the forgotten past as surely as the scores of other proud cultures we have outlasted have. Our present environment, as grateful as we are to this malchus shel chessed, is but another brief encounter in our long journey that connects us with eternity.

 Chazal tell us
ותמלא הארץ אותם. שנתמלאו בתי טרטיאות ובתי קרקסיאות מהם, מיד גזרו עליהם לרוש מן המטה, שנאמר ותמלא הארץ אותם
In Egypt, the prototype of all future golus, it was at the point that the Jews started entering the theaters and places of entertainment, identifying with the Egyptian culture, that Hashem caused the Egyptians to turn on Klal Yisrael. As one of the pre-war gedolim once said:
והוצאתי אתכם מתחת סבלות מצרים
When they could no longer bear being part of the culture of mitzrayim
that is the point that they were ready to be redeemed.Itís sad, but simply a symptom of where many of us are holding

January 26, 2020, 06:22:31 PM
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Re: Dating Stories https://www.leagle.com/decision/196750254misc2d4481373
Talk about a bad date

June 16, 2020, 09:53:34 PM
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Re: Corona virus and your shul

The mesiras nefesh is incredible but Iíve got to say putting older people outside three times a day like that has got to be more risky than Covid.

November 23, 2020, 04:40:34 PM
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Re: Lakewood covid cases Regardless, if R Weiss would want them to do this I call it a worthy cause and even without knowing him Iím reasonably sure he would. In my book that is the end of the story. This is a NON issue (I wonít comment on how the Mossad operated during covid)

Iíd sooner call out the Lakewood fundraising campaigns we see each summer that have hookah bars, cigar rolling, mixologists, and raucous volleyball tournaments that are marketed to a select crowd and never known to the public at large because it would be seen as such poor taste and negative publicity for the organization. This is as kosher as it gets. *I donít send to any of SCK mosdos or have anything to do with him.

December 06, 2020, 09:58:54 AM
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