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Re: Hogwarts hagadah on ddms
Is there anyone who paskened that Harry Potter is Assur B'hanah (or mischar)?
I believe its Potter aval Assur

March 28, 2017, 04:38:31 PM
Re: The Funny/strange/interesting/random Tweets Thread
March 30, 2017, 07:44:04 PM
Re: Pesach Program in Greece Cancelled Just Now!
Jared and Ivanka are here.
Any messages to pass on?
How about a Chag Sameach! And a Happy Passover :)

And spend all night talking about old problems instead of current ones..

April 10, 2017, 12:51:08 PM
Re: BD"E cable news is dead! As someone who has never watched O'Reily in my life, could someone tell me what's so awesome about him?
April 19, 2017, 10:16:55 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: חסיד שוטה
This cant wait until Friday and maybe we can smoke out JTZ in his new incarnation...

So someone close to me working in a doctor's office taking blood places a tourniquet on the young to middle age chusid's arm and feels for a vein. His immediate response is dont touch me, put on gloves.

This has happened multiple times now in various different forms but same scenario. Can someone please explain how gloves make it more מותר for this שוטה?

Feel free to contribute youre own story.
You're right. This is the scandal of the century. If the person would've cared for health reasons it would've been a perfectly reasonable request, albeit possibly a bit overly cautious, but being as there were religion intentions behind the request, off to the guillotine he goes. This is an emergency situation that demands an immediate outcry. It's a good thing it didn't wait till Friday. The world may not have survived till then. I hope everybody responds immediately with their experiences with religious fanatics like the one in the OP for the sake of societies continuation, and properly appreciates the urgency of the situation.

April 25, 2017, 09:37:34 AM
Re: Dan's Inbox: Where Fun Happens!
Oh man.
Seriously, I wanted to point out your gendered language and ask you in the nicest way to change it going forward.

April 26, 2017, 06:58:01 PM
Re: Interesting Articles...

May 08, 2017, 05:54:05 PM
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May 15, 2017, 04:22:06 PM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
May 19, 2017, 02:07:47 PM