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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
Re: Dave Ramsey Plan
Here is another way to look at this:

Prepaying a (presumably fixed rate) mortgage converts a guaranteed CASH LIQUID asset into non-guaranteed, illiquid HOME EQUITY.

Now I know that when home prices are rising and banks are easily giving HELOCs, many people might not realize the risks involved. But remember that HELOCs can be frozen, shut down, or simply not offerred at any time the banks don't want to lend. Also, while we've seen an outstanding increase in home values (especially in BKLN and LKWD), prices don't always go up (they are possibly a little down from their peak). And here's something many people miss - prepaying a mortgage is irrelevant to your net worth, I actually know people that were kicking themselves for not having larger mortgage balances during the Making Home Affordable loan modification days.

Also, don't forget tax ramifications.
speaking of liquid, how liquid is the cash in a whole life policy?
Easier /more reliably available to access than a HELOC?

June 08, 2020, 06:00:55 PM
Re: Is there any good news in the fight against COVID-19?
YesThere was plenty of evidence of this over the last few weeks and it’s reasonable. What they were originally calling “asymptomatic” usually turned out to be “presymptomatic”. This really only has implications for contact tracing and any guilty feelings you might have harbored if you were indeed asymptomatic ;) (because anybody “asymptomatic” can actually be “presymptomatic” as far as spreading is concerned)
another important difference between 'asymptomatic' and 'presymptomatic' would be children, and the risk of opening schools/camps.
that age cohort has been almost completely asymptomatic

June 09, 2020, 04:49:40 PM
Re: Stocks
these kids are probably spending less on stock slices then they were on game upgrades

June 14, 2020, 12:06:04 PM
Re: Did you test for antibodies? POLL
Can all be the flu, but takes the Labcorp Roche antibody test if you want to know for certain.
loss of smell from flu?

June 14, 2020, 04:55:31 PM
Re: Is there a second wave?
My immediate family and almost anyone I know in my community had the virus and recovered. Who do you suggest we protect from whom?
Let me give you an example from our community:
Protect who?
RCSDBL has been locked up at home since after Purim. BH feeling well. this week he was able to leave home for the 1st time for an outdoor simcha. don't you think he'd LOVE to visit his beloved 770? (וכהנה כו"כ לכאורה)

from who?
according to the guidance of our "society", he should be able to. UNTIL next week when the broader Lubavitch community has every intention of ignoring the request against visiting (because: "it's over already/c'mon/it's just me/the vulnerable are locked up/really?" take your pick)

or from:
Indoor weddings with OOT guests. 2 a night.

bochurim coming back to yeshivos (as they perhaps should) from communities that don't have the (earned-in-blood) herd immunity that we do. Is someone guiding them on the proper precautions so they don't bring in a 2nd wave? is there any accountability at all? or איש הישר בעיניו יעשה?

June 14, 2020, 05:46:29 PM
Re: Is there a second wave?
His brother has been locked up for months too. He had no symptoms. This past Shabbos he had Yahrzeit and sat together with me at the farbrengen where we heard what I described above from a senior Hatzolah member.
which is why I am advocating that when those senior hatzalah people/doctors give guidance we should listen, not pick and choose the parts we like (everyone is safe) and discard the parts we don't like (continue SD measures, no kiddushim in shul, continue to prefer outdoor events, get a handle on indoor weddings/no visitors/etc.)

My other point is: herd immunity isn't zero. there are some (few), vulnerable victims, some (few, outside) sources of infection, and some (few) un-immune local carriers (me). it would do us well to maintain some small degree of precautions, whatever our local experts are suggesting (they've been wrong. אתה צודק. please אל תהיה צודק תהיה חכם). I don't know about you, but I lost enough relatives this year.

June 14, 2020, 06:01:34 PM
Re: Is there a second wave?
Sounds so idyllic, but unfortunately it's quite disconnected from reality.
not quite.
I wear a mask also to protect myself. I practically need to excuse myself for wearing it

June 14, 2020, 07:18:09 PM
Re: Is there a second wave?
At what point, if ever, will you stop wearing a mask?
In indoor settings? where others aren't all immune? probably once there's a vaccine...

Unless our local professionals have some different guidance

June 14, 2020, 07:38:38 PM
Re: Violent protests erupt across the country
Hard to tell from the video who shot. The officer chasing him switched hands with the taser and drew his firearm. Either way it was poor judgement to shoot the guy when their lives were not in danger.
it was poor judgment to try and tase an armed officer who is chasing you

June 14, 2020, 11:57:14 PM
Re: Will there be Sleep Away Camp this summer?
I am not disagreeing. There are many things that can't be replaced.
Catholic camps are an integral part of their teachings. Just like when Churches were closed they might not agree but understand why.
when schools closed for a month or three in march, we shut them ahead of gov guidance, for good reason.
this despite the religious imperative of schools being of greater urgency than camps.
the reasons in march no longer apply logically;
they had plans which were prepared and looked over by lots of different people which the governor and his team didn’t even bother to look at. That’s where all of this anger stems from.
this mayor/governor are just enjoying flexing authoritarian muscle. kinda like trump and the protests

June 15, 2020, 09:58:16 PM
Re: Is there a second wave?
C. Yes, it would be interesting to see if large outdoor gatherings can spread the virus, but the riots and protests are not necessarily helpful in answering that question.  Unlike most gatherings, the protesters often didn't know each other or record each others' names, so impossible to know who was near whom. 

how about public announcement: if you were at X protest on Y day at Z time, get yourself tested

June 15, 2020, 10:15:41 PM
Re: Violent protests erupt across the country
The problem is in this country we are governed by laws not a religion. So for this discussion any religion is completely meaningless.
nobody advocated governing by anything other than the law of the land. when my local cop starts enforcing halacha, meet me in supreme court.
that's the law by which the police govern, not what defines moral right and wrong.

June 15, 2020, 10:31:42 PM
Re: yeshivas that are open
How long should we wait until some here are convinced that our community is safe?
The argument made by those better equipped is that high percentage of antibodies /assumed immunity combined with no new sources of infection.

What happens later this week, when 10s (or more) susceptible out of towners with your attitude decide it's OK to ignore the plea of rabbonim and doctors not to visit? Do we risk introducing new infection source to the remaining susceptible population?
Just in time for 770s superspread grand reopening

June 21, 2020, 10:52:39 AM
Re: yeshivas that are open And I'm serious about the attitude. I get that masks are more uncomfortable for @ExGingi than for the rest of us (or is the discomfort in needing to cede some self assurance)
But why does my mask bother you? (not you, the next guy)
Why was I heckled out of a farbrenen yesterday for wearing one?
That's the attitude I'm afraid will start the new wave

June 21, 2020, 10:57:58 AM
Re: yeshivas that are open And I'm not even talking about the silent-shaming/dirty looks/questioning 2 hours before that. Just the outright yelling/cursing/heckling that said what everyone else was thinking
June 21, 2020, 12:16:04 PM
Re: yeshivas that are open
Yes, people wearing masks are the exception rather than the rule in the community. I would guess most get asked in surprise if they didn't have any symptoms. But their own mask wearing is respected, as well as more mask compliance around if indeed a person that hasn't had symptoms is present.
That was 2 weeks ago for me.
I'm no grasshopper, but let's forget the silent stuff. Let's stick with the 3 comments in as many minutes that were unambiguous.
Yes your generation are more respectful. Your kids generation, in the other hand, are more self assured than you, and more black and white (and all they hear from their parents is "אוי ס'איז שווער צו זיין א איד מציל נפשות")

June 21, 2020, 12:36:51 PM
Re: Out Of Control Fireworks
You need to stop it at the source.
the source is in gracie mansion.
with all due sympathy for those who can't sleep, the main problem here is lawlessness. when the city chief executive at whose pleasure the heroes in blue serve has ordered LE to 'stand down', the message to criminals/lowlifes/vilde chayos etc. 'go have a blast, do whatever you please' לית דין ולית דיין. the danger in that goes a lot further than a few sleepless nights.
how many black lives were snuffed out in one night last night by gun violence racist police absence? 20 shooting deaths in one day across the city? how many were 'black or brown bodies'? do their lives matter? and how safe are we?
that must be "the source" that @CountValentine is looking for

on that note
Where are they getting all the fireworks?
if anyone knows the answer to this, I know some bored teens with no summer camp who would love some fun at 2 in the afternoon instead of 2 in the morning. can we hook them up?

June 21, 2020, 10:44:48 PM
Re: Out Of Control Fireworks
I wonder after having a month שכולו July 4, what will be left for Macy's to be mechadesh on July 4?
start with what's left of macys period...

June 22, 2020, 12:32:12 AM
Re: Out Of Control Fireworks
Lawlessness and anarchy is the theme of the month!
what's next month?

June 22, 2020, 10:20:21 PM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
I'm confused. Why would escalation and charge backs work here? And why should they?
if they aren't accepting your returns, on what basis are they discarding them? They should return them to you at your expense

June 24, 2020, 12:11:51 PM
Re: Evolution and the age of the universe You should start keeping CY again
June 29, 2020, 12:04:13 AM
Re: Do you know someone who has had Coronavirus after Pesach?
once social distancing is kept.
a big assumption in our communities...

I've been called "the only guy in ch still wearing one" (or heckled, as discussed) for wearing in crowded indoor settings

Have you seen 770 lately? A wedding? A grocery store?

July 02, 2020, 11:45:05 AM
Re: Do you know someone who has had Coronavirus after Pesach?  My point is that
when social distancing is adhered to.
is an irrelevant hypothetical.

Let's talk about the benefits they bring in the real world situations we live in.

July 02, 2020, 12:10:22 PM
Re: Long Term Effects of COVID-19
Forgot to mention another good reason (though it's highly doubtful, as if I understand correctly reinfections are asymptomatic): During my bout with COVID-19 I managed to shed about 20lbs of bodyweight (and regained about 5 since). Dropping another 15lbs will get me even closer to my target weight.
I'm not sure where you get that reinfections are asymptomatic

July 05, 2020, 04:52:50 AM
Re: Do you know someone who has had Coronavirus after Pesach?
I guess you avoided 770 on Shabbos.
do you wonder why?
unlike you, I wasn't hit in round 1, and -also unlike you- I have no interest in getting hit in round 2.
with out-of-towners (from hotspots) outnumbering masks 10-1 i figured I didn't belong. (even if this week I finally wouldn't get heckled for my mask, as I might have the excuse of taking the notices at face value)
I would say that about 1% of people wore masks.
wow, that's a real uptick

I have a friend who initially panicked about being forced to wear a mask, as per the notice put out by the Gaboim/Kratz, but when I explained to him that those notices can only be used to wipe one's hands, not other places, as they can cause rectal bleeding, his panic subsided. Not a word printed on those notices was meant seriously even for a split second by those who published them.
that's a very respectful way for you to describe a psak from our beloved local rabbonim. I'm having flashbacks to the late nun's, the way some lefty neighbors used to talk...

July 06, 2020, 11:53:53 PM
Re: The science of COVID-19
I can't figure out why you insist on using lockdowns interchangeably with "Using a mask and being cautious" when you are well aware this is not the case. I have come to expect much more intellectual honesty from you than this, but that seems to have disappeared as soon as the discussion is about covid.
in my experience, the loudest protestations against masks and precautions, especially protesting mocking being concerned for the discomfort of those who do maintain those protections, usually comes from the people who are themselves feeling the most guilty about their own lack of precaution. the guy heckling your mask is th guy who himself didn't get it yet either

(or maybe he did, but he's well informed, on the cutting edge of DDF, and has started worrying about reinfection)

July 09, 2020, 01:26:04 PM
Re: Translating a Yiddish diary From the war I know this guy does translation of this type of stuff

Rabbi Yehuda Altein
(347) 423-5734
(Yiddish/Hebrew to English; specializes in handwritten family material)

I may know some others as well

July 16, 2020, 06:48:44 PM
Re: How can you spot a Trump supporter?
And so is all our livelihoods, our sanity, and health not pertaining to Covid.
Has the effectiveness of a mask ever been proven?  Heck, even anecdotal evidence supporting it is lacking. If we're way ahead of peak capacity, or way behind, why slow this nightmare?  Speed it the hell up.
lockdowns, not masks, affect your livelihood and those other things.
You're drawing a false equivalence or a straw man to justify your laziness.

July 17, 2020, 03:36:49 AM
Re: How can you spot a Trump supporter?
Tell that to people who have mental health challanges. I know people who have gone into serious depression over the lockdown. They get triggered over seeing someone with a mask.
Don't assume I'm talking about your "uneducated trumpers." I'm talking about people with real mental issues.
what's the connection between the two?

July 17, 2020, 08:16:34 AM
Re: Masks Oh, and CV spells and grammars like yeshivish
July 17, 2020, 12:35:46 PM
Re: How can you spot a Trump supporter? If by 'panic' you mean not 'panic attack' but 'an uncomfortable reminder of a sad reality we live in' then I fail to see why that's a reason for me not to take minimum steps to protect myself and those around me. Sad reality don't care about your feelings
July 18, 2020, 11:53:01 PM
Re: How can you spot a Trump supporter? @Jeremiah what are these common sense precautions of which you speak?
July 19, 2020, 11:27:00 AM
Re: Correct spelling of Yiddish/Jewish names
Interesting. Didn't know that רייכל was different than רחל. Also they're spelling it (incorrectly?) with two yuds.
רעכיל is absolutely separate from רחל.
Dunno about the hebraized spelling

July 19, 2020, 11:35:32 AM
Re: Masks And like with vaccines, when the other 97 precent are covered, you can skip
July 19, 2020, 12:28:57 PM
Re: Do You Really Think Dan Didn't Read The Baby Present Thread?? Great place for referral discussions then
July 26, 2020, 11:12:46 PM
Re: Stella Immanuel Asks Why We Don't Prescribe Prophylactic Hydroxychloroquine
As I said
I'm not expecting anyone to compare that simchas Torah with the current situation. What I am asking is to take one's current knowledge, attitudes and feelings and imagine themselves back then and there, and try to be honest as to what they would hold/feel/do back then.
one good way to measure;
When each person's own local rabbonim, rebbes and leaders did give guidance, did they accept them with simplicity? Or start calculating כוונה פנימית, that The rabbi really meant otherwise "if he meant what he said then he would..." (this being the actual example in the reshima)
Likewise, arguments in the basis of global economy, as well as personal comfort, logical and accurate as they may be, are products of sechel and of self, not of emunah peshuta

July 30, 2020, 02:24:33 PM
Re: COVID Testing Due To Travel
Bit of a drive from Brooklyn but definitely not a deal breaker!  Thanks!
if you fly out of Newark Monsey will be less of a detour

August 06, 2020, 11:49:00 AM
Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
Why do we have to label everyone?
to explain that lack of cinuch options wasn't an issue, as they have none here either

August 07, 2020, 09:33:17 AM
Re: Getting Corona Virus Twice By
OMG. @gozalim did you see this sentece:

No scientific studies, no PhD endorsements, nothing, just plain old using simple tools granted to all of us by our creator.
From them a lot stronger than from you

August 07, 2020, 12:01:31 PM
Re: Getting Corona Virus Twice Agav, @ExGingi I thought of you when I came across this sicha last week.
Make of it what you will

August 07, 2020, 12:05:43 PM