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Re: MBD Racist? And Other Split Popcorn
He should apologize and everyone should move on to discuss the horrific, racist, sub human, cruel, thing that occurred in Chicago (would I be considered racist if I mentioned it is BHO'S and Rahm Emanuel's home town?) and the sickening video of it.
+1 this place is like the UN. You have overtly race /hate based cases of ugly violence and torture, human rights violation, mistreating disabled people etc. All well documented. But instead we have a unanimous resolution excoriating the fact that, in Israel, someone's feelings may have been hurt

January 06, 2017, 08:23:21 AM
Re: Hot!!! Free Earrings
שונא מתנות יחיה

א"ת שונא אלא שיינע
(now if these qualify for שיין is another question...)

February 10, 2017, 03:10:11 AM
Re: Hidden City Ticketing Is it safe to use TSA Pre (known traveler) on HC ticket? or can that help the airline track down your mileage account?

Crediting to partners is fine?

February 16, 2017, 07:36:54 AM
Re: Crayola’s Retiring One Of Their Crayons For The First Time Ever
That's major news.

I would guess they are retiring a color that the average male cannot name (men's color palettes have fewer names than women palettes) or white.

"white" is going to be replaced by "privilege"

March 30, 2017, 10:27:57 AM
Re: Crayola’s Retiring One Of Their Crayons For The First Time Ever there won't be a replacement 'cause white is an occupier
March 30, 2017, 01:58:33 PM
Re: Shlichus Addiction?
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.
Spot on!
and whaddaya know?
that same unadulterated לימוד תורה (preferably על טהרת הקודש) which prepares one so well for a life of shlichus, by imparting a knowledge and appreciation for hashem, his torah, and the awareness that אין עוד מלבדו, also happens to be a great prep for a life of a chassidisher balebos (perhaps even more so...), and for that matter, the best prep for a frum jewish life at all...

and isn't that the 'core' of what shlichus should be about anyway?

April 20, 2017, 06:04:55 PM
Re: Alternatives to Connectify?
Oh, that's very old! (11 is the month and 15 is 2015) this feature arrived in 1607 (anniversary update). You should update to the latest version (1703, creators update). The easiest way is with the Update Assistant tool from Microsoft
thanks. The update now gives me the w10 native Hotspot

April 25, 2017, 10:48:52 AM
Re: Shlichus Addiction?
Is that an ad?
advertorial. see TBL thread

April 25, 2017, 01:14:57 PM
Re: Excel Problem
Oh, I didn't even know that :) I was referring to the REGEXREPLACE formula where you tell it a cell, the regex to look for in there, and the string to replace it with.
would this serve the same purpose as Gdocs?

May 21, 2017, 08:12:19 PM
Re: Is this a scam or not? as soon as you reject the part of paying the consultant he'll disappear
June 08, 2017, 02:34:32 PM
Re: Usefulness of a BTL
Hi everyone.  Our oldest son in finishing his 2nd year in a Beis Medrish in Lakewood.  The yeshiva just got accredited for a BTL program.  We would like for him to start taking some college classes in the fall, but, he is interested in staying for 2 more years and getting the BTL.  Is the BTL a valid degree that he can use to get into grad school?  We are BT's and have heard mixed reviews.  Anyone out there want to give us some advice?  Thanks!!!
This may be a silly question, but does his age preclude him pursuing more traditional college education in 2 years, should you be dissatisfied with the BTL?

Even if the arguments presented here about the deficiencies of a BTL are accurate, what is not disputed is that his opportunity to pursue full fledged Torah study for an additional 2 years is to his benefit in both Torah knowledge and proficiency as well as spiritual/moral formation. That, coupled with the possibility of the BTL being valuable (especially if he pursues a field or market other than the few where there is alleged suspicion) tripled with the fact that he hasn't yet chosen a path, quadrupled with the general benefit of waiting until a slightly more mature age/stage before entering college, I think it's a pretty safe wager.

July 04, 2017, 03:04:27 PM
Re: Please (Make and) Post your Kiddush Hashem-Honesty Story
I don't know people here. And I'm not paskening any shailas.

I will say that I always was under the impression that the ikur chillul/kiddush Hashem is how yidden will see it, not goyim.

I also will say that returning aveidas akum is also not a simple matter from a halachic standpoint, and may be assur.

As such, someone sharing a story that he was machzir aveidas akum, and thinks he made a kiddush HaShem, may in fact be making a chillul HaShem with said story.

Either way, just to remind people, what we "feel" and what halacha requires of us, may be two extremely different things, and we should be careful to keep the goal in mind.

/soap box
go fight it out with ר שמעון בן שטח

July 06, 2017, 10:18:05 PM
Re: Silent Killer
And the mesirah police are stopping us from reporting those tbat are responsible.
it should  hinestly be balanced with din rodef...

July 17, 2017, 01:10:19 PM
Re: Where are you going to watch the (Total) Solar Eclipse on August 21?

What advantage do glasses have, if all they let through is that same sliver?
um, that you can look directly

not to mention that in totality, the difference is even greater...

August 21, 2017, 02:54:11 PM
Re: Chabad Minhagim: Pros & Cons
Ah, so that's why every non Chabad shul I've been in has been a picture of utter chaos and confusion with a total lack of clarity. In one corner people are davenning shacharis, in another musaf. All the while in the hallway there's a minyan maariv, and in the staircase a minyan mincha. The main minyan is singing L'cha Dodi.


Competing with jj for best comment

December 20, 2017, 12:59:37 PM
Re: Stroller/Carriage Master Thread
newborn, no
if you prefer side by side and are in narrow city doorways /stores, I believe the mountain buggy duet is the narrowest side by side

April 11, 2018, 12:37:13 PM
Re: Stroller/Carriage Master Thread
Doesn't concert to single IINM. More like 1 1/2. A basket would go there
which the MBD does as well

April 11, 2018, 12:50:19 PM
Re: Kennedy Replacement DDF Shortlist
except they'd do "add one for each justice under seventy"

June 28, 2018, 12:45:08 PM
Re: How many sheitals does your wife have?
Sheitals are questionable disputed halachikly...

July 15, 2018, 02:25:41 PM
Re: Why Do Lubavtichers Wear Their Shirts Untucked?
Yup, it's in shulchan aruch harav.
that if the beged is folded, the folded part doesn't count to the shiur of 1x1 ammah

August 28, 2018, 08:16:55 PM
Re: What does Chiam Moskowitz do on Shabbos?
He makes sure to carry while walking to shul.

September 09, 2018, 03:28:36 AM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
This is an issue that effects all of us and will effect all of us for many years if confirmed. It is all our responsibility to demand a fair an impartial investigation.
If it doesn't happen it will be because she successfully avoided it

September 20, 2018, 04:38:27 PM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others It would seem that this rule may be fair in concept, but customers are much more encouraged, and likely to participate, when there are clear, transparent, universal rules, knowable in advance before pulling the trigger.
(i.e. if you didn't spend $XYZ/month in the last month/year, you're on your own)
you don't want your good customers needing to guess 'where they stand'
(and no, nobody wants to need to contact customer service for this)

October 23, 2018, 08:37:21 PM
Re: Stocks
I see the market is having a sale on stocks.

Do you think the sale will be extended and they'll slash prices even more or now's the time to buy?
buy on a card with price protection

January 02, 2019, 01:11:47 PM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
I'm glad Dan seems to be writing a piece about this, and IMNSHO it should include buying groups. A look at that thread shows how things can go horribly wrong even with the best intentions. For many buyers, even those who have spent tens of thousands without incident, a loss of $1,000 is mammoth - life altering. A sudden price drop or a large order that isn't received in Delaware can spell disaster for so many.
to put that another way:
even if you're (blinded by the ROI and) decide to go forward, whether with buying groups, day trading, or 1,001 other scams, you need to keep in mind:
never invest/lend what you cannot walk away from and afford to loose. come up with that number and don't deviate. with buying groups it may mean that in the busy BF or prime day season you're not able to maximize, but it'll keep you out of bankruptcy

January 31, 2019, 08:30:08 PM
Re: Taxes: Big Money...?
how poor can you be with a $400k tax bill??
in NY, about $1M
hardly justifies the the 'relative finding' upthread.

February 25, 2019, 11:21:08 PM
Re: Shabbos Bottle Opener
i'm waiting for one sized to smirnoff bottles

March 06, 2019, 03:29:29 PM
Re: Disabling Ring doorbell for shabbos
I'm quite surprised nobody is doing it in NYC for an affordable price.
because the install tech is paying NYC cost of living...

April 03, 2019, 04:39:31 PM
Re: Disabling Ring doorbell for shabbos
Or better yet, a simple kit that you could wire up a shunt switch. It would contain a $0.50 switch, some wires that cause pennies, and little note that explains how to install it. It'll sell at large kosher markets for $29.99

I'm sure people will buy it, just like they buy bedikas chametz kits and pre-packaged 10 pieces of bread
get ner mitzvah logo and go ahead

April 04, 2019, 09:32:37 AM
Re: Re: Impossible Burger 2.0
Anyone know where the CRC gets this from?
“The other issue is that due to the weight and thickness of cast iron cookware, the metal will not get hot if one m erely dips into the hag’alah water for a few seconds. Rather, the items should be put into the boiling water and left there for l ong enough tha t the water itself comes back to a boil, which indicates that the cast iron itself has become heated to hag’alah temperatures.”

You can kasher stone and wood which are much poorer conductors of heat than cast iron, and these things take a long time to conduct heat. (Just think- If you put a decent sized potato in boiling water it will take close to 30 minutes for the center of the potato to reach 200F). One would have to leave the stone or thick wood utensils in the boiling water for ages to get the center of the material to hagalah temperatures. Presumably as long as the water maintains its bubbling and it is al ha’aish it has the ability to draw out beliyos regardless of the utensils internal temperature. The same should hold true for cast iron. I get the need to bring the water back to boiling part since that is necessary for the hagalah to work, but that should have nothing to do with the cast iron utensils temperature. It’s been a while since I’ve gone through the sugya. Is there something I’m missing?
I'd assume, just based on your excerpt:
If they were worried about the internal temperature of the pot, their guidance is pretty weak, as you point out.
more likely, potato/wood etc., being bad conductors, don't much cool the water even while remaining internally 'cool', hence the boiling will resume relatively quickly. Heavy cast iron, being a better conductor, will actually perceptibly cool the water, requiring a short wait until the water returns to boiling. Once the water is back to boiling, we no longer 'care' about the internal temp

seems in psak they agree with you in any case, perhaps just poorly written explanation of the issue

April 04, 2019, 07:17:45 PM
Re: Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black $79.99
They should be similarly reliable, but Toshiba has a much much much smaller market share so it is hard to tell.
Absolutely don't use Seagate, especially the portable drives (I'm doing data recovery full time)

July 31, 2019, 12:26:05 PM
Re: Disabling Ring doorbell for shabbos To clarify my sequence comment :
Regardless of what external display results, the very fact that the sensor noted a motion, sets in motion a programming sequence. Without wifi it may error out at the 'recording' stage, it may not display a light, but the circuits in the program have been set in motion.'
Depending on which shita in electricity shabbos in general, this can be an issue.

(a similar issue was raised by rabbi LY Halperin a"h in response to the kosher switch (which badly resembles his 1970s invention more than anything else))

August 05, 2019, 10:12:34 AM
Re: New Coin Deal Maybe people hanging onto these for pidyon haben
November 04, 2019, 07:24:02 PM
Re: HP Multi Purpose Printer Paper, 20lb, 8.5 x 11, 96 Bright, 2500 Sheets-$19.98 to answer part of my own question:
1 ream $7 -$4 coupon = $3

November 12, 2019, 11:58:36 AM
Re: App that scans handwriting Highly doubtful that any program would have any meaningful accuracy on OCRing handwritten notes, even with a very neat uniform handwriting, and that much more so in Hebrew
November 24, 2019, 11:14:14 PM
Re: DDF DO: NYC Edition?
Only the jumpover pass. Valid anytime
occasionally includes free lodging

December 02, 2019, 11:50:24 AM
Re: DDF DO: NYC Edition?
(as long as no-one became fleishig).
from the sound of thing you are the only one for whom that may be an issue

December 02, 2019, 08:58:28 PM
Re: DDF DO: NYC Edition?

Interestingly enough I think I walked in there many more time when I was half my current age (or less) than I do nowadays.
back then it was cutting edge

December 04, 2019, 10:32:02 AM
Re: Hyperloop
this stuff is all too much for me.
you could have opened with that

December 16, 2019, 07:28:25 PM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
Would an merchant processing account get shut if a brother was making small charges of below$200. But adding up to 70k monthly?
350 swipes a month from a single card, with a name that happens just happens to match the owner...
... No, nothing to see here. Keep moving


January 11, 2020, 09:21:41 PM
Re: Kobe Bryant, one of the greats RIP!
Kobe Bryant - a soul transformed by the Catholic faith

It is clear that Bryant's faith was important to him and it had a transformative impact on his life. This is how all faith should work. Faith which does not transform a person isn't faith --it's nothing.
I hope to see this angle covered properly in the MSM conversation.
It has so much to contribute to literally bettering lives of many people, and is hardly acknowledged to the level it needs

January 27, 2020, 11:52:21 AM
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
People still fedex?
mostly amazon

January 28, 2020, 01:32:45 PM
Re: Air Serbia NYC-TLV per request:
I was there a while ago (~8-9 years?) sounds like some of the more recent travelers are ahead of me already
If there's something I can contribute, tag me
If you're in touch with Rabbi Kaminetzky, that's probably the best I can tell you.
with <24 hr stopover i think you're sticking to belgrade specifically.

ETA: 5 min on google brought up this:
There is actually a kosher restaurant near one of the stops (easy google)
what can you tell us about the kashrus of this place?
(is it this place? if yes note the comment. In any case it predates my visit. but the local chabad should be able to tell you the status of it)

January 28, 2020, 05:18:59 PM
Re: May Rush Limbaugh have a speedy recovery
Rush inspires and instructs millions in age old Conservative values and makes liberals nuts. As frum Jews I bet we all agree that's a good thing.
Gonna bite. not for the sake of the OP but to call out something we may all fall victim to subtly.
Just because on many of today's hot-button issues one side's positions are more at odds with ours than the other, doesn't obviate the fact that at the same time on other issues Torah's position may be in the opposite direction.
remember the speech from the Monsey Rov following the attack?

perhaps we're in greater danger of overlooking the insidious influence of those who we sometimes agree with than by taking an occasional lesson from someone whose other values are so obviously far from our own.

I vomit a little in my mouth every time I hear some brilliant shul pundit spew "talk show wisdom" as if it's toras emes. read a book for crying out loud

February 03, 2020, 06:00:34 PM
Re: ISO: Large Freezer Recommendations
I guess you didn't see the ice cream deal.
@jj1000 keeps CY

February 21, 2020, 11:41:13 AM
Re: Home improvements that ONLY happened because of Covid-19 A tale of two pandemics
Those with (small/school aged) children
And those without

May 05, 2020, 03:21:18 PM
Re: Covid-19 Symptoms In Toddlers - Rashes / Hives
My only point was that I found it curious that this is popping up now when the virus has been around for 6 months.
Huawei hadn't yet turned on that feature.

May 10, 2020, 01:20:10 AM
Re: Lawsuits Alleging Religious Discrimination - Covid 19
Someone needs to bring a case based on if WM gets to be opened as essential service then houses of worship should also be opened because they are essential services. Until that happens it is only opinion for all of us. It is telling that when they were completely shut down they didn't try.
or if political rallies (or some other essential assembly)is allowed before prayers

June 01, 2020, 03:29:00 PM
Re: Six flags will open safari for public drive thru  
Is there any way to get this cheaper than $20/person over the age of 2?
drive through a major city in the evening

June 05, 2020, 01:12:03 PM
Re: Stocks
Bh, the virus is pretty much gone, how many people do you know that caught virus in the last four-five weeks?
Life is (resuming to) normal in boro park and Williamsburg like it was pre Corona.
after all, aren't they the whole world?
these 2 communities alone will feed the entire airline and cruise industries!

June 08, 2020, 03:54:06 AM