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Re: Keeping Up With The Kushners
I'm so glad a DDF glitch let me like your post twice, ha. I think we judge ourselves favorably. When it's our aveiros, we are orthodox people who are trying. When it's someone else with specific aveiros, they are "conservatives" or reform or open orthodox etc. When it's us and loshon hora/v'havta lirayacha kamocha/being careful about treating converts as the torah reminds us myriad times, eh no big deal, we're orthodox. But if uncle saul drives to shul on shabbas, he's conservative.

I say we do away with all the other labels and look to halacha. There are halachic jews, and non jews. There is no 3rd status. Granted, there are special laws to treat kohanim, levi'im, converts, elders, rabbis, and maybe I as missing a few. Let's stop with ALL the other labels.

So you're orthodox and they're something less because your sins are outside the realms of shabbas and kosher and sitting in a church? Why are those realms the deciding factors for you in this label system of yours? Aren't all d'oraisas equal to each other, and same with all d'rabanans?
This is a really tough one. If someone doesn't cover their hair or wear pants does this make them non Orthodox? I don't think so. Certainly all of us make mistakes on a regular basis with lashon hora, and a myriad of other aveiros but we are either A) ignorant of some of the finer details of Halacha or B) we are human and mess up but essentially as long as one believes in following Halacha and aknowledges the authority of the gedolim and poskim one is orthodox. Actually all aveiros are not created equal as are discussed in the various halachos of mumar. There are certain situations such as one knowingly doing specific aveiros when there isn't even an incentive to do so or in a very open and brazen manor or in some cases aveiros having to do with Shabbos or avoda zora that would reflect on ones status as an Orthodox Jew. Not exactly analogous, but I think we would all understand that one who does not wear a kippa (though he might very well be orthodox) would be making a statement that is of more significance than one who sorts cutlery on Shabbos despite the latter being a dioraisa and the former possibly not even being dirabonon.The problems start when one (or ones rabbi) views Halacha as fungible and all the Halachic authorities as out of touch and irrelevant. At that point it would seem that one has crossed the line and would no longer be considered orthodox. We should certainly accept those who are culturally orthodox with love and patience and understanding, and hope that they will grow in their spiritual journey, just as we would like to grow beyond many of the things that we are deficient in as you pointed out, but it is unfair and unhealthy to erase all labels and thereby blur the lines for ourselves in what is considered normative Orthodox observance.

January 24, 2017, 06:10:39 PM
Re: NY Post Article On Satmar Couple's Open Marriage (Interesting Articles Split)
Ain adam choteh ela im kein nichnas bo ruach shtus...

I'd venture to say that most OTD cases happen because of unfulfilled Taivos.

Have to disagree with you there, unless you are referring to the proximate cause. There are many abuse situations, learning disability, kids not cut out for the specific school etc. they are squeezed into, mental health issues, just to name a few root causes. Taavos may be the eventual trigger, but someone brought up in a healthy environment who feels happy, fulfilled, and comfortable with himself in all other ways in unlikely to go OTD because he also has unfulfilled taavos IMHO. I'm sure there are instances of normal people succumbing to their taavos but that's not representative of most OTD.

March 15, 2017, 09:47:06 AM
Re: Esrog trees- Lakewood $12
Would love to hear.
Esrogei California Chazon Ish kivelevitch. I'm not an expert but keep them indoors near my patio door in the winter since citrus trees are not cold hardy, and on the deck in the summer and they are flourishing. Getting them to grow esrogim can be done but I understand it takes some work, but the plants look nice and when you rub the leaves they smell like esrog.....

September 26, 2017, 01:20:39 AM
Re: Esrog trees- Lakewood $12
Are they Chazon Ish or Kivelevitch?
My mistake. I assumed kivelevitch was a zan Chazon ish but I see it is a subset of Braverman.

"These Esrogim were attested to by Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Diskin, the Brisker Rav, who upon seeing a certain Esrog tree remarked "This is my tree". From this tree the Braverman family established their stock in Petach Tikva. A sub-strain of Braverman is the KIVILEVITZ variety."

September 26, 2017, 09:22:34 AM
Esrog Trees $10 - Lakewood Only 3 left. Looks great in your sukkah! 4-6 foot plants. California Esrogim. Kivelevitch.
October 04, 2017, 11:30:46 AM
Re: Do you Daven? Wow what a thread. As others have mentioned, the only way you will have any influence on your husband is through positive reinforcement, and genuine respect. Find some things you can genuinely respect him for in any area, not necessarily religious. His respect for you and consequently your influence on him will grow immensely.

With all due respect there may be another aspect here. The fact that you are almost able to contemplate the idea of being “true to yourselves” and living a secular lifestyle leaves me to wonder about the extent of your feelings and level of connection to God and religion in general and how they are expressed in your home. Is it something that has a place in everyday conversation in your life?

It is a mans mitzvah to davening, but genuine davening can’t take place in a vacuum. If there is no religious vitality in the home, and the extent of the connection to the frum lifestyle is superficial and largely revolves around the cost of the frum lifestyle etc. then the external expression of that is going to be apathy and disinterest in davening etc.

If there is room for you to grow personally in this area it will go farther than anything you could possibly say to your husband to influence him. Learning a few minutes a day from a book that speaks to you, attending a meaningful shiur/ lecture on a somewhat regular basis etc. and giving expression to your connection to spirituality in everyday life will reap dividends.

 In the meantime, if you have a husband who cares about you, is a devoted father, and is there together with you to deal with life’s challenges, you have much to be grateful for.....

January 11, 2018, 11:40:35 AM
Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread
He accomplished unbelievable things despite devastating disability, a trait to be admired.

But that aside, what are the criteria for mention in this thread? A man, created in the image of G-d (that he did not believe in IINM,) left this world for the eternal one.  Do his life and accomplishments not warrant acknowledgment?  Does his family not deserve our compassion?

He went to great lengths to justify the denial of G-d’s existence, with unprovable theories about the universe before the Big Bang that themselves required faith...

March 14, 2018, 08:14:11 AM
Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising
Waiter service?
Chol Hamoed activities included?
Day camp for kids?

I assume you’re  being sarcastic.

I guess we missed out on the waiter service, but we took turns serving. Cooking all the food took some time, but so would packing up/ traveling to a hotel etc., and  we doubled up most of the food before Yom Tov, so we barely had any cooking to do before the last days.

Season passes to six flags took care of some of chol Hamoed. Afikomen presents, family get togethers, and a a few smaller trips took care of the rest. Kids had a blast; around $185 total.

Day camp for kids? We loved having the kids around and had a blast as a family. Wouldn’t have given it up for anything....

April 08, 2018, 11:40:57 AM
Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising
How did you manage only 2100? What did you eat?
Amount is approximate

Off the top of my head
14 lb hand matzah approx. $275
3 boxes hand matzah, 7 shemurah matza meal/ cake meal for kneidlach, marble cake that tasted like chometz etc. approx $75

Small whole side of salmon @ Shoprite $20

2 gefilta fish $9
3 French roasts from seasons $6.99 lb. approx $130
Chicken cutlets/ nuggets/ hot poppers, pan cooked wine sauce chicken for Seder etc. approx $70
10 potato kugels approx $35

5 potato starch $10

Liver, salami $15

2lb. Lox @ Costco $24

35 dozen eggs from Target :) (used gift cards purchased @ 15% off last December (Target deal plus discover 5%) approx $22?
used for egg noodles, matza Brie, hard boiled eggs, etc etc.

Additional potatoes for mashed, scalloped etc. $15

Mushrooms for mushroom soup salads etc. $20

Flanken ends from NPGS for “cholent” and yabsuk (actually was real flanken just short pieces @3.99
lb. $25 chopped meat from seasons @$2.99 lb. for meatballs& potatoes, pan burgers, etc. $40

Chicken legs @2.39 lb. for chicken soup, cast iron seared chicken, amazing carmelzed onion chicken etc. $35

Marinara and cheese for matzah pizza $40

Ground Nuts, apples, cocoa,  etc for various cakes, brownies, nut bars, mousses, baked apples, apple kugel  Charoses etc. $45-55

Pastrami, corned beef, smoked turkey from costco $45

Small amount of bought cake, choc. Covered nuts, lady fingers etc. $35

Ice cream- par eve and milchigs $25

Raw corned beef from seasons 4.99 lb.? For sedarim and last days $45

Romaine and horseradish for salads and maror $65

Guests brought some decent wine for sedarim
and also some paper goods

Disposables and serving things for rest of the meals approx $100

Aluminum pans etc. $30

Someone sent over a bottle of cave :)

Assorted bottles of wine $175

Grape juice @$3 at stop and shop unlimited

Wings and hot sauce to grill for a couple of the meals approx. $25

Cauliflower and onions for roasting and for veg. Kugels $25

Soda, 5/$5 ShopRite, seltzer, milk, oj , bottled water from costco $45-$55

Assorted yogurts, cheeses, cream cheese , cheese snacks etc $50

Counter covers, tape, foil, etc. $35

Cottage cheese etc for matzah lasagna $10

French fries, etc. $15

Guests brought huge fruit platters that lasted us a couple desserts

Frozen strawberries for smoothies, pears in strawberry sauce etc. $20

Cleaning help was not included in the $2100- most was spring cleaning; maybe $175 was pesach.

chocolate bars, candy nosh etc.


Lots of fruit, vegetables assorted groceries etc. for the rest...

Amounts are approximate as best as I can recall...

April 08, 2018, 12:22:42 PM
Re: How hard is it financially to make it in Israel?
I can only talk from personal experience but this is what we encountered.  We made aliyah seven years ago with three teenagers (everyone said bad idea), no job (gave up a six figure job) and no place to live a month before moving (also a no no from all friends and family). Sold our modest house and all belongings and quit job so no turning back.  Made a committment to first year of ulpan and adult yeshiva.  Lived off of aliyah benefits and stuffing envelopes for a non profit ( for real, had whole family stuffing and working small jobs.  Also small savings.  Took a job as a kindergarten assistant maternity leave to get a foot in the door.  You do what you need to do, I was a 20 year teacher and university instructor in the states.  Within 3 years was principal.  Daughter went to university for four years, practically free and has two degrees.  Has more job offers than she has time for.  Not great salaries but jobs.  Son did elite army unit and yeshiva (yes it is possible) and completing  first college degree. 
 He Just got married to an Israeli  girl who doesn’t speak much English and they live in a very modest apartment and both work part time as she finishes her second academic degree and he finishes Yeshiva and first degree.  No, they do not get supported by parents, they make it on their own. We live in a modest apartment in Jerusalem with an ugly purple sofa that came with the apartment and no car.  Material wise we live very basically but fulfillment wise all of us couldn’t be happier. 
Is this for all Jews? I wish I could say yes, but know people have different priorities.  If you read this an say “he must be crazy” then that  is your answer.  Are there problems here, both financial and otherwise?  Of course.  Do all make the transition? No.  Who does it make the greatest impact on? The kids.  Kids here are on a whole different level as compared to kids in the states, which is an area for a different discussion.  And yes, our children are even more religious here.  They are living  and making Jewish history. Our  son’s commander’s course was packed with religious boys and our girls do national service. Feel  free to PM me if you have any questions that we can help with.

I would imagine that dati Leumi would find it easier to integrate than ultra orthodox.

April 23, 2018, 01:17:01 AM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others Mods, how about splitting this into  a thread titled Buying Groups and a wiki?
May 10, 2018, 09:05:09 PM
Re: 2 dozen Roses and vase for $15.97 Two dozen roses from Shoprite $15.99 Gorgeous large roses still look amazing five days later. Stick with what works. Not every front page deal is a deal, even if it’s dirt cheap....
May 22, 2018, 02:47:05 PM
Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica! FOMO support group
Considering that the link for the Amazon and Wal-Mart board says it is number 26 and the main page only shows 20 that shouldn't be a major surprise.

Waits for everyone to try to manually adjust the URL. :)

December 11, 2018, 10:22:49 AM
Re: Over The Top Purim Parties Here is what is flawed with these letters and discussions that come up every so often:
There are always going to be people doing over the top things with their money. I think most of us want one thing; we want our kids growing up valuing what the Rabbonim and Roshei Yeshiva do more than the decadent lifestyle of those living it up. The only way to do that is to stop hyperfocusing on the wealthy. I get nauseous when I hear people talking and every 3rd sentence has the word “gvir”. Even if it’s bashing them your kids will grow up knowing that you pay a lot more attention to “the gvirim” than to Rabbonim. Negative attention is also attention. You can be learning and even be mechaber seforim, but if your kids get the sense that you are not perfectly happy with your lifestyle and instead are focused on “the gevir” nothing you say to them will change that perception.  You are modeling for them with your behavior, and actions always speak louder than words.

If you want your kids growing up being machshiv torah and learning as a priority in life, talk about it constantly. Ignore the wealthy and their lifestyles. Your kids will learn to do the same. If you want to broaden their hasagos beyond learning talk about the neighbor who gives hours of his time to deliver for tomchei shabbos. The guy who volunteers to put away the seforim in shul.  The gemach down the block. The countless other baalei chessed that your kids can emulate without writing a six figure check. And you will be modeling for your kids what excites you. What you are machshiv. And most importantly, if you can show your kids that you are truly happy with the lifestyle you have you’re kids will want the same.

March 26, 2019, 10:59:53 AM
Re: Over The Top Purim Parties
What are the odds? lol

Aygart has shimush from some of those Rabbonim whom shkop wants to enact a ban and has seen a thing or two about how they do or don’t operate....

There are sugyos that actually deal with the Rabbonim banning certain practices and when the Rabbonim will not push a ban despite their dissaproval. There is a vast body of teshuvos that relate to this subject. And there is the fifth shulchan aruch that can only be acquired through substantial shimush chachamim. To suggest that the Rabbanim can simply ban anything that doesn’t meet their approval and be effective is to have a fundamental misunderstanding of the dynamic of how the Rabbanim operate...

March 26, 2019, 12:31:42 PM
Re: Over The Top Purim Parties This is evolving into one of the most pointless threads I’ve seen in a while- even for JS
March 26, 2019, 05:51:57 PM
Re: Dimeththyltryptamine (DMT) & Halacha Do you really want to experience what for some is a life changing event and not necessarily in a positive sense?

“Many users describe profound, life-changing experiences such as visiting other worlds, talking with alien entities known as "DMT elves" or "machine elves," and total shifts in the perception of identity and reality.”

“Rabbi” Zalman Schachter-Shalomi was originally highly regarded by the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Partially as a result of his experience with LSD he went completely off the deep end. He was the originator of the rainbow tallit and he preached that if you enjoy gardening on shabbos it’s a mitzvah. He ended up running off with a Goya and was accused of some sordid stuff in the guise of his new religion.

In his own words:

“The most serious challenges to Judaism posed by modern thought and experience are to me game theory and psychedelic experience. Once I realize the game structure of my commitments, once I see how all my theologizing is just an elaborate death struggle between my soul and the God within her, or when I can undergo the deepest cosmic experience via some minuscule quantity of organic alkaloids or LSD, then the whole validity of my ontological assertions is in doubt. But game theory works the other way too. God too is playing a game of hide-and-seek with himself and me. The psychedelic experience can be not only a challenge, but also a support of my faith. After seeing what really happens at the point where all is one and where God-immanent surprises God-transcendent and they merge in cosmic laughter, I can also see Judaism in a new and amazing light.”

Reflecting on his first acid trip many years later, Schachter said:

“I realized that all forms of religion are masks that the divine wears to communicate with us. Behind all religions there’s a reality, and this reality wears whatever clothes it needs to speak to a particular people.”

The hallucinogenic experiences are not innocuous. They can permanently alter one’s perception of reality.

April 03, 2019, 03:25:46 PM
Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread
now all the ones who don't give shots should know that because of them a nice few heimishe fathers wont be able to see there wife's and children before yom tov or on chol hamoed, this is 2 times when a lot of family and friends go visit there loved ones who sit in jail!!

That’s the least of the problems. You have hundreds of non Jewish prisoners who can’t receive visits “because of the Jews “. Talk about איבה

April 05, 2019, 04:33:45 PM
Re: Jokes Master Thread
My three favorite things are eating my family and not using commas

April 08, 2019, 10:14:48 AM
Re: Why do so many people still support the Mir? What’s your goal. To pressure the powers that be to go back to the old ways? It’s their yeshiva now. Get used to it. All yeshivas undergo change. The Chaim Berlin I went to wasn’t Rav Hutners. Rav Shneurs BMG was very different than Rav Aharons. And the Mir has had very different leadership and mashgichim over the last 200 years. That’s the way it goes. 40 years from now I guarantee it will not look anything like today.

You could start this thread for many other organizations and mosdos. Time for you to move on and accept the Mir for what it is m, not for what it was 20 years ago.

April 08, 2019, 09:54:52 PM
Re: Selling Chometz
Those giving a check on Purim, or Chanukka aren't paying to get Misloach manos, or to see the Rav light the menorah. It's simple הכרת הטוב and this so happens to be the accepted time to do it.

Aside from what is brought down in terms of שליחות a Rov is usually busy non stop in the weeks leading up to pesach and over Yom Tov with the many shaalos that come up. This coupled with the fact that making pesach can be daunting financially even for those doing ok the rest of the year, is probably why there is a widespread minhag to give the Rov a small hakaras hatov by mechiras chametz.

April 15, 2019, 12:20:21 PM
Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread
They can’t even spell “professionals”. Pathetic.

Yep. It’s really pretty incredulous. You don’t know how to spell professional, yet you want me to believe that you read- and comprehended- the vast body of medical literature out there and want me to trust your conclusions. Right.

May 13, 2019, 08:54:16 PM
Re: Honestly, honestly do you feel smartphones have improved your quality of life? One thing I will say is that if you ask people if shmiras einayim/ porn addiction is a problem with smartphones (yes,  I know this is not the topic of this thread- just an analogy) many will say “no, not if you have self control.” Ask TAG or guardyoureyes and you will hear a very different story. In fact, in the non-Jewish world it’s far worse; large scale studies show that over 67% of males who identify as religious go to inappropriate material on their smart phones at least once a month.

From what I see amongst friends, peers, relatives and others I would venture to say that many of those who answer that they have seen a net positive impact in their lives are not being entirely honest or are lacking in self awareness, and if you would ask their spouses or children you would hear a very different answer.

I am not saying it’s universal, but definitely a significant subset in my opinion.

September 27, 2019, 12:28:51 PM
Re: Bingo Wholesale Club Lakewood Daf hayomi!
January 06, 2020, 09:59:50 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...
Just to put some final thoughts on the topic.

I actually never paid much attention to how the Israelis butcher this until it was pointed out here, as I usually don't sing along. After the posts here I made a point to listen in 770, and boy is it bad!

In general I find that Israelis are more likely to read לשון הקודש incorrectly.

Here is the possuk with full nekudos and taamim:

וְעַד־זִקְנָה֙ אֲנִ֣י ה֔וּא וְעַד־שֵׂיבָ֖ה אֲנִ֣י אֶסְבֹּ֑ל אֲנִ֤י עָשִׂ֙יתִי֙ וַאֲנִ֣י אֶשָּׂ֔א וַאֲנִ֥י אֶסְבֹּ֖ל וַאֲמַלֵּֽט:

The words וְעַד in the possuk are connected to the following word with a מקף, indicating that for purposes of stress, they are to be treated as one with the following word, which is the one that has the taam (for stress).

While on the topic, one of the most egregious butchering of a verse is what is often done to קרבה אל נפשי גאלה while sung as part of לכה דודי, joining the words קרבה and אל, pausing, and joining נפשי and גאלה. While it is our mesorah not to be medakdek in the proper emphasis of syllables during Davening, with one exception that I can think of the Rebbe was medakdek in the punctuation of sentences and verses in Davening to match פירוש המילות and the punctuation based on taamim.

How about kedusha on shabbos where most chazzanim say
אז בקול רעש גדול
Then full pause followed by
אדיר וחזק משמיעים קול
which seems to completely corrupt the apparent meaning?

January 07, 2020, 11:52:00 PM
Re: SBA PPP and EIDL Small Business Loans (some money is forgivable)
I'm appalled. Instead of putting teachers and Rebbeim on unemployment, where they can receive $600+, (a huge bonus for many PT employees in the chinuch field) they're making out like bandits.

Before you make wild accusations, you have the wrong program buddy. The cares act is a separate program providing funding to help all colleges and students that gets automatically deposited in the account of each college or university without anything to apply for on the colleges end , a portion of which is to go to the students, based in part on prior pell. This has zero to do with the unemployment. How about calling each of the above institutions and asking mechila for badmouthing them without bothering to check your facts?

April 20, 2020, 08:41:18 PM
Re: SBA PPP and EIDL Small Business Loans (some money is forgivable)
1) part of the grant is an encouragement for them not to lay off employees. Too many unemployment applications from an institution will raise red flags, hence them not laying off officially. Classes are reduced by enough hours so that teachers would qualify for partial unemployment.
2) did you see the clause where it's encouraged but not mandated to be used for approved purposes?
3) see #2
4) ummm. Might be true for smaller mosdos, but beyond that, not so much...

“The CARES Act stipulates a funding formula to divide these funds among institutions. The formula has two distinct parts:

75% of the funds will be awarded based on the institution’s fulltime in-person Pell grant recipients as a share of the national total.
25% of the funds will be awarded based on the institution’s fulltime in-person enrollment who are not Pell Grant recipients as a share of the national total”

April 20, 2020, 09:14:38 PM
Re: SBA PPP and EIDL Small Business Loans (some money is forgivable)
So technically many schools can have pretty much zero expenses over the next few months. Payroll for the teachers paid by the PPP and other expenses paid by this grant (if it's a post high school institution). The argument for stopping Tuition payments just got stronger...

I think people are missing the point. The argument makes sense if you’re already paying full tuition but the vast majority of parents are paying a negotiated rate. That negotiated rate is based primarily on the parents ability to pay. If there are two less months in the school year, assuming the parent still has the same ability to pay, there is no reason to discount the already discounted rate. If the parent’s income was impacted by the virus, the school may still have a floor as to how much they are willing to discount the tuition which is fully within their rights. Given that the schools expenses are somewhat lower perhaps they should give some consideration to accepting an even lower discounted tuition arrangement . But the basic premise that parents who are already paying a low negotiated rate -“what they can afford to pay”-should be able to withhold tuition is really missing the boat.

April 20, 2020, 10:18:41 PM
Re: SBA PPP and EIDL Small Business Loans (some money is forgivable)
Do you think the vast majority of parents are paying a "what they can afford to pay" tuition?

Schools expenses are somewhat lower? Most schools must have significantly lower expenses (due to PPP and Grant), if not almost zero expenses over the next 2 months.

I think saying that now, where literally thousands of frum people have lost their jobs or had significant reductions in salary that perhaps a school should give some consideration to a tuition break (where you are making it sound like the schools are doing us the favor) is really missing the boat.

I see people advocating not paying tuition across the board, whether they lost their parnassa or not. That is not a reasonable position.

April 20, 2020, 10:41:17 PM
Re: Does “Black Privilege” exist
It’s a political untenable conversation. There are scientific facts that can’t be acknowledged or given credence to publicly because they are not politically correct but they underpin a lot of public policy. The median African American IQ is somewhere around 80, white IQ just over 100 and Asian American IQ is even higher. There’s a huge debate whether it’s mostly environmental mostly genetic, or a combination (studies of interracial adoptions are often cited) but the fact remains that there is a large gap between the races, and studies show a strong correlation between IQ and poverty.

I think it’s a fair premise that there ought to be some balance so that everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed. Should Asian Americans take every slot in Harvard, every slot in top engineering schools,  every leadership position based on their IQ relative to the other races? I don’t think that is a fair or even a desirable outcome.

I don’t think most of it is black privilege; it’s just leveling the playing field. Regardless, this professor is an idiot for walking into a mine field. Anyone who things academia is unbiased and intellectually honest is living in la la land. There are some subject which are taboo in America and this is one of them. I don’t give this guy six months at his current job.

 There’s no need to do it by race. There are plenty of African-Americans who have above average IQ and plenty of whites with below average. Same goes for socioeconomic background. Why not balance out the individual who is at a disadvantage rather than focusing on the race ?

June 04, 2020, 10:52:34 PM
Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites! After Yom Tov, especially Pesach, make a spreadsheet. What on the menu went over well with guests and kids. What did you run short on and need to have more next time around. What did you way overbuy on. That way there is no need to reinvent the wheel next year.
June 10, 2020, 07:31:44 PM
Re: Dating Stories
It certainly is funny that so many of our first dates are in hotels. We don't waste any time  ;D
This is going back many years. A friend of mines father was telling his non-Jewish co-worker that his daughter was going on her first date that night. “Where’s he taking her?” asked the co-worker. “ To a hotel”, he replied. “Abe, on the first date? And your ok with that?”

June 12, 2020, 12:45:34 AM
Re: Is everyone really a racist?

How can you write a whole article without mentioning even once that they were locked up in response to theft rates? Mind boggling.

June 12, 2020, 09:03:26 AM
Re: Is there a second wave?
I don't think we should be talking about a 2nd wave until we're out of the first wave

Lakewood-almost no cases with thousands of frum people in shuls and schools with no SD. Same for many NYC frum communities. People are confusing places that haven’t been hit hard and are indeed susceptible to a second (first?) wave and places that have been hit and are not seeing any further activity nor are they even remotely likely to see a large second wave going forward.

June 12, 2020, 07:51:08 PM
Re: Violent protests erupt across the country Ridiculous that we even have to have this conversation. Don’t grab an officers weapon and you won’t get shot. Easy to understand. Don’t come crying afterwards about what a good guy he was.
June 14, 2020, 07:34:14 PM
Re: Dating Stories I was told that the following took place with the parent of a friend of mine be a few decades ago. The boy was supposed to go out with this girl who he wasn’t thrilled about, and just before the date he was told that another girl who he was very interested in had become available. He figured he’ll just act over the top and get the first girl to reject him. He gets to the house and and they offer him some cake. He says “cake? I LOVE cake! “They offer him some Pepsi and he says “WOW! PEPSI! My favorite! And so on during the date as well. After the date he gets a call from the shadchan who exclaims “What did you do? He thinks to himself oh boy, I really rubbed them the wrong way. The shadchan continues, “they loved you! The parents and the girl are so excited and looking forward to the next date!
June 16, 2020, 10:17:40 PM
Re: Tischler Made It
Does anyone notice that this cover doesnt have one mention of anything Jewish or frum? Not one.

Does this bother anyone else or is it just me?
It’s Ami. I would buy if it was two ply and charmin wasn’t coming back in stock.

June 17, 2020, 01:19:45 AM
Re: So How Was Your Shul This Week?

The difference is where those priorities come from. From caring about women taking a part in communal davening or from fresserei. Not saying that this author is correct, he's not, but that's a very silly attitude to point fingers and say, "but, look at him!"
Just answering a silly remark with a silly quote since shaulyaakov is from the MO community. Of course the piece is not representative of normal MO. And the kiddushim have nothing to do with the women. The women had separate kiddushim in the houses/yards. The Ezras nashim were kept for men in deference to any man who might still be uncomfortable to crowd into the shul, and that is warranted considering that the woman have no obligation to daven with a minyan. I’m sure the few men utilizing the ezras nashim did not attend the kiddushim.

June 21, 2020, 10:33:41 AM
Re: So How Was Your Shul This Week? Many of the larger shuls in Lakewood only have a kiddush when there is a Simcha. That is,  pretty much every week.
June 21, 2020, 01:46:09 PM
Re: The Future of Lakewood
You sure that wasn't a prominent Lakewood-based organization who ran that ad?  :P
It was the weekly toys for thought (was it called Toy Traders back then?) ad that poked fun at current events each week with oblique references

June 25, 2020, 01:53:36 PM
Re: Are we going too far?
Paywall but thanks anyway.
Here you go

June 25, 2020, 10:21:10 PM
Re: Are we going too far? What impressed me most is that they say a conservative is a former liberal who was mugged, but this guy is still gung  ho after being robbed at gunpoint.
June 25, 2020, 10:23:19 PM
Realistic vaccine date- end of 2021?

Can any places other than China keep up social distancing protocols for another 15 months? Or are we going to continue to see increasing flare-up and waves as countries throw in the towel?

July 30, 2020, 07:11:21 PM
Re: Lakewood covid cases Meanwhile Lakewood life goes on, maskless, blissfully unaware of the raging debate on DDF about what they should be doing.
September 09, 2020, 03:16:57 PM
Re: Lakewood covid cases
Different community I know, but there's a video circulating of selichos in 770 with almost nobody masked, even tough 770 has a mask policy (allegedly). So can someone explain again where the Daas Torah is in all of this?
Where’s the MO Da’as Torah on the beaches, the cruise ships, the Broadway shows, the widespread mixed swimming by pesach hotels and other venues etc? Answer, Rabbanim have to be selective about what they enforce and have to make their voices heard where there is maximum effectiveness.

September 13, 2020, 06:23:48 PM
Re: Lakewood covid cases
He has been quarantined since before Purim. He kept an entire glass section in his shul for yomim noraim and made sure it was hermetically sealed from what I've heard.
Wow. Maybe there’s a message here to live life normally with reasonable precautions. I know many people who holed up in their apartments with toddlers for months and months with no socializing for them or their kids, only to finally throw in the towel and emerge just when the virus is on the upswing, emotionally exhausted, toddlers suffering socially, with so little to show for it.

October 02, 2020, 11:26:13 AM
Re: Is Covid Spiking in Boro Park? Talk about ineffective. The entire Far Rockaway already shops and dimes in Nassau County. Other zip codes that are shut down will similarly migrate to nearby shopping.
October 04, 2020, 08:31:39 PM
Re: Lakewood covid cases

October 05, 2020, 06:11:37 PM
Re: Second Wave length I’m guessing it is peaking now. Most places don’t have sustained peaks for long, behavior change or not. You can’t do the same thing over and over and infect that many new people. Most people who are destined to be exposed in this wave will have by now and numbers should start to drop off.

October 06, 2020, 11:15:16 AM
Re: Second Wave length
Then again, you said one month agoIs this prediction better or worse than that one?
The numbers were not evidence of community spread. Subsequent numbers obviously were. What does that have to do with charts from multiple locations all over the world most of which show a sharp peak and then quick drop off even absent any evidence of behavior change?

October 06, 2020, 11:28:53 AM