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Re: Cooking in a hotel room Or to quote Dan from another thread:

AKA, don't 💩 where you eat.

June 28, 2018, 12:57:54 AM
Re: How many sheitals does your wife have?
Im not talking about a chinese wig off alibaba. Im talking about a known lower end wig

I’m sure there are guy on DDF who will swear by Brooks Brothers shirts and Ecco shoes and there are others who buy the Stafford shirts when they go on sale@ $9.99 and department store shoes, get complimented on their appearance, and don’t know what all the fuss is about. There’s no right or wrong answer...

July 15, 2018, 10:21:45 AM
Re: New Hampshire Master Thread
Anyone know of a nice good full day (or good few hours at least) activity somewhere like half way between Bethlehem NH and lakewood NJ? Looking to break up the drive on way back home, and wondering where to go. Have kids age ranging 2-11. Any ideas appreciated!

Fun spot arcade in Laconia NH. Old Sturbridge village in MA (they are having their major army re-enactment today). Sonny’s place in Somers, CT. Cabellas in East Hartford CT is worth an hour or two between the shooting gallery, the animal displays etc.Waterbury has a pizza shop with decent food and prices (don’t expect to find more than the basic pizza and fries) that will break up the trip a bit. East Rock Park in New Haven CT has picnic areas with grills and a fantastic overlook- great place for a bbq.

August 05, 2018, 10:21:02 AM
Re: Interesting Articles...
Which one of the 13 principles does it contradict?

Anyone who is familiar with Ethical Veganism knows that at the root of the movement is the rejection of the “commodity status” of animals- the idea that animals can be owned or used for human purposes. Vegans consider man,too, to be an animal, and as one species in the animal kingdom, man has no right to "exploit other animals" for his own needs. This idea that man is just another animal is not a philosophy that just happened to take root amongst the masses. It is promoted in the highest echelons of Academia, and at the most prestigious universities in the country. And there is a payoff for those preaching this philosophy; the corollary of this idea is that man has no true bechirah, no free will; man is just another animal, albeit a smarter animal, yet guided by the same instincts that predetermine his choices in life, just like all animals.Therefore there is no moral imperative for one to work on himself, no absolute good and evil, just the predetermined path in life that mans animal instincts lead him along. 
Yet the Torah tells us that man is not just another animal. Man alone has bechira, and the entire universe was created for man to exercise his bechira, his free will. Animals were created to provide food, clothing, and labor for man, the purpose of creation. And the Torah did not limit the use of animals to Avrohom, Yitchak, and Yaakov, and our other holy forefathers, although they certainly were able to elevate the animal to a lofty purpose, in their use of animals to further their serving Hashem on their exalted level. The Torah obligates every simple Jew to wear leather Tefillin on his arm, wool tzitzis on his body, place a mezuzah on his door, and read from a Torah made from animal hide. this is diametrically opposed to the adherents to the ethical veganism  philosophy, who place man and beast on equal footing; the movement is antithetical to the core principles of the Torah.

August 05, 2018, 04:14:30 PM
Re: Interesting Articles...
Sorry, you’re grasping at straws.

How did that article contradict:

11. I believe with complete faith that the Creator, blessed be His name, rewards those who observe His commandments, and punishes those who transgress His commandments.

My statement was “The guiding philosophy of the ethical vegan movement is unabashed kefira”

Don’t take my work for it. Read up on “ethical Veganism” of which the article was extolling the virtues, and the two men were self described as being part of that worldwide community and belief system. Read up on their literature, and on the nuances of the various strains of veganism and how they view the commodity status of animals, and the underpinnings of their philosophy, and then you can came back here and tell me that their belief system is in consonance with #11.

To make it easier for you let me quote from Wikipedia:

Ethical veganism is based on opposition to speciesism, the assignment of value to individuals on the basis of species membership alone”

And regarding speciesism:

“Anti-speciesists argue that the extension of moral membership to all humanity, regardless of individual properties such as intelligence, while denying it to nonhumans, also regardless of individual properties, is internally inconsistent. According to the argument from marginal cases, if infants, the senile, the comatose, and the cognitively disabled (marginal-case human beings) have a certain moral status, then nonhuman animals must be awarded that status too, since there is no morally relevant ability that the marginal-case humans have that nonhumans lack.

American legal scholar Steven M. Wise argues that speciesism is a bias as arbitrary as any other. He cites the philosopher R.G. Frey (1941–2012), a leading animal rights critic, who wrote in 1983 that, if forced to choose between abandoning experiments on animals and allowing experiments on "marginal-case" humans, he would choose the latter, "not because I begin a monster and end up choosing the monstrous, but because I cannot think of anything at all compelling that cedes all human life of any quality greater value than animal life of any quality"

Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist, argued against speciesism in The Blind Watchmaker(1986), The Great Ape Project (1993), and The God Delusion (2006), elucidating the connection with evolutionary theory. He compares former racist attitudes and assumptions to their present-day speciesist counterparts. In the chapter "The one true tree of life" in The Blind Watchmaker, he argues that it is not only zoological taxonomy that is saved from awkward ambiguity by the extinction of intermediate forms, but also human ethics and law. Dawkins argues that what he calls the "discontinuous mind" is ubiquitous, dividing the world into units that reflect nothing but our use of language, and animals into discontinuous species:

The director of a zoo is entitled to "put down" a chimpanzee that is surplus to requirements, while any suggestion that he might "put down" a redundant keeper or ticket-seller would be greeted with howls of incredulous outrage. The chimpanzee is the property of the zoo. Humans are nowadays not supposed to be anybody's property, yet the rationale for discriminating against chimpanzees is seldom spelled out, and I doubt if there is a defensible rationale at all. Such is the breathtaking speciesism of our Christian-inspired attitudes, the abortion of a single human zygote (most of them are destined to be spontaneously aborted anyway) can arouse more moral solicitude and righteous indignation than the vivisection of any number of intelligent adult chimpanzees! ... The only reason we can be comfortable with such a double standard is that the intermediates between humans and chimps are all dead“

(Tangentially, it is interesting to note that many Nazi leaders were animal rights advocates. In fact, in his private diaries, Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels described Hitler as a vegetarian whose hatred of the Jewish and Christian religions in part stemmed from the ethical distinction these faiths drew between the value of humans and the value of "other animals".)

Do you think that one can consider man to be just another animal among the others, have no superiority in any way, and as an animal having no right to treat any other animal as his property, yet still believe in #11?

We are not talking about someone who eats vegetarian or vegan for health reasons, or has a hang up with meat or blood etc.- we are talking about the “ethical veganism” the article is specifically describing, although it does not use that term. Please educate yourself regarding the movement .

August 06, 2018, 12:41:25 AM
Re: Interesting Articles...
How is a hashkafa that equates serving meat with serving traifos "essentially harmless"

And that is just an example from the part of the article they put online which is the only part I read.

The larger issue is the fact that they (and many other organizations) hide behind nameless "Rabbinic boards". If you aren't willing to stand behind your "supervision" it is completely meaningless.

Like “approved by noted mechanchos”. Meaningless.

August 09, 2018, 08:12:25 PM
Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread Wow $125 can get you a lot of steak that comes out pretty awesome on my Weber or cast iron pan. That ambiance and service better be something special..
September 04, 2018, 08:33:45 PM
Re: Car Insurance Master Thread Added my 18 year old son to our auto policy and the premium jumped from 1400 a year to 3300 for 2 cars with collision coverage.. We have perfect driving records. Is this typical or should we quote around to try to get cheaper?
October 05, 2018, 12:43:20 PM
Re: Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
My thoughts exactly.

One thing i can tell you is that I have seen numerous people misunderstand sugyos and issue wrong piskei halacha due to their lack of understanding of math and science. For many years people came to me in bais eliyahu and its successors to explain mathematical aspects of sugyos.

The poskim I interact with that are best able to accurately pasken  based on the scientific and mathematical metzius are actually not the ones that have a more extensive secular background; they are sometimes too confident in their understanding of the metzius. Nor is it those who prefer to be sheltered and aren’t driven to get to the bottom of the science or math involved. It is those that have a relatively limited science or math background but have a quick grasp, know how to search out the experts in the field and how to ask the question (and how to listen), and have a relentless drive to get to the bottom of the metzius, picking up any concepts they need to help them get there. I know a couple of such poskim in Lakewood and am constantly impressed with how they are able to get to the crux of the issue to come to the correct psak.

Rav Shlomo Zalman seems to have had a similar mehalech from what I understand.

March 05, 2019, 09:12:39 AM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
I believe Mesilah gives a course in a couple of the Lakewood mesivtas on personal finance and budgeting. Perhaps they should cover investing (and what is not considered an investment) as well.

I would also include a course in the history of vaccine development and rudimentary statistics (p-values etc.)
so they are educated enough to avoid the other major scam in the jewish world- anti-vaxx literature and “studies”. ( In the interest of totally taking this thread OT 😀)

March 05, 2019, 10:15:36 AM