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Re: Best one-liners
Only floss the teeth you want to keep.

Ignore your teeth long enough and they'll go away

May 15, 2016, 09:27:48 AM
DDF Weight Loss Challenge I don't know what you mean by "real fat", but fat is an essential (they're called essential fatty acids for a reason) and necessary part of a healthy diet. Also, without the additional calories from fat, you're likely not eating enough.

You need to understand that you don't lose weight by depriving your body of food or forcing yourself to exercise to a caloric deficit. You can't punish your body into losing weight. You lose weight by eating nutritionally beneficial foods, working with your body to help it heal and shed all the taxing, unnecessary pounds.

Maybe try adding some healthy carbs (sweet potatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash, fruits) and healthy fats (1-2 tbsp of oil, or 1/2 to 1 avocado per meal) for a week. Then you can cut back on the carbs, keeping the fats. Hopefully that'll help you overcome the plateau.

September 04, 2016, 07:38:35 PM
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September 12, 2016, 05:48:01 PM
Re: Abortion = Murder? @JTZ,

I've often read your posts and I respect you a lot, but i've have thought that many of your post indicate that you seem to misunderstand something basic about Judaism.

While Judaism contains many elegant and neat truths, and is taught and studied and expounded upon by intellectual greats who use logic to decipher it's codes and come up with new laws and rulings- ultimately, it is NOT a logical or rational religion.

At first, however, in our search for Truth we are bound to logic and our limited capacity to understand truth.
When Abraham looked around the world, it was with logical conclusion that realized that there must be G-d in the world, and that it wasn't those idols his fellows worshipped.
So, acknowledging a Higher Power, and evaluatinge a religion is still within the realm of logic. And every ounce and every capacity for our human brains to evaluate and arrive at the truth, must be used. But anything after that point, logic is futile. G-d and his Torah are not bound to the limits of logic, because they are greater than logic. Suprarational, not subrational. It would seem ridiculous to try to understand G-d or his Torah through the lens of logic.

We do NOT do acts of charity out of kindness because it is the 'good' thing to do.
We act charitably with kindness because G-d commanded us to.

We are forbidden to murder, NOT because rationally it seems inhumane, unfair, evil or immoral.
We don't murder because we were forbidden to do so by a Higher Authority that we sumbit completely to, G-d. Period.

In a case such as Amalek, we can try to understand it as best as we can, with many beautiful midrashim and explanations... But ultimately, it's another commandment, and we quiet the resistance of our human minds, and accept that this is what G-d wants.
And it doesn't matter whether it makes sense or not. And it doesn't matter if it makes us look evil in the eyes of others.

(A. And how do we know this is what G-d wants? Different Discussion. B. And why can't other violent religions use the same ideas to explain their violence? While we are commanded to love and respect and tolerate all human beings, it doesn't mean that we need to agree with them, or accept their religion as truth. A deeper investigation will show falacies in the original thinking that led them to their belief. But that brings us back to A)

I am an openly unapologetic American, Jewish woman from Brooklyn.
I don't apologize for my religion even when it seems at odds with the rest of 'modern' thought.

So, under Jewish Law, even though a fetus isn't considered fully a human, if it is not Amalek and it is not posing a threat to its mother, and it seems to be healthy with normal potential for life- (of course, each case must be analyzed by Drs and competent halachic authority) then it is forbidden to kill it via abortion.

Inopportune time or unwanted pregnancies are not (usually) considered a threat to the mother's health- and therefor are forbidden.

At all times, the question is NOT, "Is the right or humane thing to do?" rather, it is "In this case, what has G-d commanded"

ETA: This doesn't mean that religious people can shut off our minds and disregard logic. We always use logic to explore any topic to the limits of our minds, but ultimately we understand that logic is not the be and end all. There's more.

January 27, 2017, 08:44:46 AM
Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
I ended up getting the Mate 9. Hope it works out.

I think you'll be happy.

Huawei is really coming up... I chose them because I was feeling like Apple and Samsung were getting complacent and weren't truly innovative anymore. I think Huawei was the first one to start working on depth of field simulation for phones. Not sure how the camera compares to Samsung/iPhone 8 - but it outdoes previous models from those makers.

It's a great phone and excellent camera. Here's some of my snapshots with this phone (most are SOOC), and you can click on the link to see them in full resolution and details.

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November 26, 2017, 01:26:53 PM
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December 15, 2017, 11:40:35 AM
Re: Do you Daven?
If we define fake frumness as acting frum but not having any relationship with gd (ie not davening to him etc), then I hear what you are saying. Otherwise this needs work....

Better question, why does it bother YOU that he doesn't daven? Just cultural, or you are disturbed by the lack of commitment? Do you daven?

Yes, you got my definition of pseudofrum.

It bothers me for a few reasons:
1. As mentioned we are buying into the exorbitantly expensive frum lifestyle
2. We (personally) have a lot of daven for (not just in a general world peace kind of way....)
3. Like @iAm mentioned, my daughter is nearly 3 and I want her father davening to be a part of life.
4. It makes me not respect him, because I see him as teenager slacking off, not taking his responsibility to his family, to his parenting role seriously
5. I daven on occasion- but then it's not my mitzvah.

January 10, 2018, 06:30:05 PM
Re: Do you Daven?
I'm sorry but this topic is not and shouldn't be wife's problem.
Your husbands Yiddeshkeit is not your business as long it don't effect the kids or the way you wanna raise ur family.

Yes, this was the way I tried to think about it until I realized that I don't respect him because of it... Which causes a whole host of other problems.

And we are raising a family.

January 10, 2018, 06:51:43 PM
Re: Do you Daven?
Have you ever actually discussed it with him? What was the purpose of the discussion with this mentor?
Does he realize this contradiction? Has he addressed it and how?
Does he know that you are bothered for these two reasons? Does he realize that it is making you not respect him? Is your feeling that he is slacking off only due to the responsibility to the family or due to davening itself?
Could it be that the personal issues are partially the cause of his, in your words, slacking off? Maybe he is feeling a level of yi'ush.
If you have a lot to daven for why don't you daven more than occasionally? While women do not have the obligation to daven the specific nusach in the siddur they do most definitely have an obligation to daven since they too need hashem's protection. It is possible that if he sees a greater commitment on your part that he will be more committed as well.

Thanks, for your thoughts. I'm not going to answer because I'd rather not share all these details about my personal life on a forum.

And about your last point, you are right, I will make an effort to daven more often.

January 10, 2018, 07:39:51 PM
Re: Do you Daven?
Rí Shais Taub has covered this on more than 1 occasion. He was very clear that the woman should not be his mashgiach. (Unfortunately I didnít save that issue)

What does 'being his mashgiach's entail?

If a husband has an issue with his wife's sheitel, looks, weight, job, etc. He can ask/expect her to change, but a wife can't?

January 10, 2018, 07:59:34 PM