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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